AP-KS–Kansas News Coverage Advisory, KS

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Kansas. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to News Editor Chris Clark at 800-852-4844 or 816-421-4844 or cclark@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

UPCOMING TODAY:

KANSAS-DISABLED JOB SEEKERS

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Gov. Sam Brownback and the chief executive officer of insuance giant United Healthcare announce an initiative aimed at helping disabled Kansas residents find work. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo.

FBC-UMASS-KANSAS ST

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The problem facing Massachusetts coach Charley Molnar this week just happens to be the same vexing issue that’s been facing Kansas State coach Bill Snyder this season. How to handle two quarterbacks who can do different things. In Molnar’s case, he’s trying to come up with a way to stop the passing of Wildcats starter Jake Waters while ensuring his team is prepared for versatile backup Daniel Sams. And in Snyder’s case, he’s trying to figure out how best to juggle a pair of capable options under center. SENT: 700 words, with photos.

ARTS GRANTS

TOPEKA — Nine arts groups across Kansas will get state grants to support their work. The Creative Arts Industries Commission announced Thursday that it was awarding nine grants worth about $350,000. The state has begun awarding arts grant after a two-year break when Gov. Sam Brownback defunded the Kansas Arts Commission. SENT: 350 words.

TOPEKA HALLMARK PLANT

TOPEKA — Hallmark is under contract to sell its Topeka production facilities to a real estate group that specializes in finding new uses for old industrial and commercial properties. Spokeswoman Linda Odell said Thursday Hallmark will sell the plant to Industrial Realty Group in November. It’s part of Hallmark’s plan to consolidate its Kansas plants, moving work done in Topeka to its Lawrence and Leavenworth plants. SENT: 200 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE CLOSING — The Social Security office in Pittsburg will close Nov. 15, sending employees and clients to Joplin.

— KANSAS-GRAZING — Kansas is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land.

— KANSAS-DISABLED JOB SEEKERS — Gov. Sam Brownback and United Healthcare are preparing to announce an initiative to help disabled Kansas residents find good jobs.

— PREPAREDNESS WEBINARS — Kansas residents are being offered two online training courses to prepare themselves and their pets for emergencies.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Kansas and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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