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Parents’ drug use spurs rise in foster children in Kansas

So many children are in foster care that the state’s contractor in the Kansas City area — KVC Health Systems — has hired more staff and ramped up recruitment for foster families. CASA is working to train more volunteers and offering training sessions more often during the year. Kansas’ Department for Children and Families is assessing what type of foster placements are needed, and in which counties, to help the children going into state care.

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Snarky in the Suburbs: Ah, the holiday world of Hallmark, where everything works ... with a dusting of snow

Family togetherness during the holiday season is a beautiful thing until, you know, it’s not. Take, for instance, buying a Christmas tree with teenagers. Just when you’re all atingle from the familial sharing of selecting the perfect tree to adorn your home, you discover your son’s knot-tying skills are rudimentary at best, especially in the adhering-noble-pine-to-luggage rack category, when your tree not so much slides but shimmies off the top of your car like Santa Claus trying to exit a flue he mistook for a chimney and ungracefully tumbles onto State Line Road.

Vantage project upsets Shawnee neighbors

Development is proposed on vacant land at Pflumm Road and West 62nd Street

Plans call for 312 apartment units in 14 buildings

Some nearby residents fear the project could be turned into low-income housing