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American bison (image from Wikipedia)

When Europeans first came to the Great Plains, millions of buffalo roamed the prairie. By the late 1800s, the animals were almost entirely killed off, oftentimes just for sport. While the bison population has rebounded since then, ranchers say we can't bring the animal back in larger numbers, unless we start eating more of them.

Bill Rein previously served as chief counsel for the Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services and has been its commissioner of behavioral health services.

After four years on the job, Mike King, the secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation, is stepping down. King says he looks forward to returning to the private sector. However, his resignation comes in the wake of repeated transfers of money from KDOT to help shore up the state budget.

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

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

A national environmental group says all lead water pipes should be replaced.

Water systems in a total of 18 Kansas counties were cited for exceeding allowable lead levels.

The average Kansas household will save about $1.50 per month.

State regulators filed a complaint last year alleging that Westar had over-charged customers on transmission costs.

Dr. Stephen Higgs is helping fight the virus through mosquito research. (Photo: Kansas State University)


Since Zika virus emerged in Brazil last year, the U.S. has seen more than 700 cases, including the first case in Kansas in March.

The decision means the state's public school won't be shut down on July 1. 

A sad, lost soul attempts to scale the mountain of files in KPR News Director J. Schafer's office*  (*note: not really. Image not shown actual size.) (Image credit:

It's believed that more than 15,000 Medicaid applications are backlogged in the state's processing system. 

Incumbent U.S. Representative Tim Huelskamp was stripped of his seats on the Agriculture and Budget committees in 2012. 

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