Hurricane Sandy en Westar Crews Help Restore Power on East Coast <p>Crews from Westar Energy are helping restore the power in Wilkes Barre, Penn., after Hurricane Sandy left damage and widespread power outages in its wake.</p><p>Westar Spokesman Nick Bundy says helping out now could later benefit customers in Kansas.</p><p>"Once their done assisting this utility company, which it sounds like they didn't get the brunt of it, I imagine they will go on to assist another utility company," he says.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 10:50:35 +0000 Kansas Public Radio 7848 at Westar Crews Help Restore Power on East Coast Top Morning News 11.01.12 <p><em>Kansas taxes fall short of October expectations; Survey of the Midwest predicts economic slump; Westar Energy crews help out in superstorm recovery.</em></p><p><strong>KS Taxes $37M&nbsp;Short Of Expectations In October</strong></p><p>A new report says Kansas collected $37 million less in taxes than anticipated in October, but officials think the shortfall will be temporary.</p><p>The Department of Revenue said Wednesday the state took in almost $477 million during the month. That's about 7 percent less than the $514 million officials had expected.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 10:46:31 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 7850 at Top Morning News 11.01.12 Kansans Assisting In Storm Prep <p>Kansans are helping on the East Coast as Hurricane Sandy approaches.</p><p>Sharon Watson is with the Kansas Adjutant General's Department. She says Kansas is sending a response team to Maryland.</p><p>"To support them in planning, operations, logistics, finance, administration," says&nbsp;Watson. "Those types of behind-the-scenes roles that really help keep the disaster response running smoothly."</p><p>Watson says aircraft from some East Coast military bases have also been moved to Topeka to keep them out of harm's way.</p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:51:45 +0000 Stephen Koranda 7675 at