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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will decide by 11:30 a.m. EDT if he’s going to sign a “religious freedom” bill that was approved by legislators last night. The bill is similar to the one that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed this week that has caused a huge uproar and has created backlash from businesses including Walmart and the NCAA. On Monday, Hutchinson said, "If this bill reaches my desk in similar form as to what has been passed in 20 other states then I will sign it.”

Posted at 1:01 AM

Dry grass plus windy weather can equal dangerous conditions for open burning, and Lon Buller with the Harvey County Emergency Management Department reminds community members to use caution and follow safety protocol. The county...

Posted at 1:01 AM

Children's faces lit up with huge smiles as a local organization presented them with a special gift — a type of gift some of their families thought they'd never get to use.On March 28, the Wichita-based Air Capital AMBUCS visited...

Updated Mar 31, 2015 at 6:11 PM

Although the Harvey County Special Olympics Team still feels the loss of former coach Crystal Stauffer, they carried on her legacy with a performance that would have made her proud.Stauffer, a local physical education teacher, was hit by a...

Updated Mar 31, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Investigators announced today that they found a cellphone at the crash site of doomed Germanwings Flight 9525 that recorded a video of the plane's final moments in the air.

Posted Mar 31, 2015 at 11:00 AM

When it comes to work zone safety hazards, Harvey County Road and Bridge Superintendent Jim Meier has seen them all — people texting while driving, ignoring traffic control or driving around barricades, or even driving through ditches in...

Updated Mar 31, 2015 at 8:24 AM

Amid a deluge of criticism over a new law that some see as license to discriminate against gay people, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence today said, “We will clarify this in the days ahead and will fix this and move forward.” Pence said the...

Updated Mar 30, 2015 at 5:34 PM

Federal prosecutors rested their case today at the Boston Marathon bombing trial, offering grisly testimony from medical experts who examined the bodies of the three people who died in the April 2013 attack.

Updated Mar 30, 2015 at 8:16 AM

“The Daily Show” producers announced this morning that comedian Trevor Noah will take over the show when Jon Stewart leaves. The South African-born Noah has been on the show as a correspondent, and he has gained a following worldwide for...

Posted Mar 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM

The State Legislature is discussing a bill that could shrink civil service protections for some employees, allowing state agencies to remove some protections for new workers and employees changing positions. State employees receive...

Posted Mar 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Background/experienceI have lived in Newton since 1976. I have been married to John Hobbs since 1979 and we put four children through the Newton school system. When my kids were in school I attended USD 373 Board meetings...

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