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Politics
12:43 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Interviews Provide Insight Into Bob Dole's Career

Bob Dole speaking at an event this year at the Dole Institute.
Credit Stephen Koranda

The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has made hours of interviews about Bob Dole's Senate career available online. The announcement coincides with the former Kansas senator's 91st birthday. Stephen Koranda reports.

You can now go online for videos and audio of high-profile people talking about Bob Dole's nearly 3 decades in the U.S. Senate. Here's former president George H.W. Bush.

"I, as president, had to have strong leadership that would be supportive of my programs in the Senate. And Bob Dole proved to be a great leader on that,” says Bush.

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Government
12:36 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Audit Shows Flaws In The Security Of Kansas Computers Systems

Auditors say a lack of accountability by some Kansas agencies that handle sensitive information could make citizens’ personal information vulnerable.

An audit released this week says some agencies aren't complying with requirements to provide detailed information technology plans because they see them as time consuming and of little value. Auditors say they found little state oversight of the required reports.

The audit found that 17 of the 45 agencies that hold data considered “high risk” had not had an independent evaluation of their security in the last three years.

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Community
12:20 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Salina City Commission Places Ban On Open Carry Weapons In City-Owned Buildings

Open carry of weapons will not be allowed in city-owned buildings in Salina.

The city commission voted Monday to impose the ban in public buildings currently exempt from the state's concealed carry law. The state allows concealed carry in public buildings but Salina was granted a four-year exemption from that law last year.

City Manager Justin Gage said that to prohibit open carry in city-owned buildings, commissioners needed to pass a resolution directing staff to post signs on the buildings. He says the ordinance will not cost the city much money.

Community
12:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Kansas Humane Society Releases Adoption Numbers

The Kansas Humane Society euthanized about 4,000 animals last year but an official says the number of animals saved continues to improve.

Spokeswoman Melissa Houston says the society provided services for 17,000 animals last year, with about 13,000 homeless. Of that number, more than 9,000 were adopted but the other 4,000 had to be euthanized.

Houston says decisions on which animals to put down are usually based on health and behavior, but some are based on space at the shelter.

Politics
11:45 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Scott Morgan: 'Duel' Voting System Will Confuse Voters And Suppress Turnout

Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s opponent in the Republican primary predicts that a “dual” voting system for helping Kansas enforce a proof-of-citizenship rule will confuse voters and suppress turnout.

Challenger Scott Morgan's criticism Tuesday of the Kobach-designed system came a day after the secretary of state's office began mailing notices to dozens of voters about it. The voters registered using a national form without providing proof of their U.S. citizenship to election officials.

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Transportation
10:34 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Emporia Residents Raising Funds For Amtrak Impact Study

A group of Emporia residents is trying to raise funds for an impact study in the hopes of bringing Amtrak back to Emporia.

Members of the Emporia Amtrak Task Force have been talking to Amtrak and BNSF railroad staff, as well as Emporia State University and community leaders.

BNSF owns the tracks on which Amtrak's Southwest Chief runs.

Government
9:22 am
Tue July 22, 2014

KS Attorney General Plans Public Hearing On Regulations For Gun Signs

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt plans to have a public hearing in September on new regulations for signs that businesses and groups must post if they want to ban guns from their premises.

The hearing is set for Sept. 17 in the building near the Kansas Statehouse that houses the attorney general's office.

A state law that took effect this month makes the open carrying of guns legal across the state. But businesses and groups still can ban both concealed and unconcealed guns from their premises if they post signs.

Military
12:17 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Contracts with KS Army National Guard Investigated for Possible Corruption

The Kansas Adjutant General's office says federal authorities are investigating possible corruption involving outside medical companies' contracts with the Kansas Army National Guard.

Sharon Watson is spokeswoman for the adjutant general's office, she confirmed the investigation Friday to The Lawrence Journal-World but declined to release specific details. She said the investigation involves concerns of "inappropriate conduct" on medical contracts.

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Environment
12:13 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Harper County Hit With Two Minor Earthquakes

The U.S. Geological Survey says two minor earthquakes were recorded over the weekend within 12 hours of each other in Harper County.

No injuries or severe damage were reported after either earthquake.

The first earthquake was recorded about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

It registered a 3.0 magnitude, with the epicenter about 5 1/2 miles northwest of Harper.

The second, registered a 3.3 magnitude, and was recorded about 6.5 miles southeast of Harper about 7:25 Sunday morning.

Politics
12:01 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Operation Rescue Files Ethics Complaint Against U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo

A national anti-abortion leader has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo for alleged ethics violations during his re-election campaign.

Troy Newman is president of Operation Rescue. Last week, he sent public documentation to the agency accusing Pompeo of posting links to campaign material on his House website.

Pompeo’s office says it has found nothing that rises to a “material failure” to comply with all requirements.

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