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What about that refund?

Taxpayers who expect a refund might be wondering: Where is it? What should I do with it?

Where: Both the Kansas Department of Revenue (https://www.kdor.org/refundstatus/) and the Internal Revenue Service (http://www.irs.gov/Refunds) offer online refund updates.

What: Elizabeth Kiss, assistant professor in the Department of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University and family resource management specialist for K-State Research and Extension, recommends a 30-40-30 distribution — 30 percent for debt reduction, 40 percent for current wants and needs, and the final 30 percent for savings or an emergency fund.

“Fewer than half of Americans could come up with $2,000 within 30 days,” Kiss said. “If you don’t have $2,000 set aside, then an emergency fund might be a place to start.”

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Avian influenza quarantine ends

The Kansas Department of Agriculture has lifted the avian influenza-based quarantine in Cherokee, Crawford, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte counties. A case of highly pathogenic avian influenza was confirmed in Leavenworth County, but testing of other poultry within the restricted-movement zones showed negative results.

Owners of backyard poultry flocks and commercial producers should continue to practice good biosecurity measures, including isolating new animals, thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting equipment and work clothing, and preventing contact with wild birds.

For more information, see Avian Flu Fact Sheet and the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

New Publications in the KSRE Bookstore

 Ornamental Pest Control, 3A: Pesticide Application Training, S11
 Prairie Bloom Perennial Flowers, MF2772
 What is the Difference between Weather and Climate? MF3197
Ornamental Pest Control, 3A: Pesticide Application Training