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Kansans who got coronavirus struggling weeks or months later

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More than 26,000 people in Kansas have contracted COVID-19. Roughly 350 of them have died. While that's a low death rate, survivors talk of the brutality of the disease, and how full recovery can prove elusive even months...

 

Rural Kansas electric coops get federal coronavirus relief

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Fearing what the coronavirus might do to the power industry, six electric cooperatives in Kansas applied and received up to $20 million total in loans as part of the federal Paycheck Protection Program. "It looked pretty...

 
 By BRIAN GRIMMETT    Regional    May 1, 2020

Kansas counties that relied on oil struggle amid COVID-19

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The coronavirus shutdown killed oil prices. That could be a killer for local governments in large swaths of Kansas, places long addicted to the tax money that's been lost as companies stop pumping crude from the ground. In...

 

App helps Kansas fossil hunters search for prehistoric life

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A couple hundred million years ago, an ocean covering Kansas teemed with prehistoric life. Yet for millennia, Kansas has been a dry, sometimes even dusty, place. The ocean is long gone, but traces of that long-ago aquatic...

 

A Kansas city buys Tesla to encourage use of electric cars

LINDSBORG, Kan. (AP) — The city-owned utility in Lindsborg wants to sell more electricity to the 3,500 people in town. So it bought a $40,000 Tesla Model 3 sedan. It wants to show that getting around in an electric car can make sense. "We're...

 

Researchers say Kansas has underground gas-storage potential

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Large industrial operations — think electrical power plants, oil refineries, ethanol facilities — cough carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by the ton. That, in turn, warms the planet. But now some researchers think Kansas...

 

Record rain hurting Kansas' first try at growing hemp

PLEVNA, Kan. (AP) — P.J. Sneed walked through his small greenhouse in central Kansas checking on rows and rows of small hemp plants just waiting to be put into the ground. The plants inside the greenhouse near Plevna looked rather healthy....

 

Report: Coal plants cost Kansans more than necessary

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The way Westar Energy runs its coal plants in Kansas unnecessarily costs consumers millions of dollars a year through an obscure, if common, practice known as self-committing generation, according to an analysis by a group...

 

Kansas utilities run coal plants all year, costing millions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The way Westar Energy runs its coal plants in Kansas unnecessarily costs consumers millions of dollars a year through an obscure, if common, practice known as self-committing generation. The company essentially runs its...

 

Kansas agroterrorism lab raises questions amid delays

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Against the hum of backhoes and bulldozers, a fortress of concrete and steel buildings gradually rises on the north end of Kansas State University's campus. The top-level federal biocontainment laboratory is designed to study...

 

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