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

Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer has selected the director of the Children's Shelter in Lawrence to lead the troubled Kansas Department for Children and Families.

Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer will name Gina Meier-Hummel to head the Department for Children and Families. (Photo Credit: Dave Ranney, KHI News Service)

Gina Meier-Hummel currently serves as executive director of The Children’s Shelter of Lawrence. 

Kansas Jayhawks coach David Beaty has stripped three of his team captains of their status.(Photo Credit:

One KU football player says Coach Beaty was privy to the premeditated decision to snub Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield by not shaking his hand before the kickoff.

About 1.6 million more Americans are traveling this Thanksgiving holiday weekend than last year.  And the last time the volume of Thanksgiving holiday travelers was higher was in 2005. 

Kansas Corporation Commission members, from left, Shari Albrecht, Pat Apple and Jay Emler announced an investigation Tuesday of oil wastewater well permits issued since late 2008. (photo credit: Madeline Fox, Kansas News Service)

The Kansas Corporation Commission is looking into years of wastewater well permits granted to oil and gas companies.

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

Tyson Foods has announced that it will build a $300 million dollar chicken processing plant in Tennessee after northeast Kansas residents rejected a similar September.

​ Jon Hamdorf, interim Medicaid director with the Kansas Department of Health and Enviornment, responds to questions at a KanCare 2.0 public hearing last week in Topeka.  (Photo by Jim McLean / Kansas News Service)

Kansas officials are promising that longstanding problems with KanCare – the state’s privatized Medicaid program – will be fixed in the new and improved version of the program. KanCare 2.0.  But some recipients and service providers remain skeptical.  

Governor Brownback speaking outside the governor's mansion Tuesday. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Governor Brownback said he's leaving the budget planning to the lieutenant governor.

Kansas State University in Manhattan has become a top choice for gay students.  KSU is the 45th friendliest campus for LGBTQ students, according to

Nearly all college campuses strive to create an inclusive environment.  When it comes to Kansas universities that create a welcoming environment for the LGBTQ community, Kansas State University gets high marks. 

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

Kansas lawmakers say they will work to fix the state's culture of secrecy after a series in the Kansas City Star highlighted alarming levels of secrecy in state and local government. 

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