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  • Forecasters: Dangerous storms moving into Midwest

    04/14/2012 3:28:27 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 61 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 14, 2012 | AP
    Baseball-sized hail is tearing the siding off homes in northeast Nebraska, a tornado has touched down in Kansas and forecasters are warning residents across the nation's midsection to brace for "life threatening" storms. The National Weather Service says a rain-wrapped tornado touched down in southwest Kansas on Saturday afternoon, while at least three possible tornadoes were reported earlier in central Oklahoma. No injuries were immediately reported. But forecasters are expecting the most dangerous weather later in the day and are warning residents across the region of possible fast-moving tornadoes overnight. Officials say a large area spanning from Minnesota to Texas...
  • Tornado warning issued for northern Kansas

    04/14/2012 3:23:23 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 14 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 14, 2012 | AP
    The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for sections of north central Kansas Saturday afternoon after earlier reports of ripe conditions for storms across the heart of the country. The counties included in the warning are western Jewell County, Mitchell Couonty, Osborne County and Smith County, all in north central Kansas, according to the National Weather Service. The warning will last until 12:45 CDT. Earlier, for only the second time in U.S. history, the Storm Prediction Center issued a high-risk warning more than 24 hours in advance, said Russ Schneider, director of the center, which is part of the...
  • Wichita in tornado crosshairs.

    04/14/2012 8:16:57 PM PDT · by lmr · 78 replies
    ksn.com | 4-14-2012 | Self
    Severe Storms in Wichita. Large Tornado moving into Southwest part of city. Haysville, Derby, Wichita especially in the crosshairs. We're hunkered down here and prepared. It looks like it might miss us, but there are more storms expected tonight. Looks like a long evening. Stay Safe!
  • High Risk Of Severe Weather Saturday (Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa)

    04/13/2012 3:20:25 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 114 replies
    Wunderground.com ^ | 4/13/12 | Sean Tanner
    <p>The Storm Prediction Center has predicted a slight chance of severe weather for parts of Texas and Oklahoma this entire week, thus it should come as no surprise that the weekend holds the best chance of dangerous severe weather.</p> <p>The Storm Prediction Center has issued an upgraded, high chance of severe weather from central Oklahoma through eastern Kansas (see image below). In addition, there is a moderate risk of severe weather from western Texas through southern Iowa, and a slight risk in the greater area from central Texas through southern Wisconsin.</p>
  • New Technologies Put Kansas on Cusp of Oil Boom

    04/09/2012 12:37:12 PM PDT · by Rio · 32 replies
    Associated Press via Chem.info ^ | April 9, 2012 | ROXANA HEGEMAN
    The new-fangled wells are essentially vertical wells with a horizontal bend at the oil-rich lime formation. Fracking, a technique used in Kansas since 1947, pushes water and sand down the hole to open up natural fractures in the rock and increase permeability. That combination of old and new technologies allows producers to extract as much as five to 10 times more oil and gas from a horizontal well than a conventional vertical well. {snip} Drilling has only just begun. Barber and Harper counties are "ground zero" of an oil boom anticipated to spread north across a wide swath of the...
  • Doomsday shelters line Kansas missile silo

    04/09/2012 11:52:50 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 74 replies
    AFP/YahooNews ^ | 4/9/12 | Joe Lambe
    Tucked deep beneath the Kansas prairie, luxury condos are being built into the shaft of an abandoned missile silo to service anxious -- and wealthy -- people preparing for doomsday. So far, four buyers have plopped down a total of about $7 million for havens to flee to when disaster happens or the end is nigh. And developer Larry Hall has options to retro-fit three more Cold War-era silos when this one fills up. "They worry about events ranging from solar flares, to economic collapse, to pandemics to terrorism to food shortages," Hall told AFP on a tour of the...
  • Bank wants Missouri Rep. Cleaver [D-MO] to pay $1.5 million on car wash loan

    04/07/2012 12:46:12 PM PDT · by Justaham · 23 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | 4/6/12 | Steve Kraske and Dave Helling
    U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's car wash headache is raging once again. The bank that loaned the Kansas City congressman and his wife $1.3 million in 2002 to buy the Grandview Auto Wash at 12204 Blue Ridge Extension is now demanding payment of more than $1.5 million, after the Cleavers repeatedly fell behind on repaying the loan. The suit, filed last week in Jackson County Circuit Court, said the demand for repayment came after three attempts to delay foreclosure. Bank of America also is seeking attorney’s fees and a receiver to protect collateral. “The Cleaver Company failed and refused, and continues...
  • Kansas Sportsmen's Self Defense Bill Signed into Law

    04/04/2012 6:20:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    guns.com ^ | 30 March, 2012 | 13663
    Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed House Bill 2491, the Sportsmen's Self Defense bill into law. The bill would allow hunters, fishermen and fur harvesters to carry a handgun in the field. The bill passed in the House by an overwhelming 113 to 8 vote in February, the state Senate passed the bill unanimously on March 15 before it was sent to the governors guest. The commonsense bill would allow an individual to carry a handgun for person protection while hunting, fishing or trapping as long as it is used for personal protection and not the unauthorized taking of wildlife....
  • Kansas Beats Kentucky: $139,000 vs. $127,000 for a Degree in Gender Studies

