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SALINA, Kan.--Kansas Wesleyan University says it will begin offering 17 new majors and a revamped core curriculum during the next four years.

Officials from the university in Salina said Wednesday the new curriculum will allow departments to combine offerings. For example, art therapy would combine art and psychology studies.

Provost Nancy Cummings says the goal is to develop compelling programs and meet graduate's needs for employment.

Governor Sam Brownback has named a banker and small-business owner to two newly created seats on the Saline County Commission.

On Thursday, the governor announced the appointments of Luci Larson and David Smith to the commission.

Both are from Salina and take office Jan. 12.

Saline County voters in November approved expanding the commission from three to five members. Under Kansas law, the current commissioners were required to draw new districts within a month, and the governor was required to fill the seats. The new commissioners will stand for election in 2016.

Because demand for drivers is so strong, Salina Area Technical College is starting a professional trucking program.

Vice president of instruction Pedro Leite says the technical school is looking for seed money; the college hopes to have the program up and running by next spring.

Fort Scott Community College in southeast Kansas offers the only truck driving school in Kansas that's affiliated with the Board of Regents.

Salina Tech will be the second, and much of the necessary equipment has been donated by local industry players.

The U.S. Secretary of Defense has confirmed that the son of U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma died this weekend in a plane crash, while en route from Salina to Tulsa.

Perry Inhofe was a 52-year-old orthopedic surgeon for Central States Orthopedics in Tulsa.

He graduated from Duke University in 1984 before attending medical school at Washington University in St. Louis.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the multi-engine plane was about five miles north of Tulsa International Airport when it crashed just before 4pm Sunday.

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A Salina manufacturer is now one of two makers of accessible transit minivans to meet the Federal Transit Administration's "Buy America" standards.

The FTA's decision clears the way for ElDorado National in Salina, Kan., and Braun Corporation in Indiana to handle final assembly of transit minivans.

Salina Liquor Stores Will Soon Sell On Sundays

Jun 4, 2013

City commissioners in Salina have voted to allow sales of packaged liquor on Sundays and three designated holidays.

Monday's unanimous vote clears the way for the new ordinance to take effect in 61 days, unless a petition is filed to block it.

The petition would have to be signed by 25 percent of the registered voters who participated in the most recent city election.

Salina businesses will be able to sell packaged retail liquor between noon and 8 p.m. on Sundays and on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Settlement Reached In Salina Groundwater Cleanup

Dec 14, 2012

Salina officials and the federal government have reached a financial settlement to cover another step in cleaning up contaminated groundwater and soil at a former Air Force base.

Hazardous waste clean up in Salina; New teacher evaluation system in the works; Vehicle fatalities up in Kansas; Dry conditions continue to affect winter wheat.

Extension Sought In Settlement For Salina Site

Officials from Salina and the federal government want more time to finalize a proposed financial settlement for cleaning up contamination at a former Air Force base.