Among more important things, Side Effects is a first-rate mystery of the classic school in which all the clues are out in sight and the solution links everything together into a single coherent story. The story is usually not particularly credible, because crime is more banal than the mystery story form likes to suggest; but it does fit together into a logical pattern with no loose ends. This is a very rare situation these days, on film, and congratulations for it.
An oil refinery in southeast Kansas has agreed to pay federal penalties totaling more than $2 million as the result of a 2007 oil spill.
The spill took place during a flood in 2007. According to the EPA, the refinery operated by Coffeyville Resources Refining and Marketing discharged more than 2,000 barrels of crude oil, diesel fuel, and oil water into the Verdigris River.
The company has agreed to pay a civil penalty of more than $500,000. In addition, they will pay more than $1.7 million to reimburse the federal government for costs involved in cleaning up the spill.
After a lengthy discussion Tuesday, the Wichita City council decided which programs would be funded by a federal block grant.
The Community Services Block Grant is expected to be cut in half, providing about $532,000 to support various service programs in Wichita. That means some programs that were previously funded will get less - or none.
Mary Kay Vaughn, Director of Housing and Community Services, told the council that the review committee had to prioritize what programs would get funded.
The Wichita City Council approved a new contract Tuesday with Greengroup to operate a construction and demolition landfill in northwest Wichita.
Greengroup, formerly Herzog Environmental, has operated the landfill since 2001. The landfill will continue with current staff.
Don Henry, assistant director of Public Works and Utilities, told the council the contract includes ongoing operations of the landfill and provides for the opening of a new construction and demolition cell.
The Kansas Senate Assessment and Taxation committee endorsed most of Gov. Sam Brownback's tax plan Tuesday. The committee spent fewer than 10 minutes discussing the governor's proposals before approving the bill. The legislation could move to the full senate for debate next week.
Gov. Brownback wants to phase out personal income taxes in Kansas over the next four years. The committee kept the governor's call to balance the tax cuts by making a temporary sales tax hike permanent. However, they cut his proposal to eliminate an income tax deduction for property taxes on homes.