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Kansas safety law could shut down some amusement rides

A new amusement ride law would affect more than a dozen counties in western Kansas that have home-owned carnivals and rides. The Hutchinson News reports that Gov. Sam Brownback signed the bill in April following the death of a 10-year-old who rode a giant water slide in Kansas City. The …

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Kansas Sen. Roberts pushing to move GOP health plan forward

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is working with fellow Republicans on legislation to overhaul health care even as fellow Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran grabs national headlines for helping to stall the effort. Roberts acknowledged during an Associated Press interview that he’s not happy with parts of the latest version of the …

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Contest winner disqualified over pro-Trump Instagram post

A Kansas makeup artist says she won a national contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty but was later disqualified because of her Instagram post supporting Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. The Wichita Eagle reports screenshots taken by Gypsy Freeman show she won the Instagram contest last month. The victor was …

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Union: Kansas prison forcing officers to work 16-hour shifts

A union representing Kansas state employees says some officers at the state’s maximum-security prison outside El Dorado are being required to work 16-hour shifts. The Kansas Organization of State Employees disclosed Friday that it filed a grievance earlier this month with Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood. KOSE Executive Director Robert Choromanski …

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Hackers had access to millions of Social Security numbers

Records show a breach of a Kansas Department of Commerce data system gave hackers access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers in 10 states. The Kansas News Service reports records it obtained through an open records request show more than half a million of the 5.5 million Social …

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Wichita man catches 80-pound catfish

A man has caught an unusually large flathead catfish in a lake northeast of Wichita and locals think it’s the largest fish of any kind reeled in during the lake’s 50-year history. The Wichita Eagle reports that Charlie Henning had caught an 80-pound (36 kilograms) catfish at Marion Reservoir last …

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Six-state speed enforcement to be held this weekend

A six-state speed enforcement will occur this weekend, from July 21 through July 23. The Kansas Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies will join law enforcement from Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma to address speeding. As speed increases, the severity of a crash increases, which could lead to …

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Kansas Democratic Party names executive director

The Kansas Democratic Party’s new executive director is a lawyer who has worked on voting rights litigation. The party announced in a news release Thursday that Ethan Corson, a former U.S. Department of Commerce official, will take the party’s top job beginning August 1. He previously worked on voter protection …

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Kansans rally as Sen. Moran helps end BCRA, but supports repeal

Outside Senator Jerry Moran’s office Tuesday morning an Indivisible KC rally, intending to thank the senator for his stance on the health care bill, took a sharp turn. “Protect our care, save our health,” could be heard from concerned Kansans chanting near the busy street. Indivisible KC board member, Leslie …

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Kansas faces skeptical state Supreme Court on school funding

Attorneys for Kansas face an often skeptical state Supreme Court as they prepare to argue that legislators boosted spending on public schools enough this year to provide a suitable education to all children. The high court is hearing arguments Tuesday from attorneys about a new school finance law phasing in …

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