Amid budget dispute, Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas looks at possible worker furloughs

The Legislature already is in overtime on its 90-day session and has yet to pass a balanced budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Spokeswoman Sara Belfry said the Republican governor’s office is working with several agencies to “determine the last possible date” the budget would need to be passed in order to avoid payroll disruptions.

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Snakebite deaths still rare, despite case from Missouri

Even though a 37-year-old southwest Missouri man died after being bitten on both legs by a venomous snake after wading into the James River, such deaths are relatively rare. Gilbert De Leon was with his girlfriend near Nixa on Friday when he waded into the river and felt himself being bitten. De Leon ignored his girlfriend’s pleas to go to a hospital and later died.

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Summer Fun 2015: A guide to festivals, fairs and more

Most of us know all about the area’s big summer events, which started with the Celebration at the Station this past weekend and concludes in September with the Kansas City Irish Fest and Santa-Cali-Gon Days. In between we have the likes of Old Shawnee Days, Fiesta Kansas City, Riverfest, the KC Fringe festival and the many county fairs in July and August. But don’t overlook the smaller or lesser-known festivals and events that populate the area’s summer calendar.

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