Top Morning News 4.5.13
House legalizes switchblades; Kan. Department of Ag moving to Manhattan; Bill with HIV quarantine concerns is advancing.
House Passes Bill Legalizing Switchblades
A bill making it legal to own switchblades and stiletto-type knives is awaiting for Gov. Sam Brownback's signature.
The Kansas House passed the measure 95-26 on Thursday, a day after the measure cleared the Senate.
Rep. Jim Ward, a Democrat and former Wichita prosecutor, was concerned about the measure. Ward says switchblades were banned decades ago because they were used mostly by gangs and criminals.
Proponents say that switchblades are useful for emergency workers, farmers, and others who need to open a knife with one hand while holding something with the other.
Kan. Department of Agriculture Will Relocated To Manhattan
Director Dale Rodmand says the agency will move most of its offices to Manhattan in 2014.
Bill Raising HIV Quarantine Concerns Advancing
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is promising to continue protecting people with AIDS and HIV from being quarantined as a result of a bill now in the Kansas legislature.
1,100 Expected To Turn Out For Kansas Science Olympiad
The Kansas Science Olympiad takes place in Wichita Saturday. Students from 30 middle and high schools across the state will compete in events like bridge building, thermodynamics and robotics.