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Videos
Washburn pledges to stop sexual violence on campus
October 30, 2014
Washburn University faculty, staff and students are pledging to help stop sexual violence on campus.
Face to Face: Artist Vickie Hover
October 30, 2014
Get to know your Shawnee neighbors with our Face to Face feature.
Lawsuit alleges problems with Medicaid in Kansas
October 29, 2014
A former executive with a private company managing part of the Kansas Medicaid program has alleged in a federal lawsuit that she was wrongly fired for protesting potentially improper cost-saving measures.
Meetings aimed at boosting exports start this week
October 29, 2014
A Wichita-based trade advisory firm is working with Kansas communities to identify companies that seem ready to export but haven’t yet.
Kansas prairie park preserves vanishing tallgrass
October 29, 2014
Stand here in a field of tall, windblown grass and wildflowers, and twirl around like a child. It’s like being inside a prairie snow globe: You’re surrounded by a sea of green, brown and yellow grass, with a blue-sky dome above. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas is one of just a few places in the country where you can immerse yourself in this serene but vanishing landscape.
GOP plans network of lawyers watching election
October 29, 2014
The Kansas Republican Party plans to have a network of lawyers ready to watch voting on Election Day for potential legal problems.
Shawnee man elected to head of tourism agency
October 29, 2014
Kevin Fern, Executive Director of the Shawnee Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been named President of the Travel Industry Association of Kansas (TIAK).
City looking for veterans’ families for Veteran’s Day celebration
October 29, 2014
The City of Shawnee and local organizers are looking for the families of a list of World War II veterans who may still live in Shawnee.
Warm temperatures spur rapid winter wheat growth
October 28, 2014
Unseasonably warm fall weather is spurring rapid growth of the emerging winter wheat crop in Kansas.
Whooping cranes to make stop at Quivira
October 28, 2014
Whooping cranes will be passing over central Kansas as they leave their breeding grounds to migrate south from Canada to Texas.
Cosmosphere planetarium to be renovated, upgraded
October 28, 2014
The Justice Planetarium at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson will be renovated and upgraded next year, including installation of a new digital project system.
State paid more than $34,000 to defend Kobach
October 28, 2014
Records from the Kansas attorney general’s office show taxpayers spent more than $34,000 in legal fees for the secretary of state’s failed effort to force Kansas Democrats to field a candidate for U.S. Senate.
Candidate questionnaire: Vicki Hiatt, House District 39
October 28, 2014
Vicki Hiatt, D-Shawnee, is a first time candidate for the Kansas House of Representative District 39 seat. As a former teacher, she says education funding is one of the biggest challenges the state legislature is facing and she believes one of the primary roles of a good politician is to be an educator to voters. District 39 covers western Shawnee. The following are Hiatt’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.
Candidate questionnaire: Linda Gallagher, House District 23
October 28, 2014
Linda Gallagher is a long-time freelance writer and editor who has lived in Johnson County for 32 years. She is the Republican candidate for the Kansas House of Representatives District 23 seat. District 23 includes parts of northeast Lenexa, southeast Shawnee, and northwest Overland Park, along the I-35 corridor. The following are Gallagher’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.
Candidate questionnaire: Amber Versola, House District 23
October 28, 2014
Amber Versola is a singly mother who has made a career as an advocate for women, children, and the most underserved people of our communities. She is running as the Democratic candidate in the race for the Kansas House of Representatives District 23 seat.District 23 includes parts of northeast Lenexa, southeast Shawnee, and northwest Overland Park, along the I-35 corridor. The following are Versola’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.
Candidate questionnaire: Charles Macheers, House District 39
October 28, 2014
Charles Macheers is a private-practice attorney and has assisted clients with estate planning, real estate, and the formation of new small businesses. He is running as the incumbent Republican representative of the Kansas House District 39 seat. District 39 covers western Shawnee. The following are Macheers’ responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.
Retail developer targets corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Maurer Road
October 28, 2014
A development company is pursuing land on the southwest corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Maurer Road for a commercial retail and restaurant center.
Prospects dim on settlement for all wheat claims
October 27, 2014
Prospects are dimming for a settlement on remaining claims in lawsuits over the May 2013 discovery of genetically engineered Monsanto wheat in an Oregon field.
Romney, Dole campaigning with Kansas Sen. Roberts
October 27, 2014
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is joining fellow ex-nominee Bob Dole in the GOP’s efforts in Kansas to rescue U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts’ re-election.
Orman covers $1M in expenses in Kansas Senate race
October 27, 2014
A finance report shows independent candidate Greg Orman covered nearly $1 million in expenses from mid-July through September and loaned his campaign U.S. Senate campaign in Kansas another $200,000.

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