Top Morning News 12.24.12
New DMV system serves 2 million Kansans; Board names four candidates for open Wichita City Council seat; Ethanol spill in Lincoln County closes I-70.
New DMV System Hits 2M Mark
After delays and long lines, the new vehicle title and registration system in Kansas has processed more than 2 million transactions.
The state Department of Revenue says the new system replaced a 25-year-old mainframe system. It moved Kansas from a paper-driven process to an electronic one.
That new system helps drivers renew license tags and register cars. It also caused long delays at motor vehicle offices across the state when it was introduced in May. Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan thanked residents for their cooperation during the transition.
Board To Interview For Vacant City Council Seat
The District Four Advisory Board will conduct interviews for the interim Wichita City Council seat next week. Two of the candidates are former city council members.
Ethanol Spill In Lincoln County Closes Section Of I-70
A 10-mile section of Interstate 70 in was closed Sunday morning after a semi-trailer rolled and spilled about 500 gallons of ethanol in Lincoln County. The driver was taken to a Salina hospital, but no other injuries were reported.
Eastbound lanes of the effected section were closed for clean up last night. Emergency officials say the spill was contained and does not pose any danger to the area.
Lawmakers To Get Open Meetings Training
Legislative leaders have scheduled training to learn more about the Kansas Open Meetings Act. The training will start in January, about a year after dinners at the governor's mansion led to an investigation about possible act violations.
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor found "technical violations" of the law then, but not enough to prove a substantial violation. KOMA prohibits the majority of a legislative body from meeting behind closed doors to discuss business.
Taylor says lawmakers lacked knowledge of the open meetings act and needed further training.