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Cigarette tax proposal meets with opposition

Kansas smokers are upset about plans to sharply increase the cigarette tax to help fill a budget hole. The Wichita Eagle reports that smokers say they will take their business to Missouri or Oklahoma if the tax hike passes. Gov. …Read More

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Kansas Argues Gay Marriage Ruling

The state of Kansas, in a new court filing, argues that the ability of same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses in many counties should prompt a federal judge to dismiss a gay-marriage lawsuit. But on Tuesday, a lawyer for the …Read More

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Man Arrested Following Bomb Threat

Topeka police arrested a 19-year-old last week in connection with a bomb threat made to the Helping Hands Humane Society in that city. Cory Thomas-Leo Yount was booked into the Shawnee County Jail in connection with aggravated criminal threats and …Read More

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Shoup Pulls Off Impressive Write In Victory

Evelyn Shoup has pulled off something that in political circles, is often a very difficult accomplishment. Shoup has secured a seat on the Arkansas City Board of Education for four years, and she did it with an estimated 342 write-in …Read More

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Stormy Weather Forecast

Some 57 million people face an “enhanced risk” of bad weather today. Forecaster Roger Edwards at the Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center expects thunderstorms with damaging wind, hail and possible tornadoes in a wide swath of the country’s midsection… http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/KACY-040915-EDWARDS-WX.mp3

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Peck Explains Plane Plan

The Ark City Traveler this morning is reporting that Representative Virgil Peck of Tyro, responded on Monday regarding his use of a private state plane to fly to Topeka to cast a vote on education funding reform. Peck reportedly said …Read More

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School Goes On Lockdown

A local Elementary School was placed on a partial lockdown Monday afternoon. Arkansas City Police were advised that there was a “person of interest” seen in close proximity to the grounds of IXL Elementary. All of the doors to the …Read More

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Gun Carry Law

Kansas may soon join a handful of other states that allow residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit. Last week, the Legislature gave final approval to a bill backed by the National Rifle Association. The measure is now headed …Read More