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  • Statehouse Live: In State of State, Brownback outlines plan to cut Kansas personal income tax

    01/11/2012 7:05:14 PM PST · by One Name · 6 replies
    Lawrence Journal-World ^ | January 11, 2012 | Scott Rothschild
    Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday called for a cut in the state personal income tax and minimal budget increases, saying that will put Kansas in the fast lane on the road to economic growth. "Let's put our 'lost decade' … in the rear view mirror and speed ahead — at 75 miles per hour — to make this decade the decade of growth and job creation," Brownback, a Republican, said in the State of the State address. But his plan hit immediate bumps from legislators. Brownback's proposal would cancel a scheduled decrease in the state sales tax rate,...
  • Apology follows email referring to Michelle Obama as ‘Mrs. YoMama’

    01/06/2012 7:27:14 AM PST · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | January 6, 2012
    Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal apologized Thursday for forwarding an email poking fun at first lady Michelle Obama and referring to her as “Mrs. YoMama.” The Lawrence Journal-World reported Thursday that O’Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, sent the email from his personal account. The email also had a photo comparing Mrs. Obama to the Grinch and the subject line, “Twins separated at birth?” The photo has been circulating on the Internet and shows Mrs. Obama’s hair being swept by the wind, recalling a drawing of the fictional Dr. Seuss character from the classic Christmas cartoon. In forwarding the email, O’Neal joked...
  • Boeing's free-market move is going to cost Kansas big-time

    01/05/2012 8:30:14 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 5, 2012 | Paul Whitefield
    So, tired of high taxes? Want to see big federal budget cuts? Congratulations. You're getting your wish. And you just cost 2,160 people in Kansas their jobs. [snip] Welcome to "living within our means," which means you don't necessarily have any means to live with. You can argue that cutting the defense budget has to be done, but those are some nice, well-paying jobs that are being lost. Jobs that the local Wal-Mart probably won't match. I suppose the real lesson, though, is that we can't have our cake and eat it too. You can't shrink government without cutting jobs....
  • A-29 Super Tucano Wins Air Force Bid for Light Air Support Mission

    12/30/2011 7:38:59 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 88 replies · 2+ views
    A-29 Super Tucano Wins Air Force Bid for Light Air Support Mission SPARKS, Nev., Dec. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- SIERRA NEVADA CORPORATION and EMBRAER DEFENSE & SECURITY to supply aircraft, training and support to the Light Air Support program. A-29 Super Tucano to be built in Jacksonville, FL; over 70 U.S. companies to supply parts and services Eren Ozmen, President, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), and Luiz Carlos Aguiar, CEO, Embraer Defense and Security (Embraer), today announced that the U.S. Air Force has selected SNC, partnered with Embraer, to supply Light Air Support (LAS) aircraft to be used as...
  • End of year brings significant tax implications for farmers

    12/29/2011 3:46:34 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Ohio State University ^ | Dec 28, 2011 | Andy Vance
    As 2011 draws to a close, so do opportunities for farmers to take advantage of certain provisions of the federal tax code.... "The ability for bonus depreciation is changing, so if you're looking to make capital expenditures, this is the year to do it," ... "You can depreciate 100 percent now, it will go to 50 percent next year, and after that it could go away completely depending on what Congress does." ... The other significant impending change to the federal tax code involves Section 179, which according to Marrison, works somewhat similarly to the bonus depreciation allowance.
  • New laws: No caffeine in beer, shark fins in soup [Teach Gay History; Free College-Illegal Aliens]

    12/27/2011 12:32:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2011 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Starting Jan. 1, getting shark fins, caffeinated beer, cough syrup or a tan is going to be tougher than it was in 2011. The National Conference of State Legislatures issued Monday its annual list of laws set to take effect in 2012, and there was nothing but bad news for connoisseurs of shark-fin soup. Oregon and California passed laws prohibiting the sale, trade, or distribution of the fins, which are considered a delicacy in China. California also became the first state in the nation to require a prescription for obtaining any drug containing dextromethorphan, an ingredient found in...
  • 3-Year-Old Shoots 5-Year-Old, Kansas Man Arrested

