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AP-KS--Kansas News Digest 3:30 pm, KS

August 19, 2018

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Kansas.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.



NORTH KANSAS CITY — A Kansas City-area school district that garnered national attention when a transgender student was crowned homecoming queen in 2015 has installed gender-neutral restrooms at two new elementary schools and in some existing locations. The individual bathroom stalls at Rising Hill Elementary and Northview Elementary in the North Kansas City School District two new elementary schools are enclosed with floor-to-ceiling walls and lockable doors, the Kansas City Star reported. The restrooms still have an open alcove area with a common trough sink. Both male and female symbols adorn the same sign on the wall outside the bathrooms. SENT: 325 words


WICHITA, Kan. — Kansas is changing how it manufactures license plates for the first time since the state began issuing the plates more than a century ago. Kansas will no longer have plates embossed with raised letters and numbers printed in bulk for non-commercial traffic, the Wichita Eagle reported . Kansas, which started issuing license plates in 1913, changed its system this week to print plates on demand using a digital printing process. SENT: 250 words


TOPEKA, Kan. — A Topeka couple whose 2-year-old son died of cancer has found healing in supporting other families through a nonprofit founded in their child’s memory. Team Blake has already donated $18,000 to five local families with a child fighting a life-threatening illness. The nonprofit has also prepared hundreds of Easter and Christmas baskets for children at Stormont Vail and Children’s Mercy hospitals, sends care packages each week to children and has given more than $10,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Kansas, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported . SENT: 250 words


— CHILD SUPPORT AMNESTY — The state of Kansas will offer one day of amnesty for people who have bench warrants for not paying child support.

— USDA JOBS-KANSAS-MISSOURI — Kansas and Missouri officials hope to attract the nearly 700 well-paying USDA jobs that are being moved out of Washington D.C.

— KANSAS-SUNFLOWERS — It’s an early sunflower season in the Sunflower State.


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CHICAGO — The White Sox and Royals wrap up their weekend series, with Reynaldo Lopez pitching for Chicago and Heath Fillmyer for Kansas City. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET.


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