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A law taking effect Monday allows people with concealed-carry permits to bring their guns into public buildings.

Kansas Concealed Carry Permits Recognized in Pa.

KSAL StaffJuly 24, 2013

Pennsylvania has become the 31st state to recognize Kansas permits for carrying concealed firearms. Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday that Pennsylvania joined the list as a result of legislation passed by Kansas lawmakers this year. The law recognizes all valid out-of-state permits when a non-resident permit holder is traveling temporarily in Kansas. A list of reciprocating states is a...

Environmentalists Pan Kansas Coal Plant Provision

KSAL StaffJuly 23, 2013

Opponents of a coal-fired power plant planned for southwest Kansas say developers still face obstacles in completing the project despite legislation approved by the U.S. House. Kansas congressman Tim Huelskamp inserted language removing one level of federal oversight of the project planned by Sunflower Electric Power Corp. The Hays-based company wants to build a second coal-fired unit at its Holc...

Kansas Doctor Found Guilty of Criminal Contempt

KSAL StaffJuly 23, 2013

A federal judge has found a Kansas doctor guilty of criminal contempt of court for misbehaving during her first court appearance on charges related to a $7 million Army fraud and bribery indictment. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson sentenced 50-year-old Heidi Lynn Webster of Manhattan to 30 days in jail on top of any sentence she receives in a Texas case that charges her with medical equipment ...

A new report says Kansas farmers planted fewer acres of corn and soybeans and more acres of sorghum this spring than in 2012.

Failed Corn, Sorghum Crops Reported in Kansas

KSAL StaffJuly 23, 2013

Spotty rain showers across much of Kansas this past week were too little to improve drought conditions in western Kansas. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that dryland farm crops and pastures continue to suffer. The agency says it has received reports of failed corn and sorghum crops in areas missed by the rain, as well as fields damaged by hail or wind. The corn crop...

Kansas Man Pleads Guilty to Internet Sex Crime

KSAL StaffJuly 23, 2013

A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to committing an Internet sex crime while he was confined as a sexual predator at the Larned State Hospital. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom's office announced Monday that 38-year-old Mark David Brull and a co-defendant admitted victimizing a 14-year-old Massachusetts boy. Brull pleaded guilty to one count of the transfer of obscene materials to a minor. Prosecutors s...

Explosives Regulations Upset Some Industry Leaders

KSAL StaffJuly 23, 2013

The Kansas Fire Marshal is drawing fire for his efforts to reinstate oversight of the explosive industry in the state. The fire marshal lost legal authority to issue permits to explosive industry operators in 2010, when an assistant attorney general mistakenly deleted the authority for the agency to do so. Temporary rules were imposed June 28. On Monday, Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen told a Kansas...

Dole, Eisenhower Join Kan. Gov.’s Re-election Team

KSAL StaffJuly 23, 2013

Former Sen. Bob Dole and the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower have agreed to serve as honorary leaders of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election team for 2014. The Republican governor announced Tuesday that Dole and Mary Jean Eisenhower will be the national co-chairmen of his campaign. Kansas Democratic Party spokesman Dakota Loomis said the announcement isn't surprising, calling...

Kansas, Chinese Province Pledge Ag Partnership

KSAL StaffJuly 22, 2013

Gov. Sam Brownback is celebrating an agreement between Kansas and central China's Henan province as a significant development in their trade relationship. Brownback said Monday the state and the province have agreed to work on projects related to agriculture, food safety and the biosciences that include education, research, and developing commercial projects from research. Brownback and Henan's ...

Kansas Regulators Considering New Fracking Rules

KSAL StaffJuly 22, 2013

Kansas utility regulators are considering new rules to require oil and natural gas companies to disclose some information about the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Topeka Capital Journal reports the Kansas Corporation Commission outlined the proposed rules to legislators on Monday. The KCC also plans a public hearing Aug. 10 in Wichita on the proposals. The rules wou...

Kansas Man Wins $1M in Powerball Drawing

KSAL StaffJuly 22, 2013

An eastern Kansas man plans to pay off his house, buy a swing set and make some investments with the $1 million he won in the latest Powerball drawing. The Kansas Lottery says 43-year-old Nelson Worley, of Osawatomie, matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball number in Saturday night's drawing. The jackpot was $141 million, but Worley says he's not complaining about winning just $1 mil...

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