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BC-KS--Kansas News Digest 2:30 pm, KS

February 10, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

KANSAS BUDGET-ROADS

TOPEKA, Kan. _ Kansas has trouble keeping road equipment operators from leaving for other, better-paying jobs — so much so that supervisors worry about being able to cobble together crews to clear snow after blizzards and to fill potholes quickly. For Department of Transportation leaders, the 100 percent annual turnover rate among entry-level equipment operators signals a problem that requires an immediate solution. For new Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, the staffing woes are a prime example of the worse-than-expected problems she says she found as she was preparing to take office last month. By John Hanna.

AP Photos RPJH101-0131191428, RPJH102-0131191453, RPJH103-0201191227.

LANGSTON HUGHES FILM

LAWRENCE, Kan. _ A Kansas screenwriter who co-wrote Spike Lee’s latest film, the Oscar-nominated “BlacKkKlansman,” is setting his sights on his next project: a documentary about poet Langston Hughes. Kevin Willmott, who is also a University of Kansas film professor, told the Lawrence Journal-World that he’s looking forward to making a two-part documentary on the American literary icon. The film, “I, Too, Sing America: Langston Hughes Unfurled,” will delve into the life of the African-American author, who spent part of his childhood in Lawrence, grew up in the Midwest and became a leader during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s.

BRIEFS:

MISSOURI RIVER FORECAST _ OMAHA, Neb. _ Officials say the reservoirs along the Missouri River are ready to handle the floodwaters that are expected to flow into the system this year.

SALINA TECH NURSING PROGRAM _SALINA, Kan. _ The state has awarded the Salina Area Technical College a $210,000 grant to help with start-up costs of the college’s new associate degree in nursing program.

SPORTS:

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Missouri and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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