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Education funding increase approved

(TOPEKA) (westernkansasnews.com) -The Kansas Legislature moved closer to increasing funding for education Tuesday when it approved a plan for adding $50 million to elementary and secondary education. The approval left some education advocates optimistic that the Legislature might increase education funding after cutting state base aid per pupil in recent years. The vote to...
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Concealed Weapons Bill Shelved

(TOPEKA) (westernkansasnews.com) -The Kansas Senate has shelved a bill allowing gun owners with concealed-carry permits to bring their weapons into more public buildings. The House had originally approved the bill in March. The measure would prohibit many state and local agencies from banning concealed guns. The bill was prompted by the Kansas Board of...
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Kansas State Trooper Cars to go Retro for 75th Anniversary

14 retro-looking cars issued to Kansas Highway Patrol troopers to honor patrol’s 75th birthday Back in 1989, blue and gray Crown Victorias with a single red light on top were the vehicle of choice for the agency. Eventually, the patrol moved to single-color cars equipped with sleek light bars, but now it’s back in...
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Food Safety Class to be given in Dodge City

The Kansas Department of Agriculture will host regional food safety handling classes on May 9 in Dodge City Food borne illness affects millions of Americans and claims the lives of thousands each year. These classes are designed to teach Kansans how to properly store and prepare food in order to reduce food safety risks....
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Crop Insurance is Backbone of Farm Bill

Farmers told a U.S. House Agriculture Committee that crop insurance has to be the backbone of the next farm bill. Ten farmers from the Midwest testified during a committee hearing Friday in Dodge City. Most said a viable crop insurance program is vital to the agriculture’s future. It was the committee’s final field hearing...
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Rabies Case Confirmed in Dodge City

A rabies case has been confirmed in Dodge City–it’s the second case this year in Dodge for the same animal species. Officials with the Dodge City Police Department say they were called to the 500-block of 8th Avenue Monday for a skunk acting strange. After officers dispatched the skunk, it was later sent to...
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Cimarron Voters Pass USD 102 School Bond Issue

Election results are in for a ballot question in Gray County and a school bond issue up for a vote in USD 102 Cimarron-Ensign. On the ballot Tuesday, a question as to whether to approve a $5.3 million dollar school bond, to pay for construction and furnishing of additions and renovations to the Cimarron...
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USD 457 Seeks Volunteers to Develop Budget

Parents and community members in Garden City, the school district is seeking volunteers to help work on the upcoming USD 457 budget. School officials say volunteers will help USD 457 develop the 2012-2013 district-wide budget through the process of program budgeting, which weighs proposals and prioritizes line items within each of the district’s budget...
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Dems Doing Kansas Caucus, Too

Recently, Republicans held their caucus events in Kansas, putting votes behind four candidates and ultimately giving the state’s delegates mostly to Rick Santorum (33) and a few to Mitt Romney (7). And while the GOP has been the focus of the caucus season, Kansas Democrats will also hold a caucus. Democratic Party officials say...
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Garden City Commission to Meet Today

The Garden City Commission meets Tuesday afternoon. Among the items on the agenda, an update on the status of the Southwest Chief passenger rail service that currently comes through Garden City. Also on the agenda, review of the city commission’s goals set down for the next year, and commissioners will vote on recommendations made...
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