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A database of finger and palm prints used by law enforcement and child welfare workers is in danger of failing and needs to be replaced, a Kansas Bureau of Investigation official told lawmakers.

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Kansas education officials are expressing concern that many motorists are ignoring a state law that requires them to stop when approaching a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading children.

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Cowley County commissioners discussed raising taxes, both property and sales, during a budget work session Tuesday night to help pay for rising personnel costs and aging infrastructure.

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TOPEKA — Republican legislators on Wednesday reversed actions by Kansas’ Democratic governor to reshape the state budget to her liking, but they couldn’t save a GOP tax relief plan and had their work briefly delayed by a loud protest in favor of expanding Medicaid.

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Cowley County residents are still trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy: In less than a week, three young men in the area died of suicide, and a fourth suicide was apparently averted when a train stopped before hitting a woman standing on the tracks.

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Update: An OSHA spokesman on Thursday morning provided information that shows Creekstone eventually paid a $93,000 fine for 21 violations in a case that was closed in March of 2011.

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The Cowley County Commission has written a letter to Gov. Laura Kelly asking her to reverse the moratorium on wind farms in the Flint Hills imposed by former governor Sam Brownback.

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Normally this time of year, Ed Trimmer would be in Topeka, casting votes, attending committee hearings and otherwise representing Winfield and nearby communities in the Kansas House of Representatives.

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Winfield voters might be asked in June whether to raise the city’s sales tax by .6 of a percent to bankroll a new safety center to house police and fire/EMS, estimated to cost between $16 million to $20 million.

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WASHINGTON — The end of 2018 seemed to signal good things to come for America’s farmers. Fresh off the passage of the farm bill, which reauthorized agriculture, conservation and safety net programs, the USDA last week announced a second round of direct payments to growers hardest hit by Pres…

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Voters in Winfield and Arkansas City will again line up at one, centralized polling location in each city Tuesday.

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Rep. Ed Trimmer (D-Winfield) raised $28,045 for his re-election campaign to the Kansas District 79 House seat between July 27 and Oct. 25, according to his most recent campaign finance report.

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A contract with Osenbaugh Consulting, of Derby, for assistance with the Winfield city manager search was approved Monday by the city commission in a 3-0 vote.

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This year’s Walnut Valley Festival is the first in many years without two longtime employees, Paulette Rush and Larry Hittle.

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Paisley Howerton will become the new CEO of the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce, according to a Thursday press release. 

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A man recently convicted of assaulting a police officer is disputing his arrest last month for violating the probation he received at sentencing.

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Preliminary headcount numbers for the Winfield school district may bode well for maintaining attendance, board of education members heard from new superintendent Dr. Nathan Reed at the board’s Monday night meeting.

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A storm that moved through the Arkansas City area Monday afternoon brought heavy rains and high winds that caused damage in the southern part of the county and possibly spawned a tornado.

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Jeremy “Rudy” Samuel says his constitutional rights were violated during a traffic stop and is asking the City of Winfield for $1 million in damages in a claim notice dated June 6.

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Cowley County commissioners on Tuesday approved a four-year contract for Cowley County Administrator Lucas Goff for $109,000 per year.

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Whether to arm teachers is a question on many minds right now in the wake of the Florida school shooting last month and President Trump’s advocacy for the idea.

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The Cowley County Commission has agreed to hear about a suit brought by Sedgwick County in late December against some of the biggest drug companies in the U.S. to recover some of the millions of dollars lost because of opioid addictions.

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