    12/24/2011 4:43:12 PM PST · by eccentric · 30 replies
    KAKE News ^ | Friday, December 23, 2011 | KAKE News
    A Wichita man has been arrested in connection with the death of a 5-year-old child. Police say the boy was shot and killed in Lakewood, Colorado by a 3-year-old. Lakewood police say officers were called to an apartment complex Friday morning to investigate a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found the 5-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. The boy was taken to a local hospital where he later died. Police say a 3-year-old friend whose family was visiting from Kansas accidentally shot the 5-year-old. The circumstances of the shooting have not been released. Officials...
  • KC police decline to reduce parade costs for Occupy group

    12/23/2011 2:54:30 PM PST · by MissouriConservative · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | December 23, 2011 | MARK MORRIS
    If members of Occupy Kansas City want to march in the streets next week, they’ll need to pay a $4,100 fee for police protection, police commissioners announced Friday. ****snip**** Members of the movement have camped peacefully for months in a city park south of the Liberty Memorial. At a meeting earlier this month, a lawyer representing the group asked the police to waive the cost of having officers shut down traffic near Ninth and Main streets. The lawyer, Gina Chiala, said the march would be called “The death of the social safety net,” would involve about 100 people and would...
  • Bob Dole endorses Romney for Republican nominee

    12/18/2011 11:37:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 105 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/18/11 | Deborah Charles - Reuters
    Republican elder statesman and former Senate leader Bob Dole on Sunday endorsed Mitt Romney to be the Republican presidential nominee, a day after the former Massachusetts governor received the backing of Iowa's main newspaper. In an open letter to Iowa voters, Dole - himself a former presidential candidate - said a great deal was at stake on January 3, when Iowa votes in the first nominating contest for the 2012 presidential election. "A number of my friends are currently candidates seeking the GOP nomination. But the time has now come for us to decide who among them can defeat Barack...
  • Witness: Corzine knew about loan made with customer funds

    12/13/2011 4:20:38 PM PST · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/11 | Peter Schroeder
    An executive of a financial exchange monitoring MF Global told senators Tuesday that Jon Corzine, the former head of the financial firm, knew that loans were improperly made with customer funds. The claim was made just minutes after Corzine professed his ignorance for how up to $1.2 billion in customer funds had gone missing. Terrence Duffy, the executive chairman of CME Group, the exchange that regulates MF Global, told the Senate Agriculture Committee that a CME auditor was told by an MF Global executive that Corzine knew that a loan was made to a European affiliate of the company, and...
  • Obama “Flustered” After Mooch Finds Out He Snuck In BBQ In Kansas: “You Had BBQ? You Didn’t Tell Me

    12/08/2011 10:58:24 AM PST · by bkopto · 44 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | Dec 8, 2011 | Mark Knoller
    At WH Holiday Reception last night, a reporter asked Pres Obama how he liked the BBQ from “We B Smokin’ in Osawatomie, Kansas on Tuesday. “You had BBQ?” a surprised Mrs Obama chimed in. Pres Obama seemed momentarily flustered. “You didn’t tell me you had BBQ,” said the First Lady. Pres Obama explained to his wife that reporters were miffed that they didn’t get any BBQ. Mrs. Obama would have known about the BBQ drop-by if she read the WH press pool reports – or followed certain Twitter sites.
  • Obama’s Kansas speech: some suspect facts (Three Pinocchios rating)

    12/07/2011 8:33:55 AM PST · by Qbert · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/06/2011 | Glenn Kessler
    Channeling his inner Teddy Roosevelt, President Obama on Tuesday gave a feisty speech in Osawatomie, Kansas that sought to rebut Republican arguments that he is waging class warfare...[Snip] We’ll leave the politics to others, but how accurate were some of his facts?  “I mean, understand, it's not as if we haven't tried this theory. Remember in those years, in 2001 and 2003, Congress passed two of the most expensive tax cuts for the wealthy in history. And what did they get us? The slowest job growth in half a century...[Snip] Inserting the words “for the wealthy” was interesting phrasing by...
  • Obama’s BIG small-minded class warfare speech in Kansas doesn’t disappoint (Predictable)

