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11:34 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Mayor Reschedules China Trip For November

An upcoming trade mission to China led by Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer has been rescheduled for November.

The mission was originally scheduled to cover six cities over a 12-day period in August. Feedback from interested businesses who might accompany the mission, as well as from Chinese trade partners, suggested a November schedule would be more effective.

The itinerary has now been changed to visit five cities over nine days, from November 8 - 16.

Mayor Brewer says, "China represents a tremendous new market opportunity."

Government
8:57 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Moritz's Departure Leaves Open Seat On State's Highest Court

Former Kansas Supreme Court Justice Nancy Moritz has taken the oath of office to join the federal appeals court that handles cases from six western and Plains states. The Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals says Moritz's temporary chambers will be in Lawrence.

President Barack Obama nominated Moritz in 2013 and she was confirmed in May. Her departure gives Gov. Sam Brownback his first appointment to the state's highest court.

Government
4:52 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Local Ministerial League At Odds With SAFE Act

Wade Moore, president of the Greater Wichita Ministerial League, speaks at the Christian Faith Centre on Wednesday morning.
Credit Sean Sandefur

 

Members of the Greater Wichita Ministerial League gathered Wednesday morning to voice their concerns over voter I.D. laws in Kansas. About 20 ministers from different denominations hosted the event. 

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Government
10:53 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Genetically Engineered Foods Enter Kansas Congressional Primary

The debate over the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients has reached the 4th congressional district primary in Kansas. Now, outside money is flowing into the heated race.

Incumbent U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo introduced federal legislation in April that would keep states from requiring that bio-engineered foods be labeled as such.

Farm groups support the bill because the majority of the nation's corn and soybean crops are genetically engineered to resist insects and herbicides; the industry says foods containing them are safe.

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Government
10:46 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Lack of Auditors Delays Legislator Requests For Internal Audits

A legislative committee says internal legislator requests for audits of various state interests are being delayed because of a lack of auditors.

Twenty-five legislator requests for internal audits have been delayed because the auditors don't have the resources to get to them.

One factor in the slowdown is a 2013 law that required the Division of Legislative Post Audit to audit three school districts per year for the next three years.

The auditing division has fewer than 25 employees, although it has been authorized to add three more this year.

Government
9:43 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Gov. Brownback Urges Wind-Energy Advocates And Critics To Compromise

Gov. Sam Brownback is urging wind-energy advocates and critics of a renewable-energy requirement for Kansas utilities to work on a compromise for the policy's future.

The governor made remarks Wednesday in an impromptu meeting with Statehouse reporters suggesting that he supported phasing out the renewable energy rule.

But hours later, spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said the governor was referring to federal tax credits for wind production, not the state's mandate for utilities.

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Government
6:25 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Local Organization Critical Of Proposed Sales Tax

Members of Coalition For a Better Wichita gathered at Handy Mailing in west Wichita on Wednesday afternoon. The group was formed to speak out against the City of Wichita's proposed one-cent sales tax.
Credit Sean Sandefur

 

Members of a newly formed organization are criticizing the City of Wichita’s proposed one-cent sales tax, which could appear on ballots this November. Coalition For a Better Wichita spoke out on Wednesday afternoon at Handy Mailing, a local small business. 

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Government
12:36 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Audit Shows Flaws In The Security Of Kansas Computers Systems

Auditors say a lack of accountability by some Kansas agencies that handle sensitive information could make citizens’ personal information vulnerable.

An audit released this week says some agencies aren't complying with requirements to provide detailed information technology plans because they see them as time consuming and of little value. Auditors say they found little state oversight of the required reports.

The audit found that 17 of the 45 agencies that hold data considered “high risk” had not had an independent evaluation of their security in the last three years.

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Government
9:22 am
Tue July 22, 2014

KS Attorney General Plans Public Hearing On Regulations For Gun Signs

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt plans to have a public hearing in September on new regulations for signs that businesses and groups must post if they want to ban guns from their premises.

The hearing is set for Sept. 17 in the building near the Kansas Statehouse that houses the attorney general's office.

A state law that took effect this month makes the open carrying of guns legal across the state. But businesses and groups still can ban both concealed and unconcealed guns from their premises if they post signs.

Government
11:36 am
Mon July 21, 2014

White House Study: Medicaid Non-Participation Costs KS

A new study by the White House Council of Economic Advisors says the decision not to expand Medicaid is costing Kansas millions of dollars, and thousands of jobs.

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