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Transportation
12:25 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Highway Patrol Launches 10-Day Initiative To Crack Down On Texting While Driving

The Kansas Highway Patrol is launching a 10-day initiative that emphasizes enforcement of a state ban on texting while driving.

The patrol said that starting today, troopers would be looking for drivers who are violating the law and giving them citations. The initiative will overlap with the patrol’s Fourth of July initiatives to stop impaired drivers.

But the stepped-up enforcement of the texting ban will run through July 10.

Economy
12:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Kansas Revenue Secretary: June's Missed Estimates Pushes Shortfall To Nearly $338M For 2014

Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan says June’s tax collections missed estimates by $28 million, pushing the shortfall for the fiscal year that ended Monday to nearly $338 million.

Preliminary figures released Monday showed Kansas collecting nearly $5.5 billion in taxes and fees in fiscal 2014. Forecasters whose projections help the state build its annual budget had expected Kansas to take in about $5.8 billion during the year.

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Military
1:21 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

McConnell Begins Construction On New Home For Refueling Tankers

McConnell Air Force Base is celebrating the start of construction for its role as the main operating base for KC-46A air refueling tankers.

Several elected officials are scheduled to take part in today’s groundbreaking for the $219 million project at the Wichita installation.

McConnell officials say it will be the first active duty-led main operating base for the new aircraft.

Plans call for a two-bay corrosion control and fuel cell hangar, a three-bay general maintenance hangar, a one-bay general maintenance hangar and an aircraft parking apron.

Education
1:11 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Advocacy Groups To Put Support Behind Pro-Education Candidates Ahead Of Primary Election

Kansas education groups are gearing up their political activities ahead of the Aug. 5 primary election, putting their money and energy behind state House candidates that support public schools.

Organizers say teachers view recent changes in teacher licensing and loss of administrative due process as an attack on their profession.

The Kansas National Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, has more than $400,000 to spend this election cycle. Other organizations are going door to door to boost turnout for pro-education candidates.

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Transportation
1:07 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Turnpike Authority Considers Scenic Flint Hills Outlook

The Kansas Turnpike Authority is considering building a scenic outlook along Interstate 35 to allow travelers to stop and appreciate the Flint Hills.

The turnpike authority is considering improvements to on and off ramps south of Emporia that currently serve cattle owners, who truck in their cattle to graze in the spring and then retrieve them in the fall.

If the project is successful, it would be the first scenic overlook on the turnpike.

Military
2:06 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Budget Cuts Could Leave Many Unemployed At Fort Riley And Fort Leavenworth

The U.S. Army says budget cuts could mean the loss of thousands of soldiers and employees at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth.

However, fort officials say the report released Thursday is a worst-case scenario and the reductions aren’t likely to be as severe as predicted.

The report said Fort Riley could lose 16,000 soldiers and civilian employees, with another 3,600 jobs related to the base also eliminated. The fort currently has about 20,000 soldiers and civilian employees.

The Army says Fort Leavenworth could lose half of its 5,000 employees.

Politics
1:50 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Tea Party Candidate Milton Wolf Criticizes Senators Moran and Roberts

Tea party candidate Milton Wolf is attacking both Republican U.S. senators from Kansas as he tries to unseat three-term incumbent Pat Roberts in the state’s GOP primary.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran declined Thursday to respond to Wolf’s criticism of him over his chairmanship of the Republican National Senatorial Committee.

Wolf contends the committee betrayed the Republican Party and its conservative base by supporting Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran in his hotly contested primary race against a tea party challenger. Cochran narrowly won a runoff earlier this week.

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Health
1:45 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

FEC Dismisses Operation Rescue's Lawsuit

The Federal Election Commission has dismissed an anti-abortion group’s complaint alleging that an abortion rights political action committee helped finance the operations of a new clinic in Wichita.

The political action committee, Trust Women, announced Thursday it received a notice from the FEC this week dismissing the complaint filed last year by Operation Rescue.

The Trust Women Foundation opened a clinic last year in the late Doctor George Tiller’s former medical building.

Education
12:04 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

DCCC Board Supports Proposed Fort Hays State Merger

The Dodge City Community College Board of Trustees wants to be clear that it supports a proposed merger with Fort Hays State University.

The trustees unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday declaring its support for the plan.

The trustees wanted to end any talk of the Dodge City school operating as a separate institution, with Fort Hays having a presence on campus.

Transportation
12:01 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State Officials To Enforce Ban On Political Campaign Signs Alongside State Highways

The Kansas Department of Transportation is warning political candidates that the agency’s crews will remove campaign signs found alongside the state’s highways.

The department notes that Kansas law prohibits campaign signs and billboards on a highway right-of-way. The law allows only guide, warning or regulatory signs in those spaces.

The reminder of the rule comes as campaigning ramps up before the state’s Aug. 5 primary.

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