    12/06/2011 2:09:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/06/2011 | Tina Korbe
    Today in Osawatomie, Kan., Barack Obama laid bare his progressive agenda, calling for more federal involvement in education, increased spending on infrastructure, an extension of the payroll tax cut and increased taxes on the rich. He even invoked Teddy “the Trustbuster” Roosevelt, who, if you’ll recall, became increasingly socialistic as the sun of his national stardom began to set. Not surprisingly, Obama was disingenuous in a few places — but just a few. At one point, he said he had already signed $1 trillion in spending cuts into law. Presumably, he was referring to the cuts included in the debt...
  • Obama to Kansas to Evoke Teddy Roosevelt

    12/06/2011 7:38:10 AM PST · by KansasGirl · 27 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 12/6/11 | Kimberly Schwandt
    OSAWATOMIE, KAN. -- President Obama will give an economic speech in Osawatomie, Kan., Tuesday at a location the White House says it was very specific in picking and was meant to stir echoes of President Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt spoke in the very same town more than 100 years ago on Aug. 31, 1910, where he presented his vision for America and the coming 1912 election. Sound familiar? That's by design. snip Roosevelt gave what was called a "New Nationalism" agenda, talking about regulation on special interests (even using that term), and calling out for welfare, human rights and a greater...
  • Pizza delivery driver fired after pulling gun on robber(KS)

    12/03/2011 1:41:35 PM PST · by marktwain · 41 replies
    kansascw.com ^ | 1 December, 2011 | Kim Hynes and Brian Heap
    A pizza delivery driver says he was fired Thursday after scaring off a robber with a gun. Miguel Waide says Dominos Pizza fired him for violating company policy. Police say Waide was delivering a pizza at the Brentwood Apartments near Harry and Woodlawn Wednesday night. Waide tells Eyewitness News it was an unusally large order for the neighborhood and a suspicious man was hanging around by his car as he went up to the door. Waide says no one answered the door and he feared it was a set up. Waide went to his car and got a handgun out...
  • Police: Pizza Delivery Driver Fires Shots To Avoid Robbery (KS)

    12/03/2011 11:37:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies · 1+ views
    kake.com ^ | 1 December, 2011 | KAKE News
    Wichita police are investigating a report of shots fired, involving a pizza delivery driver. It happened at an apartment in the 6600 block of E. Harry just before 10 p.m. Wednesday. Police said a Dominoes delivery driver arrived at the location to deliver a pizza, but no one answered the door. The driver returned to his car to get a gun, because he said he was concerned for his safety. The driver reported to police a man approached him from behind and tried to rob him, as the driver opened the trunk of his car. The delivery driver said he...
  • Standards-based grading holding at sixth-grade level; board president prepares to ‘move on’

    12/01/2011 5:25:19 PM PST · by BigDaddyTX · 11 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | November 30, 2011 | Mark Fagan
    Mark Bradford, president of the school board, generated some tension when he discussed the district’s plans for standards-based grading at the sixth-grade level. And teachers who may not like it, he suggested, essentially would have a choice to make — just as people decide where they want to live, or where they might choose to work. “Once the decision is made on how we’re going to do grading in this school district," he said, “then that’s the way it’s going to be.” Kim Beeler, a parent from Southwest who has been critical of standards-based grading in middle school, quickly stood...
  • ( Boston ) University Installs Foot Baths For Muslims

    11/30/2011 11:07:40 AM PST · by george76 · 47 replies
    Boston Channel ^ | November 29, 2011
    In Boston, one university has taken steps to help Muslim students maintain an important ritual: bathing before prayer ... Across the country a number of universities, including the University of Michigan in Dearborn and George Washington University in Washington D.C., have installed foot baths. So have two airports, the Indianapolis Airport and KCI Airport in Kansas City, Missouri. In each case the move came with some degree of resistance. ... Some of the foot baths in other states were built using public funds. The American Civil Liberties Union generally objects to public money being used for religious structures.But they don't...
  • Community groups criticize new state food stamp policy

