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KDOT to Study Fuel Tax Revenue Reliability

(Garden City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) People are driving less, which is why the Kansas Department of Transportation is planning to study the long-term feasibility of relying on motor fuel taxes to fund the states highways. It’s an issue that all states are aware of as well as motor fuel taxes are going down. House Bill...
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Critics Say Brownback Plan for Medicaid a Throw Back

(Topeka, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) State health officials received a lot of feedback, nearly all of it negative, at a public meeting Monday in Wichita about Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for Medicaid. Brownback’s plan, called KanCare, would move nearly all of the state’s 380,000 Medicaid beneficiaries into managed-care plans run by private insurance companies beginning Jan....
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Storm Chasers Can Be Nuisance to Emergency Responders

(Garden City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) During the past decade, storm chasing has become so popular in Kansas, it has turned into a tourist industry. Groups of storm chasers have made a profession out of the chase. The fascination with violent storms is part of human nature, said Mike Umscheid, a Dodge City National Weather Service...
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GC Police Make Arrest in Marijuana Trafficing Ring

(Garden City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) A pair of Garden City men were arrested on Friday after police served a search warrant on their Jenny Avenue residence and allegedly located 651 grams of marijuana.  Police Sergeant Michael Reagle says the arrests were the culmination of an investigation by the Garden City and Finney County Drug Task...
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Finney County Commissioners Discuss Budget, Fairgrounds Exhibition Reconstruction

(Garden City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) Finney County Commissioners met on Monday and talked budget.  Commissioners are chipping away at the budget process and will meet with staff to discuss exact figures on July 9th before conducting a public hearing in August to establish the maximum amount they the county will allot to spend during the...
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GC Commissioners Meet with Busy Agenda

(Garden City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) Garden City Commissioners meet on Tuesday with a busy agenda.  There will be a pre-meeting from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. before the regular meeting starts at 1 p.m.  The pre-meeting will focus on the city’s Industrial Park Master Plan for the area adjacent to Garden City Regional Airport.  During...
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Garden City Man Shot After Confrontation

(Garden City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) A 30-year old Garden City man is recovering from gunshot wounds to his left hand and right leg after an altercation at the El Maguey Club on Highway-50 just after closing time Saturday morning. Finney County Sheriff Kevin Bascue reports that Jose Muniz was treated for gunshot wounds at St....
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KDOT Workers Abound, Motorists Urged to Slow Down

(Garden City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) KDOT spokesperson Kirk Hutchinson reminds motorists to watch for workers and slowdown in construction zones as work continues on various projects throughout the state.  Hutchinson says work has resumed on Highway-27 in Morton County on a 14-mile stretch of roadway near the junction with Highway-51.  Traffic is reduced to one...
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New Drunk Driving Law in Kansas

(Topeka, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) Beginning July 1, Kansas will become one of a handful of states that mandate jail time for repeat offenders who refuse breath or blood tests after being stopped for suspicion of driving drunk. The law was designed to correct a common scenario involving test refusals by motorists who knew their way...
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Winter Wheat Harvest Robust

(Garden City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com) Kansas winter wheat harvest is looking good. The Kansas Grain and Feed Association, in conjunction with other industry trade groups, reported that farmers in Barber County have finished their harvest. The OK Co-op Grain Co. says it took in 3 million bushels, with farmers averaging 45 to 55 bushels per...
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