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Kansas illness linked to Hy-Vee pasta salad salmonella outbreak

The grocery store chain Hy-Vee Inc. recalled its store-brand spring pasta salad earlier this week after 20 people got salmonella in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. Health officials found another case on Friday, in Kansas. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has ...

Trump to address VFW national convention next week in Kansas City

President Donald Trump will visit Kansas City, Mo., next week to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention. The event, which runs Saturday through Wednesday at the Kansas City Convention Center, is expected to draw thousands of VFW members to the area. Trump’s speech, on ...

Kansas job growth now exceeding national average

TOPEKA — After several years of lagging behind the national average, job growth in Kansas outpaced the nation in June, posting a 1.8 percent increase in jobs compared with a year ago, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Friday. Overall, the Kansas economy added 24,800 jobs over the year, ...

Kansas delays launch of new license plates

WICHITA — Kansas officials have delayed the launch date for the state's new vehicle plates. State officials said Friday that the original Aug. 1 launch date for the license plates has been delayed until Aug. 15 because of issues in the new digital processing equipment. Wichita's Center ...

Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez to rally Democrats in deep-red Kansas

TOPEKA — Two luminaries in the democratic socialist movement — one its national leader, the other its new star — are descending on solidly Republican Kansas on Friday, taking their emboldened liberal message to an unlikely testing ground before next month’s congressional ...

Death toll from Branson duck boat accident climbs to 17

Story last updated at 12:45 p.m. Friday, July 20. BRANSON, Mo. — Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in the tourist town of Branson, authorities said. Investigators ...

Officials hope to rebrand Kansas as not just a ‘flyover state’

TOPEKA - The state of Kansas is about to launch a new marketing campaign aimed at rebranding the state as not just one that people pass by on their way to somewhere else, but one that can attract high-tech manufacturing, aviation and agribusiness companies. Gov. Jeff Colyer and other state ...

Scenes from downtown Lawrence’s sidewalk sale, including hemp and poetry

Hemp and poetry is a winning combination at today’s Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. There are many days that a slight variation of that combination is on display in downtown. But let’s not go there. Instead, let’s do some news and notes from today’s 59th annual sidewalk extravaganza. ...

Lawrence Community Bike Ride coming up Saturday

With new rides planned this year, an eighth annual family bike ride this weekend will also offer free helmets and safety vests, while supplies last. The Summer 2018 Lawrence Community Bike Ride will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Rotary Arboretum, 5100 W. 27th St. ...

Photo gallery: Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale 2018

Workers were up long before the sun to prepare for the 59th annual Downtown Lawrence Inc. Sidewalk Sale on Thursday, July 19, 2018. Photos by Mike Yoder Related story: - Town Talk: Scenes from downtown Lawrence’s sidewalk sale, including hemp and poetry

Trump endorses GOP Rep. Yoder’s re-election in Kansas 3rd

TOPEKA — President Donald Trump on Wednesday gave his “full and total endorsement” to Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in a Kansas district that Democrats see as competitive after Hillary Clinton narrowly carried it in the last presidential election. Trump tweeted his support for the ...