    11/28/2011 5:41:57 PM PST · by La Lydia · 15 replies
    KHI News Service ^ | November 28, 2011 | Dave Ranney
    DODGE CITY — Advocates for children and the poor say a new state welfare policy is denying or reducing federal food aid to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Kansas children. “This is making an already difficult situation even more difficult,” said Debbie Snapp, who runs the Catholic Social Services office in Dodge City...But officials with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services say the new policy, enacted in October, is fairer than the one it replaced because it equalizes benefits for children of illegal immigrants with those for children whose parents are confirmed U.S. citizens. “We’re not hurting anybody and...
  • Tweeting Kansas Teen Gets Apology from Gov. Brownback, Her Following Soars

    11/28/2011 10:54:31 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 28, 2011
    A Kansas teen who refused to apologize to Gov. Sam Brownback for an insulting tweet got an apology today from the governor himself for his staff’s “over-reaction.” An unpleasant tweet by Emma Sullivan, 18, was flagged by Brownback’s staff last week. The teen was told by her principal at Shawnee Mission East High School to apologize, but she refused, and the national brouhaha has led to her Twitter following soar from 60 to more than 6,000. “My staff over-reacted to this tweet, and for that I apologize. Freedom of speech is among our most treasured freedoms,” Brownback said in a...
  • Disparaging tweet about Gov. Sam Brownback lands Kansas teen in principal’s office

    11/25/2011 7:26:01 PM PST · by peggybac · 54 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | 11/23/11 | Suzanne Perez Tobias
    A Kansas teenager is in trouble after mocking Gov. Sam Brownback during a mock legislative assembly for high school students. Emma Sullivan, a senior at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, was in Topeka on Monday as part of Kansas Youth in Government, a program for students interested in politics and government. During the session, in which Brownback addressed the group, Sullivan posted on her personal Twitter page: “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot” On Tuesday, Sullivan was called to her principal’s office and told that the tweet had...
  • Teen’s joking tweet on Topeka trip creates a capital fracas

    11/24/2011 7:12:14 AM PST · by SoJoCo · 53 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 11/24/2011 | Maria Rose Williams
    Emma Sullivan’s trip to Topeka with other high school students to learn about government taught her a few unexpected lessons: • Gov. Sam Brownback’s office monitors social media for postings containing the governor’s name. • Some folks exhibit little sense of humor or appreciation of free expression. • And sometimes a few “joking” words can land a student in the principal’s office, drafting a letter of apology.
  • No contract binds Boeing to local jobs (Wichita plant shutdown?)

    11/23/2011 3:05:44 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 20 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | 11/23/11 | Molly McMillin
    Boeing seems “very serious” about its study on whether to shut down its Wichita plant, Sen. Jerry Moran said Tuesday. “I think Boeing considers this a real option,” Moran said. His comments followed Boeing’s announcement Monday that it was studying the future of its Wichita site, including whether to close the facility. Elected officials from Kansas and Wichita, and union leaders reacted Tuesday by requesting meetings with Boeing officials to remind them of the promises they made to put jobs in Kansas should the company win an Air Force contract for aerial refueling tankers. Gov. Sam Brownback said he and...
  • Helium to Move from Byproduct to Primary Drilling Target

    11/21/2011 8:43:11 AM PST · by thackney · 22 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | November 18, 2011 | Jaime Kammerzell|
    Helium is likely to move from a derived product of natural gas production in the United States to a primary drilling target in the next five years. Historically produced as a byproduct of natural gas, the US helium supply is declining, which has caused alarm throughout the industry. Why is helium so important? Most people associate helium with party balloons and squeaky cartoon voices; however, there is a very serious side of the helium industry that few people comprehend. Without helium, MRI machines don't function, NASA rockets aren't launched and semiconductor manufacturing grinds to a halt. Helium is simply indispensible...
  • Deep roots can’t keep Border War from being ripped up

