Rural Opportunity Zones en Lawmakers Hope To Add Cherokee, Labette and Montgomery Counties To Rural Opportunity Zone Program <p>A group of Kansas House members has filed legislation that would add three southeast counties to the state's rural opportunity zone program.</p><p>The bill is sponsored by Republican Representatives Jim Kelly of Independence, Michael Houser of Columbus, Virgil Peck of Tyro and Richard Proehl of Parsons.</p><p>Their 2014 legislation would add Cherokee, Labette and Montgomery counties, which are located on the Oklahoma border.</p><p>Governor Sam Brownback established the Rural Opportunity Zones program in 2011.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:18:53 +0000 Associated Press 28440 at More Counties Join Student Loan Program <p></p><p>Eight more Kansas counties have joined a rural economic development program that helps new residents repay their student loans. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:58:09 +0000 Associated Press 23238 at