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Kansas and regional news

Roadwork and construction planned this week
April 13, 2014
Construction projects listed are now available in a map format at http://lawks.us/construction-map.
Dredging lakes, building aqueduct may be part of Kansas’ 50-year water plan
April 11, 2014
Dredging sediment out of major reservoirs is likely to be a key part of a 50-year plan for maintaining water resources in Kansas. And the idea of building a 450-mile aqueduct from the Missouri River to southwest Kansas is also still on the table. Those, and many other ideas, were part of the discussion at a water policy planning meeting Friday in Manhattan. By Peter Hancock
Wind energy a force in Kansas, industry report says
12:30 p.m., April 10, 2014 Updated 04:39 p.m.
Kansas has nearly doubled its wind power generation over the past two years, according to an industry report released Thursday. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas teachers vow to fight for rights
April 8, 2014
Leaders of the top Kansas teachers’ union are vowing to continue the fight through November’s elections against the Legislature’s vote to eliminate tenure.
4-H Foundation president to retire
April 8, 2014
Gordon Hibbard, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas 4-H Foundation, announced Monday his plans to retire at the end of 2014.
KC police say highway shootings might be connected
April 7, 2014
Kansas City police say 13 shootings aimed at drivers on area highways since March 8 might be connected.
Tonganoxie man killed in motorcycle accident in Jefferson County
April 7, 2014
A 20-year-old Tonganoxie man was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon in Jefferson County, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Kansas gay rights group opposes teacher tenure proposal in Topeka
April 6, 2014
The leading gay rights group in Kansas also is lobbying against a proposal in a school funding bill to end tenure for teachers.
House, Senate set to vote on new school funding plan Sunday night
09:58 a.m., April 6, 2014 Updated 02:45 p.m.
Dozens of red-shirted Kansas teachers returned Sunday to the Statehouse to lobby legislators against a new school funding plan that also included a proposal to end protections against getting fired.
Roadwork: Construction planned this week
April 6, 2014
Construction projects listed are now available in a map format at http://lawks.us/construction-map.
Brownback praises Kansas House school funding plan
April 4, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback says a school funding bill before the Kansas House is a good plan for meeting a state Supreme Court mandate to boost aid to poor school districts.
Recent rains good for farmers, more would be even better
April 3, 2014
More rain means more help for area farmers. On Wednesday night about a quarter of an inch fell in the area, adding to nearly an inch of rain from the previous night and morning, according to the National Weather Service office in Topeka.
DC planners object to Eisenhower Memorial design
April 3, 2014
The staff of a federal panel that oversees plans for monuments in the nation’s capital is recommending changes in the design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The National Capital Planning Commission is set to consider building plans Thursday for architect Frank Gehry’s design for the memorial. But after months of review, the commission’s staff objects to the scale and configuration of stainless steel tapestries that would frame a memorial park honoring Eisenhower.
County approves new agritourism regulations, removes moratorium on applications
April 2, 2014
Douglas County is back in the business of accepting applications for agritourism operations after the Board of Commissioners approved new regulations and rescinded its moratorium on applications Wednesday.
Kansas joins Oklahoma in lawsuit on wildlife regulation
April 2, 2014
Kansas has joined Oklahoma in a lawsuit challenging the process used by the federal government to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species.
Report: Kansas winter wheat crop needs moisture
April 1, 2014
The latest government snapshot says the Kansas winter wheat crop is in need of moisture in most of the state. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 25 percent of the state’s wheat crop is in poor to very poor condition. About 43 percent is rated as fair, with 30 percent in good and 2 percent in excellent condition.
Agritourism back on Douglas County Commission agenda
March 31, 2014
The Douglas County Commission will again talk agritourism regulation at its meeting Wednesday. Two weeks after receiving recommended changes from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, commissioners may vote to adopt new regulations, County Administrator Craig Weinaug said.
Brownback signs into law two bills requested by higher education officials
March 31, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday signed into law two bills sought by universities.
Economic report shows Kansas lagging in numerous categories of growth
01:10 p.m., March 31, 2014 Updated 05:43 p.m.
A report by Gov. Sam Brownback’s Council of Economic Advisors shows that Kansas is lagging the region and nation in numerous economic categories. By Scott Rothschild