Associated Press http://kmuw.org en Lawmakers Consider Giving State Workers A Pay Raise, But At A Price http://kmuw.org/post/lawmakers-consider-giving-state-workers-pay-raise-price <p>Kansas lawmakers are considering proposals to give state workers a modest pay increase...and end their guaranteed longevity bonuses.</p><p>The Senate Ways and Means Committee reviewed budget issues on Tuesday&nbsp;that lawmakers will face when they wrap up their work for the year next week.</p><p>The committee took no action.</p><p>Governor Sam Brownback has proposed a 1.5 percent pay raise for employees in the civil service. It would be the first across-the-board pay raise since 2009.</p><p>The Senate committee and its House counterpart have alternative proposals.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:49:46 +0000 Associated Press 33424 at http://kmuw.org Bob Dole: The U.S. Should Send Weapons To Ukraine http://kmuw.org/post/bob-dole-us-should-send-weapons-ukraine <p>Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole visited Overland Park yesterday to kick off a three-day homecoming tour.</p><p>At a reception on Monday, the 90-year-old Republican Party icon said the U.S. should send weapons, including tanks, to Ukraine to help it resist Russia’s moves on its territory.</p><p>Dole says it would send Russian President Vladimir Putin a strong message.</p><p>He says Putin considers President Barack Obama to be a weak leader.</p><p>The former Senator says he’d not only send tanks and other weapons to Ukraine but put a missile defense system in Poland.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:19:24 +0000 Associated Press 33370 at http://kmuw.org Following President Clark William's Resignation, Cowley College Reinstates Soccer Programs http://kmuw.org/post/following-president-clark-williams-resignation-cowley-college-reinstates-soccer-programs <p>After a controversy that led to the resignation of its president, Cowley College will reinstate its men’s and women’s soccer programs.</p><p>The college’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously last night to continue the programs, as well as retaining the two head coaches.</p><p>The board also voted to reinstate men’s basketball coach, Tommy&nbsp;DeSalme.</p><p>Former Cowley president Clark Williams decided to eliminate the programs in March, citing budget problems. The decisions caused an uproar in Arkansas City, eventually leading to Williams’ resignation this month.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:03:32 +0000 Associated Press 33368 at http://kmuw.org NBC World Series Awaits Wichita To Appoint Board Of Directors http://kmuw.org/post/nbc-world-series-awaits-wichita-appoint-board-directors <p>Wichita officials are working to appoint a board of directors to operate the National Baseball Congress World Series.</p><p>The city announced earlier this month they will take their tournament back from current operators, the Wingnuts independent league baseball team.</p><p>The city bought the tournament from Bob and Mindy Rich in 2007 to keep it in Wichita.</p><p>City Manager Robert Layton says profits generated by the tournament will go toward youth baseball programs.</p><p>Layton told the Wichita Eagle that the board appointments could be on a May council meeting agenda.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:59:51 +0000 Associated Press 33308 at http://kmuw.org Brownback Joins KU Officials In Applauding New Health Education Building http://kmuw.org/post/brownback-joins-ku-officials-applauding-new-health-education-building <p>Governor Brownback will join KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan, among other officials, at the KU Medical Center to applaud budget enhancements.</p><p>A bill passed by the Legislature includes $25 million in state-backed bonding authority for a new health education building, which is estimated to cost $75 million dollars.</p><p>KU officials say the building is needed in part to train more doctors. With it, KU will increase the class size by 25 to 200 students.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:47:22 +0000 Associated Press 33307 at http://kmuw.org UPDATE: Governor Brownback's Signs Education Funding Bill http://kmuw.org/post/update-governor-brownbacks-signs-education-funding-bill <p><strong><em>Updated at 12:40 on April 21, 2014: Gov. Brownback&nbsp;announced in a press release on Monday that he has decided to sign<a href="http://legiscan.com/KS/text/HB2506/id/1009727/Kansas-2013-HB2506-Enrolled.pdf"> HB 2506.&nbsp;</a>The bill addresses school funding equity issues pointed out in a Kansas Supreme Court decision.</em></strong></p><p>A deadline is approaching for Governor Sam Brownback to make a decision on whether to sign a bill on spending for Kansas’ public schools.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:41:34 +0000 Associated Press 33306 at http://kmuw.org Memorial Held for KC Area Shooting Victims http://kmuw.org/post/memorial-held-kc-area-shooting-victims <p></p><p>About 1,300 people gathered yesterday for a memorial service at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, to remember three people killed in shootings last weekend.</p><p>Dr. William Corporon and his grandson, Reat Underwood were killed outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.</p><p>Terri LaManno died at a nearby Jewish retirement complex.</p><p>U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was one of the speakers at the event.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:36:01 +0000 Stephen Koranda & Associated Press 33205 at http://kmuw.org Memorial Held for KC Area Shooting Victims Wife Of Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce Granted Diversion In DUI Case http://kmuw.org/post/wife-senate-majority-leader-terry-bruce-granted-diversion-dui-case <p>Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce’s wife, Sarah, has been granted a diversion and fined for driving under the influence.</p><p>Bruce was arrested last December in Hutchinson after getting into a car accident with another vehicle. No one was injured, but court records show her blood alcohol level was .159.</p><p>Sarah Bruce will be given at least six months to complete requirements of her diversion.</p><p>If she does that, the driving under the influence charge will be dismissed.</p><p>Bruce sued the state to have her driving privileges restored.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:22:02 +0000 Associated Press 33204 at http://kmuw.org Michelle Obama Delivers Commencement Speech For Topeka High School Graduates In May http://kmuw.org/post/michelle-obama-delivers-commencement-speech-topeka-high-school-graduates-may <p>First Lady Michelle Obama will give the commencement address at the graduation ceremony for Topeka’s high schools on May 17th.</p><p>The White House announced the first lady’s plans on Thursday.</p><p>The date of the ceremony is the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Brown v. Board of Education decision that declared school segregation unconstitutional.</p><p>One of the lawsuits leading to the decision originated in Topeka, and the city is home to a national historic site centered on the ruling.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:11:12 +0000 Associated Press 33203 at http://kmuw.org U.S. Senator Pat Roberts Out-Fundraising Primary Challenger http://kmuw.org/post/us-senator-pat-roberts-out-fundraising-primary-challenger <p>U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts continues to maintain his fundraising advantage over challenger Dr. Milton Wolf in their Kansas primary race.</p><p>According to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission, incumbent Senator Roberts raised more than $534,000 from Jan. 1 through March 31st, aided by nearly $260,000 from political action committees.</p><p>Wolf’s campaign says it raised more than $318,000 during the same period, and that all but about 5 thousand dollars were from individual donors.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:56:42 +0000 Associated Press 33146 at http://kmuw.org