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USDA announces Kansas City region as finalist for relocation of research agencies

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has selected the greater Kansas City region as a finalist for relocation of its sites for research agencies. The two agencies include the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Economic Research Service. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue made the announcement Friday. In addition to Kansas [...]

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By |2019-05-06T08:29:20-05:00May 6th, 2019|Manhattan, State News|Comments Off on USDA announces Kansas City region as finalist for relocation of research agencies

Local lawmakers weigh in on abortion rights following landmark Supreme Court decision

*Read the full Supreme Court decision here.* Kansas lawmakers are responding very differently over the state Supreme Court’s declaration of a right to abortion. The 6-1 ruling Friday notes the Kansas constitution protects the “right of personal autonomy,” meaning state law cannot abridge the right “to control one’s own body, to assert bodily integrity and [...]

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By |2019-04-26T16:00:52-05:00April 26th, 2019|Manhattan, State News|Comments Off on Local lawmakers weigh in on abortion rights following landmark Supreme Court decision

Rep. Carlin optimistic on K-12 funding as legislators prepare for break

Both chambers of the Kansas Legislature adjourned Friday for a three week break. One of the key issues that passed through both the House and Senate was a school finance bill to infuse $90 million into K-12 education next year. It’s the latest attempt by lawmakers to satisfy a Supreme Court ruling last year which [...]

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By |2019-04-06T11:07:02-05:00April 6th, 2019|Manhattan, State News|Comments Off on Rep. Carlin optimistic on K-12 funding as legislators prepare for break

Burn ban remains through April for 16 Kansas counties

TOPEKA (AP) — A burn ban is in effect in 16 Kansas counties through the month of April. The ban restricts burning trees and brush from land clearing, crop residues, construction debris, yard waste, and the use of backyard chimineas and fire pits. The counties under the ban are Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cowley, Elk, Geary, [...]

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By |2019-04-02T06:21:55-05:00April 2nd, 2019|Local News, State News|Comments Off on Burn ban remains through April for 16 Kansas counties

Update: Capitol reinstates three K-State students banned for Wednesday protest

TOPEKA (AP) — Three Kansas State University students who were barred on Wednesday from the Kansas Statehouse for a year have been reinstated. The Kansas City Star reports capitol officials on Thursday reversed the ban that was imposed after the students helped hang large banners saying top Republican legislators who oppose expanding Medicaid have “blood [...]

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By |2019-03-29T06:35:19-05:00March 27th, 2019|Local News, State News|Comments Off on Update: Capitol reinstates three K-State students banned for Wednesday protest

USDA: Kansas cattle inventory up 1 percent as of Jan. 1

MANHATTAN — The USDA’s Kansas January 1 cattle inventory numbers were released on Friday, showing 6.35 million cattle and calves, an increase of 1 percent from the previous year. Here’s how those numbers are broken down. *All cows and heifers that had calved totaled 1.69 million head, up 2 percent from last year. *Beef cows [...]

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By |2019-03-01T13:34:53-05:00March 1st, 2019|Local News, State News|Comments Off on USDA: Kansas cattle inventory up 1 percent as of Jan. 1

Texas couple accused of child abduction located in Riley County, arrested in Topeka

TOPEKA — A Texas couple wanted in connection with the abduction of their three children were captured Wednesday in Topeka. Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Apprehension Task Force located the vehicle of 32-year-olds Jeffrey and Maria Gilseth in Riley County Wednesday after a tip from Texas authorities that the couple may be in Kansas. [...]

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By |2019-02-28T08:19:12-05:00February 28th, 2019|arrest, Child abduction, Crime, kansas news, Riley County, Riley County Kansas, Riley County Police Department, State News, Texas couple, Topeka, U.S. Marshal's Office|Comments Off on Texas couple accused of child abduction located in Riley County, arrested in Topeka

Average gas prices in Kansas continue to fall, Manhattan sees 2 cent per gallon decrease

Average gasoline prices continue to fall, continuing a steady trend taking place in the state over the past three months. Kansas’s average gas price state-wide is the ninth cheapest in America — 31 cents lower than the national average — at $1.93 per gallon of fuel. That’s 15 percent lower than the rate last January, [...]

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By |2019-01-07T14:58:19-05:00January 7th, 2019|Local News, Manhattan, State News|Comments Off on Average gas prices in Kansas continue to fall, Manhattan sees 2 cent per gallon decrease

Sen. Pat Roberts to retire, setting stage for open seat race in 2020

MANHATTAN — Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) announced plans for his future during a news conference Friday morning at the Kansas Department of Agriculture headquarters in Manhattan. The 82-year-old Republican chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee and has been known by some of his colleagues of reaching across the aisle to get things done. Roberts credited the bipartisan [...]

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By |2019-01-04T13:33:57-05:00January 4th, 2019|Local News, Manhattan, State News|Comments Off on Sen. Pat Roberts to retire, setting stage for open seat race in 2020

Kansas unemployment falls to 3.2 percent; Manhattan at 2.5 percent

TOPEKA — Kansas Labor Department figures show the state’s November unemployment rate of 3.2 percent was just barely lower than the previous month’s rate and down from 3.5 percent in November 2017. Labor Secretary Lana Gordon shared optimism about what that means for job-growth. Seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total nonfarm Kansas jobs increase by [...]

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By |2018-12-21T13:25:41-05:00December 21st, 2018|Local News, State News|Comments Off on Kansas unemployment falls to 3.2 percent; Manhattan at 2.5 percent