July 28, 2014

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …