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Topeka teens’ music making rounds on Internet
December 31, 2015
Two girls who met in 2008 at a Topeka summer camp became best friends, and now they are becoming something of an Internet sensation, representing a clothing line and collaborating on musical endeavors they hope will inspire youths to have positive views of themselves.
Arizona must pay fines, reimburse Kansas customers
December 31, 2015
An Arizona company that told customers it was selling products to help a charitable organization has been ordered to pay $10,000 and reimburse customers.
Manhattan staging New Year’s Eve ball drop
December 30, 2015
Up to 10,000 New Year’s Eve revelers are expected to turn out in the Kansas town known as the Little Apple for a ball-drop event modeled after the one in New York’s Times Square.
Kansas mulling stiffer penalties for water violations
December 30, 2015
Kansas state officials are considering stiffer penalties for water violations.
Derby police to give school officers body cameras
December 29, 2015
The police chief in the Wichita suburb of Derby says his department will outfit its four school resource officers with body cameras as part of a pilot project.
Kansas’ governor defends state’s new guns-on-campus law
December 29, 2015
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he’s not second-guessing a new state law that would require college campuses to allow concealed weapons, calling it a constitutional right.
Budget shortfall, World Series among Kansas’ top 2015 news
December 29, 2015
A budget shortfall that forced lawmakers to increase sales and cigarette taxes and a long-awaited World Series title were among the top stories in Kansas in 2015. Here’s a look at those and the rest of the year’s Top 10 stories.
Topeka offers $500K push to revive shopping centers
December 28, 2015
An effort to improve large, blighted shopping centers in Topeka is getting a $500,000 boost.
Kansas Turnpike Authority approves two-year bridge projects
December 28, 2015
The Kansas Turnpike Authority has approved contracts for two-year bridge projects in Wichita and between Topeka and Emporia.
Kansas lawmaker seeks end of privatized foster care system
December 27, 2015
A Republican Kansas lawmaker is calling for an end to the state’s first-in-the-nation privatized foster care system, as it nears its 20th anniversary with increasing scrutiny and a record number of children in foster homes.
Army to resume cleanup at former Sunflower ammunition plant
December 27, 2015
Five years after federal funding dried for up environmental cleanup at the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in Johnson County, Kansas, the U.S. Army has announced it will resume removing pollutants so the land can be redeveloped.
Kansas City Connection: 36 Months in Kansas City
December 27, 2015
For my final column, I’d like to present this updated, family-friendly guide to all things KC.
Kansas is 5th state where lottery prizes may have been fixed
December 22, 2015
The former security chief for a national group that operates state lotteries personally bought two prize-winning tickets in Kansas worth $44,000, investigators said Monday, bringing to five the number of states where he may have fixed games to enrich himself and associates.
McConnell helps airman cope with loss of infant son
December 22, 2015
In what he describes as the darkest time of his life, Christopher Thornbury, an airman at McConnell Air Force Base, said his co-workers and leaders at McConnell helped him cope with the loss of his infant son.
Court officials say errors revealing juvenile records fixed
December 21, 2015
Riley County District Court officials say they have fixed errors that made confidential juvenile records available on public computers at least 20 times since 2013.
Police arrest man, 32, after another dies at Edgerton bar
December 21, 2015
One man has been arrested after another was killed at a bar in Edgerton.
Questions on classroom spending cloud Kansas schools debate
December 20, 2015
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback says he and many Kansas legislators won’t be ready to consider big increases in aid to public schools until they are confident that enough of the money already spent on education is finding its way into the classroom.
Kansas City Connection: New Year’s options and a last-minute gift guide
December 20, 2015
Is New Year’s overrated? It depends who you ask. All the same, a memorable night out on the town on the last/first day of the year can provide you with a snapshot in time that you’ll remember long after the hangover wears off.
50,000 Kansans sign up for insurance in federal exchange
December 20, 2015
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says about 50,000 people in Kansas had signed up through the federal health insurance exchange as of Dec. 12.
Kansas lawmaker resigning to head conservative policy group
December 17, 2015
The chairman of a Kansas House committee that handles legislation on abortion and gay-rights issues is resigning to lead a conservative group seeking to influence social policy.