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Kansas and regional news

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.
Kansas officials pleased by federal agency’s delay on home-care rules
October 8, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration is pleased that the federal government is delaying enforcement of rules extending minimum-wage and overtime protections to home-care workers.
Gubernatorial candidates discuss tax policy
October 7, 2014
The Journal-World sent questionnaires to all three candidates for governor, asking for their views on significant issues that will confront state government in the next four years. Today, we present their comments on tax policy.
Kansas gay rights group recruiting couples to challenge state’s ban on same-sex marriage
October 7, 2014
The Kansas Equality Coalition is encouraging gay and lesbian couples to apply for marriage licenses, knowing they will be denied. The group is recruiting plaintiffs to challenge a 2005 amendment to the Kansas Constitution that prohibits same-sex marriages. By Peter Hancock
Wind energy projects pick up steam in Kansas
October 7, 2014
After a slow start to 2014, several wind energy projects in Kansas are under construction and more are planned once utilities have signed contracts to purchase the power they generate.
False report of Ebola in KC spreads online, prompting response
October 7, 2014
Rumors that a patient at a Kansas City hospital had Ebola were false, but they forced health officials to respond to stories that spread online.
State fair has highest attendance since 1998
October 7, 2014
Kansas State Fair officials say great weather and attractive entertainment acts helped push this year’s attendance to its highest level since 1998 and could turn out to be the fourth-largest fair of all time.
Burlington nuclear plant reopens after fire
October 7, 2014
Authorities say an eastern Kansas nuclear power plant has reopened after a fire.