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Photo from Kansas Geological Survey

A Nebraska mayor is pushing for changes in the way Kansas oversees prairie and ranchland burning after smoke from the Flint Hills spurred health warnings in that state.  Lincoln mayor Chris Beutler sent a letter to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment this week pressing for action after a larger number of simultaneous Kansas burns created more concentrated smoke across the state line.

Here's a summary of Kansas news headlines from the Associated Press, compiled by KPR staff.

Stormont Vail is among three potential buyers for St. Francis Health hospital, along with the University of Kansas Health System and the California-based Prime Healthcare Foundation.
 

Senator Carolyn McGinn (center) speaking with other lawmakers at a meeting last month. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Legislative committees met to do some budget work before the session resumes next week.

American Serengeti, by historian Dan Flores, focuses on a time when large mammals roamed the Great Plains in massive numbers.

Most Kansans know that huge herds of buffalo once roamed the high plains. But bison weren't the only large mammals who lived here. The book American Serengeti explores all the big animals that once populated the Great Plains. Commentator Rex Buchanan has our review.

Grassroots organizations in Johnson County, like Stand Up Blue Valley, are multiplying and starting to plot how they will elect more moderate Republicans and Democrats to the Kansas Legislature. (File photo from KCUR)

Stand Up Blue Valley and other grassroots political groups in Johnson County are already contemplating the next Kansas election and how they can put more moderate Republicans and Democrats in office.
 

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue refused to call the plan a path to citizenship, though.

The Early Childhood Education Center at Emporia State University is under investigation for alleged child abuse.  The center's director has resigned in the midst of the scandal. 

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press, as compiled by KPR news staffers.

Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning says he'll propose a monthly fee on utility bills to help fund education. (Photo: Kansas News Service)

Senator Jim Denning's plan calls for a $3 monthly fee on residential utility bills. He estimates the fee would raise $150 million a year for public schools.

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