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State Fair manager says he's ready for 'trial by fire' to end

Due to the efforts of the Hutchinson Fire Department and volunteers, vendors beneath the Kansas State Fair Grandstand who were shut down because of a fire Tuesday morning were able to reopen by 2 p.m., the state fair board learned Wednesday. Several board members, the commander of the Kansas Highway...
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Reactions mixed over plans for biggest solar farm in Kansas history

GARDNER, Kan. — Alan Anglyn said there’s nothing quite like the spectacular sunsets on his property west of downtown Gardner. Ironically, he fears plans for a massive solar farm will ruin his view of the sun. “I’d go from having a rural setting to an industrial setting with high fences...
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Kansas appears wary of Biden vaccine mandate

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is indicating that she’s wary of The Biden Administration’s mandate that companies with 100 or more employees require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. The Governor said Tuesday at an economic development event that she needs to hear more details. Her...

Two local veterans headed to D.C. on Kansas Honor Flight

Two local veterans headed to D.C. on Kansas Honor Flight. Local veterans John Urban and Bruce Laffery were among the veterans to leave on the latest Kansas Honor Flight this week. The two men were seen off on their trip by dozens of well-wishers waving flags and cheering them on....

Kansas City Respiratory Therapists Quitting As COVID Kills More Unvaccinated Patients

More Kansas City health care workers are quitting as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to kill unvaccinated patients. University of Kansas Health System officials announced Tuesday that 15 respiratory therapists left in the last three weeks, citing exhaustion and frustration from the hospital's surging number of coronavirus cases. Out of any hospital staff, respiratory therapists work the closest with patients experiencing the worst COVID-19 symptoms.

COVID clusters double in Kansas K-thru-12 schools

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The number of COVID clusters in Kansas schools more than doubled this week. The Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment’s weekly update shows 63 active clusters in K-through-12 schools, resulting in 408 cases and one hospitalization. That’s up from 31 schools clusters with 179 cases a week ago. It also makes schools surpass long-term care facilities as locations with the most active clusters. The state showed 60 active clusters in long-term care facilities this week, accounting for 427 cases with 18 hospitalizations and 23 deaths.

Find the best places, road trips to view fall colors in Missouri and Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri and Kansas have a variety of trees, shrubs and vines that make the fall season come alive with color every year. The Missouri Department of Conservation has weekly updates on which trees are changing and where to get the best views of the changing foliage with its fall color report.

This Kansas jail has more than 50 job openings needing filled

TOPEKA (KSNT) — Both employees and inmates are feeling the effects of understaffing at the Shawnee County Department of Corrections. Last year, the Shawnee County Department of Corrections, which staffs the Adult Detention Center and Juvenile Detention Center, said it had 70 vacancies that needed to be filled in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it has somewhere around 53 positions that still haven’t been filled.

Edgerton city leaders weigh in on the incorporation of Golden, Kansas

PAOLA, Kan. — To prevent the expansion of warehouse development across the Miami County, Johnson County line, homeowners in northern Miami County have petitioned to incorporate the City of Golden, Kansas. “The possibility of annexation and rezoning for industrial development have raised a number of concerns for our citizens. Concerns...
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Throwback Thursday: Kansas State Fairgrounds

Today's installment from"Throwback Thursday" takes us to the Kansas State Fairgrounds, north and east of 20th Avenue and North Poplar Streets. Between 1900 & 1910, the fairgrounds was located between 13th and 17th Avenues and between Main Maple Streets. It became quickly apparent that with the advent of automobiles they were running out of room quickly. In 1911, the fairgrounds were moved to a bigger open area northeast of 20th and Poplar. Convention Hall was also built that year, so the Commercial Club was able to get William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the U.S. to appear here for the cornerstone laying of the hall and to make a speech at the new Fairgrounds Grandstand. The first photo shows the new fairgrounds, grandstand and the crowds for the Taft speech. The second photo shows President Taft descending the Grandstand stairs after his speech with his secret service agents. The third photo is taken from approximately the same location showing the fairgrounds and grandstand today, almost 110 years to the day later.

Kansas cold case task force lays groundwork for sharing DNA database hits

TOPEKA — Members of a task force developing protocol for newly discovered DNA evidence in closed cases is backing a recommendation laying out a process to ensure defense counsel is made aware when a match is found in DNA registries. Following an August meeting of the Alvin Sykes Cold Case Task Force to discuss possible […] The post Kansas cold case task force lays groundwork for sharing DNA database hits appeared first on Kansas Reflector.