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Kansas and regional news

Winter wheat planting, fall harvest makes progress
October 15, 2014
Rain across most of Kansas in the past week slowed the harvest of fall crops, but farmers still made progress.
Fatal shooting of Kansas teen ruled justified
October 14, 2014
A county attorney says police and sheriff’s deputies were justified in the fatal shooting of an unarmed eastern Kansas teenager.
Records: Sen. Roberts missed most agricultural committee meetings
October 14, 2014
Federal records indicate U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas has attended barely one-third of his Senate Agricultural Committee meetings during the past 15 years.
Kansas State Salina expands pilot program to Olathe
October 14, 2014
A pilot degree program offered through Kansas State University Salina will expand to the Kansas City area.
Supreme Court hears water dispute between Kansas, Nebraska
10:59 a.m., October 14, 2014 Updated 12:46 p.m.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday considered how to resolve a long-running legal fight between Kansas and Nebraska over the use of water from the Republican River.
Topeka will vote on future of Heartland Park
October 14, 2014
Topeka residents apparently will vote on the city’s plan to buy the Heartland Park racing park.
KU Hospital testing patient with ‘low to moderate’ risk of Ebola virus
05:53 p.m., October 13, 2014 Updated 06:46 p.m.
Kansas University Hospital confirmed Monday that it is testing a patient for the Ebola virus. While the hospital cannot rule out Ebola at this time, Dr. Lee Norman, chief medical officer at KU Hospital, says the patient is at low to moderate risk of Ebola.
Study: States that spend more on education get better results
October 13, 2014
A study by the Kansas Association of School Boards says states that spend more on public schools get higher student achievement. The report comes as a task force created by the Legislature is preparing to issue a report on how to improve the efficiency of school spending. By Peter Hancock
Kansas State won’t rehire professor who conducted controversial research on grassland burning
11:09 a.m., October 13, 2014 Updated 01:48 p.m.
Kansas State University says it will not renew the contract of a professor who conducted controversial research on grassland burning.
Three Lawrence residents killed in small plane crash near Chicago
08:21 a.m., October 13, 2014 Updated 05:39 p.m.
Three area physicians who live in Lawrence were killed when their small plane crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday night in Chicago. The twin-engine Beechcraft Baron crashed around 10:40 p.m. Sunday in the Chicago suburb of Palos Hills, shortly after takeoff from Chicago Midway Airport. Tausif Rehman, Ali A. Kanchwala and Maria Javaid were aboard the plane, according to a spokesperson with Stormont-Vail HealthCare, where Rehman and Kanchwala worked. By Sara Shepherd
Analysis: Gay marriage clouds Kansas governor race
October 12, 2014
The re-emergence of gay marriage as a hot legal issue nationally has complicated Democratic challenger Paul Davis’ bid in Kansas to unseat conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.
WWII aircraft will leave Topeka for restoration
October 12, 2014
A Michigan man has bought a rare World War II plane from a Topeka museum and plans to make it airworthy.
Plans for Kemper Arena focus on youth sports
October 12, 2014
Two competing plans for the future of Kansas City’s Kemper Arena place a big emphasis on the burgeoning youth sports industry, but significant funding questions for both remain unanswered.
Arrest made in rape of 100-year-old-woman
October 10, 2014
Police in Wichita have arrested a suspect in the rape of a 100-year-old woman during a break-in at her home.
Kansas forecast to bring in bountiful corn harvest
October 10, 2014
A government forecast shows Kansas is expected to harvest 592 million bushels of corn this fall while setting a record yield for bushels cut per acre.
Kansas parks department seeks 5 new game wardens
October 10, 2014
Kansas is so intent on filling five open game warden’s jobs that it’s publicly urging people who enjoy the outdoors to take the test necessary to get into the hiring pool.
ACLU: Gay marriage lawsuit coming soon in Kansas
02:00 p.m., October 9, 2014 Updated 08:35 p.m.
Wedding plans of gay couples across Kansas were in limbo Thursday with all but one of the state’s 105 counties refusing to issue marriage licenses and the American Civil Liberties Union preparing to sue in a bid to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex unions.
Report: Kansas lags behind nation in job growth
10:41 a.m., October 9, 2014 Updated 12:48 p.m.
Kansas job growth is lagging well behind the national average, but the state’s employment outlook for next year has improved, a report released Thursday shows.
Wolf Creek nuclear power plant conducting testing after fire to avoid shutdown
October 8, 2014
Workers at an eastern Kansas nuclear power plant are working to repair fire-damaged equipment and avoid a shutdown.