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Senator claims some backed out of support for motorcycle helmet law repeal (AUDIO)

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A state senator who pushed to repeal the mandatory motorcycle helmet law claims some senators failed to fulfill their promise to end a filibuster against it. Debate dragged on for days as the legislature considered LB31, which would repeal the requirement that adult motorcyclists wear helmets in Nebraska. During legislative debate Monday afternoon, Sen. David […]

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Congressman says failure of CoOportunity Health says much about ACA (AUDIO)

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A Nebraska Congressman says the collapse of a health cooperative created under the Affordable Care Act says a lot about the federal health insurance law. CoOportunity Health seemed to have a bright future, insuring 120,000 residents of Iowa and Nebraska. Yet, it amassed $150 million in liabilities and the Iowa Insurance Commissioner moved to liquidate […]

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Repeal of motorcycle helmet law must overcome filibuster (AUDIO)

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State lawmakers return to the Capitol to continue their debate on whether to repeal the state motorcycle helmet law. Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins sponsors LB 31to repeal the mandatory motorcycle helmet law. Bloomfield tells colleagues not to let fear guide their vote. “This is an infringement on individual rights and we should do away […]

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Suspect shot and killed by law officer after struggle at Lincoln motel

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An attempt to serve an arrest warrant at a Lincoln hotel turned deadly Wednesday after the suspect struggled with police and an officer shot and killed him. Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner reported 34-year-old Tyson Hubbard of Omaha died at a local hospital. “Hubbard was observed to exit the motel and was contacted by officers […]

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Kansas Deer-Vehicle Collisions Peak In Mid-November

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Deer can be spotted near our state’s roadways any time of the year. However, in the fall, motorists should be especially vigilant for deer crossing the highways. Deer breeding season peaks in mid-November, and this marks the period when deer-vehicle collisions are highest. That’s why the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), ...

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Drug Take-Back Day Scheduled For September 27th

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TOPEKA – (September 22, 2014) – Law enforcement officers across the state will be collecting unused leftover medications for safe disposal on Saturday, September 27, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse. Since the program began in 2010, the ...

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Highway Patrol Set To Start Texting Enforcement July 1st

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The July 4th holiday is this week, and the Kansas Highway Patrol has some important enforcement initiatives that motorists should be aware of. Beginning July 1, and lasting through July 10, the Patrol will be conducting a texting enforcement initiative. Troopers will be out looking for drivers who are violating Kansas’ texting law, and will be citing those observed in ...

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Suspect Shot Dead In Oberlin Police Incident

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During the evening of Monday, March 10, 2014, the Oberlin Police Department responded to a call of possible criminal activity in their city. During the course of the investigation, a suspect ran from the Oberlin Police and the Kansas Highway Patrol who were assisting. Shots were fired at the officers in the 700 block of East Commercial Street in Oberlin ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Norton County Burn Ban

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At their regular meeting yesterday, the Norton County Commissioners passed a resolution calling for a burn ban for Norton County.  In accordance with Kansas Statutes, Norton County is declared to be in a state of extreme fire emergency and all outdoor open burning, discharge of fireworks and field burn off activities are prohibited unless a written burning or discharge is ...

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Court Report

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A Norton man was sentenced for two of three charges against him in Norton County Magistrate Court.  Mitch Kachel was charged with one count each of criminal trespass, criminal damage to property, and interfering with law enforcement.  Those charges are in connection with the alleged September 18th break in in Edmond.  In a plea agreement, Kachel pled guilty to criminal trespass ...

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