Pittsburg

Andy Marso / KHI News Service

A Kansas senator says a highway project in his district is back on schedule, drawing protests from Democrats who say Republican Gov. Sam Brownback picked that project over others to help a political ally in an election year.

The project to widen U.S. Highway 69 north of Pittsburg from two lanes to four was one of 25 delayed in April to help balance the state budget.

It sits in the district of Republican Sen. Jake LaTurner, who sent an open letter to Brownback decrying the delay.

Via Christi Cuts 28 From Staff In Pittsburg

Jun 4, 2013

Via Christi Health Systems says it is laying off 28 employees in Pittsburg as part of a statewide effort to cut costs.

The heath system in Pittsburg includes the hospital, physician offices and care facilities.

Via Christi spokesperson Michael Hayslip says the layoffs will help meet a goal of reducing expenses in Pittsburg by $3.5 million. He says cost reductions in contractual services helped prevent even more layoffs. And 25 open positions will not be filled.