    11/20/2011 5:15:25 PM PST · by SoJoCo · 10 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 11/20/2011 | J. Brady McCullough
    Rivalries do end, and rarely are the reasons satisfactory to fans. Sometimes it’s because of a change in conference. Other times one school will feel disrespected by the other. With the Border War — the second-most-played series nationally at 119 games — it is a combination. MU left the conference, and KU, hurt that its longtime partner chose to depart, reacted with a “good riddance.” In other words: The hate that kept this rivalry going through two World Wars and plenty of bad football is the very thing that will likely put an end to this unmatched period of border...
  • Megan Phelps-Roper of Westboro Baptist Church: An heir to hate

    11/20/2011 5:08:56 PM PST · by SoJoCo · 26 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 11/20/2011 | Dugan Arnett
    In an ordinary town, in a quiet neighborhood, in a beige two-story house, a girl named Megan lives with her parents and eight siblings. She is 25, with a cheeky smile. Tall and tan and athletic, she has long, curly hair that tumbles down her shoulders in thick locks. Her voice is bubbly, with a pinch of country twang, and when she is talking about something she likes, she leans forward in her seat and says “Ohmygosh!” before unleashing a stream of syllables that come pouring out on top of each other. She is polite. If you were to stop...
  • Wichita doctors offer concierge medicine

    11/14/2011 4:53:10 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 11/10/11 | Jerry Siebenmark
    Wichita physicians Aly Gadalla, Doug Nunamaker and Josh Umbehr are pioneers in the area’s medical community.They are pioneers in the sense that they are practicing some form of concierge medicine.Concierge medicine is not a new concept. But the three doctors are in the minority among their physician peers.By all accounts, the concept is growing nationally. Its growth will be fueled by a shortage of physicians, especially in primary care, as well as a desire by more physicians to take care of fewer patients, the doctors and experts think.And from their perspective, the Wichita doctors get to practice the kind of...
  • Hawker Beechcraft layoffs total 300

    11/13/2011 2:37:04 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 21 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | 11/12/11 | Molly McMillin and Bill Wilson
    Hawker Beechcraft issued 60-day layoff notices Friday to 300 workers, the company said in a statement. A source said the notices included 210 salaried and 90 hourly workers. The same source said there could be more layoffs sometime around February. The company issued a statement saying that many of the employees were notified Friday of the cuts. Hawker Beechcraft employs about 6,000 people, including about 4,700 in Wichita and 200 in Salina. Some employees laid off were walked out the door Friday, although the company has said they would be paid for the next two months. The practice has been...
  • Obama’s Keystone XL Kops (If the Dems really cared about jobs, this pipeline would be underway)

    11/08/2011 10:03:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/08/2011 | Rich Lowry
    One of the holiest words in the Democratic economic lexicon is “infrastructure.” Yet the proposed Keystone XL pipeline represents a big, honking $7 billion, 1,700-mile-long infrastructure project that the Obama administration is delaying and the environmentalists are opposing. If Pres. Barack Obama thinks the country lacks its former economic verve, he need look no farther than the Keystone XL fiasco for a demonstration of one reason why. Keystone XL meets every possible standard. President Obama wants “shovel ready” jobs. The materials to build the pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast are waiting to go. The president rightly notes...
  • I Think We Just Had an Earthquake in KANSAS (and no, I'm not drunk)

    11/05/2011 9:05:59 PM PDT · by teenyelliott · 57 replies
    me
    Anyone else feel that? Freaked my kids out, hubby too.
  • Three dead, three missing in Kansas explosion (grain elevator)