    04/02/2012 4:54:25 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    Kansas Beats Kentucky: $139,000 vs. $127,000 for a Degree in Gender Studies By Thomas Cloud April 2, 2012 (CNSNews.com) - You can spend four years earning a degree in “Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies” at the University of Kansas or a degree in "Gender and Women's Studies" at the University of Kentucky. But the degree will cost you more at Kansas if you are an out-of-state student that it will at Kentucky. At Kansas, according to the College Board, tuition plus room and board is currently $21,446 per year for an in-state student and $34,832 for an out-of-state student. At...
  • Motor home crash kills 5 in northeast Kansas

    04/01/2012 8:47:34 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 20 replies
    AP via FoxNews ^ | April 1, 2012 | AP
    YNDON, Kan. – A packed motor home headed from Texas to Minnesota crashed Sunday morning in northeast Kansas, killing five people and sending 13 others to hospitals. The Kansas Highway Patrol said the northbound vehicle was filled with 18 people and pulling a trailer when the driver lost control at 9 a.m. on Interstate 35.
  • Ten questions for the Council on American Islamic Relations

    03/22/2012 3:09:45 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    FreePressers ^ | 22 March 2012 | Brigitte Gabriel and Frank Gaffney
    The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has launched a propaganda campaign attacking a state legislative initiative that is designed to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans, including Muslims. That initiative is known as American Laws for American Courts (ALAC).
  • Obama’s Outrageous DOL Rules Will Restrict Minors From Working on Family Farms – Killing Farm Life

    03/21/2012 9:40:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 113 replies
    gateway ^ | March 21, 2012, | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama is committed to killing off the family farm – an American tradition. For generations children and adults have worked together on the family farm. Those days are over. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today introduced the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act, to prevent the Department of Labor (DOL) from enacting its controversial proposed restrictions that would ban children from working on family farms. Senator Thune spoke out against the Obama Administration’s proposed labor rules for youth who work on farms and ranches on the Senate floor. The Obama Administration’s rules are so strict they would...
  • Obama to visit Cushing, OK on Thurs. morning, Protests planned

    03/21/2012 12:09:45 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 18 replies
    CUSHING, Okla. -- The President is scheduled to speak in Payne County this Thursday morning. It may be rural Oklahoma, but when it comes to pipelines, it's the Capitol. The President is expected to talk about energy, though many in that industry are not impressed. They are even planning to protest his visit, calling it a political ploy more than a genuine interest. Mike Cantrell with the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance says, "For the last three years he's been anti-fossil fuels." Mickey Thompson, an energy industry expert and political analyst, says, "He calls our industry an industry of the past...
  • Teen Set on Fire in Racial Attack; Media Silent

    03/21/2012 11:07:54 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 30 replies
    the new american.com ^ | Thursday, 01 March 2012
    “This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy.” So spewed the attackers of Melissa Coon’s 13-year-old son, as they doused him with gasoline and set him alight. Police, they say, are “investigating” whether this is a hate crime. Yes, and I’m investigating whether the media is biased and if hate-crime law is applied equally. I’ll get back to you on that — in about two paragraphs. The attack on the boy took place on the east side of Kansas City, Missouri. Fox 4 Kansas City provides some (sanitized) details, writing, “The victim is a student at...
  • Kansas food stamp policy becomes a political tangle

    03/15/2012 4:41:41 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Mar. 15, 2012 | Laura Bauer and Brad Cooper
    Months after a new Kansas policy cut food stamps going to thousands of children, some lawmakers are mounting efforts to help those families. But they’re finding it’s difficult when the issue involves families with some members who are living in the country illegally. Legislative leaders don’t appear eager to tackle any illegal immigration issue in an election year. Earlier this week, senators in Topeka proposed an amendment to the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services budget that ultimately could have restored some aid to the children who are U.S. citizens but whose parents are illegal immigrants. But on Wednesday, the...
  • The Wichita Lineman

    03/13/2012 3:54:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2011 | Mike Adams
    The phone lines at Wichita State University (WSU) have apparently been down for well over a decade. At least it appears that way after WSU blatantly violated a twelve-year old Supreme Court ruling in its efforts to curtail religious expression across its state-supported campus. Fortunately, my friend and attorney David French of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has intervened. He re-established contact with WSU and helped usher them into the 21st Century by slowly explaining the First Amendment to bewildered state officials. The problem began when WSU enacted a rule that prohibited any "non-scholarly religious" student group...
  • Concealed carry item gets a nod(KS)

    03/13/2012 5:05:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1+ views
    http://hutchnews.com/Todaystop/BC-KS-XGR--Concealed-Weapons-1st-Ld-Writet-20120312-17-28-17 | 12 March, 2012 | AP
    TOPEKA -- Gun owners who have a Kansas concealed-carry permit would be allowed to bring their weapons into more public buildings under a bill approved Monday by the state House. The House's 74-50 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where it's likely to get a cool reception. House members rewrote the bill so that it's not as strong as its supporters initially wanted, but it still faces opposition from many local governments and higher education officials.
  • Santorum projected winner of Kansas GOP caucuses

