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Direct crop payments may be in jepordy

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Jerry McReynolds, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers and a director of the Kansas Farm Bureau, said direct farm payments — annual payments based on historical crop yields — are a key piece in the safety net provided by the federal farm bill. In the western reaches of Kansas, the greatest limiting factor is a lack of rainfall, ... Read More »

September is Suicide Prevention Month

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This is Suicide Prevention Month in Kansas.  According to Pawnee Mental Health Director Robbin Cole, in the United States one person dies by suicide every 15 minutes.  Cole also states that 90 percent of people who commit suicide have a mental illness.  Most mental illnesses are treatable and suicide is preventable.  According to Cole people should learn to recognize danger ... Read More »

Kansas Highway Patrol introduces new teen driving program

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The Kansas Highway Patrol will announce participation in a new program geared to help teens travel more safely around large trucks and commercial motor vehicles. The Teens and Trucks program was developed in Arizona by multiple public safety partners. The program was developed to address an area of driving safety not always addressed in traditional settings: driving around commercial motor ... Read More »

SCC Enrollment Increases As New Academic Year Gets Underway

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A report released last Tuesday to Southeast Community College’s Board of Governors indicates enrollment for the Summer Quarter is up 2.73 percent over the same period last year. SCC’s Summer Quarter, the first of four during the 2010-2011 academic year, began July 14 and ends Sept. 23. Final numbers for the Summer Quarter will be available at the end of ... Read More »

Unemployment rates increase across Kansas

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Marshall, Nemaha, and Washington County unemployment rates rose during the month of July.  The Kansas Department of Labor released the July unemployment rates Friday.  Marshall County unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, Washington County was 4.4 percent and Nemaha county was 4.1 percent.  The unemployment rates were up from June, but down from July of 2009.  Statewide, the jobless rate increased ... Read More »

Nebraska crops show improvement over last year

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says last week’s high heat and humidity helped crops mature in Nebraska.  About 83 percent of the corn crop rated in good or excellent condition at the end of last week higher ratings than last year at this time.  The soybean crop also looks good: 79 percent of the crop rating good or excellent, nearly ... Read More »

Heat may endanger lives

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State health officials in Nebraska are warning citizens about the dangers of heat-related illnesses. Temperatures of 90-plus degrees and humidity levels of 40 percent or more put people in the danger zone for heat-related illnesses. This happens when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded.  Nebraska chief medical officer Dr. Joann Schaefer says infants and the elderly are most at ... Read More »

No More Warnings For Not Wearing A Seatbelt in Kansas

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TOPEKA – Beginning June 30, 2010, citations for non-seat-belt use will be issued, ending the warning period for the new primary seat belt law, which went into effect June 10. Law enforcement officers in Kansas will now be able to stop and ticket drivers and front-seat passengers who are not wearing safety belts even if the officers do not observe ... Read More »

American Red Cross Offers Lifesaving Skills For Families Planning Water-Related Activities This Summer

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A 2009 Red Cross survey found nearly half of people experience a near-drowning scare during their lifetime Topeka, KS. May 25, 2010 – 2009 survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows the importance of water safety skills, with half of those surveyed saying they have had a near-drowning experience in their lifetime. The survey found that 48 percent reported ... Read More »

Red Cross Survey Finds More than Two-thirds of Americans Experience a Summer Emergency

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Red Cross Survey Finds More than Two-thirds of Americans Experience a Summer Emergency As summer approaches, families can be prepared for emergencies by taking a Red Cross course Topeka, KS, Monday, May 24, 2010— A new Red Cross survey shows that 68 percent of Americans have been involved in some kind of summer emergency, ranging from insect bites, heat stroke ... Read More »