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Storm cleanup headlines Today in Kansas Report for September 10, 2015

andy lambertSeptember 10, 2015
Parts of Northwest Kansas are cleaning up after strong to severe storms rolled through the region yesterday afternoon and last evening. No reports of any injuries from the weather.
It’s unclear why a woman resigned from her post on the Thomas County Fair Board. Commissioners accepted the resignation from Kayla Sloan, who said in an email she was grateful for the opportunity she’d had.
A Wichita woman has made her first court appearance to face charges after allegedly abandoning her 5-year-old grandson three months ago while running away from Kohl’s after a shoplifting incident. The 41-year-old had been on the run until her arrest Friday. That boy is still in foster care, officials say no one from his family is willing or fit to take him.
Kansas officials say a review of the state’s new welfare law shows it doesn’t conflict with federal rules governing state child care programs and that federal officials haven’t indicated that there’s a problem. The Kansas City Star reports a child advocacy group leader maintains there could be an issue with certain state work requirements for parents and subsidy cutoffs for noncompliance.
A federal report shows a less than 1 percent decline in the number of Kansas residents who purchased insurance through the federal online marketplace. About 84,900 Kansas residents were enrolled in health plans through the federal marketplace at the end of June. The number of residents receiving subsidies for the insurance also declined by 3.2 percent.
Junction City is looking for new owners for more than 900 lots that the city was forced to take back after a surge of troops at Fort Riley never materialized. City officials say the bids are due for the first 25 of the lots by 5 p.m. Thursday and must be for at least $5,000.
The Wolf Creek nuclear power plant in Kansas has celebrated its 30th anniversary, which comes at a time when environmental groups say attitudes have softened because of more immediate concerns over coal-related climate change. The plant began commercial operation in 1985, but few have been built since. It was initially licensed to operate for 40 years, but received a 20-year extension.
Kansas State has announced plans for the next phase of its renovation to Bill Snyder Family Stadium, a $15 million project that will complete the lower bowl and provide other amenities. The school has already raised $9 million for the privately financed project and construction is expected to begin in December.

 

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