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Apr. 17—Locally and nationwide, health and elected officials have been urging people to get coronavirus vaccinations. Those officials have been concerned about having fewer people seeking the vaccine even as availability has ramped up. With this in mind, The Mercury recently asked elected officials if they've been vaccinated. Out of 18 officials — five Manhattan city commissioners, seven ...

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U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall, both Kansas Republicans, on Friday requested an update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding its investigation into the historic jump in natural gas prices that have burdened many Kansans following the severe weather in February.

Members of the Republican caucus in the Kansas State Senate voted to remove Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop (R) from his position on April 9. The caucus vote was 22-4 following the release of additional details about Suellentrop’s March 16 arrest. Assistant Majority Leader Larry Alley will act as Senate Majority Leader until the Republican caucus selects a new leader in May.

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MISSION, Kan., April 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) Science influences many aspects of daily life in countless ways. It also helps shape the development of life skills from an early age. As children learn to communicate, think critically, make predictions and form opinions based on their observations, they are developing science skills that will last a lifetime.

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MISSION, Kan., April 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) Many childhood memories include sitting on mom's lap and reading stories together. This year, you can show your mother how much those memories mean to you by giving her a Mother's Day gift that harkens back to those special moments spent together.

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MISSION, Kan., April 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) In 2020, Americans experienced firsts across virtually every aspect of life. Now, with an extended tax deadline of May 17 approaching, the implications for such an unusual year have some people wondering how all those changes might affect their tax refund.

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MISSION, Kan., April 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) Adding delicious, new flavors to your homecooked meals this spring may be easier than you think. A secret ingredient like cooking wine is a simple way to add a boost of flavor to all kinds of recipes.

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- CryptoSlam, an aggregator of NFT collectible data from Ethereum, WAX, and FLOW blockchains, has announced a strategic investment from businessman and entrepreneur Mark Cuban through his VC entity Radical Investments.

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LAWRENCE, Kan., April 15, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Anesthesia Progress – It is increasingly more common for pediatric patients to require general anesthesia (GA) for dental procedures; however, uncooperative patients or those with mental disabilities add a greater challenge. Children, particularly those with special needs, often require intramuscular (IM) sedation for safe and effective transport into the operating room and induction of GA for dental procedures. Finding the correct mixture of medications with the least number of adverse events for IM sedation is a key factor for successful management of these patients.

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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, governors and state agencies in all 50 states relied on emergency power authority to enact stay-at-home orders, mask mandates, and other restrictions on businesses and individuals. Since March 2020, 10 bills in eight states have been signed into law that are aimed at increasing legislative oversight of governors’ emergency powers. These laws were enacted in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah.

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State Rep. John R. Eplee, MD ABFM, 63rd District, a Republican, was present this past Saturday for the Legislative Coffee to visit with constituents about the updates and issues concerning the lawmakers’ work in Topeka.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Lighthouse Immersive is proud to announce the Kansas City premiere of their highly sought-after art experience Immersive Van Gogh opening December 1, 2021. Official tickets will be available at kansascityvangogh.com with prices starting at $39.99. Sign up now to be the first to receive pre-sale ticket information.

OKLAHOMA CITY, April 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 14, 2021 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published the first of two proposed range-wide habitat conservation plans (HCP) for public comment for the lesser prairie-chicken ("LPC").  This first HCP will provide range-wide regulatory assurances for wind, solar, electric transmission & distribution lines and communication towers for industry participants who wish to responsibly develop projects under any scenario that may occur once the USFWS releases its court-ordered review of the Endangered Species Act listing status on May 26th.

WICHITA, Kan., April 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- KBX today announced a partnership with OMNIA Partners to offer OMNIA Partners members cost-efficient solutions covering all facets of freight transportation – from the loading dock through delivery. Through this partnership, more than 140,000 members of OMNIA Partners will have access to KBX's world-class transportation capabilities, visibility and technology solutions that drive transparency while eliminating waste.  

