February 12, 2016

Blazers in state semis after big win

Dave Switzer Special to The Gardner News While Gardner Edgerton’s defense has played well this year, it has usually been in the shadow of the Blazers high powered offense. But not in this week’s playoff win against Shawnee Heights. Defensive coordinator Kris Henry’s unit had three quarterback sacks, forced four turnovers, and limited the T-Bird Continue Reading

Kansas Board of Ed seeks $525 million to fund new programs

Gene Meyer KansasReporter TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas State Board of Education members voted Tuesday to ask state legislators for at least $525 million in additonal money to help fund 10 state-required education programs to levels specified in state statutes. The move, which followed rejection of a motion to only request a more modest $67 million Continue Reading

U.S. courts allow pension contract changes, researcher says

Gene Meyer KansasReporter TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas lawmakers preparing next week to resume efforts to mend the state’s underfunded teachers’ pension plan may have more leeway than they realize, according to new legal research commissioned by a conservative Kansas think tank. In a study of U.S. Supreme Court rulings commissioned by the Kansas Policy Institute, of Continue Reading

Transport program will offer local loans

Gene Meyer Kansas Reporter TOPEKA, Kan. – Local Kansas governments will soon be able to tap the state’s $8.2 billion transportation plan for help with local highway projects, the Kansas Department of Transportation said Wednesday. Department officials announced they are using $25 million of new T-Works transportation funds to reprime a special Transportation Revolving Fund Continue Reading

Health plan review grant will hire consultants

Gene Meyer Kansas Reporter TOPEKA — Kansas will spend most of a new $1 million federal grant to clamp down on health plan premiums to hire consultants to measure the problem, according to state insurance regulators’ documents. The money, which is six times more than the $166,235 the state spends annually to review rising health Continue Reading

August tax revenues higher than projected

Gene Meyer Kansas Reporter TOPEKA – Kansas retail sales tax collections appeared to jump about 20 percent last month. But it is still too soon to tell if that will heal the state’s wounded budget, say officials waiting this week for a more complete look at the numbers. A preliminary report released last week by the Continue Reading

KDOT considers Amtrak expansion

Gene Meyer Kansas Reporter TOPEKA — Transportation planners have narrowed their proposals for expanded Amtrak passenger rail service across Kansas to two possible routes, the Kansas Department of Transportation said last week. The more expensive route would offer daytime service between Kansas City and Fort Worth for a projected 174,000 passengers annually over the same Continue Reading

State courts to conduct new efficiency study

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The Kansas Supreme Court will conduct a comprehensive review of the administration and efficiency of the Kansas courts, Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss announced on Sept. 8. The study will be the first of its kind since a 1974 study that led to the unification of state courts in 1977. “For the Continue Reading

KS to retain Bombadier

Gene Meyer Kansas Reporter TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson and top executives of aircraft giant Bombardier Inc. said July 22 they’ve agreed in principle on a pact to keep production of a new Learjet based in Wichita. Details of the proposal,  and of incentives Kansas may be offering to keep help keep production of the Continue Reading

Home sales slowed in Kansas in June

Gene Meyer Kansas Reporter TOPEKA — Home sales in Kansas slowed in June, just as they did in the rest of the nation, Realtors report. The winding down of national home buyers’ tax credit programs in April contributed to the slower sales, industry executives said. Kansas home sales totaled 3,359 units in June, barely changed Continue Reading