state news

Kansas considers reduced penalties for marijuana possession
January 28, 2015
Penalties for marijuana possession may be softened in Kansas as legislators seek to lower prison populations and reduce costs.
Kansas lawmakers move to block local gun regulations
January 28, 2015
Local officials who already are barred from imposing restrictions on gun owners also would be prohibited from imposing special taxes on gun sales under a bill considered Wednesday by Kansas legislators.
Kansas House moves to stop wee-hours sessions, bill bundling
January 27, 2015
Kansas House members are moving to ban post-midnight sessions of their chamber and make it harder for their leaders to bundle multiple bills into a single piece of legislation.
Basehor council, school board candidates run unopposed
Voters will decide on USD 458’s Position 3, Linwood council, school bond issue
January 27, 2015
At noon on Tuesday, the ballots for April 7 were finalized — and a number of local candidates will be running unopposed.
Wichita council puts marijuana issue on April ballot
January 27, 2015
Wichita voters will get the opportunity to vote on easing marijuana penalties for first-time offenders.
Kansas measure would boost penalties for burglaries
January 27, 2015
Kansas would increase penalties for home burglaries under a bill being considered in the state Senate.
Dalton Gang attraction among new historical site additions
January 26, 2015
A southwest Kansas roadside museum about a gang of bank and train robbers is among the newest properties added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Topeka district works with historically black colleges
January 26, 2015
The Topeka school district is working with several historically black colleges and universities in Texas to make its teaching staff more diverse.
Remember When for Jan. 29, 2015
January 26, 2015
Events reported this week in The Chieftain 10, 25, 50 and 100 years ago.
Whereabouts of Thomas Hart Benton painting concealed
January 26, 2015
Some members of a class that donated a Thomas Hart Benton painting to a Shawnee Mission school in the 1950s are wondering where the gift is being kept.
Kansas governor proposes to backpedal on school funding, too
January 26, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing that Kansas backpedal on a much-ballyhooed increase in spending on public schools, just as he is asking fellow Republicans in the Legislature to slow down aggressive tax-cutting because of big budget shortfalls.
Basehor sidewalk project won’t begin until 2016
January 22, 2015
Construction on a sidewalk on Leavenworth Road from 155th Street to Basehor City Park is about a year away.
Bonner parks and rec seeks summer pool employees
January 21, 2015
The Bonner Springs Aquatic Park now is accepting applications for several seasonal positions.
Face to Face: Bonner aquatics supervisor Kayla Vice
January 21, 2015
Bonner Springs Parks and Recreation Department’s (very) new aquatics supervisor, Kayla Vice, introduces herself in this week’s Face to Face column.
Kiwanis among many worthy service organizations
January 21, 2015
Attending a weekly Kiwanis Club meeting is a “good habit” for thousands of men and women worldwide who are dedicated to helping their communities while combining service with fun.

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