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Tuition Hikes On The Horizon For Regents Universities

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If you’re sending a child to one of the 6-Kansas Board of Regents Universities – that would be the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Fort Hays State, Emporia State and Pittsburg State – you will likely see a major jump in tuition next fall. The reason – the state legislature cut nearly 5% from campus operation ... Read More »

Update on Boy in Fiery I-70 Crash

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An update on the condition of the 9-year old Aurora, Colorado boy who was pulled from a burning vehicle on I-70 late last week. Jonah Turner has been updated to fair condition at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. The Kansas Highway Patrol is reporting that the accident was caused by mechanical problems with the 2003 Cadillac Escalade Turner and 4-family ... Read More »

Concannon Speaks About Legislative Session

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One of the attendees at the ceremony yesterday afternoon was Freshman State Representative Susan Concannon from Beloit. She spoke with me about the just completed 2013 session after the ceremony. Concannon said the compromise over the state sales tax that finally made it possible to pass the state’s $13.8-billion budget accomplished several things. It moved the lawmakers away from – ... Read More »

Annual Kansas Wheat Tour

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Just how bad is it? We should know the answer by the end of the week, the answer to the question – how much damage did Mother Nature dish out to this year’s Winter Wheat Crop in light of the several early spring cold snaps that have occurred. Nearly 80-farmers and other agricultural experts will make the trek across the ... Read More »

More State Workers Hired in 2013

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A report from the Kansas Department of Administration shows that the trend in hiring state employees is to hire unclassified workers and fewer classified workers who are protected by the Civil Service System. In those new numbers – more state workers hired overall in 2013, however, most of the new positions were temporary jobs with no attached benefits. The State ... Read More »

Kansas Wheat Innovation Center

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The Grand Opening of the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center takes place this week in Manhattan. There won’t be the traditional ribbon-cutting to open a new business but rather the slicing of an 8-foot long loaf of bread. The Kansas Wheat Commission will host the ceremony and open house this Friday, April 26th. The $10.3-million center is touted as the home ... Read More »

Human Trafficking Bill Signed into Law

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law today the state’s first ever comprehensive anti-human trafficking law. The emphasis of the new law is to protect children from commercial sexual exploitation. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt helped craft the new law. He called it, “… a great stride in the fight against modern-day slavery.” Governor Brownback said, “This will not only ... Read More »

Kansas Residents Seeking State Assistance to be Tested

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Kansas Senate Vice President Jeff King is the lead sponsor of a bill that will require a Kansas Welfare Agency to test residents seeking cash assistance if there is a reasonable suspicion they are using drugs. King estimates that about 8% of welfare recipients in Kansas show indications of drug use. Senator King will get an opportunity to test the ... Read More »

Tiernan To become Osborne Head Football Coach

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Tipton native and former B&B Falcon head football coach Steve Tiernan has verbally agreed to become the next Osborne Bulldog head football coach for next season. The opening came available after Cullen Riner stepped down as head coach after leading Osborne to a 10-2 record and a berth in the sub-state finals. Riner has accepted another job in the area, ... Read More »