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News Minute: Here is the latest Kansas news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CST

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Heavy snow and strong winds are pushing through the Midwest, closing highways in Kansas and South Dakota and snarling flights in Denver and Minneapolis. Dozens of school districts in Minnesota have canceled classes. National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Borghoff in Chanhassen, Minnesota, says the storm started brewing Saturday night over Nebraska and spread to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Transportation officials advised against traveling in southwest Minnesota due to whiteout conditions.

HIAWATHA, Kan. (AP) - A former Kansas high school biology teacher was sentenced to three years of probation for having sex with a student. Twenty-four-year-old Gabrielle Bauman, of Fairview, was sentenced Monday. She will have to register as a sex offender for 25 years. Bauman was arrested in September after Hiawatha police investigated a report made to the school district in in mid-June

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A former Uber and Google executive is running for the Democratic nomination for Kansas secretary of state. Brian McClendon's announcement Monday is a sign that Democrats are making a serious run at an office held by Republican incumbent Kris Kobach. Kobach, an early Kansas supporter of President Donald Trump, is now running for governor. McClendon said Trump's election helped spur him to return to leave Silicon Valley and return to Kansas.

WAKEENEY, Kan. (AP) - Kansas authorities have reopened several highways that were closed in northwest Kansas because of heavy snow and strong winds. The Kansas Highway Patrol says a portion of Interstate 70 and other roadways from WaKeeney to the Colorado border were opened early Monday afternoon after the storm eased and moved east. School districts across the region canceled classes for the day.

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