state news

High court to hear Kansas plea to reinstate death sentences
March 30, 2015
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear Kansas’ appeal to reinstate death sentences for two brothers in the fatal shootings of four people and for another man convicted of killing a couple.
Remember When for April 2, 2015
March 30, 2015
Events reported in The Chieftain this week 10, 25, 50 and 100 years ago.
Easter a clear favorite for hard-boiled egg fan
March 30, 2015
One of my happiest memories of Easter is the coloring and devouring of boiled eggs.
Kansas lawmakers working on plan to issue pension bonds
March 30, 2015
Kansas legislators are starting to hash out a plan for issuing $1 billion or more in bonds to shore up the short-term financial health of the pension system for teachers and government workers.
Kansas Senate panel to consider expanding liquor licenses
March 29, 2015
With thousands of dollars in campaign contributions at stake in the 2016 election cycle, GOP legislators are weighing the risks of acting on a fiercely lobbied issue: allowing supermarkets to sell liquor.
Kansas officials hope budget puzzle pieces drop into place
March 29, 2015
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback hopes the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature wraps up several key budget issues this week, though he’s not pushing lawmakers to finish a spending blueprint for state government that also erases a projected shortfall of nearly $600 million.
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development to celebrate 25 years April 9
March 29, 2015
The Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development Class is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and to honor the milestone, the Class of 2015 is hosting an event.
State official to be director of Manhattan airport
March 26, 2015
Jesse Romo, the director of aviation for the Kansas Department of Transportation, will become the director of the Manhattan Regional Airport next month.
Kansas House passes bill to authorize $1.5B in pension bonds
March 26, 2015
The Kansas House has approved a bill authorizing $1.5 billion in bonds to help lower the state’s annual costs in funding pensions for teachers and government workers.
Salina man hopes to transform flour mill, redevelop area
March 26, 2015
The owner of a Salina mill has proposed a multimillion-dollar plan to transform the H.D. Lee Flour Mill and Grain Elevator into either townhomes or hotel rooms, with a restaurant 100 feet off the ground.
Reno County spending money to keep jail smelling good
March 26, 2015
To retain that new jail smell, Reno County plans to buy equipment that will vacuum-seal clothing worn by arriving inmates.
Kansas wild bird populations weathering avian influenza
March 25, 2015
The wildlife disease coordinator in Kansas says wild bird population numbers appear unaffected by an outbreak of avian influenza.
Kansas House advances measure to ban abortion procedure
March 25, 2015
Kansas is close to banning an abortion procedure targeted by a national group and described by abortion opponents as fetus dismemberment.
Kansas House approves bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions
March 25, 2015
The Kansas House has approved a bill requiring the state to draft a plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants but allowing legislators to have a say in its contents.
Kansas Senate approves plan to control mental health drugs
March 24, 2015
The Kansas Senate has approved a new proposal for controlling the cost of mental health drugs in the state’s Medicaid program.

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