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2 min ago | The Star Online

U.S. leaders call for 'war' on Ebola outbreak, pledge troops

U.S. lawmakers called for a government-funded "war" to contain West Africa's deadly Ebola epidemic before it threatens more countries, building on an American pledge to send 3,000 military engineers and medical personnel to combat the virus. Democratic and Republican lawmakers pledged increased support for efforts to contain the virus that has killed nearly 2,500 people out of almost 5,000 cases in West Africa.

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Related Topix: Epidemic, Natural Disasters, US Politics, US News, Senator Jerry Moran, US Senate, Republican, US House of Representatives, Jerry Moran, John Boehner

3 hrs ago | The Capital-Journal

Feds seek forfeiture of business jet in pot bust

Federal prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of a business jet after the pilot was arrested in July at a Kansas airport and accused of possessing more than 50 kilograms of marijuana with the intent to sell it. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says 58-year-old Kenneth Weaver of Denver also is accused of conspiracy and interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking.

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Related Topix: Drugs

7 hrs ago | The Capital-Journal

Washington coroner seeks help to ID body, possibly Kansas native

A coroner in Washington state is seeking the public's help in positively identifying the body of a man discovered in a partially collapsed tent this month. San Juan County Coroner Randall Gaylord says a Texas driver's license was found with the body, which was discovered Sept.

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7 hrs ago | The Capital-Journal

Dole returning to Kansas for September leg of tour

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole returns to Kansas next week for the latest of several planned trips to his home state this year. The 91-year-old Russell native lives in Washington, D.C., and is making the homecoming tour to greet longtime friends and supporters throughout the state.

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Related Topix: Dodge City, KS, Kinsley, KS, Liberal, KS

8 hrs ago | The Capital-Journal

Kansas pilot project connected VA, other hospitals

A stopgap program made it easier for Kansas veterans to move between the Veterans Administration and private hospitals, officials said, but they hope to replace it soon with a comprehensive fix. The Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center and the Kansas Health Information Network cooperated on a pilot program to let veterans share move their records between the two hospitals, said Laura McCrary, executive director of KHIN.

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Related Topix: Nursing, Medicine

8 hrs ago | The Capital-Journal

U.S. Department of Education allows Kansas to withhold test data

Kansas education officials have secured federal approval not to release test results for last school year that experts say were rendered invalid by the technical problems and cyber attacks that plagued the state's computer-based exams. The decision means parents, teachers and school administrators won't be able to see how specific students, schools or school districts performed in mathematics and reading this year.

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Related Topix: Education Etc., University of Kansas

12 hrs ago | The Kansas Department of Health and E...

Kansas Receives CDC Funding To Gather Data To Help Prevent Violent Deaths

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recently received $970,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to gather critical data on homicide and suicide using the National Violent Death Reporting System for five years. NVDRS provides de-identified details on demographics , method of injury, the relationship between the victim and the suspect, and information about circumstances such as depression, financial stressors or relationship problems.

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Related Topix: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Suicide

13 hrs ago | The Capital-Journal

Wichita residents try again to reduce punishment for weed possession

A group of Wichita residents who want to reduce the punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana will try a second petition drive. The first effort to get the issue on the November ballot fell less than 40 signatures short of the number required.

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17 hrs ago | Politico

K Street kicks into gear for GOP

NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran of Kansas and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio will be joined by nearly two dozen Senate Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at the briefing, according to an invite. NRSC Political Director Ward Baker will be joined by Kevin Madden of JDA Frontline, Dave Sackett of the Tarrance Group, Robert Sechrist of Acquire Digital and Rick Wiley of Mercury for the reception and lunch and political update.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Senator Jerry Moran, US Senate, Republican, Senator Rob Portman, US House of Representatives, Representative Steve Daines, John Cornyn

Mon Sep 15, 2014

ABC News

Kansas Election Law Looms Large in US Senate Race

The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the Democrat who wants to drop out of the U.S. Senate race must stay on the ballot anyway, a dispute which could have a big effect on Republican hopes of recapturing a Senate majority. Democrat Chad Taylor, a county prosecutor from Topeka, threw the race into chaos earlier this month when he announced he wanted to be taken off the ballot, without giving an explanation.

