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U.S. Highway 36 Road Closure Planned In Jewell & Republic Counties

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Monday, September 16 will see the start of a road closure in eastern Jewell and western Republic Counties. US-36 will be closed at the rail road crossing one mile west of the Highway 36 and K-199 junction. Crews will be working on improvements for two days at the crossing. Eastbound traffic will be taken from the Highway 36 and K-14 ... Read More »

Consumer Alert: Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger Fines Marketing Firm, Issues Cease/Desist Order

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Sandy Praeger, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, has issued fines totaling $9,000 and a cease and desist order against an Ohio-licensed insurance marketing firm for illegal activities in Kansas. The company, now known primarily as Lead Generating Systems, LLC, was fined $5,000 in August as part of a judgment by the Kansas Insurance Department. An earlier fine of ... Read More »

Changes Coming To The Norton Farmer’s Market

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August 6, 2013 – Norton, Kansas – The 2013 Norton Farmer’s Market announces an updated 2013 season, intended to increase sales and sustainability within the Market. Time and Place The Farmer’s Market is now located on Highway 36 across from Shopko. The location was chosen because Highway 36 carries 80% of Norton’s thoroughfare traffic. The park area by the highway ... Read More »

Kansas Horticulture Update in Hays Planned Sept. 12

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HAYS, Kan. – The Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center-Hays will host its Kansas Horticulture Update Sept. 12. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. The program runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The evening, which starts outdoors near the greenhouse complex, features a presentation by Alan Stevens, K-State Research and Extension horticulture specialist, on the 2013 Prairie Star Flower Trials. Prairie ... Read More »

Ag Field Day Set for Aug. 29 in Garden City

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GARDEN CITY, Kan. – Field tours and seminars on topics ranging from water issues to cover crops to comparisons of weed control in irrigated corn are highlights at the K-State Research and Extension field day planned Aug. 29 at the Southwest Research-Extension Center. The center is located at 4500 East Mary Street in Garden City. The field day, which begins ... Read More »

The Lenora Jubilee Set For This Weekend

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Lenora Jubilee Happening June 14 & 15, Featuring Greg Bates and The Craig Adams Band, Magic shows, pedal pull and inflatable carnival provide entertainment for the whole family. The Lenora Jubilee Association is happy to announce the 2013 Lenora Jubilee – Hot Country Nights! This regional favorite will feature music, entertainment and activities for the entire family on June 14 and ... Read More »

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 »

AAA Projects a Slight Decline in Memorial Day Travel

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Topeka, KS (May 22) – AAA projects 34.8 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 0.9 percent decrease from the 35.1 million people who traveled last year. Eighty-nine percent of travelers (31.2 million) will travel by automobile, an increase from 31.1 million last year. The Memorial Day holiday travel period ... 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 »