August 22, 2014

Global markets continue to play role in Kansas agriculture

Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses sold more than $4 billion in agriculture products to foreign customers in 2012. Data for 2012 is not yet available, but officials anticipate 2013 was a very good year for Kansas agricultural exports.
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Officials anticipate school funding to be top issue

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Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Kansas legislators heard the opening gavel of the 2014 session Jan. 13. Whether the 2014 assembly will be contentious or fun will partially depend on what Gov. Sam Brownback says during the state of the state …

Requests for carry-conceal increase

The number of Kansans who applied for concealed carry handgun permits last year exceeded the previous one-year record by 50 percent, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
More than 24,000 Kansans applied for concealed carry handgun permits in 2013.
“Record …

Public records again forefront of district discussion

Debbie Hickman
Special to The Gardner News
Public records were again the subject of a lengthy discussion at the Jan. 13 Gardner board of education meeting. Although an exact number of requests made but not paid for under the Kansas …

Kansas inmates create dental gift bags

Bag it, bow it, tag it.  Bag it, bow it, tag it.  That’s what students in the Kansas Correctional Industries’ Dental Lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility (TCF) do roughly 2,000 times each year during the spare minutes that intersperse …

State officials report fewer deaths on Kansas roadways during 2013

In the past year there were fewer deaths on Kansas roads than in any other year since the Kansas Department of Transportation began keeping records. In 2013, according to preliminary, unofficial reports, there were 344 fatalities compared to 405 in …

K-State’s Winter Ranch Management Series takes new approach

MANHATTAN, Kan. — A two-way verbal exchange between Kansas’ cattle producers and extension specialists is the new approach to K-State’s 2014 Winter Ranch Management Seminar. Area beef cattle producers will have an opportunity to talk with Extension specialists Tuesday, January …

Officials urge people to prepare for sub-zero temps

Kansas Division of Emergency Management officials are urging Kansans to prepare for snow and dangerous sub-zero temperatures and wind chills this weekend into early next week. The National Weather Service is forecasting two cold fronts with the first bringing colder …

Kansas asks SC to block EPA regulations

Kansas has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new EPA regulation affecting stationary-source businesses and industries that generate greenhouse gases, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Litigation challenging the EPA greenhouse gas regulation has been ongoing since 2009. Kansas …

Governor announces all-day kindergarten plan

Gov. Sam Brownback announced his intention to support a State Board of Education proposal to fund all-day kindergarten in Kansas.
“This is a strategic investment in helping our children be better prepared for success in school,” Brownback said.  “Numerous studies …