Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo wants to know how much tax revenue is going to the federal Highway Trust Fund from the sale of non-commercial jet fuel. He added an amendment on Thursday to a recent highway bill that would investigate the issue.

Taxes on the sale of non-commercial jet fuel have been diverted to the federal government’s Highway Trust Fund since 2005.

A Wichita-based charitable foundation is giving a big gift to Newman University.

The Dwane L. and Velma Lunt Wallace Charitable Foundation continued its support of education in the Wichita community by providing a $1 million grant to Newman University.

The grant will be used to support Newman’s programs in science, nursing and allied health fields.

Dwane Wallace led the Cessna Aircraft Company from 1934 through 1975 and was considered an aviation industry pioneer.

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Lawmakers are studying Kansas tax credits and exemptions to see if they’re still worth keeping.

A special committee met Thursday to begin reviewing the state’s tax policy. Republican Sen. Ty Masterson says they may not name specific credits and exemptions to eliminate, but instead recommend a regular process to find ones that are no longer working.  

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Before there was Hershey’s chocolate, there was Cero’s Candies. The candy shop is celebrating 130 years on Friday of being a sweet tradition in Wichita.

In 1885, “Candy Pete” Cero began making his popular handmade candies in Wichita, and four generations of the Cero family carried on his tradition. Five years ago, new owners took over, sharing their candy-making skills with Cero's traditional recipes.

"Caramel. Without a doubt, caramel --anything that has caramel in it," co-owner Pam Bishop says. "We got about six different things that we do with caramel in it."

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Media outlets have sued Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and others in his administration seeking public disclosure of agency records related to the appointment of a magistrate judge in Reno County.

The Associated Press, The Hutchinson News and the Kansas Press Association filed the open records lawsuit late Wednesday in Shawnee County District Court. The Kansas Press Association represents more than 230 member newspapers throughout the state.

The governor's spokeswoman, Eileen Hawley, declined to comment on the pending litigation.

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Area business leaders, educators and legislators will take part in a summit next week to discuss job creation and economic growth in south-central Kansas.  

The Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP) policy summit will include experts discussing the regional economy, increasing exports, and jobs. Senior administrator Keith Lawing says leaders will consider initiatives related to economic growth. Lawing says south-central Kansas needs a real strong regional strategy.

Governor Sam Brownback has named the CEO of an international business consulting firm as the next Kansas commerce secretary.

Antonio Soave of Overland Park has been named to the economic development job. Soave's appointment is subject to confirmation by the Kansas Senate.

Soave is chairman and CEO of Capistrano Global Advisory Services. The company helps businesses with mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures and expanding their foreign markets.

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Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts on Wednesday placed a hold on President Barack Obama's nominee for the secretary of the Army to prevent the White House from taking executive action to close Guantanamo Bay and transfer detainees to the United States.

Roberts and the five other Republican lawmakers who make up the congressional delegation from Kansas issued a joint statement, condemning what they said was the Obama administration's refusal to rule out taking executive action to close the prison in Cuba.

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Kansas is facing a shortage of corrections workers in state prisons. Everyone agrees it's a problem, but there isn’t agreement on how to pay for a solution. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, lawmakers discussed the issue during committee meetings this week.

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The Kansas Board of Regents is soliciting comments from state universities about a proposal to allow people to have concealed guns on their campuses but not carry the weapons openly. A regents committee has drafted a proposed policy and the full board hopes to vote on it in December.

A 2013 state law says adults 21 and older who can carry concealed guns can bring them into public buildings unless those buildings have security measures such as metal detectors. The law allowed universities to exempt themselves until July 2017.