    10/30/2011 6:56:39 PM PDT · by Clive · 5 replies
    KANSAS CITY, MO - Three people were dead, three missing and two hospitalized after an explosion at a large grain elevator in Atchison, Kansas, City Manager Trey Cocking said on Sunday. The three missing workers were presumed dead, Cocking said, adding their whereabouts within the wreckage were still unknown. "At this time we feel it is a recovery effort," Cocking said. Rescues can be difficult because workers are usually scattered throughout the facility, he said. The blast at about 7 p.m on Saturday could be felt at least three miles away, Cocking said. The elevator is owned by Bartlett Grain...
  • State destroyed key records in Kansas Planned Parenthood case (Sibelius Supports Abortion)

    10/24/2011 3:26:15 AM PDT · by x_plus_one · 11 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | Fri, Oct. 21, 2011 | By BRAD COOPER and JOE LAMBE
    The country’s first criminal prosecution of Planned Parenthood was left teetering Friday when it was revealed the state of Kansas destroyed abortion records that prosecutors planned to use as evidence. Johnson County prosecutors asked a judge to delay a Monday hearing to decide if there’s enough evidence to try Planned Parenthood on 23 felony counts of falsifying pregnancy termination reports. Prosecutors say the records, which are central to making their case, were shredded sometime in 2005, roughly two years before charges were brought against Planned Parenthood by former Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline.
  • Sebelius Admin Destroyed Records in Case Against Planned Parenthood

    10/21/2011 4:20:02 PM PDT · by blueyon · 21 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 10.21.2011 | Kathy Ostrowski
    Another layer to the depth of the Sebelius abortion corruption has been revealed with today’s AP report that Kansas health department (KDHE) in 2005 destroyed the state late-term abortion reports at the heart of the felony charges against Planned Parenthood. The pre-trial hearing for felony “false-writing” charges had been scheduled for Monday Oct. 24, Since the original reports have now been discovered as destroyed, the Johnson County District attorney’s office had asked for a delay so they could engage other witnesses to verify the authenticity of copies of the state reports. The state reports are verifications that abortionists send to...
  • Phill Kline Loses License for Prosecuting Planned Parenthood

    10/14/2011 4:27:33 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/14/11 | Steven Ertelt
    A politically-charged panel in Kansas has stripped the law license of pro-life attorney and former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline for prosecuting the Planned Parenthood abortion business. A professional ethics panel recommended Thursday that Kline has his law license indefinitely suspended because of his conduct during criminal investigations of the abortion business, claiming he was “motivated by dishonesty and selfishness.” The three member panel of the state Board for Discipline of Attorneys claimed Kline repeatedly misled officials or allowed his staffers to do so. The panel weighed nine counts of alleged ethical violations before the Kansas Attorney Disciplinary Board in...
  • AFL-CIO Union Endorses Occupy Indiana

    10/10/2011 2:17:03 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Indiana Public Media ^ | October 10, 2011 | Brandon Smith
    The AFL-CIO has endorsed the Occupy Indiana protests, saying they and the protestors have many of the same goals.The Occupy Indiana movement, based on the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City, picked up an endorsement over the weekend from the AFL-CIO.  Union spokesman Jeff Harris says the labor movement has no intention of taking over the Occupy protests. But he says the two groups share many common goals in speaking out against the corporate takeover of American society. “You know, we’re just excited and encouraging people who feel this way and if there’s things we can do to...
  • Two US Citizens Killed in Juarez, Says Report

    10/04/2011 11:15:46 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 24 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | October 04, 2011
    A mother and son were killed in Ciudad Juárez over the weekend when the SUV they were riding in was sprayed with assault-rifle fire, according to the El Paso Times. The U.S. citizens were among four people killed in an attack on a blue Dodge Durango with Texas plates in Ciudad Juárez on Friday evening. The U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez has confirmed that two of the dead were identified as Pablo Noe Williams, 19, and his mother Rosa Williams, 35 - both are listed as being from Kansas.
  • ‘Green’ jobs bigger part of work landscape

