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Murder Suspect Charged in Kinsley for Weekend Stabbing

Kinsley, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Charges have been filed in Edwards County against a Kinsley resident Jason Rae Stone for the second degree murder of a 52 year old man Daniel J. O’Brien. The charge is defined as the intentional killing of another without pre-meditation. The complaint was filed in Edwards County District Court after an...
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Hogan: Panel to Find Out What Can Be Done to Keep Teachers in Classrooms

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) The problem has been identified and halting this trend is vital to the future of education in Southwest Kansas. USD 457 in Garden City wants to do all it can to retain teachers in the district.     Deputy Superintendent Heath Hogan says a panel will look at this issue more...
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Jennings: Support Said Something About Recent House Tax Bill

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Although the Kansas House took some heat for the way they sought to increase taxes on those making 30-60K to balance the state budget, Representative Russ Jennings of Lakin says the bill was at least strong enough to buck recent trends.     It takes 63 votes to pass the House...
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Senator Roberts Disspells Inaccurarcies About New Education Secretary

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) There was a great deal of controversy when Betsy DeVos was selected by President Trump to become the new Secretary of Education. Did she have the experience and would her views undermine public education? US Senator Pat Roberts says in vetting DeVos for the position he ultimately decided she should...
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Polar Plunge Set to Raise Money For Special Olympics

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) The 5th annual Polar Plunge will be held at Garden City’s Big Pool Saturday benefiting Special Olympics. Luke Schulte, Events Coordinator with Special Olympics says the Polar Plunge is a unique occasion for Western Kansas.     Organizers expect a huge turnout thanks to local law enforcement and the results...
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President Trump Approves Disaster Declaration for Kansas

(westernkansasnews.com) The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced federal disaster assistance has been made available for the ice storms that swept through Western Kansas on January 13-16. Federal funding is available to state and local governments along with certain non-profit organizations for emergency work and replacement of facilities damaged by the storm in Barton,...
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Estes: Momentum Growing For Alternative Tax Bill

Dodge City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Now that the legislature has failed to over Governor Brownback’s veto of a tax package passed by both the House and Senate last week what happens now? State Senator Bud Estes says this opens the door for work on an alternative plan.     Here is why Estes believes this bill...
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Grass Fires Kept Firefighters Busy on Thursday

(westernkansasnews.com) Several grass fires were reported Thursday afternoon stretching from a line a few miles south of Holcomb through portions of Gray and Haskell Counties. Wind gust of up to 50MPH made conditions much more dangerous for small burns to spread quickly.  Holcomb, Garden City, Sublette and Satanta fire crews were all called out...
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Schmidt: KBI Ready to Move Forward on Improving Amber Alert

(westernkansasnews.com) The Kansas Bureau of Investigation recently did a thorough review of the Amber Alert system in the state. State Attorney General Derek Schmidt underscored the importance of immediate response when an alert is needed.     There were a list of six recommendations that are now in the hands of the KBI on what...
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Senate Ag Committee Holds Hearing on Farm Bill in Kansas

Manhattan, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Thursday marks the beginning of the process towards hammering out a new farm bill. Kansas Senator Pat Roberts will preside over the hearing in the Senate Agricultural Committee.       Times are tough for farmers and after all the haggling over the last farm bill, Roberts realizes the need for a...
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