state news

Basehor’s 10th annual Dairy Days looking for sunny skies
May 27, 2015
Much will be the same at the 10th Annual Basehor Dairy Days Festival, but organizers are hoping for one change over last year — sunny skies, or at the very least, no rain.
Westar plans to buy wind power from new plant
May 27, 2015
Westar Energy says it plans to buy energy from a new wind farm to be built in Pratt County.
Organization Orientation: Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services
May 27, 2015
Making a difference with Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services or BLAS (pronounced “blaze”).
Kansas House approves bill revising land annexation process
May 27, 2015
Kansas legislators have given final approval to a bill that would require cities and towns to get approval from counties before annexing land in some cases.
Face to Face: Bonner Springs volunteer Becky Korgol
May 27, 2015
Becky Korgol, nurse and community volunteer, sharea a little about herself in this week’s Face to Face.
Kansas Senate plans to debate raising taxes to fix budget
May 27, 2015
The Kansas Senate is preparing to debate a plan for closing a projected state budget shortfall by raising sales, tobacco and gasoline taxes and suspending an income tax break for business owners.
Rough weather hits southwest Kansas, at least 1 tornado
May 26, 2015
The National Weather Service says a super cell storm swept across western Kansas, spawning at least one tornado.
Demolition of Docking building not expected until 2016
May 26, 2015
The demolition of the Docking State Office Building is not expected until at least the summer of next year.
Remember When for May 28, 2015
May 25, 2015
Events reported in The Chieftain this week 10, 25, 50 and 100 years ago.
Kansas logs first sighting of tropical piratic flycatcher
May 24, 2015
A small bird that’s typically found hundreds of miles away in Mexico and South America apparently made its way to western Kansas, watchers say, giving the Sunflower State a couple of possible firsts in the birding world.
Steady rain swelling Missouri, Kansas streams, rivers
May 24, 2015
Heavy storms across Missouri and Kansas have been pushing streams and rivers out of their banks, and forecasters say more rain is likely this week.
Salina Airport Authority Board approves lease for business
May 21, 2015
The Salina Airport Authority Board has approved a lease for airport space for a soil erosion business that could bring 13 full-time jobs to the area by June.
Kansas Senate to consider tax increases to close budget gap
May 21, 2015
The Republican-dominated Kansas Senate is considering a plan to raise taxes to close a projected budget shortfall, with GOP Gov. Sam Brownback saying he isn’t drawing “very clear lines” for lawmakers who are split over reversing one of his major economic initiatives.
Libraries to celebrate heroes this summer
May 21, 2015
Once the summer of 2015 is over, the Basehor and Bonner Springs libraries will have made heroes out of every reader.
House approves bill upping secretary of state’s power
10:00 a.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 12:15 p.m.
The House has approved a bill that would give Kansas’ secretary of state the power to prosecute election fraud.

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