Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
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The record: Statewide vital statistics, including information about births, deaths, marriages and divorces.
Why you'd want them: To learn more about trends in the state. The summary of vital statistics covers topics such as the 10 leading causes of death by gender, the most popular baby names, and the average age of people at marriage.
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Where you get the records: From the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Web site, www.kdheks.gov. Go directly to www.kdheks.gov/hci/annsumm.html.
How much it will cost: The information is free.