State News

Kansas earns Gold Shovel Award for fourth consecutive year

Submitted Governor Laura Kelly announced that Kansas has garnered Area Development magazine’s coveted Gold Shovel Award for the fourth year in a row. The latest accolade — without precedent in…

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Governor signs bill to update State Pesticide Law

Submitted Several legislators along with leadership from key Kansas agriculture organizations joined the Kansas Department of Agriculture on June 6 as Governor Laura Kelly signed House Bill 2607, a bill…

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Funding given for mural, public art projects

Submitted Governor Laura Kelly announced that 12 communities and organizations will receive a combined $78,800 to allow 20 new murals and public art projects to revive public spaces and engage…

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Governor updates declaration of drought emergency, warnings, watches

Submitted Governor Laura Kelly has approved updated drought declarations for Kansas counties through proclamation. “While drought conditions have improved in some areas of the state, many counties continue to be…

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June 2024 lending rates for agricultural producers are announced

Submitted The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced loan interest rates for June 2024, which are effective June 3. USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide important access to…

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Millions awarded through Broadband ADOPT program

Submitted Governor Laura Kelly announced on Tuesday, June 4, that seven organizations will receive a combined $3.9 million in grants through the Advancing Digital Opportunities to Promote Technology (ADOPT) program….

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Kansas is selected to expand mental health, substance use services

Submitted Governor Laura Kelly announced on Tuesday, June 4, that Kansas has been added to the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) Medicaid Demonstration Program. CCBHCs provide greater access to…

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May total tax collections at $658.9 million

Submitted The State of Kansas ended May with total tax collections at $658.9 million. That is $193.0 million, or 22.7 percent, below the estimate. Total tax collections are down 23.1…

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Kansas Water Authority meeting in Manhattan

Submitted The Kansas Water Authority (KWA) will meet Tuesday, June 11, at the K-State Agronomy Education Center in the Exhibit Hall located at 2100 Agronomy Central Road. The meeting will…

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State requests assessments for storm-stricken counties

Submitted The Kansas Division of Emergency Management has submitted a request to FEMA to conduct Joint Public Assistance Program Preliminary Damage Assessments in eight Kansas counties. Personnel from KDEM and…

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Governor signs enhanced Kansas Workers Compensation Act

Submitted Governor Laura Kelly ceremonially signed Senate Bill 430, bipartisan legislation making comprehensive reforms to the state’s workers compensation system on Wednesday, May 29. Governor Kelly was joined by the…

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United Kansas recognized as political party

Submitted Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab said on Friday, May 24, that United Kansas has met the statutory requirements to become an officially recognized political party in Kansas. United…

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Contractor fraud costs us all

Submitted This year, many Kansans have hired contractors of different trades to help them recover and rebuild after severe weather. But not every contractor that knocks on your door after…

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Reward offered in unsolved double homicide

Submitted The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Labette County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating the murders of 39-year-old Jason M. Bakken and 43-year-old Leanda R. Pound of Mound…

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Governor signs omnibus budget, makes investments

Submitted On Thursday, May 16, Governor Laura Kelly announced that she has signed House Bill 2551, the Omnibus Budget, which passed with bipartisan support. The budget increases funding to address…

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