Westar Energy officials who are dealing with $200,000 in damage at a substation over the weekend say thieves also hit two other substations.
The utility discovered damage Monday at substations near Valley Center and in Wichita. Westar Manager Doug VenJohn says thieves have hit 31 substations just in April. There were only 15 similar thefts in all of 2012.
Westar crews were at six different substations Monday to make repairs related to copper thefts. The company will replace the stolen copper with materials that have no scrap value.
State officials say travel and tourism in Kansas generated almost $8 billion in 2011. Becky Blake, the state director of tourism, says 32 million people visited Kansas in 2011 -- and each visitor spent about $236.
Mary Catherine Bateson is a well-known cultural anthropologist and writer. She serves on the boards for the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
For decades Bateson has worked in the field of anthropology. She is a Harvard and Radcliffe graduate and the daughter of social anthropologist Margaret Mead and cybernetics pioneer Gregory Bateson. She’s written on religion, family dynamics and aging but now is deeply involved in environmental issues.
The House Appropriations Committee is resuming some work on the 2014 budget Monday.
The House committee is scheduled to tackle small funding issues related to bills that are already signed into law.
All Legislators will return from their month-long break on May 8.
Still, several committees have met to prepare for the rest of the session. The Senate Ways and Means Committee met on Thursday, and the House Appropriations Committee is set to work on the budget Monday and Tuesday.
Many states have either outlawed or about to outlaw the use of cell phones while driving. But the real dangers of cell phone use while driving are not as obvious as they may seem.
The real danger lies in how the human mind functions.
Oftentimes individuals will explain that they use a “hands-free” headset or in car Bluetooth system. Many times people think that this resolves distraction issues because they believe that it’s the physical interaction with the device itself that causes the problem.
Kansas utility company officials say someone who caused a power outage and more than $150,000 in damage at a substation could possibly be seriously injured.
Westar crews went to check on a Wichita substation at 5:45 a.m. Saturday found grounding cables and copper wire missing and noticed the chain link fence was cut.
Westar says whoever broke into the substation was messing with dangerous materials and probably was severely injured when the transformer shorted out. They could possibly be blind, deaf and seriously burned.