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Kansas utility agrees to refund $10M, drop electric rates

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The largest electric utility in Kansas has agreed to refund $10 million to its customers and decrease its rates slightly to settle a complaint filed by state regulators with the federal government.

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Number of wiretaps in Kansas surge in drug investigations
Posted: July 01, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new government report shows a surge in the use by authorities of wiretaps last year in Kansas for drug investigations.

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Kansas residents have higher taxes but less gun regulation
Updated: July 01, 2015 - 3:06 pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas residents are paying higher taxes on cigarettes, groceries and other consumer goods but no longer have to obtain a state permit to carry a concealed gun under new laws that took effect Wednesday.

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Kansas collects $22M less in taxes than expected this month
Posted: July 01, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas collected about $22 million less in taxes than anticipated this month, ending the fiscal year Tuesday with less of a cushion for its next budget, for which lawmakers boosted sales and cigarette taxes to keep it balanced.

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72 counties removed from drought status in Kansas
Posted: July 01, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state has removed 72 counties from drought status thanks to recent rain in Kansas.

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10 Things to Know for Today
Posted: July 01, 2015

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

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Patriotic and safe
Posted: July 01, 2015

As a patriotic and proud American, I enjoy celebrating our nation’s independence with Fourth of July activities. As your fire chief of eleven years, I am afraid my message is a bit more sobering.

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Red Powell and Buckner added to truck route
Posted: July 01, 2015

Toby Mantz, who runs K-15 Liquor at the corner of Red Powell and Nelson Drive, stands in his office flipping through recordings of cars breaking traffic laws to avoid the median installed at the intersection.

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City Council to consider ordinance for removal of appointees
Posted: July 01, 2015

Appointments, made by the mayor, fill almost all of Derby’s many boards and commissions. A new ordinance being drafted by Jacque Butler, the City Attorney, will allow the mayor, or City Council, to remove appointees based on bad attendance or other offenses.

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Budget, security top priorities for new Derby School Board member
Posted: July 01, 2015

Since Election Day in April, Tina Prunier has sat patiently in the gallery among parents, teachers and administrators taking notes at Derby School Board meetings. After nearly three months as a spectator, Prunier will have the opportunity to voice her opinion when her first term on the school board begins today.

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The Fourth brings reminder to respect vets, city rules
Posted: July 01, 2015

Derby loves its fireworks. At this time each year, tents invade the city limits and thousands of dollars are exchanged for minutes of pure pyromaniacal joy.

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Derby schools to eliminate most librarians
Posted: July 01, 2015

The shelves in the library of Derby’s Sixth Grade Center were emptied as a small crew stuffed books into boxes that will soon be stored in the media center of the new Derby North Middle School.

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Veteran, teacher ‘honored’ to be parade Grand Marshal
Posted: July 01, 2015

Col. Michael Dillard, Derby High School teacher and retired Air Force veteran, said freedom took on a new meaning after he visited Iraq. He said there, people died for the ability to change their government – and they still didn’t get it.

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City turning to collection agency to collect unpaid fines
Posted: July 01, 2015

Derby’s City Council approved an agreement this past Tuesday that would authorize a collection agency to collect on the $85,370 of outstanding fines and fees.

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Local optometrist purchases Madison property, changes name of practice
Posted: July 01, 2015

Dr. Logan Banister, an optometrist at Drs. Marks and Banister in Derby, purchased the small strip center at the corner of Mulberry Street and Madison Avenue, where the practice is located.

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Insurance agent to head West End’s Merchant Association
Posted: July 01, 2015

The West End Development plan holds big goals for Derby’s west-side businesses. The plan itself still has to go through City Council’s approval to be added to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, but a Merchant’s Association is being started now.

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