Top Morning News 01.14.13
The 2013 legislative session starts today; Secretary of State Kobach says business start-ups in Kansas area healthy; Homeless children in Wichita schools tops 1,800.
2013 Legislative Session To Commence
Monday marks the start of the 2013 legislative session. This could be one of the most significant sessions in years.
Kobach Says Business Startups 'Healthy'
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says a record number of new businesses filed paperwork with his office last year.
Kobach says his office received about 15,000 for new business entities in 2012, up about 10 percent from the previous year. The figure includes for-profit corporations, limited partnerships and nonprofit corporations.
Sole proprietorships and general partnerships are not required to file with the secretary of state's office to do business in Kansas.
Kobach says entrepreneurship is "healthy" in Kansas. His office compiled a 15-page report on business filings over the past decade.
Number Of Homeless Children In Wichita Tops 1,800
Wichita educators and social workers have counted more than 1,800 homeless children in the Wichita School District. Advocates say that number is going to keep going higher.
Cessna Starts Assembly Of New Light Jet
Cessna Aircraft has begun assembly of a new, light business jet at its plant in Independence.
The first Citation M2 jet is expected to roll of the line in April, with the first delivery of the $4.4 million aircraft slated for third quarter of this year.
Cessna describes the M2 as a natural step up for owners of the smaller Citation Mustang, which is already assembled at the Independence plant. The Citation M2 is larger - with seating for six passengers and two crew members - and faster, with a longer range of 13 hundred nautical miles.
The forward and aft cabin assemblies and wings are built at Cessna's Wichita plant, then delivered to Independence for final assembly.
The southeast Kansas plant has nearly 500 employees.