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WICHITA, Kan., April 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- An affiliate of Koch Equity Development LLC, the investment and acquisition subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. (collectively, "Koch"), announced that it has agreed to acquire Transaction Network Services, Inc. ("TNS") from affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC and TNS' other minority equity holders. TNS provides secure, mission critical connectivity and interoperability solutions via a global managed network enabling its customers to exchange data and information and transact worldwide. Koch made its initial investment in TNS in January 2016 and this multi-step acquisition follows a similar approach to Koch's acquisition of Infor in 2020 and Guardian Glass in 2016.  

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WICHITA, Kan., April 14, 2021 /CNW/ -- An affiliate of Koch Equity Development LLC, the investment and acquisition subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. (collectively, "Koch"), announced that it has agreed to acquire Transaction Network Services, Inc. ("TNS") from affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC and TNS' other minority equity holders. TNS provides secure, mission critical connectivity and interoperability solutions via a global managed network enabling its customers to exchange data and information and transact worldwide. Koch made its initial investment in TNS in January 2016 and this multi-step acquisition follows a similar approach to Koch's acquisition of Infor in 2020 and Guardian Glass in 2016.  

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WICHITA, Kan., April 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- An affiliate of Koch Equity Development LLC, the investment and acquisition subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. (collectively, "Koch"), announced that it has agreed to acquire Transaction Network Services, Inc. ("TNS") from affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC and TNS' other minority equity holders. TNS provides secure, mission critical connectivity and interoperability solutions via a global managed network enabling its customers to exchange data and information and transact worldwide. Koch made its initial investment in TNS in January 2016 and this multi-step acquisition follows a similar approach to Koch's acquisition of Infor in 2020 and Guardian Glass in 2016.  

God forbid you ever would. But let’s say you drive drunk, at twice the legal blood alcohol limit, and on the wrong side of an interstate, eluding officers and nearly hitting other motorists. As officers escort your falling-down-drunk self away, you insult and threaten them. How long do you think you’d keep your job? If Gene Suellentrop were a working person who makes his living stocking ...

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Actor Leslie Phillips is 97. Former Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is 85. Actor George Takei is 84. Singer Johnny Tillotson is 83. Actor Ryan O’Neal is 80. Bluegrass singer-musician Doyle Lawson (Quicksilver) is 77. Actor Judith O’Dea is 76. Rock musician Craig Frost (Grand Funk; Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band) is 73. Actor Gregory Itzin (iht-zihn) is 73. Actor Jessica Lange is 72. Actor Veronica Cartwright is 72. Actor Clint Howard is 62. Actor Crispin Glover is 57. Actor Andy Serkis is 57. Olympic silver medal figure skater Rosalynn Sumners is 57. Actor William deVry is 53. Country singer Wade Hayes is 52. Actor Shemar Moore is 51. Actor Carmen Electra is 49. Reggae singer Stephen Marley is 49. Rock musician Marty Crandall is 46. Actor Joey Lawrence is 45. Country musician Clay Cook (Zac Brown Band) is 43. Actor Clayne Crawford is 43. Actor Tim Jo is 37. Actor Carlos Valdes (TV: “The Flash”) is 32.

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OSWEGO — The Oswego USD 504 Board of Education had much to discuss Monday as it began to examine the position of the district and funding for the coming fiscal year.

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WICHITA, Kan., April 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- At its more than 300 operations and production units in the United States, Koch companies create everyday essentials that help people improve their lives while working to use fewer resources. In recognition of this work, Koch Industries has earned the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2021 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award – the second time since becoming an ENERGY STAR partner. The award recognizes organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency, and is the highest honor jointly bestowed by the EPA and United States Department of Energy.

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WICHITA, Kan., April 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- At its more than 300 operations and production units in the United States, Koch companies create everyday essentials that help people improve their lives while working to use fewer resources. In recognition of this work, Koch Industries has earned the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2021 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award – the second time since becoming an ENERGY STAR partner. The award recognizes organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency, and is the highest honor jointly bestowed by the EPA and United States Department of Energy.

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Apr. 13—Ed O'Malley, founding president and CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center, will be the featured speaker on April 19 at the Hutchinson Rotary Club. The public is invited to attend the noon event at Stringer Fine Arts Center on the campus of Hutchinson Community College. Formed in 2007, the center works with thousands of individuals each year in extensive leadership development training. ...

