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March 22, 2017 - 4:44 am
TOPEKA, Kan. - Spring is traditionally the season when gas prices begin to rise, but that hasn’t happened yet here in Kansas. The Kansas Information Network spoke with AAA Kansas's Jim Hanni. "We've seen a slight decline in most of the areas of the state we monitor this past week," said Hanni. "I...
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March 21, 2017 - 10:49 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are moving back toward distributing state dollars to public schools through a complicated per-student formula like one they junked two years ago. A special House committee outlined an education funding plan Tuesday that uses basic concepts from the state's...
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March 21, 2017 - 8:27 pm
WICHITA, Kan. (KNSS) - A grassfire in northeast Wichita threatened to damage some area homes. The fire was reported around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon near K-96, between Webb and Greenwich Road. Fire crews were able to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading to a nearby neighborhood. A fire...
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March 21, 2017 - 8:05 pm
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire that spread from a suburban Kansas City apartment complex that was under construction to nearly two dozen homes. Overland Park Fire Department spokesman Jason Rhodes said investigators were interviewing witnesses Tuesday...
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March 21, 2017 - 7:58 pm
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is designating more than $6 million to help farmers and ranchers affected by recent wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The funding announced Tuesday will be distributed through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help restore...
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March 21, 2017 - 7:55 pm
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a 10-month-old girl who was left alone in a bathtub in northeast Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports that Leavenworth police identified the girl as Caydence Little-Curtis. She was unresponsive when officers responded Monday night to a...
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March 21, 2017 - 7:49 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man was sentenced to 47 months in federal prison for the sex trafficking of a girl, 17. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Reginald Eugene Newman, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said Monday that Newman...
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March 21, 2017 - 7:43 pm
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has admitted to distributing child pornography while posing as a woman. 46, on the Internet. The U.S. attorney's office says Frank Joseph Kurtz, 70, of Overland Park pleaded guilty Monday to distribution of child pornography. The plea agreement includes joint...
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March 21, 2017 - 7:37 pm
BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio farmers are sending hay, fencing materials and other supplies to Kansas to help ranches that were devastated by wildfires this month. Rose Hartschuh runs a dairy farm with her husband near Bucyrus, Ohio, and helped coordinate the assistance from farmers and agricultural...
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March 21, 2017 - 10:48 am
NEWTON, Kan. (KNSS) - A man is dead after a traffic crash in Newton this morning. It happened just after midnight at 4th and Avery. Police say a car crossed the center line and struck a tree. Police say the driver... 36-year-old Kevin Chambers of Newton ... was dead at the scene. The Reno County...
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