Trevor Graff

KHI News Service staff writer

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Hog farm expansion raises questions about water use

Facility expected to increase demand from depleted Ogallala Aquifer

Even as Greeley County farmers are counting water by the drop, Seaboard Farms plans to increase production at its giant hog facility near Tribune, bringing as many as 396,000 hogs to an exhausted area of the Ogallala Aquifer.

House rejects another attempt to repeal renewable energy standards

The sunset legislation, voted down 63-60, was billed as a compromise by Republican leaders attempting to repeal the energy standards. If passed, Kansas utilities would have been required to provide 15 percent of their energy portfolio in renewable energy from 2015 to 2021. After that time, the regulations would disappear.

Democrats say Kansas Medicaid expansion won't be debated after GOP maneuvers

Kansas Democrats say discussion of Medicaid expansion for this legislative session is essentially over after procedural moves by Republicans to avoid debate on the topic.

New KDHE dental director meets with advocates

The new director of oral health at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment met with advocates during a welcome reception held in her honor by Oral Health Kansas.

Governor signs 19 bills into law

Gov. Sam Brownback signed 19 bills into law Friday, including measures dealing with medical malpractice and prompt payment of Medicaid claims by managed care companies. He also signed a controversial law that will strip the Kansas Supreme Court of its authority to appoint chief administrative judges in the state's judicial districts.

Kansas metal finishing company charged with violating Clean Water Act

A Minneapolis plating company is being charged with 20 counts of violating the Clean Water Act after allegedly dumping chemicals in the sewer system of that city.

Kansas officials set to begin drafting 50-year water plan

The team of Kansas water officials working to shape the future of water resources in the state is one step closer to drafting its 50-year water plan after a Friday meeting to share public input gathered from more than 140 meetings across the state.

EPA to propose rule change for Clean Water Act

Supreme Court rulings in 2001 and 2006 concerning Clean Water Act violations have left legislators, industry officials and the EPA stuck with complicated Clean Water Act cases concerning the agency’s jurisdiction over small streams and wetlands.

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Brownback job-training initiative draws praise

CTE preparing workers for health care and other fields

Ashley Gaeddert is a senior at Newton High School who, like hundreds of others across the state, is getting a head start on a career in medicine thanks to a new state training program.

House maintains position in non-economic damages negotiation

A bill that would incrementally increase the cap on non-economic damages in case of personal injury and medical malpractice was sent back to conference committee after the failure Wednesday of a motion to agree to disagree.

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