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Statement From The Washington County Sheriff’s Department

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The following statement was released online by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department regarding an incident at USD 108 Washington County Schools yesterday. As most of you in the Washington area know already, our agency and USD 108 have taken precautionary measures for today on the school grounds. Right now there is a lot of misinformation being distributed through social media, ... Read More »

State of Kansas Protests Proposed Child Labor Law Changes

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Gov. Sam Brownback and other Kansas officials say proposed rules from the federal government would limit youth farm work too much. Brownback and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt have sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor, protesting proposed changes in regulations for young farm laborers. The state‘s secretaries of agriculture, labor and commerce sent their own statement, asking ... Read More »

U.S. Geological Survey Admits to Release Algae Into Kansas River

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The U.S. Geological Survey admits the release of water from a federal reservoir in northeastern Kansas last month sent algal toxins into the Kansas River. The agency says the controlled release from Milford Lake occurred Aug. 31, two days after the lake was closed for recreation because of a large bloom of blue-green algae. The release sent the tainted water ... Read More »

SRS Closing Marysville Office

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The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services plans to close nine service centers across Kansas in a cost-cutting move–including the office in Marysville. The agency said Friday that SRS beneficiaries will see no disruption in services as their cases are reassigned. No staff layoffs are anticipated since workers will be reassigned to neighboring offices. The Legislature directed SRS to ... Read More »

Marshall and Nemaha County Commissioners Continue Talks on Bridge Project

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The Board of Nemaha County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 25, 2011 in the Commission Room of the Nemaha County Courthouse. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Tim Burdiek leading the flag salute. Present also were Commissioners Mark Wessel and Gary Scoby, Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Ronnebaum and Office Manager Janet Linden, and County ... Read More »

Kansas Senators Re-instate Arts Funding

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The Kansas Senate has voted to save the state Arts Commission as a government agency. Senators voted 24-13 on Wednesday to reject Gov. Sam Brownback‘s plan to convert the commission to a private nonprofit group. The conversion would have saved the state about $575,000 annually. Brownback issued an executive reorganization order to make the change July 1. The Senate‘s action ... Read More »

Kansas Prison Officials Consider Tracking Devices

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Kansas prison officials are considering installing tracking equipment in vehicles in corrections vehicles. The move comes after a scandal involving two women recently paroled from the Topeka Correctional Facility who claim a guard transported them in a state vehicle to remote sites near the prison to engage in sexual activity. Governor Mark Parkinson has asked for an independent, nationally regarded ... Read More »