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TOPEKA, Kan., April 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- April 11 marked the celebration of National Pet Day, a time to celebrate the pets in our lives.  This special day had even more significance this year with the number of pet households increasing over the last 12 months, as people around the world rediscovered the companionship and joy that pets bring to our lives when we need support the most.

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PITTSBURG, Kan., April 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Just as Pitsco Education's annual Big Book catalog is full to the brim with all of our greatest hits, biggest deals, and newest offerings, Pitsco's brand-new, never-before-seen Little Book showcases powerful products and solutions geared specifically toward the littlest of learners.

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MISSION, Kan., April 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) Whether you're racing against the waves or quietly floating with a pole in hand, a day on the water is hard to beat. However, before you can enjoy the excitement of a new season, there are several steps you need to take to make sure your boat is ready for the ride.

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TOPEKA, Kan., April 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Wealth management industry veteran Erik Blankmeyer has recently joined AE Wealth Management (AEWM) as Vice President of Business Development. Blankmeyer brings more than two decades of experience to his new role focusing on recruiting top financial advisors.

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of software-defined and mega scale data center solutions, today announced that Southern Telecom, Inc. (STI), a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO) has deployed its dark fiber network in QTS' Atlanta-Metro data center campus.

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WICHITA, Kan., April 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Koch Agronomic Services, LLC (Koch) reached agreement with Compass Minerals (NYSE: CMP) to purchase Compass Minerals' North American micronutrient assets, the global intellectual property rights, with trademarks and patents, and certain other assets associated with the Wolf Trax®, Rocket Seeds® and Hydro Bullet™ product platforms. 

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MISSION, Kan., April 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) The spring season and warmer months are typically all about renewal and evaluating things that may no longer serve you, such as habits, products or routines.

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TORONTO, April 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- VVC Exploration Corporation  (TSX-V:VVC)  has announced the addition of a new helium property in its recently acquired, wholly owned subsidiary, Plateau Helium Corporation ("PHC"), a Wyoming corporation.  The transaction bolsters VVC's ability to capitalize on the growing demand for helium, driven by increased global usage.

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TORONTO, April 7, 2021 /CNW/ -- VVC Exploration Corporation  (TSX-V:VVC)  has announced the addition of a new helium property in its recently acquired, wholly owned subsidiary, Plateau Helium Corporation ("PHC"), a Wyoming corporation.  The transaction bolsters VVC's ability to capitalize on the growing demand for helium, driven by increased global usage.

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- TreviPay, a global business-to-business payments company, today announced the launch of its payments solution with Digital River, an experienced global commerce enabler for established and fast-growing brands. The technology will allow Digital River to further automate and develop a consumer-like purchasing experience for its B2B clients to quickly scale their business on a global level.

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ORLANDO, Fla., April 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Violet Defense, the company behind the only known pulsed Xenon UV disinfection devices that can be installed and operated autonomously, is teaming up with Ottawa Public Schools in Kansas for a multi-faceted evaluation program. Violet Defense will provide the Ottawa school district with a variety of mobile and installed S.A.G.E. UV products for efficacy and operational evaluation and feedback. Some of the products being tested in the school system include the Flash M3, the UV Sports Decon case, the Beam mobile unit, and a Micro unit that will be installed in the nurses' clinic to protect students, staff, and faculty.

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LENEXA, Kan., April 6, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Each entrant must be a high school graduate and have a 2.5 GPA or higher. To enter, applicants must submit a 500-word essay about what inspires them to further their education and how their area of study or career choice could open up opportunities to impact the community more in the future.

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PITTSBURGH, April 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- "I wanted to create a quick and easy way to apply a vehicle cover for protection against rain, bright sunlight, dirt and debris," said an inventor, from Topeka, Kan., "so I invented the AUTO PROTECTION PACKAGE. My design eliminates the need to struggle with unfolding and securing a conventional car cover."

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MISSION, Kan., April 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) Spring means it's time to start sprucing up your home and garden with a little TLC inside and out. If you're unsure where to begin, consider these tips:

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MISSION, Kan., April 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) Building an appreciation for history is one way to help kids understand and connect with the world around them. History not only shows how people lived long ago, but it also gives clues about how society evolved into what it is today.

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