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Boy found with octopus lodged in throat released from hospital

A two-year-old Kansas boy who had an octopus lodged in his throat was released from the hospital, police say. Prosecutors have not yet determined whether to press charges

Fracking puts 7.9 million people at risk of man-made earthquakes

Oklahoma City - About 7.9 million people are now at risk from man-made earthquakes, especially in parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Arkansas according to the U.S. Geological Survey in a report issued earlier this week.

Norovirus outbreak infects 600 at New Theater Restaurant

Overland Park - An outbreak of norovirus infections that has sickened more than 600 people who ate dinner at an Overland Park, Kansas dinner theater is the focus an intense investigation and a $40,000 cleanup.

Chipotle briefly closing all restaurants to talk food safety

It's been a bumpy year for Chipotle after frustrating outbreaks of E. coli and norovirus, so the company has decided it's time to take a short break and have a meeting with employees to discuss this unpleasant situation.

Op-Ed: Wisconsin to begin drug testing welfare recipients next week

Milwaukee - No doubt about it, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's dismal attempt at running for president was a spectacular failure, so perhaps now he's taking it out on those unlucky enough to need welfare assistance.

Op-Ed: Kansas limits ATM withdrawals to $25 for welfare recipients

Wichita - In a controversial move, Kansas will continue to implement a $25 limit on ATM withdrawals by welfare recipients, even though this restriction may violate federal law.

Op-Ed: Driverless trucks from Mexico to Manitoba: What could go wrong?

Brownsville - Hot on the wheels of Google's second generation of driverless cars, industry heads plan to send driverless big rigs on the road on a planned route from Mexico to Manitoba.

Kansas bill would tighten rules on how needy use government aid

Topeka - Lawmakers in Kansas are awaiting the signature of Republican Governor Sam Brownback to a bill that would change how the state's needy use cash assistance from the state. The money is part of the TANF program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Kansas now the fourth state with confirmed avian flu in poultry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday confirmed the presence of a virulent strain of the avian flu virus in poultry in Kansas. This discovery confirms the deadly virus has spread into the migratory bird route.

Ice cream recalled; CDC reports 3 Listeria-related deaths

Brenham - An outbreak of listeriosis has claimed the lives of three people, the CDC reports, saying that the cases are linked to Blue Bell ice cream. A total of five people were reported infected.

Kansas Governor declares October Zombie Preparedness Month

Topeka - Forget tornadoes, Dorothy and Toto, zombies are what Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is worried about, prompting him to declare October as Zombie Preparedness Month.

5-year-old girl dies in gun battle between police and kidnapper

Leavenworth - Cadence Harris went missing Friday and police went looking for her. Police caught up with the alleged kidnapper after a car chase. Authorities had run him off the road in a high-speed chase when he opened fire on them.

Op-Ed: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback embraced failed Reagan tax policies

Topeka - Governor Sam Brownback is a staunch conservative who invokes the name of Ronald Reagan, while bowing his head. In the state of Kansas, Brownback introduced supply side tax cuts, proven to be a miserable failure in the state of Kansas.

Congressmen who voted for NDAA detention face voters on Aug. 5th

A round of primary elections is scheduled to take place on August 5th in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, and Washington.

Pedophile sting finds dwarf in van, urine

Longwood - Christopher Lanning embarked on an 18-hour cross-country journey to Florida with the intent of sleeping with an underage girl.

Pastafarianism now an official religion in Poland

The Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster is now accepted as an official religion in Poland after a 2013 ruling was overturned on Tuesday.

March Madness: Underdog Stanford wins over number-two Kansas

March Madness lived up to its name Sunday when Stanford (10) defeated Kansas (2) in a nail-biter that surely broke millions of NCAA basketball brackets across the world.

Westboro Baptist Church founder, Fred Phelps, near death

Topeka - The controversial Fred Phelps Sr, founder of Westboro Baptist Church and "God Hates Fags", is reportedly near death in a hospice facility in Topeka, Kansas.

Three bodies found on Kansas farm, police searching for suspect

Ottawa - Police are investigating a farm 60 miles southwest of Kansas City after the bodies of a woman and two men were found on its premises.

Kansas GOP to legalize quarantine of HIV patients

The Kansas legislature is about to give the state the power to quarantine people with HIV and AIDS. It is expected that the legislation will become law within the next few weeks.

Nacho platter weighing 4,689 pounds breaks Guinness World Record

Lawrence - This past weekend a massive plate of nachos set a new standard for the biggest platter of nachos, creating the latest Guinness World Record for the category. The event happened in Lawrence, Kansas.

Santorum captures Kansas; Romney wins Wyoming

Rick Santorum had an easy victory in the Republican presidential caucuses in Kansas , but front-runner Mitt Romney was victorious in the Wyoming county caucuses.

Westboro tweets fake protest pic from Whitney Houston funeral

Newark - A picture tweeted by Margie Phelps on Twitter depicting what appears to be Westboro Baptist Church protest signs outside the Whitney Houston funeral has created a stir on the Internet after it was declared fake by several news media outlets.

Kansas residents mistake naval craft for UFO

Residents of Cowley County, Kansas were treated a few days ago to the sight of what seemed a UFO being towed on a truck along the U.S. Highway 77. The craft covered by tarpaulin seemed to everyone the shape of a flying saucer.

Diamonds, Krugerrands found in Salvation Army red kettles

Shawnee - A sure sign of Christmas approaching is the sight of the Salvation Army bell ringers and red kettles. And while some see the kettles as a place to drop spare change or a few dollars others see them as an opportunity to deposit more valuable goods .

Rooftop ride for dead man

Wichita - The occurrence of any accident and especially when a fatality is involved is always unpleasant and often a shock to those who live through the accident. In this case the shock may not have been as noticeable.

Kansas lawmaker compares shooting wild hogs to immigrants

Topeka - A Kansas Republican lawmaker on Monday suggested the problem of the country’s immigration problem could be addressed in the same manner the state of Kansas is addressing the feral hog issue: shooting them from a helicopter.

Kansas House green-lights 'Dead Red' motorcycle bill

Topeka - The Kansas House of Representatives gave the green-light to a bill that will establish specific conditions and situations when motorcyclists may proceed through a red light traffic signal without the risk of being ticketed.

Westboro Church website hacked by Anonymous during live interview

Topeka - The Internet group Anonymous confronted Shirley Phelps-Roper from the Westboro Baptist Church on the David Pakman show claiming the alleged letter threatening Westboro was a hoax and then hacked the Westboro website as a warning and display of power.

Feds indict two for slaying multiple Whitetail and Mule deer

Wichita - Federal grand jury indicts a pair of brothers for operating a guided hunting service that specialized in the illegal hunting and killing of white-tailed deer and mule deer in Comanche County, Kansas in violation of the federal Lacey Act.
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