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Regional Headlines for Sunday, February 12, 2012




Lawmakers Consider Disaster Fund

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are modifying a proposal from Governor Sam Brownback's administration to establish a fund covering the state's share of federally declared disasters. Brownback wants to use $12 million from taxes collected each year on insurance premiums to establish what would be a rainy day fund for disasters that cause extensive damage.


USDA Funds Water Conservation Efforts 

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas farmers and producers can now apply for federal funding for conserving water. The Garden City Telegram reports that the deadline for applying for the funding from the Ogallala (oh-guh-LAH'-lah) Aquifer Initiative for fiscal year 2012 is February 24th. The funding is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.


Oldest Judge Remembered

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Some 400 mourners gathered yesterday (SAT) to honor a judge whose sheer stamina and devotion to justice kept him on the federal bench in Wichita up to his death last month at age 104. U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown was the nation's oldest working federal judge in history, but colleagues at his memorial service said that while he was widely known for his age, he seldom gave it any thought.


KC Schools Promote Efforts at Open Houses 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The recently unaccredited Kansas City School District has open houses planned this weekend at 18 sites to highlight efforts to make improvements. After test scores failed to improve, the Missouri State Board of Education voted in September to revoke the accreditation for the district, effective January 1st.

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