October 13, 2015

State of Kansas receives $621,501 bonus from US Dept. of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the state of Kansas $621,501 in bonus funds for substantially improving its payment error rate in the food assistance program known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore announced. “When this administration started, the state of Kansas Continue Reading

Students elevated to office at Boys State

More than 450 young men from across the State of Kansas, all of whom will enter their senior year of high school this fall, participated in the 2015 session of the American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy (ALBSKLA). The event, in its 78th year, was held May 31 through June 6 at Kansas State Continue Reading

KS AG named to leadership of national association

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been elected vice president of the National Association of Attorneys General. Schmidt was elected to the post last week at the summer meeting for the national, nonpartisan professional organization that includes all 56 state and territorial attorneys general. He was nominated by the attorneys general representing states in the Continue Reading

Secretary of Commerce to step down

Kansas Secretary of Commerce Pat George will step down in July. George has served in the role since 2011. Gov. Sam Brownback, who appointed George, said he was grateful for George’s service to the state. “Through his leadership, the department of commerce has evolved into a world-class organization serving the needs of our existing businesses Continue Reading

Billboard campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking in KS

New billboards near Topeka, the Kansas City metropolitan area and Wichita announce to drivers that human trafficking occurs in Kansas. The statewide billboard campaign seeks to raise awareness and reporting of human trafficking. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office is partnering with Clear Channel Outdoors and Lamar Advertising to encourage the public to report suspicious Continue Reading

Officials confirm invasive species population in Paola lake

There are invasive zebra mussels in Paola City Lake, also known as Lake Miola. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism confirmed it after an angler snagged an old fishing rod with live adult zebra mussels attached to it. KDWPT officials say the mussels’ population appears to be well-established. There is no known method Continue Reading

Mosquitos carry risk of West Nile

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has documented a substantial increase in the number of mosquitoes within the past week, including the type of mosquitoes that can potentially spread West Nile virus. “Although the increase in mosquitoes after the substantial rain we have had is not unexpected,” said Dr. Ingrid Garrison, State Public Health Continue Reading

Local funeral director to lead association

Shane Brown, Gardner, was installed as the President-Elect of the Kansas Funeral Directors Association (KFDA) during a convention in Topeka last month. Brown and his family own Bruce Funeral Homes in Gardner and Spring Hill. He bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Kansas and a mortuary science degree from Kansas City Kansas Community Continue Reading

Memorial Day abroad

Gaylen Taylor, Gardner, celebrated Memorial Day by attending ceremonies in Margarten Netherlands. Taylor is a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the VFW 11234 . He is in Europe visiting his daughter and family and attending his granddaughter’s graduation.

Brownback signs 8 bills into law

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback last week signed the following eight bills into law. • HB 2155 – establishes the Kansas charitable gaming act; creates definitions and restrictions on fantasy sports leagues; and addresses specific aspects of the Kansas Lottery. • Senate Substitute for HB 2149 – addresses the Kansas program of medical assistance relating to Continue Reading