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Economy
10:43 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Kansas Officials And Economists Meet To Determine Revenue Projections For 2015

Kansas officials and economists will gather next week to study revenue projections for the coming year.

They hope to find out if the state economy is growing and if tax receipts will keep government afloat.

Legislative leaders on gave differing views yesterday of what the projections for what the next fiscal year will look like, but agreed that the state faces challenges.

Tax collections through March were $130 million dollars above the forecasters’ November estimate.

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Military
10:27 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Fort Riley Prepares Itself For Military Downsizing

Leaders at Fort Riley are getting ready outline what residents can expect at as the military downsizes.

Fort Riley Commanding General Lt. Gen. Paul Funk will outline a plan today that looks through the year 2020.

Nearly 18,000 soldiers are currently assigned to the northeast Kansas army post. The Army has announced plans to eliminate one of the 1st Infantry Division’s brigades.

Because of reassignment and attrition, actual losses on post are expected to be fewer than 2,000 soldiers.

Education
10:23 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Cowley College President Clark Williams Resigns

After less than a year on the job, Cowley College President Clark Williams has suddenly resigned.

Williams resigned from the college in Arkansas City yesterday after complaints about his decision to eliminate the college’s soccer programs.

More than 200 people attended a special meeting of the Cowley College Board of Trustees Wednesday to express concern about the college's direction. The trustees met in closed session and no action was taken at the meeting.

Executive vice president of business services Tony Crouch will serve as interim president, effective today.

Crime and Courts
10:37 am
Thu April 10, 2014

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot Sets Hearing In Lawsuit Against Boeing

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot has set a hearing in a lawsuit against Boeing.

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace filed the lawsuit in 2005.

The suit over pensions and retiree medical benefits stems from when Boeing sold its commercial aircraft operations in Wichita to Spirit Aerosystems.

The Machinists union joined the lawsuit in January of 2007, and the court later consolidated it into the litigation of a similar case brought by several workers.

Education
10:30 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker Steps Down To Take Job In Abu Dhabi

Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker is resigning to become an adviser to the chief education official in Abu Dhabi.

DeBacker told the State Board of Education yesterday she will step down on May 14th.

Debacker says she was recruited to become the adviser to the director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council in the United Arab Emirates.

DeBacker is a 53-year-old Kansas native who joined the State Department of Education in 2003. She was named acting commissioner in 2009, and the board then named her commissioner in 2010.

Community
10:14 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers Surprised How Well Twitter Helps Share Traffic And Storm Info

Updated on Thursday, April 10 at 11:52am.

A group of seven Kansas Highway Patrol officers called the Tweeting Troopers is discovering the power of social media to spread information during storms, traffic obstructions or simply to post educational messages.

Trooper Gary Warner, based in Wichita, said he's been impressed with how quickly and widely tweets he sends are disseminated since the group was formed in January. He said it’s not uncommon to have up to 70,000 people view a tweet minutes after it’s posted.

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Community
10:28 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Halstead Will Pay You In Chamber Bucks To Move There

Halstead wants to pay people to move there.

The town about 30 miles northwest of Wichita has begun offering financial incentives ranging up to $2,500 to people who move to their community.

New residents will be offered Chamber Bucks, which can be spent only in Halstead, for city and school expenses and at most of the town’s businesses.

The incentives range from $25 for signing up for utilities or enrolling a child in school to $2,500 for building a new house.

Government
10:15 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Gov. Brownback Signs Bill That Cuts Unemployment Taxes For Employers

Governor Brownback has signed a bill on Tuesday that he says will save Kansas employers about $42 million dollars.

It adjusts employers’ payments to the fund that pays benefits to unemployed workers.

His office says the bill will lower payments for about 44,000 businesses. Employers who’ve paid more into the fund than their workers have received in benefits will see a 15 percent cut in rates.

The bill also provides a discounted rate to non-construction employers who open businesses in Kansas.

Government
10:01 am
Wed April 9, 2014

New Federal Trial Set To Hear Arguments Over Kobach's Voter Citizenship Law

A federal trial has been scheduled in a lawsuit challenging a new state law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

U.S. Magistrate Gerald Rushfelt in Kansas City set a schedule this week for hearing the lawsuit.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is being sued by northeast Kansas residents Arthur Spry and Charles Hamner.

Both live in a retirement home in Overbrook.

The suit says neither man had a driver’s license, computer or access to the birth records needed to secure a photo ID.

Community
11:04 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Meet The New State Fossils: The Pteranodon And The Tylosaurus

The Pteranodon And The Tylosaurus
Wikipedia

The flying Pteranodon and the sea-roaming Tylosaurus are now the official fossils of Kansas

Gov. Sam Brownback’s has signed the bill designating the prehistoric creatures as official state symbols.

The fossils are remnants of the massive creatures that roamed western Kansas when it was a vast ocean, millions of years ago.

The region remains rich with fossils that attract researchers and tourists

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