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BC-KS--Kansas News Digest 4 pm, KS

December 30, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

AROUND THE STATE:

ELECTION 2020-SENATE-KANSAS

WASHINGTON _ As Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts decides whether to seek another term, observers say his style of traditional bipartisan consensus building might now be a liability in a polarized political world. That style was on display as Roberts, 82, maneuvered the 2018 farm bill through Congress with support from both parties _ a move ultimately embraced by President Donald Trump as a rare bipartisan success. SENT: 675 words

TOBACCO SETTLEMENT SPENDING

KANSAS CITY _ A new study finds that Missouri and Kansas are spending only a fraction of their tobacco settlement proceeds on smoking cessation efforts, despite recommendations from federal health officials. Missouri is the worst among states that spent any money on tobacco prevention programs, amounting to a fraction of a percent of the $72 million that the Centers for Disease Control recommended, The Kansas City Star reported . SENT: 375 words

NEW LAWS-GLANCE

UNDATED _ The new year marks the start of numerous new state laws affecting a broad swath of life _ from birth to marriage to death and, of course, taxes. Most take effect Tuesday. SENT: 1,100 words

IN BRIEF:

_ KANSAS-CONGRESS-DAVIDS OFFICE _ Democratic Rep.-elect Sharice Davids plans to put a congressional office in the same suburban Kansas City space used by her departing Republican predecessor.

_ TELEMEDICINE-KANSAS _ Kansas has extended the state medical board’s existing regulations for health care providers to the practice of consulting with patients through video conferencing.

_ RURAL DEVELOPMENT-LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR _ Democratic Lieutenant Gov.-elect Lynn Rogers says he’s encouraged that the Kansas House has formed a new Rural Revitalization Committee and looks forward to working with its Republican chairman.

_ SOCIAL MEDIA-NOT SO BAD? _ A University of Kansas researcher who led a study on social media says giving it up doesn’t make a person significantly happier and concerns about social media may be overblown.

SPORTS:

FBN--Raiders-Chiefs KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ The Chiefs can wrap up the AFC West and the top seed for the playoffs if they beat the Raiders, who are just trying to finish out a dismal first season under Jon Gruden. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 12 p.m. CT.

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