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Related Topix: US Senate, Republican, US Politics, Pat Roberts, US News

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Kansas election law looms large in US Senate race

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, center, walks with members of his staff and legal team into the Kansas Judicial Center to file documents in a legal dispute before the state Supreme Court over the Democratic nominee's attempt to get off the ballot in the U.S. Senate race, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Topeka, Kan.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Pat Roberts, Topeka, KS

Slate

Campaign Ad Praises Senator for Supporting a Project That He Voted Against Actually Funding

On its face, there's nothing remarkable about this ad for Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts. You've got your B-roll of the senators making human contact with people who look busy.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Pat Roberts, Sam Brownback, US Governors, US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan

Daily Kos

Even Kansas Republicans have had enough hardcore conservatism

For decades, Kansas has had a significant Republican base. Although they've had a few Democratic governors like Kathleen Sebelius, and an occasional congressional representative like Dennis Moore, the state has long hovered in deep red territory.

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Related Topix: US News, Dennis Moore, US House of Representatives, Democrat, US Politics, US Senate, Republican, Sam Brownback, Kansas Government, Kansas, AL, US Governors, Kathleen Sebelius

KAKE

Sentencing for former Kansas lawmaker pushed back again

Sentencing has been pushed back for a former Kansas state legislator who pleaded guilty in May to defrauding a Colby bank out of more than $400,000. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports 40-year-old Trent LeDoux of Holton was scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, but his attorney filed for a continuance because LeDoux is having surgery on Thursday.

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Daily Kos

Even Kansas Republicans have had enough hardcore conservatism

For decades, Kansas has had a significant Republican base. Although they've had a few Democratic governors like Kathleen Sebelius, and an occasional congressional representative like Dennis Moore, the state has long hovered in deep red territory.

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Related Topix: Dennis Moore, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat, US Politics, US Senate, Republican, Sam Brownback, Kansas Government, Kansas, AL, US Governors, Kathleen Sebelius

AccuWeather.com

Odile's Heavy Rain, Flood Risk May Reach Central US

While Odile will weaken upon moving inland over the mainly southwestern United States, its remnants have the potential to bring heavy rain and flooding to parts of the Plains and Midwest. While rainfall is needed in portions of western Texas to western Kansas and eastern Colorado, amounts could be excessive if the tropical moisture interacts with a system sagging southward from Canada.

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Related Topix: Weather, Hurricane, Natural Disasters

WIBW-TV Topeka

Remnants of Hurricane Odile to Impact Midwest

The Remnants of the strong, once-category 4 Monster Hurricane Odile could impact the Midwest, and NE Kansas by Friday-Saturday. It will have weakened substantially by that point, but could still cause some strong storms, high winds, and locally heavy rainfall, perhaps even some flooding.

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Related Topix: Hurricane Odile, Hurricane, Weather, Natural Disasters

The Wichita Eagle

Two Wichita-area teachers named finalists for Kansas Teacher of the Year

Dennis Munk, a physical education teacher at Campus High School in the Haysville district, and Lisa Holt, a special education teacher at Country View Elementary School in Winfield, have been named Region 4 finalists for the 2015 Kansas Teacher of the Year award. Each received a $2,000 cash award and now are eligible to be named Kansas Teacher of the Year on Nov. 22. Munk and Holt were among six teachers selected as semifinalists in the Region 4 area, which covers the 4th Congressional District.

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Related Topix: Wichita, KS, Haysville, KS

The Capital-Journal

Relihan: Highs in 70s, chance of rain today

Cool temperatures in the 70s will return on Monday, and northeast Kansas residents should keep an eye to the sky for the chance of precipitation. "It will be partly sunny today with a chance for widely scattered showers and possibly a thundershower," says 580 WIBW Radio meteorologist Dave Relihan.

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Related Topix: Weather, Hurricane Odile, Hurricane

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Examiner.com

Kansas City Symphony, Joyce DiDonato, can there be a better season opening

The Kansas Symphony opened its 2014 - 2015 season Friday night at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, featuring Kansas City mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato , singing songs of Maurice Ravel and Richard Strauss . The program began with Bacchanale, a five minute piece by Amnerican composer, Charles Tomlinson Griffes .

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Related Topix: Symphony, Arts, Classical, Luciano Pavarotti, Pavarotti

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