Associated Press http://kmuw.org en Sen. Moran Says Problems At Wichita VA Put Veterans' Lives At Risk http://kmuw.org/post/sen-moran-says-problems-wichita-va-put-veterans-lives-risk <p>U.S. Senator Jerry Moran says the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita left its laboratories unstaffed for entire shifts and sometimes resorted to "begging, borrowing and manipulation" to obtain vital surgical equipment. Moran made the allegations in a letter sent last week to Sloan Gibson, the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.</p><p>Moran says the problems at the Medical Center put veterans' lives at risk and forced employees to work under conditions of fear and retribution.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:03:42 +0000 Associated Press 37970 at http://kmuw.org Fire Destroys Theater Housed In Historic Abilene Church http://kmuw.org/post/fire-destroys-theater-housed-historic-abilene-church <p>Officials say a fire destroyed a theatre housed in a historic church in Abilene.</p><p>No injuries were reported after the fire Wednesday night at the Great Plains Theatre.</p><p>Dickinson County Emergency Management Director Chancy Smith said the theatre was a total loss. He says no one was inside the building at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.</p><p>The building housing the theater was built in 1881 and served as the First Presbyterian Church for years and was later converted to a live theatre.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:52:14 +0000 Associated Press 37967 at http://kmuw.org Gov. Brownback Urges Wind-Energy Advocates And Critics To Compromise http://kmuw.org/post/gov-brownback-urges-wind-energy-advocates-and-critics-compromise <p>Gov. Sam Brownback is urging wind-energy advocates and critics of a renewable-energy requirement for Kansas utilities to work on a compromise for the policy's future.</p><p>The governor made remarks Wednesday in an impromptu meeting with Statehouse reporters suggesting that he supported phasing out the renewable energy rule.</p><p>But hours later, spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said the governor was referring to federal tax credits for wind production, not the state's mandate for utilities.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:43:24 +0000 Associated Press 37966 at http://kmuw.org Audit Shows Flaws In The Security Of Kansas Computers Systems http://kmuw.org/post/audit-shows-flaws-security-kansas-computers-systems <p>Auditors say a lack of accountability by some Kansas agencies that handle sensitive information could make citizens’ personal information vulnerable.</p><p>An audit released this week says some agencies aren't complying with requirements to provide detailed information technology plans because they see them as time consuming and of little value. Auditors say they found little state oversight of the required reports.</p><p>The audit found that 17 of the 45 agencies that hold data considered “high risk” had not had an independent evaluation of their security in the last three years.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:36:11 +0000 Associated Press 37918 at http://kmuw.org Salina City Commission Places Ban On Open Carry Weapons In City-Owned Buildings http://kmuw.org/post/salina-city-commission-places-ban-open-carry-weapons-city-owned-buildings <p>Open carry of weapons will not be allowed in city-owned buildings in Salina.</p><p>The city commission voted Monday to impose the ban in public buildings currently exempt from the state's concealed carry law. The state allows concealed carry in public buildings but Salina was granted a four-year exemption from that law last year.</p><p>City Manager Justin Gage said that to prohibit open carry in city-owned buildings, commissioners needed to pass a resolution directing staff to post signs on the buildings. He says the ordinance will not cost the city much money.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:20:41 +0000 Associated Press 37915 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Humane Society Releases Adoption Numbers http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-humane-society-releases-adoption-numbers <p>The Kansas Humane Society euthanized about 4,000 animals last year but an official says the number of animals saved continues to improve.</p><p>Spokeswoman Melissa Houston says the society provided services for 17,000 animals last year, with about 13,000 homeless. Of that number, more than 9,000 were adopted but the other 4,000 had to be euthanized.</p><p>Houston says decisions on which animals to put down are usually based on health and behavior, but some are based on space at the shelter.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:08:33 +0000 Associated Press 37914 at http://kmuw.org Scott Morgan: 'Duel' Voting System Will Confuse Voters And Suppress Turnout http://kmuw.org/post/scott-morgan-duel-voting-system-will-confuse-voters-and-suppress-turnout <p>Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s opponent in the Republican primary predicts that a “dual” voting system for helping Kansas enforce a proof-of-citizenship rule will confuse voters and suppress turnout.</p><p>Challenger Scott Morgan's criticism Tuesday of the Kobach-designed system came a day after the secretary of state's office began mailing notices to dozens of voters about it. The voters registered using a national form without providing proof of their U.S. citizenship to election officials.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:45:21 +0000 Associated Press 37910 at http://kmuw.org Emporia Residents Raising Funds For Amtrak Impact Study http://kmuw.org/post/emporia-residents-raising-funds-amtrak-impact-study <p>A group of Emporia residents is trying to raise funds for an impact study in the hopes of bringing Amtrak back to Emporia.</p><p>Members of the Emporia Amtrak Task Force have been talking to Amtrak and BNSF railroad staff, as well as Emporia State University and community leaders.</p><p>BNSF owns the tracks on which Amtrak's Southwest Chief runs.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:34:28 +0000 Associated Press 37839 at http://kmuw.org KS Attorney General Plans Public Hearing On Regulations For Gun Signs http://kmuw.org/post/ks-attorney-general-plans-public-hearing-regulations-gun-signs <p>Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt plans to have a public hearing in September on new regulations for signs that businesses and groups must post if they want to ban guns from their premises.</p><p>The hearing is set for Sept. 17 in the building near the Kansas Statehouse that houses the attorney general's office.</p><p>A state law that took effect this month makes the open carrying of guns legal across the state. But businesses and groups still can ban both concealed and unconcealed guns from their premises if they post signs.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:22:03 +0000 Associated Press 37835 at http://kmuw.org Contracts with KS Army National Guard Investigated for Possible Corruption http://kmuw.org/post/contracts-ks-army-national-guard-investigated-possible-corruption <p>The Kansas Adjutant General's office says federal authorities are investigating possible corruption involving outside medical companies' contracts with the Kansas Army National Guard.</p><p>Sharon Watson is spokeswoman for the adjutant general's office, she confirmed the investigation Friday to The Lawrence Journal-World but declined to release specific details. She said the investigation involves concerns of "inappropriate conduct" on medical contracts.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:17:45 +0000 Associated Press 37784 at http://kmuw.org