Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and eastern Colorado are hot and dry. According to the National Weather Service, rain over the last four years, in parts of these states has been less than what fell during a similar period in the 1930s.
Memorial Day is Monday and that means the unofficial beginning of summer. So, starting this weekend, folks will be flocking to the state's many lakes.
The world is watching as efforts continue to rescue more than 200 girls kidnapped a month ago from two boarding schools in Nigeria.
There is nothing religious about kidnapping schoolgirls.
Our combat veterans who have served in any war have performed a tremendous service to the U.S. Those who have not served in a war zone can only see glimpses of the horrors faced by our warriors through movies such as "We Were Soldiers" or "Saving Private Ryan."
May is National Bike Month, so dubbed by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. It is a celebration of all things bicycle and a chance to get out doors.
At least for now, Kansas and Arizona residents can keep registering to vote with a federal form and without having to show proof of citizenship, thanks to a federal appeals court ruling handed down Thursday.
Recent comments by Kansas 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp about the Affordable Care Act earned him a "Four Pinocchios" rating in a Washington Post feature called "The Fact Checker."
All of the future nurses, criminal justice majors and medical-oriented students received their test under fire.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and the legislature enacted massive tax cuts in 2012, eliminating state taxes on the profits from 191,000 small businesses, including those owned by highly compensated professionals. The top income tax rate was lowered from 6.45 percent to 4.9 percent. The lowest income tax bracket is 3 percent.
In response to the rapid and severe decline of the lesser prairie-chicken, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in March announced the final listing of the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, as well as a special rule under the ESA that will limit regulatory impacts on landowners and businesses from this listing. Under the law, a "threatened" listing means the species is likely to become in danger of extinction within the foreseeable future; it is a step below "endangered" and allows for more flexibility in how the act's protections are implemented.
It's possible that everyone reading this knows a woman who's been the victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse.
The wind was blowing seemingly from all directions on Monday, and it was exceedingly unpleasant in town. Highway conditions were dangerous and ten cars had crashed with multiple injuries. More travelers were in ditches.
Monday's dust storm that cost a man's life in Barton County is a vivid reminder of traffic safety in such situations.
At their meeting Monday morning, the Barton County commissioners approved three proclamations – one honoring their late colleague Don Cates who died in a agricultural plane crash last week, and two honoring Barton County high school students from Ellinwood, Great Bend and Central Plains high schools.
The Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science (KAMS) was established by the Legislature in 2006, but like many good programs it is not well known to the general public.
"They are electronic, alternative smoking devices that simulate the sensation of smoking. They do not expose the user, or others close by, to harmful levels of cancer-causing agents and other dangerous chemicals normally associated with traditional tobacco products."
It isn't always convenient, recycling.
A youth sporting event turned into a brawl, this past Monday in Wichita. According to reports, a parent complained that his son wasn't getting enough playing time; then six men surrounded the coach and started hitting him. Police said one of the men had brass knuckles and one had a gun. Then the coach's wife pulled out a gun of her own and fired it into the air. The coach headed to his car to retrieve a gun, too.
My suggestion when Pro Bowl back Ray Rice was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault was suspension for life from the NFL.
Barton County has many mosquitoes and this time of year, unfortunately, West Nile Virus has popped up. One case has been identified by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as a neuroinvasive case and one as a non-neuroinvasive case.
Whew! We dodged the spring storm season without many weather-related incidents. So, we are safe now, right?
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