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Kansas town to begin rebuilding its downtown

ANTHONY, Kan. (AP) — A south-central Kansas community that lost a downtown block to a fire five years ago is preparing to start rebuilding.

School bus driver shortage in Garden City

Garden City is one of the districts having trouble finding enough people to drive under the new requirements. The district only has about 3/4 of the drivers it needs for some 2,500 students.

United States Department of Agriculture sees closings in shutdown

Kansas farmers preparing for fall wheat seeding

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The latest government agricultural snapshot notes that Kansas farmers have been busy preparing wheat fields for fall seeding.

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Hays PD: Armed woman report briefly locks down school

A western Kansas school was on a brief lockdown while authorities negotiated with a suicidal woman.

Harper couple injured in NW Kansas motorcycle crash

A motorcycle accident in western Kansas has injured a Harper couple.

State mulls easing protection of snake species

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — State officials are considering easing regulatory protection of a nonvenomous snake.

UPDATE: Man killed in Reno Co. mower accident identified

An 86-year-old man has died in a mowing accident in Hutchinson.

Some upset over image in FHSU student article

An image showing a merger between two western Kansas colleges has caused a controversy.

Reno Co. Sheriff mourning deputy death

A flag flies at half-staff as a symbol and reminder of what the Reno County Sheriff's Office lost over the weekend.

Sex offender pleads guilty to child porn

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A registered sex offender from southwest Kansas has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possessing child pornography.

Memorial fund set up for deputy, wife's children

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A memorial fund has been set up for the children of a Reno County jail deputy and his wife who died in a motorcycle crash during the weekend.

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Officials warn of toxic algae levels Kansas lakes

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is cautioning the public about toxic levels of blue-green algae in several lakes.

About 1,800 Kansans could lose health insurance

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The federal government says about 1,800 Kansans who chose health insurance through HealthCare.gov could lose their coverage over questions about their citizenship or immigration status.

Three hurt in Stafford Co. crash

Three people have been hurt, one critically, in a crash in Stafford County.

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UPDATE: Pilot named in Gray Co. crop dusting accident

A pilot has been hospitalized after hitting a powerline near the Dodge City airport.

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