August 27, 2014

Gov. says significant funds needed for schools

Danedri Thompson
Fully funding education will require “significant new funding,” Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said in a statement last week. Brownback’s statement comes on the heels of a Supreme Court ruling that will require the state legislature to fully …

Apple to leave Senate; tapped for commission

Pat Apple

Pat Apple

Danedri Thompson
Sen. Pat Apple, who represents the southern part of Gardner and Edgerton in the Kansas Legislature, will take a new role in Topeka. Gov. Sam Brownback named Apple to the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) on …

Local pages pose with Sen. Apple, Gov. Brownback

Submitted photo

Submitted photo

Pioneer Ridge Middle School students Sophia Pogue  and Patrick Beane  and Gardner Edgerton High School student Garrett Pogue pose for a photo with Sen. Pat Apple and Gov. Sam Brownback. The trio served as pages for Apple, who …

Court orders state of Kansas to increase school funding by July 1

Danedri Thompson
In a unanimous decision, the Kansas Supreme Court ordered the state of Kansas to provide additional funding to public education. The court ruled that the state’s current base state funding, $3,838 per weighted pupil, is not adequate.…

State representative files complaint against USD 231 school attorney

Bill Sutton

Bill Sutton

Danedri Thompson
Rep. Bill Sutton, R-Gardner, is requesting that the Kansas Disciplinary Administrator investigate USD 231 board of education attorney W. Joseph Hatley.
The Kansas Disciplinary Administrator’s Office is a state agency in the judicial branch working …

State nets record number of new biz formations

A record number of businesses formed in Kansas in 2013, according to the Annual Business Formation Report, released by the Secretary of State’s Office last week.
The report shows Kansas business filing trends over the last 10 years.
In 2013, …

Business update

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced that his office has awarded the first Human Trafficking Victim Assistance grants to five victims service providers in the state.
“As we continue to combat human trafficking in Kansas, more trafficking victims are …

State removed 29 meth makers from streets

Working closely with local law enforcement, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office continued taking meth manufacturers off the street at a steady pace during 2013, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Last year, the Kansas Attorney General’s office prosecuted 29 people …

New Century receives KDOT air funding

New Century AirCenter is one of 27 projects selected by the Kansas Department of Transportation to receive funding to enhance safety at public-use airports through the Kansas Airport Improvement Program. The New Century airport will receive $260,010 for repair and …

Global markets continue to play role in Kansas agriculture

Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses sold more than $4 billion in agriculture products to foreign customers in 2012. Data for 2012 is not yet available, but officials anticipate 2013 was a very good year for Kansas agricultural exports.
According to …