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A Lincoln County district judge has dismissed a lawsuit claiming water disposal well operators caused a 2011 earthquake that injured a Prague woman reported Adam Wilmoth for The Oklahoman.


The votes are in, and the results are just a click away. Here are the links to the Secretary of State for your state: 

Colorado, The Centennial State
Kansas, The Sunflower State
Nebraska, The Cornhusker State
Oklahoma, The Sooner State
Texas, The Lone Star State 

Kansans, here's a little help in case you haven't voted yet.

Colorado's election will test a new voting system.


Budget Director Shawn Sullivan says Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and others are participating in election-year scare tactics with warnings that a multi-state health care compact the governor signed into law this year could affect Kansas seniors’ Medicare benefits reported Bryan Thompson for Kansas Public Radio.


With Election Day upon us, Nate Silver, the polling analyst famed for his accurate forecast of the 2012 election, has his final projections for hotly contested races in our region:


Recent polls seem to say the race for the office of Kansas Secretary of State is tighter-than-expected.  Incumbent Republican Kris Kobach is leading Democratic challenger, Jean Schodorf but only by single digits.  Kansas Public Radio’s J. Schafer talked to both of these candidates.


Two-thirds of registered Texas voters have a favorable opinion of the state’s voter photo ID law, and more than half have a “very favorable” view, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

There are errors in the released times for Oklahoma voting. According to Glenda L. Williams, Secretary of the Texas County Election Board in Guymon, Oklahoma, here are the corrections:

Early voting is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Thursday and Friday immediately preceding an election. Early voting is also available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Saturday immediately preceding a federal or state election.

Early voting is not available on the Monday preceding an election.

Republican Political Consultant Neva Hills and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Keisel talk with KOSU’s Michael Cross about the prominent races coming up in Oklahoma’s general election.

How engaged is your state in the upcoming election? The results may surprise you.

Both candidates for Kansas governor oppose the new EPA rule increasing the number of waterways subject to federal regulations.

The Docking Institute of Public Affairs is a social research center sponsored by and housed on the campus of Fort Hays State University.  The mission is to provide cutting-edge research services, promote democracy and a well-informed electorate.  The most valuable contribution to this goal is the annual, statewide public opinion survey, Kansas Speaks according to a recent press release.


A new Oklahoma law changes the dates and times for early voting.  It now begins Thursday and continues through Saturday explained Texas County Election Board Secretary Glenda Williams in a press release.


Texas high school students are required to take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. However, more than 42,000 students received diplomas between 2010 and 2012 without taking the 10th-grade test for federal accountability.

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Proposed changes to the Clean Water Act have some Midwest farmers worried that, if enacted, they could be subject to additional regulation. 

Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency are trying to assuage those fears.


After a federal appellate court ruling that Texas can enact its abortion restriction, a possible loophole in the law may have women looking to their doctors for the procedure according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.


Survey results are in, Kansas says the two highest profile races in the election are very close according to a recent press release. Fort Hays State University’s Docking Institute of Public Affairs recently completed Kansas Speaks Survey 2014.


The final debate between Texas gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott, was Tuesday night.  The New York Times reported the focal point of the discussion was the economic-incentive fund.

Republican candidate, Greg Abbott could be playing defense in tonight's debate against Democrat Wendy Davis. A state audit last week revealed Gov. Rick Perry's Texas Enterprise Fund has awarded a half-billion dollars to companies that never submitted formal applications. Davis says that's a failure on Abbott's part in his oversight duties as Attorney General.

A recap of the last debate between Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott was "dry" and lacked fireworks according to ABC News. Will tonight be different?

National attention is turning to Kansas as the possible key to the balance of power in the U.S. Senate with the withdrawal of the Democratic nominee and the continued lead in polls by independent candidate Greg Orman.

GOP legislators urge Johnson County Advisory commission to pull article warning of health care compact’s potential effect on Medicare.

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Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger endorsed Democrat Dennis Anderson at a recent press conference.

Fort Hays State University was ranked as the best school in Kansas for online education by TheBestSchools.org.


Jim Sherow recently received from Traditional Republicans for Common Sense according to a recent article from The Republic.  The 63-year-old Kansas State University history professor is the Democratic nominee for the 1st Congressional District of Kansas. 


Secretary of the Texas County Election Board, Glenda L. Williams, announced there are new polling locations for Texas County, Oklahoma.

Two Kansas candidates for a U.S. Senate seat recently met in their first public debate. Republican Senator Pat Roberts was on the offensive against Independent Greg Orman. Senator Roberts called Orman a “liberal.” Orman says he has supported Democrats and Republicans in the past. Libertarian Randall Batson is also running for the position.

When headlines surfaced last week that Russia would block U.S. agricultural imports, the news seemed dire, or at the very least, unpredictable.

The day it was announced, markets reacted, with Agrimoney.com calling a surge in wheat prices the “Putin premium.”


Kansas Chamber snubs seven Republicans in state House endorsements
The Kansas Chamber of Commerce announced candidates it's endorsing for Kansas House of Representatives in November, and some western Kansas Republicans are not included. Don Hineman of Dighton, J. Russell Jennings of Lakin, and John Doll of Garden City are among seven republicans not endorsed by the Chamber. All but one of the seven are running unopposed. In all of these races, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce opted not to endorse any candidate, according to reports by the Hutchinson News and Wichita Business Journal.