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Some Kansas same-sex couples already receiving benefits

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — State employees who are married to someone of the same sex can't yet put their spouses on their health insurance policies, but local government workers in Lawrence have been doing it for years.

Austin Dillon, fans injured in Coke Zero 400 crash

Several people were hurt in a crash during the Coke Zero 400 Nascar Race. 

No one hurt in fire at Stearman Air Field

No one is hurt after a fire at Stearman Air Field in Butler County.

Friday forecast

Stormy cool-down then weekend heat returns

Wichita hit 100 degrees Sunday for the second time this summer but the heat's on the way out and cooling rain and storms are on the way into Kansas Monday.

Fans of women's soccer hope 2015 World Cup brings more fans

Watching Sunday evening's game wasn't just exciting for local soccer players, it brought hope of more players joining the sport.

Fireworks injuries down for Via Christi

Every Fourth of July, more than 230 people across the U.S. end up in the hospital with fireworks-related injuries according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

Disaster, damage numbers rise in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Officials are declaring more disasters in Kansas in recent years. But it's unclear whether severe weather is more common, because weather watchers are doing a better job of documenting some events, such as small tornadoes.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1RdQh6m ) reports that data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency showed 29 disasters were declared in…

Wichita family rescued from roof in house fire

Wichita fire crews rescue four people, including one child, from the roof of their home after it goes up in flames overnight. It happened in the 100 block of S. Chatauqua around 3:30 Sunday morning.

Fire destroys shed in southeast Wichita

Juveniles playing with firecrackers may be to blame for a Sunday afternoon fire that destroyed a shed in the 3500 block of Sunnybrook Lane in southeast Wichita, fire officials say. 

Police: Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies

CALAIS, Maine (AP) - Maine State Police say a man celebrating the Fourth of July died when he tried to launch a firework off the top of his head.

Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, says 22-year-old Devon Staples of Calais (CAL'-ous) had been setting off fireworks with friends on Saturday night in the backyard of a friend's home.

He says Staples placed a…

Wichita police investigate overnight drive by shooting

An 18-year-old woman is now recovering in the hospital after being shot during a 4th of July celebration early Sunday morning in southeast Wichita.

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