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Spirit of Kansas 4th of July festival back in full for 2021 in Topeka

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The Spirit of Kansas is back for 2021. Shawnee County Parks + Recreation has released a statement saying the Spirit of Kansas Independence Day celebration, will be back in full this year ...

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A Kansas animal disease lab could help prevent the next pandemic

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At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, animal disease labs across the country stepped up to expand testing capacity, and they could play a role in preventing the next pandemic. Spillover events ...

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LaMar’s Donuts will celebrate National Donut Day Friday and help the Salvation Army

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LaMar’s Donuts and Coffee is planning several sweet deals for National Donut Day on Friday, June 4. The day is dedicated to celebrating the members of the Salvation Army who served donuts ...

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Expect gas prices 1/3 higher Memorial Day weekend than last year

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Drivers can expect to pay a lot more for gas this holiday weekend but are unlikely to face shortages. The average price per gallon remains slightly above $3, ranging from as low ...

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Lifeguard shortage may affect Kansas pool openings this summer

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A national lifeguard shortage is being felt in cities all across Kansas. With swimming pools and aquatic centers in Topeka opening May 29 – Memorial Day weekend –  Shawnee County Parks + ...

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Topeka Pools, Aquatic Centers, and Adventure Cove with new floating playground open May 29

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A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Grand Reopening of the Lake Shawnee Adventure Cove is set for 1 p.m. May 26 at the cove. The reopening will unveil the new floating playground, ...

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Kansas News Briefs: Wichita door camera records mountain lion

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — In Kansas news, Wildlife officials say a Wichita doorbell camera captured video of a mountain lion trotting along a residential back alley earlier this week. Kansas Department of ...

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Dem. governor halts Kansas effort to protect women’s sports; override falls one vote short

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Conservative legislators have failed to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of a bill to protect women’s sports in the state’s schools. The Senate vote on Monday to override Kelly was 26-14, ...

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National Day Of Prayer event to be held at Capitol in Topeka

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The National Day Of Prayer will be observed this year on May 6. Perhaps there has never been a time the people were more desperate for prayer and breakthrough in our city ...

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Kobach announces run for Kansas attorney general

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Kris Kobach on Thursday announced he’s running for Kansas Attorney General. The former Kansas Secretary of State addressed a crowd at the Sedgwick County courthouse, outlining his plan to fight the Biden ...

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Kansas, Missouri attorneys general act to protect energy independence

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Attorney General Derek Schmidt of Kansas and Eric Schmitt of Missouri have joined with other states in a letter demanding that the federal government abandon ill-defined “social cost” standards of carbon emissions ...

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Gov. Kelly vetoes transgender ban in girls’ sports

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday vetoed a bill barring transgender athletes from competing in girls’ and women’s sports, saying the legislation would endanger the state’s business climate and send a “devastating message that ...

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Citizens Potawatomi Nation to dedicate Skyline Park interpretive signs on Burnett’s Mound

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Officials of the Citizens Potawatomi Nation will formally dedicate interpretive signs placed at the entrance to Skyline Park at 3 p.m. on April 29. Citizens Potawatomi Nation Chairman John “Rocky” Barrett will ...

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Topeka Tulip Time includes festival today at Lake Shawnee

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Jerold Binkley Tulip Time 2021 lasts from April 9-25. The event features nearly 100,000 tulips and flowering bulbs in Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s three featured gardens – Ted Ensley Gardens at ...

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Shawnee County decides to end mask mandate

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The Shawnee County Commission decided at their meeting Thursday April 15 that the county’s mask mandate would end at midnight. Private businesses, non-profits and other organizations will now decide for themselves if ...

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Former K-State high jumper upgraded to gold from silver for 2012 Olympics

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Former Kansas State high jumper Erik Kynard Jr. finally got his gold medal — nine years after being denied the honor by a cheating Russian athlete. Ivan Ukhov, who came in first ...

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Kansas law banning dismemberment abortion of live babies in the womb blocked by judge

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A Shawnee County Judge has issued an opinion siding with Kansas City-area abortionists and striking down a law prohibiting the brutal practice of live dismemberment abortion. The 2015 law received overwhelming bi-partisan support in the Kansas legislature and is ...

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Missouri and Kansas will not require vaccine passports

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The governors of Missouri and Kansas announced on Monday that they will not institute vaccine passports for citizens. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said that although he doesn’t support state-mandated vaccine passports, he ...

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Kansas votes to end mask mandate imposed by Gov. Kelly

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Lawmakers in Kansas have voted to end a short-lived statewide coronavirus mask mandate extension put in place by Gov. Laura Kelly. She extended the order last week but a new law allows ...

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Shawnee County mask mandate remains, but businesses, non-profits can opt-out

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Shawnee County commissioners announced at today’s meeting that the county’s mask mandate will remain in place, but there is now an option to opt out. Commissioners Aaron Mays, Bill Riphahn and Kevin ...

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Shawnee County to lift health orders on Monday; mask mandate remains

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Starting Monday, March 22, COVID-19 Health Orders in Shawnee County will become just recommendations. Shawnee County Commissioners made the move on a 2-1 vote Thursday, with commission chair Kevin Cook voting against ...

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Kansas House will hear testimony on restricting sexually oriented businesses

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A Kansas House committee is scheduled to hear testimony on a bill that would place restrictions on sexually oriented businesses (SOBs). Republican Representative John Barker of Abilene has agreed to hear Bill ...

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SuperPAC calls for AG Derek Schmidt to run for governor

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A western Kansas super political action committee is urging Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to run for governor, releasing an early poll that shows him in the lead among GOP candidates. The ...

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Local & Regional News Briefs

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Here are some local and regional news briefs from around the Kansas / Missouri area.   Kansas Legislative Audit: Bogus Unemployment Claims May Have Cost the State $600 Million TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) ...

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Huge Christian college fair this Saturday in Kansas City

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Christian colleges from across the nation will descend on Kansas City Feb. 27 to meet students and parents. It is thought to be the only in-person college fair this winter and spring. ...

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