U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke in Wichita on Monday to about 470 people attending the National Farmers Union convention. Vilsak said The Agriculture Department aims to implement the new farm bill in ways that boost rural economies, while complementing production agriculture.
The department's Economic Research Service data shows that 2010 to 2013 marks the first period with an estimated population loss for rural America as a whole.
State lawmakers have shown little interest in allowing public scrutiny of officials' private emails about government business, despite recent scrutiny of Hillary Rodham Clinton's communications and a case involving the governor's office.
The Kansas Open Records Act doesn't specifically cover emails or other communications with private accounts or devices, even if they involve government business.
Democratic legislators introduced proposals in both chambers of the Legislature to allow scrutiny of such communications.
A bill that scraps the school funding system in Kansas has passed out of the Legislature and is heading to the governor’s desk for consideration.
The Senate voted 25-14 to concur with a bill that had previously passed the Kansas House. As Stephen Koranda reports, it would temporarily create a block grant system while lawmakers write a new funding formula.
Supporters of the bill say it has $300 million in new funding and gives Kansas schools more flexibility.
Last week, House lawmakers narrowly passed a controversial bill that would scrap the current school funding system in Kansas and replace it with block grants. Some opponents of that plan had been hoping for a do-over on the vote, but as Stephen Koranda reports, the chamber’s rules shut down that possibility.
Some critics of the bill had hinted they would try to reconsider the funding formula vote on Monday. That would give them a second crack at the issue. But it became clear the chamber’s rules would block the move, so the idea was abandoned.
Wichita Independent Neighborhoods (WIN), an advocacy organization for neighbors and neighborhoods in the city, will host a mayoral forum on Monday night in downtown Wichita. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…
WIN Representative Janet Wilson says the forum will feature both candidates running for Wichita mayor, Jeff Longwell and Sam Williams.
According to Wilson, WIN's forum will concentrate on the mayoral candidates so that people can be informed before they got to the polls.
Bird flu has been detected in a backyard flock of chickens and ducks in northeast Kansas.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture said in a news release late Friday that the discovery was made in Leavenworth County.
Backyard poultry owners in the county are urged to contact the department.
Additionally, parts of Cherokee and Crawford counties in the southeast part of the state are under surveillance after a confirmed case of the H5N2 strain of bird flu was found just across the state line in Jasper County, Missouri, this month.