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Kansas State School for the Blind: Unleashing the power of independence

Established in 1867, Kansas State School for the Blind is perched on a hilly, leafy 10-acre campus at 1100 State Ave. in Kansas City, Kan. Like any other learning institution, the school focuses on preparing students for a viable career — except that its student body is blind and visually impaired, and, aside from a small on-campus population, is scattered throughout the state.

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In a year of turmoil, mental health center finds financial stability, but state questions remain

Not quite one year ago, the agency that provides mental health services for some of Johnson County’s neediest residents was in turmoil. Revenues were so low, the Johnson County Mental Health Center needed an emergency cash infusion to end the year with a positive balance. The executive director had been placed on administrative leave. And clients were worried about cuts in services, particularly to vocational and teen substance abuse programs.

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Filling Station coffee shops sold to KC company

Messenger Coffee Co. is purchasing controlling interest in the four area Filling Station operations. Leawood’s Park Place sues its restaurant tenant, Mestizo by Aarón Sánchez, for back rent of more than $120,000 and possession of the space.

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Kansas wildlife commission removes snake from list of threatened species

The state wildlife commission voted to remove the redbelly snake from the threatened species list at the urging of Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration over the recommendation of a panel of scientists. Kansas Wildlife Secretary Robin Jennison said the state needed to strike a balance between conservation and social and economic concerns. The snake had been blamed for driving up development costs.


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Election guide: Kansas House districts 26-121

Here are the candidates for the Kansas House in districts 26-121 in Johnson County. Kansas House District 26 Incumbent Republican Larry Campbell fces Democrat Cheron Tiffany for the Kansas House 26th District seat. Republican LARRY CAMPBELL