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Rival health system bids to operate troubled Topeka hospital

A Topeka-area community health system is moving forward with a bid to acquire a financially troubled rival hospital. Stormont Vail Health submitted a letter of intent Friday saying it wants to acquire the 378-bed St. Francis Health hospital. It previously had expressed interest in an acquisition. St. Francis is owned …

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Top Kansas lawmaker suggests fee on utility bill for schools

The Kansas Senate’s majority leader is suggesting that the state impose an extra fee on utility bills to provide new dollars for public schools. Overland Park Republican Jim Denning said Thursday that he’s drafting a proposal to charge residential customers $3 a month on each of their water, electric and …

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Kansas agency’s dress code bans short skirts, tight clothes

Short skirts and revealing shirts are among the garments Kansas Department of Revenue employees are barred from wearing under a new dress code. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Revenue Secretary Sam Williams authorized implementation of the fashion rules Monday. Employees who meet face-to-face with customers aren’t allowed to expose people …

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Kansas governor seeks $24M to ban guns at state hospitals

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing an additional $24 million in spending over two years on extra security measures to keep concealed guns out of state hospitals. The Republican governor unveiled the proposal Thursday among other budget measures he recommended to the House and Senate budget committees. A 2013 law …

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Kansas governor sees no reason for Topeka hospital to close

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says there’s no reason for a financially troubled Topeka hospital to close because a California nonprofit group is interested in taking it over. Brownback told reporters Wednesday that Prime Healthcare Foundation is a legitimate potential buyer for the 378-bed St. Francis Health hospital in Topeka. The …

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Ex-lawmaker LaTurner takes office as Kansas state treasurer

Former Kansas state Sen. Jake LaTurner has been sworn in as the new state treasurer. LaTurner took the oath of office Wednesday from Kansas Supreme Court Justice Caleb Stegall in a ceremony at the Statehouse. Dozens of family, friends and legislative and political colleagues watched. The 29-year-old Pittsburg Republican was …

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New attorneys take state and federal oaths in April 28 ceremony

Successful applicants to the February 2017 Kansas bar examination will be sworn in as Kansas attorneys in one of two ceremonies at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 28, in the Supreme Court courtroom at the Kansas Judicial Center, 301 SW 10th Avenue, in Topeka. Chief Justice Lawton Nuss …

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GOP lawmakers in Kansas working on new income tax proposals

Top Republican lawmakers in Kansas are working on new proposals for raising income taxes to fix the state budget that include a plan similar to one GOP Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed. Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning said Wednesday that fellow GOP senators are drafting a plan to retain separate rates …

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Some high plains farmers struggling after fires, drought

Deep snow is melting into Western mountain streams, but some farmers and ranchers on the high plains are struggling amid a lengthy dry spell and the aftermath of destructive wildfires. A swath of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas has been in a drought or near-drought condition for six months, putting …

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Kansas Republican becomes newest member of House

Republican Ron Estes, winner of a closer-than-usual congressional election in Kansas, has been sworn in as the newest member of the House. Estes’ race attracted national attention because it was the first congressional election since Donald Trump became president and it was seen as a possible bellwether of the conditions …

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