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Mother’s Day 2012 Spending Exceeds $18 Billion

(westernkansasnews.com) – Americans will spend more on Mom than they have in recent years, according to the National Retail Federation’s consumer spending survey done last month. That’s about $152 per person this year up $12 over last year. Two thirds of consumers, or 66.4 percent, will buy $2.2 billion worth of flowers, while nearly...
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Green Algae Blooms

(KANSAS) (westernkansasnews.com) – State officials are hoping for the best but planning for the worst when it comes to blue-green algae, a toxic substance that can greatly limit the use of state lakes and reservoirs during the summer. Last year the algae was particularly bad, affecting 38 Kansas lakes. Contact with the algae made...
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Saving Amtrak

(GARDEN CITY) (westernkansasnews.com) – It could cost $100,000,000 to keep Amtrak running in most of Kansas. Several cities are working to keep the trains running. Amtrak says it needs the money to repair the tracks between Newton and Raton, NM. It says the money needs to be secured by 2014, otherwise it may look at...
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USD 457 Weekly Update With Roy Cessna 5-10-12

A weekly update with Roy Cessna from USD 457. This weeks topics are school board meeting, ELF program enrollment, and graduation. Roy Cessna 5-10-12
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U.S. Casinos slowly coming back from recession

(DODGE CITY) (westernkansasnews.com) The nation’s commercial casinos continued their slow-but-steady comeback from the recession last year, with revenues up 3 percent nationwide and jobs holding nearly steady, according to a report released Wednesday. Kansas, which opened its first state-run casino in Dodge City in late 2009, took in $48 million, an increase of 28.3 percent. Nationwide...
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DMV May Be Open, But Plan On a Long Wait

(KANSAS) (westernkansasnews.com) – After a week of no services due to upgrading the 30-year-old mainframe computers, along with combining the state’s license plate inventory in all 105 Kansas counties. The wait time as of yesterday was reported at over five hours in some locations. The DMV upgrade process converted 6.8 million records.
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GCCC Summer Programs 5-7-12

GCCC Summer 5-7-12 Information on Kids College and summer programs at Garden City Community College.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters Update 5-8-12

Big Bros 5-8-12 A weekly update of activities from Tammy Davis from Big Brothers Big Sisters of southwest Kansas.
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FInney County United Way 5-7-12

A weekly update With Sway Sandoval from the Finney County United Way. FiCo United way 5-7-12
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Kansas DMV Open

(KANSAS) (westernkansasnews.com) – If you had to wait a week to conduct business at Department of Motor Vehicle offices, you can get back in line. All DMV offices will reopened across the state yesterday, after being closed for a week while a new computer system was installed.
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