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Brownback signs law giving employers flexibility on employee hours
April 14, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a measure that continues a program that allows employers to reduce employees’ work hours to avoid layoffs, and then those employees could receive partial unemployment benefits. By Scott Rothschild
Three dead in Kansas City Jewish community shootings
April 13, 2014
Three people were shot and killed Sunday afternoon in suburban Kansas City, and a spokeswoman for a local hospital said a 15-year-old boy is in critical condition.
Lawrence native awarded Bronze Star for disarming explosives in Afghanistan
April 13, 2014
Lawrence native Brandon R. Trent, a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, was awarded a Bronze Star earlier this month for his actions during the war in Afghanistan in 2013.
Analysis: Brownback will sign schools bill, ending teacher tenure
April 13, 2014
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is all but certain to resist pressure to veto a proposal that would end tenure for public school teachers, approved by the Legislature as part of a court-mandated education funding plan.
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.