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Lottery Spending Up, Casino Down

By associated-press On Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:33:45

Lottery Spending Up, Casino Down

Kansans spent more than a million dollars more last year to buy lottery tickets than they did the previous year. But revenues were down at two of the state's three casinos. The Kansas Lottery's report to the Legislature Tuesday shows sales of lottery tickets totaled $245.7 million last year. T...

 
 

“Commodity Classic” Farm Event

By associated-press On Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:31:09

“Commodity Classic” Farm Event

Kansas farm groups are planning to gather next month for their annual Commodity Classic convention. The free event begins at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan. Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey will be speaking at a joint morning session with the Women Ma...

 
 

Capital Murder Trial Scheduled

By associated-press On Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:28:08

Capital Murder Trial Scheduled

A man will face a capital murder charge when he is tried next year in the fatal shooting of a Topeka police officer. Ross Preston Lane was bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing Tuesday in the death of Topeka police Cpl. Jason Harwood. The trial was scheduled for Jan. 11. Coroner Cha...

 
 

Low Oil Prices Bad For State Revenue

By associated-press On Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:19:55

Low Oil Prices Bad For State Revenue

Although falling gas prices are reducing the amount of oil severance taxes Kansas is expected to collect, state lawmakers say there's a bright spot to the otherwise dim projections. Residents will have more money in their pockets to spend on other things. Kansas Legislative Research Department ec...

 
 

New Saline County Commission Meets

By toddpittenger On Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:15:01

New Saline County Commission Meets

Among other things, the Saline County Commission reorganized when the new 5-person board met for their first scheduled meeting Tuesday. Monte Shadwick is the new commission chair, Jim Gile is the vice-chair, and John Price is the secretary. After discussing reorganization, commissioners then d...

 
 

Kansas Birth Rate in 2013 Lowest Since Recording Began

By ksal-staff On Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:07:25

Kansas Birth Rate in 2013 Lowest Since Recording Began

An annual report says the Kansas birth rate in 2013 was the lowest since the state began keeping birth records in 1912. The Wichita Eagle reports an annual vital statistics reports says the Kansas rate was 13.4 per 1,000, a drop of 4.3 percent from 2012. Kansas State professor Laszlo Kulcsar, ...

 
 

State Fair Working On New Master Plan

By associated-press On Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:02:47

State Fair Working On New Master Plan

Kansas State Fair officials have begun the process of forming a new master plan to address renovations at the aging fairgrounds. Fair Manager Denny Stoecklein says the plan could address issues such as a rarely-used racetrack to updating the Depression-era Bison Arena and an Expo Center built in ...

 
 

Owner Admits Illegal Dumping

By associated-press On Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:35:20

Owner Admits Illegal Dumping

The owner of an El Dorado plastics recycling company will be sentenced March 30 for dumping hazardous waste chemicals. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Brian Riley, of Andover, also was ordered to pay $118,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency. Riley pleaded guilty Monday to negligent exp...

 
 

Driver Hit Wrong Pedal In Fatal Crash

By associated-press On Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:33:26

Driver Hit Wrong Pedal In Fatal Crash

Newton police say a woman might have hit the wrong pedal before her car drove into a retirement, killing an 82-year-old woman inside. Police Lt. Scott Powell says Wanda Dyck died at a hospital Sunday after the accident Saturday at the Asbury Park Retirement Homes in Newton. A car driven by a 5...

 
 

Area Group’s Humanitarian Effort Continues

By ksal-staff On Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:29:53

Area Group’s Humanitarian Effort Continues

Five years after a devastating earthquake an area organization's humanitarian relief effort continues. On January 12, 2010 at 4:53 in the afternoon, time stopped in Haiti. The very homes that the children lived in became their coffin. Those children in the middle of their childhood seemed to suff...

 
 
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