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As the Omaha World Herald reports, with corn prices at around $3.50 per bushel, grain farmers in Nebraska are increasingly exhausting their cash supplies and taking out loans.

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The open enrollment period to buy health insurance through the federal government ends Dec. 15. With the enrollment window cut in half and Trump administration limitations on the budget, more Texans could go uninsured.

From The Texas Tribune:

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A new motion picture is drawing nationwide attention to Amarillo, including an overview in the online news site Vice. Bomb City was directed by Amarillo native Jameson Brooks.

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According to a new study, Oklahoma has shown some improvements in smoking rates and obesity rates.

But, as The Tulsa World reports, the state still ranks last in percentage of uninsured residents. The figures come courtesy of the annual America’s Health Rankings report by the United Health Foundation.

For the third straight year, Kansans can expect a higher than average danger for wildland fire. 

How Dollar General Is Transforming Rural America

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The retail economy in rural America has been rough for decades. But where thousands of stores have closed in recent years, Dollar General is thriving, sometimes at the expense of local shops. Dollar Generals are discount stores that sell goods from hand tools to hot dogs. They're reshaping the retail landscape in small towns. And making lots of friends — and enemies — in the process.

Members of a legislative task force charged with fixing problems in the Kansas foster care system resumed their discussion of possible solutions on Tuesday.

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On Monday, New York Magazine published a 9-page article about last October’s thwarted plot to bomb that targeted members of Garden City's Somali community.

The article paints portraits of the three Southwest Kansas men, Curtis Allen, Patrick Stein and Gavin Wright, who are accused of planning to bomb a Somali mosque and apartment complex. It describes the men's affiliation with a militia group and the men’s motivation for planning the attack.

Filing Period Comes To Calm Close After Chaotic 30 Days

Dec 12, 2017
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A hectic candidate filing period came to a relatively calm close Monday evening, with few major surprises as the field was set for the 2018 primaries in Texas. Yet it's been tumultuous few weeks across the state's political landscape.

From The Texas Tribune:

A hectic candidate filing period came to a relatively calm close Monday evening, with few major surprises as the field was set for the 2018 primaries in Texas.

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Colleges and universities on the High Plains are bracing for upcoming battles as lawmakers move to begin taxing the value of student tuition.

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