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Don’t let this Halloween be a trick-or-treat snacktastrophe. Try these tips from the American Heart Association to make your Halloween festivities fun, safe and healthy for you and your family:

• Eat first. Have a healthy meal before you go trick-or-treating to reduce temptation to snack while walking,

• Get moving. Make trick-or-treating a workout. Set a goal of how many houses you will walk to or wear pedometers and have healthy prizes for the person who has the most steps.

• Be that house. Think about a healthier version of treats to give out at your house: Mini boxes of raisins, 100 percent juice juice-boxes, snack-sized pretzels, pre-packaged trail mixes, pre-packaged dried fruits, crayons, stickers, silly bands, tooth brushes, bubbles, plastic spiders, or coupons to local frozen yogurt stores.

• Bag it. Find the right-sized collection bag for your child. Steer clear of the pillowcase method.

Follow these suggestions to have a healthy post-Halloween:

• Avoid the urge to buy on-sale candy in the grocery stores after Halloween. The decision not to buy something once is a lot easier than saying no every time you walk by the candy jar .

• Pick out enough candy for one piece a day for five days and put those in the fridge. When your child asks for a piece of candy, make sure to pair it with a healthy snack like a an apple, a banana or some healthy nuts.

• “Buy back” the candy from your child with money or tokens they can trade in for a fun activity like a day at the zoo or an ice skating adventure.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has predicted a voter turnout of 50 percent in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Kansas.

“We expect this year to look much like 2010 in terms of voter turnout,” Kobach said.

In 2010, the ballots cast by registered voters totaled 856,631, or 50 percent of the voters.

That compared to 52 percent in 2006; 53 percent in 2002; and 50 percent in 1998.

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by Alan Hoskins

Kansas City Kansas Community College will put its two nationally ranked teams on display in a volleyball-basketball doubleheader Tuesday night.

The No. 8 ranked Lady Blue Devil volleyball team will play host to Longview at 6 p.m. while the 18th ranked KCKCC women’s basketball team opens its home season against Missouri Valley JV at 8 p.m. The volleyball game will be KCKCC’s final regular season match before it is the host of the NJCAA District N Tournament Saturday, Nov. 8, starting at noon.

The KCKCC men’s team will open the season this Saturday, hosting Livin’ The Dream at 4 p.m., and then entertain Saint Mary’s JV Monday at 7 p.m. The Blue Devils warmed up for the opener with a scrimmage with Whiteman Air Force Base Thursday. Four Blue Devils scored in double figures and 13 in all scored in a 91-55 win.