Top Morning News 2.06.13 (Updated)
Mark McCormick returns to KAAM; Reno County Residents Consider Jail Renovation Tax; Wichita City Council approves bike plan; Kansas Senate Committee has to delay work on tax plan because of a printing problem; Sen. Michael O'Donnell introduces legislation to have Kansas college basketball teams play.
Updated 2/6/13 9:27 am
Mark McCormick Returns To Direct Kansas African American Museum
The former director of the Kansas African American Museum in Wichita has returned to the job.
Mark McCormick starts again this week. He replaces Prisca Barnes, who resigned in late December. He was director at the museum for about eight months in 2009 before Barnes replaced him.
McCormick is a former columnist at The Wichita Eagle and a past communications director at the Kansas Leadership Center.
Reno County Residents To Consider Sales Tax-Funded Jail Renovations
Reno County residents will soon decide whether to approve a sales tax increase to fund improvements in the county jail facilities. The county commission voted yesterday to put a half-cent increase in the county sales tax on the April 2 ballot.
It approved, the the increase would take effect October 1 and would end when bonds issued to pay for the project are paid off. That will take between eight and 10 years. If approved, it would raise almost $29 million to either build a new jail or renovate the existing facility.
City Council Approves 10-Year, $12.5M Bike Plan
The Wichita City Council Tuesday approved the bicycle master plan.
Kansas Senate Committee Delays Work On Gov's Tax Plan
A Senate Committee has delayed work on Gov. Sam Brownback's tax proposal because of a printing mix-up. The committee didn't want to work on the plan without letting the public know first.
Senator Wants Kansas College Hoops Teams To Play
Republican Sen. Michael O'Donnell wants the University of Kansas and Kansas State men's basketball teams to play Wichita State each year before the three schools begin conference play.
Sen. O'Donnell of Wichita introduced legislation Tuesday that would require the two Big 12 schools to play the Shockers starting in 2014. The Shockers last met Kansas in 1993, losing to the Jayhawks 103-43. Kansas State and Wichita State last played in 2003. The Wildcats won that game 54-50 in Manhattan.
O'Donnell's bill would let the schools decide where the mandatory non-conference games would be played.