state news

Basehor chamber brings circus to town Sept. 3
July 31, 2015
The Basehor Chamber of Commerce once again will sponsor the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus Sept. 3 as a fundraiser for the chamber.
Canoeists set new record in paddling from Kansas to Missouri
July 30, 2015
Two Texas men have set a new record in a race by canoeing the Missouri River from Kansas City, Kansas, to St. Charles, Missouri, in 34 hours and 34 minutes.
Solar group wants more input into review of Westar plan
July 30, 2015
A solar advocacy group says it doesn’t agree with a decision by Kansas regulators to limit the group’s input over a large utility’s rate plan to boost rates.
Voter ID laws focus of Kansas civil rights committee
July 30, 2015
The Kansas division of a federal civil rights commission will investigate whether voter identification laws have affected turnout around the state.
True aim: Bonner Springs couple founds archery club
July 30, 2015
During an eight-year stint in Phoenix, Kansas natives Kerry and Joanna Heidebrecht, along with their son, Kolton, fell in love with archery.
GOP legislators block audit of Kansas foster care system
July 29, 2015
Republican legislators on Wednesday blocked a state audit of Kansas’ foster care system even though several acknowledged that they have ongoing concerns about how well it protects abused and neglected children.
Leavenworth County approves EMS services for Basehor
July 29, 2015
The Leavenworth County Board of Commissioners has agreed to include staffing for an ambulance based in Basehor at the Fairmount Township Fire Department in the county’s 2016 budget.
Bonner council supports amphitheater renovation costs
July 29, 2015
The city of Bonner Springs has agreed to provide $30,000 and take a more than $8,000 reduction in tax revenues in an effort to ensure Cricket Wireless Amphitheater remains a viable entertainment venue and draw to the city.
Kansas fish farms benefiting from wet weather
July 28, 2015
After years of drought, all the recent wet weather in Kansas has been a boon to the state’s fish farmers.
City of Basehor’s bond rating upgraded
July 28, 2015
The city of Basehor this week learned that its bond rating has been upgraded.
Panel faults Kansas mental health system
July 28, 2015
A special state task force says treatment options for the mentally ill in Kansas are lacking because the state’s two acute care psychiatric hospitals don’t have enough space and smaller mental health facilities are underfunded.
Kansas GOP, Democrats plan early March presidential caucuses
July 28, 2015
Republicans and Democrats in Kansas both hope March 5 caucuses will lure serious contenders for their parties’ 2016 presidential nominations to the state.
Remember When for July 30, 2015
July 28, 2015
Events reported this week in The Chieftain 10, 25, 50 and 100 years ago.
Face to Face: Bonner Springs pastor Andy Frazier
July 28, 2015
We visit with new Bonner Springs United Methodist Church pastor Andy Frazier for this week’s Face to Face.
2 Topeka nursing homes, Washburn partner on internships
July 27, 2015
Two Topeka nursing homes and Washburn University’s School of Nursing are partners in a pilot program to improve care in nursing facilities.

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