    10/02/2011 6:03:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    DeSoto Explorer (Kansas) ^ | September 30, 2011 | by Laura Herring
    A builder who performs home energy audits. An office manager who looks for ways to green the supply chain. An auto mechanic who fixes hybrid vehicles. And an electrical lineman who is working on the smart grid. Those are all green jobs, said Jay Antle, executive director of Johnson County Community College’s Center for Sustainability. Among the occupations with the most green jobs were carpenters, heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers, and landscaping and grounds workers. One green business in Lawrence falls into the last category. Since high school, Troy Karlin has been mowing lawns. When he graduated from...
  • DOE’s Green Spending Spree Continues: $132 Mil Loan Guarantee OK’d For Abengoa Bioenergy

    09/29/2011 3:12:13 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 27 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 9/29/2011 | Ed Carson
    The Energy Department continued to hurry up approvals for green energy loans before the program ends Sept. 30. Late Thursday, the DOE approved a $132 million loan guarantee for Abengoa Bioenergy Project, a Kansas-based cellulosic ethanol plant. The project would create 65 permanent jobs — or just over $2 million per position. That’s actually a big improvement from Wednesday’s DOE approvals of more than $1 billion in loans to two green projects promising 52-55 permanent jobs.
  • Supreme Court to hear deportation case

    09/27/2011 3:16:37 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | Sep. 27, 2011 | - Michael Doyle
    Carlos Martinez Gutierrez got caught smuggling three Mexican children into California. Now, his travails have reached the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, the court agreed to hear Gutierrez's case and another that raise questions potentially crucial for other children of illegal immigrants. If Gutierrez wins, some immigrants may find it easier to avoid removal and stay in the United States.
  • Brownback endorses Perry for president

    09/22/2011 10:40:11 PM PDT · by Clairity · 29 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | Sept. 21, 2011 | Eagle Staff
    Gov. Sam Brownback endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president on Thursday, citing Perry's record on creating jobs and reducing taxes. "Rick Perry is the right leader for this moment in history," he said in a prepared statement. "I think he's really got the right message that it's about jobs, it's about job creation and it's about getting the atmosphere right," Brownback said. "They've maintained and created a very positive, growth-oriented atmosphere in Texas that we've got to get back to in the United States." Perry's campaign issued a statement calling Brownback "one of the most respected voices for conservatism...
  • Representative Mike Pompeo questions OMB and DOA about Solyndra

    09/20/2011 9:35:40 PM PDT · by Kansas58 · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | Mike Pompeo
    Congressman Mike Pompeo does a great job of holding government officials accountable for Solyndra.
  • Mo. town calls on KU (University of Kansas) to drop mascot

    09/19/2011 4:41:39 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    Topeka Capital Journal ^ | September 18, 2011
    City officials in Osceola, a southwest Missouri town of about 950 people, are asking The University of Kansas to drop its “Jayhawk” mascot because the name refers to a group of domestic terrorists that nearly destroyed the city 150 years ago. In a resolution approved earlier this week, the Osceola Board of Alderman also asks the University of Missouri to educate Kansas on the history of the “Border War” and let people know there was more to it than William Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, Kan., in 1863. Resentment still runs deep for residents of Osceola over the Sept. 22-23, 1861,...
  • Cantaloupes Recalled After Listeria Outbreak (3 deaths in NM, 1 in CO so far)

    09/14/2011 7:03:45 PM PDT · by bd476 · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
    <p>"...'Colorado has stated...that people at a high risk for infection should not eat whole cantaloupe from the Rocky Ford growing region." The recall covers cantaloupes sold between July 29 and Sept. 10..."</p> <p>"...Eleven illnesses in Colorado, one in Indiana, one in Nebraska, one in Oklahoma and two in Texas are linked to the listeriosis outbreak and contaminated cantaloupes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p>
  • Brain-eating amoeba claims fourth victim who picked up parasite after swimming in lake

    09/11/2011 6:34:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11th September 2011
    A Kansas resident died this week from what was likely a rare infection by a brain-eating amoeba - the fourth such case in the U.S. this year. State and local officials warned residents to avoid activities in warm rivers, lakes and other bodies of heated, fresh water, including ponds near power plants. Single deaths from such infections also have been reported this summer in Florida, Louisiana and Virginia. ... Naegleria fowleri moves into the body through the nose and destroys brain tissue. It almost always causes meningitis Symptoms of an infection include headache, fever, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, confusion,...
  • Homeowner shoots burglar(KS)

