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Wed October 24, 2012
Top Morning News 10.24.12
Gov. Brownback in Ohio stumping for Romney; Healthcare firm moving 300 employees into Kansas; Executive bonuses are considered a factor in KS gas rate.
Gov. Brownback Stumps For Romney In Swing State Of Ohio
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback spent Tuesday on a five-city tour of northeastern Ohio stumping for the Republican presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and and Paul Ryan.
Brownback is a former U.S. senator. Ryan served on Brownback's U.S. Senate staff in the 1990s.
Brownback unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2007, opposing both Romney and the eventual nominee, Arizona Senator John McCain.
In this year's race, Brownback initially endorsed the presidential bid of Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Health Care Firm Moving 300 Workers To Kansas
Coventry Health Care of Kansas Inc. will move 300 workers from offices in Kansas City, Missouri, a few miles across the state line to Overland Park, Kansas.
The company plans to make the move next April.
Coventry's Kansas City offices are located in the southern part of the city, about a block from the Kansas border.
Coventry Health Care of Kansas provides health benefit products and services to individuals in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. It's a subsidiary of Maryland-based Coventry Health Care Inc., and also has offices in Wichita.
Fewer Children In Kansas Are Uninsured
The past couple years Kansas has done a good job of providing health insurance for children.
Executives' Bonuses Factor In Kansas Gas Rate Case
Kansas Gas Services' request to increase rates by $32 million a year would include about $8 million in executive bonuses.
The gas company says the bonuses allow it to hire the executives whose expertise in running the company is good for shareholders and rate payers.
But a consumer watch group is arguing that the bonuses encourage executives to concentrate on profits, rather than efficiency and customer service.
The Kansas Corporation Commission is scheduled to take technical testimony on the rate increase starting November 7 in Topeka.
The commission staff is recommending that the company get a $3.6 million increase. The consumer watchdog group is recommending a slight cut in the Kansas Gas rates.
Dole Institute Honoring McGovern Legacy
The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas is presenting a special exhibit honoring the late Democratic Senator George McGovern of South Dakota. McGovern, the Democratic presidential nominee in 1972, died Sunday at the age of 90. Dole, the former Republican senator from Kansas, worked with McGovern to create an international food for education and child nutrition program, for which they shared the 2008 World Food Prize. He issued a statement Sunday praising McGovern as a "humble, compassionate and caring man." The Dole Institute exhibit will be on display through November 15.