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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The commission that regulates utilities in Kansas will be getting a new member next year. Kansas Corporation Commission Chairman Pat Apple has announced that he won't seek reappointment to another four-year term. Apple's current term expires in March. He says he plans to return to a private construction business that he and his wife started in 1983.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A veteran Democratic lawmaker is running for Kansas secretary of state next year. State Sen. Marci Francisco of Lawrence has appointed a treasurer for her campaign so that she can legally accept contributions. The 67-year-old Francisco is the second Democrat in the race. She was first elected to the Senate in 2004 and is a former Lawrence mayor.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Officials with the University of Missouri-Kansas City say students will soon have access to state-of-the-art 3-D technology, analytics labs and other innovations provided by a $32 million education and research center on the university's Volker campus. The Kansas City Star reports that UMKC will start construction on the expansion of the School of Computing and Engineering by late summer 2018. Construction is expected to conclude before the fall 2020 semester.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government's plan. The Oklahoma-based Council of Confederated Chilocco Tribes says the federal agency didn't inform the five tribes about chemicals it plans to on grounds the tribes consider sacred because more than 100 children are buried there. The government insists the chemicals it wants to use are harmless.

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