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News Minute: Here is the latest Kansas news from The Associated Press

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) - Three Kansas school districts are a step closer to receiving a special designation that would exempt them from many state education regulations. The Coalition of Innovative School Districts is recommending granting the innovative title to the Kansas City, Hugoton and Blue Valley districts. The state Board of Education has 90 days to act on the coalition's recommendations.

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, . Not for online use in Wichita market)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Cessna Aircraft's Independence plant has delivered the 10,000th single-engine airplane built at the plant since 1996. The plane was delivered recently to Liberty University in Virginia. Cessna builds most of its single-engine planes in Independence.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Investigators say careless smoking sparked a fire at a University of Kansas fraternity house. Tuesday's fire caused an estimated $150,000 in damage at the Sigma Chi house. But there were no injuries.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Kansas State University is joining a flurry of schools offering "Massive Open Online Courses" that are broadening access to higher education. The courses allow tens of thousands of students to take a class at the same time but dropout rates hover around 90 percent. The first one offered by Kansas State is called "Health and Wellness 101."

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