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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - The deadline is approaching for applications to grow the state's new industrial hemp research crop. The Kansas Department of Agriculture will take applications for growers who want to be part of the state's research program until March 1. Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer signed legislation last April to allow industrial hemp production for research purposes, with a goal of encouraging the resurgence of hemp as a production crop and to promote economic development.

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a Hutchinson man to two years in prison for intentionally crashing into a bicyclist, who later died. The Hutchinson News reports District Judge Trish Rose on Friday issued the sentence to 19-year-old Taylor Lukone. The sentence was a departure from a minimum eight-year sentence that prosecutors and defense lawyers had recommended. Lukone ultimately acknowledged intentionally hitting 51-year-old Jose L. Lopez, as he was riding his bicycle on Sept. 21, 2017.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas' two Republican U.S. senators worry about the precedent set by President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the border with Mexico to secure more money for a wall. Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts said Saturday that they are concerned that a future president could use a similar declaration to impose policies that Congress has not authorized. But both stopped short of saying they oppose the declaration.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Republican activists in Kansas have named a Kansas City-area attorney as the party's new state chairman. Michael Kuckelman of Overland Park faced no opposition and was elected to a two-year term by the GOP State Committee in a meeting Saturday. Kuckelman replaces Kelly Arnold, who had decided to retire as chairman after six years. Kuckelman promised GOP activists to build party unity and improve GOP voter turnout.

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