1:07 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Uber Steps Up Lobbying Efforts In Kansas

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Ride-hailing company Uber is increasing its lobbying efforts to persuade Governor Sam Brownback to veto a bill Uber says will force it to leave the state.

The bill would increase the insurance requirements for Uber drivers and force them to undergo background checks through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Uber connects drivers and riders through a mobile app.

The company has arranged for a truck with a sign saying, "SB 117 Destroys Kansas Jobs" to circle downtown Topeka since the bill passed the Legislature.

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12:18 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

House Committee Reverses Decision On The Preservation Of KDOT Funding

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A House panel decided to restore Governor Sam Brownback's request to use millions of dollars from the Kansas Department of Transportation to fill gaps in other state spending, which reverses a decision made last week.

The governor wants to take $724 million dollars from transportation projects.

Last week, the House Transportation Budget Committee voted to reduce that amount by $280 million dollars, allowing about $444 million to be transferred during fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

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1:36 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

KDOT Secretary Asks Lawmakers To Keep Sales Tax Road Funding Intact

KDOT Secretary Mike King
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Kansas Secretary of Transportation Mike King is asking lawmakers not to touch one of KDOT’s funding sources.

Lawmakers will be looking for ways to fill a budget gap, and the money could be attractive. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, four-tenths of a percent of the state sales tax goes to KDOT for road projects.

Secretary King says the sales tax funding is a steady source of income, which is important when they’re borrowing money.

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12:41 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

KS Transportation Funding Might Help Balance Budget

Kansas lawmakers may dip into highway funding to help balance the state's budget. As Stephen Koranda reports, the state Senate's top budget write say transportation money could help fill the gap.

Andover Republican Senator Ty Masterson chairs the Ways and Means Committee. He says transportation is a big expense to the state and Kansas has already built a healthy system.

"Pulling back to a point of preservation, and not this aggressive expansion, wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. And it wouldn't be prolonged," says Masterson.

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1:31 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

UPDATE: Plane Crashes Into Building Near Mid-Continent Airport

The fire is now under control, but firefighters are waiting until the building is more stable to enter.
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NPR audio update at 5:00pm:

Four people died this morning as the result of a fiery crash at Mid-Continent Airport. Aileen LeBlanc from member station KMUW reports. 

KMUW audio update at 3:52pm:

Four people were killed this morning when a small plane crashed into a building near the Mid-Continent Airport. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports.


Updated at 10:49am on 10/30/14:

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11:39 am
Fri October 31, 2014

UPDATE: Victims Bodies Recovered At Plane Crash Site

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Update - 11/02/14 

All four victims' bodies have been recovered from the crash site.

Update at 11:10am on 11/01/14

AP has reported that authorities have removed the bodies of three victims from the Wichita flight training facility damaged in Thursday's small plane crash, as well as the cockpit voice recorder. Their names have not been released.

Update at 5:36pm on 10/31/14

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5:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Unstable Structure Keeps Responders From Reaching Plane Crash Victims

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Investigation begins into the cause of a deadly plane crash near Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport on Thursday. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports….

A Beechcraft King Air 200 struck the top of the FlightSafety International building. Four people have been confirmed dead. City of Wichita officials say three of the victims were from the Wichita area and one is from another country. Police spokesman Doug Nolte says the crash site is unsound.

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5:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

UPDATE: Investigation Into Airport Crash Continues

The FlightSafety International Building.
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 Updated 10/31/14 at 9 AM  

There were 4 deaths as the result of a plane crash on 10-30-14, at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport. The building was deemed unstable and crews are still active at the scene. KMUW's Abigail Wilson reports...

The pilot of the small twin-engine plane reported losing engine power just after takeoff. The aircraft crashed into the roof of the FlightSafety International building which is on airport property.  The crash killed the pilot, who was the only person on the plane; three people inside the building were also killed by the crash.  

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11:07 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Inside The FlightSafety International Building

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Four people died in a firery crash yesterday morning at Wichita's Mid Continent Airport - five people were taken to Via Cristi hospital, three were released as of Thursday night.  KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has more . . . 

There were flight training simulation classes going on in the FlightSafety Building, owned by Cessna, when the plane tore through its roof. Mathew Price is here from Canada and he was in class - right before 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

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10:33 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Wichita Airport Authority Plans Disaster Exercise

The Wichita Airport Authority is planning a large-scale disaster exercise Tuesday, featuring the mock crash of a 737 aircraft.

Tomorrow's exercise begins at 9 a.m. and will be just north of K-42 between two runways at the Wichita airport.

The exercise will include 300 people from various emergency management agencies.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires commercial airports to practice responding to simulated disasters at least every three years.

Airport officials will tweet about the exercise using the Twitter handle @FlyICT and #ICTdrill.