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A Kansas security expert says being prepared and paying attention to your surroundings are the best ways to stay safe during an active shooter incident.

Security specialist Richard Lewallen is an anti-terrorism program manager with the Kansas National Guard in the Adjutant General’s Department. He spoke during a Kansas Division of Emergency Management event on social media Monday morning.

Lewallen says if you’re going to a large public gathering, be sure to look for ways to exit and for places to take cover.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has issued an executive order to help commercial vehicles headed to Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery.

The governor's order issued on Wednesday applies only to commercial vehicles participating in relief and restoration efforts in Texas. The order waives some carrier fees and regulations for those vehicles.

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When Donald Trump is sworn in as president on Friday, a family from Wichita will be there.

Paul Vick and his wife, Ann, are taking their two teenage children to see the presidential inauguration ceremony and parade in Washington, D.C.  

Vick says he has been supporting Trump since the caucus, and wouldn’t miss this opportunity.

"I think that bringing our kids to an inaugural event is a tremendous opportunity for them to get a worldview of a political event such as this," Vick says.

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With a major winter storm expected to hit parts of Kansas Friday evening, officials are offering residents tips on how to stay safe this weekend.

Sedgwick County officials suggest having enough food and water on hand to last through the storm. They also recommend having a power outage plan that includes identifying a safe place to stay and making sure generators are fueled.

Kan. Furloughed Employees Recalled To Work

Oct 15, 2013

Civilians who were furloughed at two Kansas National Guard maintenance sites will go back to work.

The Kansas Adjutant General's Department said Monday that 126 of the 263 federally-funded state employees will return to work at sites in Salina and Fort Riley.

The employees perform maintenance on military equipment for active duty and reserve units.

The department says they can be recalled because they are working under funding from the fiscal year that ended on September 30.

Kansas National Guard Recalled From Shutdown

Oct 8, 2013

All but five of the 772 Kansas National Guard airmen and soldiers who were furloughed last week because of the partial federal government shutdown are being called back to work.

The Kansas adjutant general's office said Monday that the recalls came after the Department of Defense issued guidance over the weekend regarding which employees were covered by the federal furlough orders.

Those five National Guard technicians who remain furloughed don't meet the guidance for recalls as stated by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Federal Shutdown Hits Kansas National Guard

Oct 1, 2013

Seven hundred Kansas National Guard personnel are being sent home as the impact of the federal government shutdown takes hold.

Furloughs Coming For Kansas National Guard Members

May 16, 2013

The Kansas National Guard says it will furlough about 1,100 members for up to 11 days because of federal funding shortfalls.

Major General Lee Tafanelli, who heads the Kansas National Guard, says the furloughs will affect members whose jobs are federally funded, such as those in administration and logistical support.

No furloughs are planned for active-duty and reserve members. The furloughs were ordered by the Defense Department.