    09/10/2011 4:50:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    kctv5.com ^ | 8 September, 2011 | Chris Oberholtz
    An east side homeowner pulled a gun and shot a burglar late Wednesday night, police said. The shooting happened just before 11 p.m. Wednesday at a home located in the 3000 block of East 60th Street, which is near the intersection of East 60th Street and Agnes Avenue. According to police, the burglar was shot in the hand. The burglar was able to leave the scene, but showed up at an area hospital a short time later. His wound was not considered life-threatening.
  • Gun sales and training on the rise (Summarized version: obama voters burglarize homes)

    09/05/2011 12:15:40 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 14 replies
    The recent victim of an attempted armed robbery says she is taking measures to protect her family against crime by becoming more aware of her surroundings but some in Topeka are taking safety precautions a step further. Teresa, a resident of Topeka, avoided an attempted robbery Tuesday morning after she returned home to her driveway where a man armed with a gun approached her. Teresa says she began screaming and was able to get inside her home and lock the door then immediately called police. This has become an all too familiar scene over the last several months in Topeka,...
  • Charles Hanna: Proud to be an American(KS)

    09/02/2011 11:53:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    augustagazette.com ^ | 1 September, 2011 | Charles Hanna
    Augusta, Kan. — Readers may remember I recently wrote a column defending the image of the National Rifle Association of America in which I reviewed the origin, purpose, and contributions to the country by that organization. I am extremely concerned by the concerted effort of the past 30 years or so to denigrate, marginalize, and even criminalize many of the traditions, organizations, and activities that make us uniquely American. While researching a different subject in the Kansas State Adjutant General’s archives, I was impressed by what an integral part the National Rifle Association plays in the national defense, though it...
  • Boehner tells spineless Obama to take a hike

    09/01/2011 3:33:52 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 22 replies
    KCstar ^ | 9/1/11 | Yael T. Abouhalkah
    Once again, President Barack Obama has looked politically spineless and clueless in backing down to House Speaker John Boehner. For giddy Republicans, things couldn’t get any better. For depressed Democrats, things could hardly be worse. After Boehner taught Obama a lesson or two during the debt ceiling fiasco (“Read my lips, no new taxes, Mr. President”), the speaker basically told the president Wednesday he couldn’t talk to a joint meeting of Congress next week. And Obama meekly agreed to postpone the speech to the next night. This is the kind of meeting that should have been worked out in private,...
  • Kansas Planned Parenthood clinic will close Friday unless government funding restored

    08/30/2011 2:52:15 PM PDT · by topher · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 8-30-2011 | by John Jalsevac
    HAYS, Kansas, August 30, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Planned Parenthood says that a referral clinic in Hays, Kansas will close this Friday unless Planned Parenthood receives a guarantee that government funding for the clinic will be restored. Earlier this year, Kansas passed a law that allowed the state to reprioritize the distribution of Title X family planning funds to legitimate clinics and hospitals that don’t have ties to abortion. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri had been receiving $330,000 in public funds annually. This year those funds were disbursed to other clinics and hospitals that can supply family planning services without...
  • Police: Man who killed girl, self had been deported twice

    08/27/2011 7:20:32 AM PDT · by eccentric · 13 replies
    KSN News ^ | August 27, 2011 | KSN News
    WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police say the man who killed a six-year-old girl and shot her mom, sister and grandmother before turning the gun on himself had been deported from the country twice. Police originally said the man’s name was Valentin Vega-Soto, a 36-year-old Mexican national. However, after running a finger check, they realized that was his alias. His legal name is Joel Humberto Corrales Vega. They say after investigating further, they found he had been deported from the U.S. twice in the past and has a criminal history outside of Kansas. KSN has found records showing at least one...