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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is in hot water again, this time over his same-sex marriage ruling last year. According to The Texas Tribune, the Texas State Bar has launched a disciplinary probe into Paxton’s conduct in the days following the US Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex unions. In a Feb. 2 letter, the State Board of Disciplinary Appeals directed the State Bar to investigate “possible violations” of professional conduct by the Attorney General.

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Of regional interest, in a reversal of a long-running trend, Chinese citizens are leaving the cities and returning to rural areas, reports The Rural Blog.

The flight to the countryside is due to many factors, including a faltering Chinese economy, high cost of living in the cities, and high rates of air pollution. In addition, China’s economy isn’t growing as fast as it once did, and urban manufacturing jobs are becoming more scarce.

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The Environmental Protection Agency recently attempted to pull one of the chemical company Bayer’s insecticides from the marketplace. The EPA expressed concerns that that the chemical could harm organisms in streams and ponds. Now, reports Reuters, the German company is fighting back.  Bayer is asking for an administrative hearing from the EPA's Office of General Counsel to review the case.

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A group of Oklahoma students have found a way to turn trash into energy, reports KFOR. The students, along with staff members at Oklahoma State University, have patented a process they call “gasification.” The new system could be a game-changer. The name of the project is “Renewable Energy Power on Demand,” or “RE-PODS” for short. The program takes garbage and transforms it into “syngas,” which can run specially-made generators.

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Raymond Schwab, a US veteran and a native Kansan, has become a lightning rod in the interstate battle over legalized marijuana, reports The Guardian. Tensions have been running high between Colorado and neighboring states whose residents want to purchase cannabis.

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I’m Cindee Talley.  Today, I’d like you to meet two of my Radio Reader Book Club Friends.. Kathi Holt and teacher, Lynn Hewes.  They’re sitting around the table at the historic Cimarron Hotel, talking about our current read… Plainsong.    

Their chat is a perfect example of the paying attention.. whether it be to our children, or our surroundings.  These two lovely women are so engrossed in their conversation, they had no idea they had captured the sound of a semi going by.  Kathleen starts the conversation:

Kathleen Holt:  Is there a place in our lives these days for parents and adolescents or adults and adolescents to discuss literature – to explore how we might look at this differently or similarly?

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‘Water’ the chances for one individual?

Feb 11, 2016
Kansas Geological Survey

From Agland:

While probably the majority of the people in western Kansas would like to conserve our irrigation water supplies, can one man go it alone?

Almost 40 years ago, I was sitting in the office of Extension ag economist Don Pretzer in Waters Hall on the campus of Kansas State University talking about ways to conserve the Ogallala Aquifer in western Kansas. And he made a very good observation.

Rural Blog

The annual Great Backyard Bird Count is scheduled for Feb. 12-15, reports The Rural Blog. That’s this coming Friday through Monday. The National Audubon Society is asking people to take 15 minutes on one or more of these days to count birds from any location. Participants should then create a checklist of the birds they spot. The Great Backyard Bird Count was created in 1998 by the ornithology lab at Cornell University. 

Drone Users Need to Know the Do's and Don'ts

Feb 11, 2016
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When Yuriy Drubinskiy was flying his DGI Phantom Vision II Plus drone over Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City recently, he was surprised to see a warning come over his smart phone.

Through an app on his phone, he received a text message from the Federal Aviation Administration telling him the zoo was a no-fly zone. The GPS on the plane linked with the app and let the FAA know where he was flying.

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What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here's A Taste

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If you follow the vast world of fermented grapes, you may have noticed an influx of so-called natural wines. I fell under their spell a few years ago. Apparently, I'm not alone. There's something of a natural wine cult blooming in shops, bars and restaurants around the U.S.

Money May Not Buy You Love, But It Sure Helps

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A candlelit dinner, a bottle of bubbly Champagne and a beautiful date. You tear your gaze away for a second to glance at the check your waiter just gave you. Your heart skips a beat at the sight of the three-digit number. But never mind, the stunning smile across the table is worth it.

Right?

Relationships come with sweet romance and accelerating heartbeats, but money, unfortunately, is often a crucial ingredient in the mix as well. Think about it: Weekly date nights, vacations, wedding, honeymoon and even divorce ring up bills of all sorts.

Exactly 15 months after it completed a seemingly impossible journey to land on the surface of a comet, the Philae lander now faces "eternal hibernation," as officials at the European Space Agency say the craft doesn't get enough sunlight to power its batteries.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced late Thursday that they had agreed to push for a "nationwide cessation of hostilities" in Syria within one week.

The communiqué backed by major world powers also vowed to work toward getting humanitarian aid into hard-to-reach areas such as the city of Aleppo.

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