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KDOT Program Will Reduce Number Of Deficient Bridges On Local Road Systems

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A Kansas Department of Transportation program designed to reduce the number of deficient bridges on local road systems will also benefit the state’s agriculture industry. The new $10 million program, announced today in Hutchinson by Transportation Secretary Mike King, will provide up to $120,000 to local jurisdictions – primarily counties – to replace small bridges that are rated deficient. Bridges ... Read More »

Gage County & Nebraska Statewide Election Results

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Beatrice voters Tuesday soundly rejected a proposed half cent hike in the city sales tax. Of all ballots cast, 62 percent were against the effort earmarked for the street department. In a race for Gage County Supervisor, District 3, incumbent Kathy Setzer was unseated by challenger Erich Tiemann by a slim margin, 266 to 247. That represented a mere 19 votes, with over 500 cast. Bob ... Read More »

AAA Projects a Slight Decline in Memorial Day Travel

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Topeka, KS (May 22) – AAA projects 34.8 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 0.9 percent decrease from the 35.1 million people who traveled last year. Eighty-nine percent of travelers (31.2 million) will travel by automobile, an increase from 31.1 million last year. The Memorial Day holiday travel period ... Read More »

Marshall County Election Results – Marysville will have a new pool!

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All precincts have reported in to Marshall County and the City of Marysville will have a new pool after it was voted in with 56% of the voters in support of a 6/10 of a percent sales tax to help fund the project.  In other contested races, the county intangible tax was passed with 55% of the votes and the ... Read More »

Caucus Results – Marshall, Washington, Nemaha

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Caucuses were held in Kansas on Saturday.  Results of Marshall County Republican Caucus: Santorum 76, Romney 35, Gingrich 341 Paul 27, Cain 1.   Results from the Washington County Kansas Republican Party Caucus – Santorum 56, Romney 27, Paul 25, Gingrich 12   Nemaha County Caucus results:  Santorum 77, Paul 21, Romney 20, Gingrich 16   Returns from 94 percent ... Read More »

State Board Seeks Cut in Westar Rates

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A state board that represents residential customers and small businesses in Kansas is recommending an $11.6 million cut in the electric rates charged by Westar Energy. The Citizens‘ Utility Ratepayers Board filed its proposal Thursday with the Kansas Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities. Topeka-based Westar is the largest electric utility in Kansas, and it‘s seeking a rate increase of nearly ... Read More »

Farm Operations Cost Fall

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A new government report shows the cost of operating a Kansas farm fell slightly in 2010. Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reports that statewide farm expenditures totaled $11.7 billion last year, down 2.4 percent from 2009. Those expenses translate to an average of nearly $179,000 per farm in 2010, compared with $183,000 the year before. The decline in expenditures came despite ... Read More »

Farm Loan Delinquency Rates Remain Low

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Farm loan delinquencies in Kansas remain low as fall harvest wraps up across the state. The Farm Service Agency reports a delinquency rate of 2.7 percent on its farm operating loans as the fiscal year ended Sept. 30. Read More »

Harvest Estimates Fall

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Marshall, Washington, and Nemaha Counties are three of the most fortunate counties in Kansas when it comes to harvest. The latest government forecast of the size of the Kansas fall harvest paints an even more dismal picture than last month‘s estimate. Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service is now projecting: corn production in the state at 451.5 million bushels, or 22 percent ... Read More »

Westar is Seeking Rate Increase

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Westar is seeking to increase its base prices about 5.85 percent. According to a Westar press release: Adjusted for inflation, Westar’s average rates for electricity if the full request is granted would be nearly the same as they were almost 20 years ago. Among the causes for the increase, the company cited increasing costs of: complying with federal regulatory requirements; ... Read More »