    03/10/2012 12:41:12 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 10, 2012
    Rick Santorum is the projected winner of the Kansas Republican presidential caucuses, sweeping to victory over his three opponents by an overwhelming margin.  With 53 percent of precincts reporting, Santorum was well ahead with 52 percent. Mitt Romney trailed with 18 percent, followed by Newt Gingrich with 17 percent.  Ron Paul was in last place with 12 percent. 
  • Santorum kicking tail in Kansas Caucus (March 10)

    03/10/2012 12:39:12 PM PST · by Antoninus · 33 replies
    Google Election Map - 3-10-12 | 3-10-12 | Antoninus
    With 65% of the vote counted, here are the breakdowns: Santorum 53.2% (8,163) Romney 17.1% (2,626) Gingrich 15.5% (2,386) Paul 13.2% (2,031) See the Google map here for updates: Kansas Primary Results Fox has called it for Santorum: Santorum projected winner of Kansas GOP caucuses
  • Vote for Santorum in Kansas and Wyoming Caucuses today!!

    03/10/2012 11:53:26 AM PST · by Steelers6 · 8 replies
    Fox News Election Page ^ | March 10, 2012 | Steelers6
    That is what's on the calendar for today. Gingrich way back.
  • Santorum Strong in Kansas (Caucuses TODAY!!)

    03/10/2012 6:08:10 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 39 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 9 March 2012 | The Daily Beast
    Santorum Strong in Kansas Rick Santorum looks set for a comfortable lead in the state of Kansas, which holds its caucuses Saturday with 40 delegates up for grabs. "We chased all the candidates out of Kansas!" Santorum said Friday. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have skipped the state to focus on Alabama and Mississippi, with their primaries on Tuesday. Santorum is expected to win the state even though Bob Dole, the former GOP presidential candidate from Kansas, endorsed Romney earlier this week.
  • Solid in Kansas, Santorum Seeks to Build Margin [“We Chased All The Candidates Out of Kansas!”]

    03/09/2012 8:52:44 PM PST · by Steelfish · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 09, 2012 | TRIP GABRIEL
    Solid in Kansas, Santorum Seeks to Build Margin By TRIP GABRIEL March 9, 2012 WICHITA, Kan. — “We chased all the candidates out of Kansas!” Rick Santorum boomed as he took the podium one day before Saturday’s caucuses in the state, which his two leading rivals are not seriously pursuing. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have largely bypassed Kansas and its 40 delegates to the Republican convention, instead focusing on the bigger prizes of Alabama and Mississippi, whose primaries are on Tuesday. But that did not stop Mr. Santorum from laying into both rivals with biting words as he sought...
  • In Mississippi, Santorum Makes Case For Two-Man Race [Romney Advisers:"Act of God" To Deny Him]

    03/07/2012 10:00:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    MSNBC ^ | March 08, 2012 | Andrew Rafferty and Alex Moe
    In Mississippi, Santorum Makes Case For Two-Man Race By NBC's Andrew Rafferty JACKSON, Miss. -- Rick Santorum called on Mississippi voters to deliver the knockout blow that would end Newt Gingrich's candidacy and make it a two-man race between Mitt Romney and the former Pennsylvania senator for the Republican nomination. "You have an opportunity here in Mississippi to narrow this race, narrow this race to a conservative versus the insider moderate. I ask you here tonight to stand with me," Santorum told a crowd of 300 at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum on Wednesday. "If we win Mississippi, this...
  • Doctor struggles to fill role of slain Kansas abortion provider [Take Zofran before reading]

    03/06/2012 12:19:24 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | 3/5/12 | Jenny Deam
    Dr. Mila Means aims to succeed Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, but so far an antiabortion movement has thwarted her at every turn. -snip- Means continues her family practice and tries not to think about Tiller's abortion equipment gathering dust in the basement. To this day she has not performed a single abortion.
  • Gingrich plans to campaign in Kansas

    03/02/2012 11:04:03 PM PST · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    Topeka Capital Journal ^ | March 2, 2012 - 8:46pm | Tim Carpenter
    Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich intends to make a two-day campaign swing through Kansas in conjunction with the March 10 statewide caucus. Gingrich, who has devoted much of his attention to home state Georgia, is expected to appear next Friday morning at Kansas Republican Party headquarters, 2605 S.W. 21st, in Topeka and meet over the noon hour with legislators at the Capitol. "It's confirmed," said Clay Barker, executive director of the state's Republican Party. Forty delegates from Kansas are on the line. Voting will occur at 99 caucus sites on Saturday, March 10. The vote in Kansas will be the...
  • Apparent Tornado Strikes Harveyville; 11 Injured (Kansas)

    02/29/2012 5:43:39 AM PST · by nuconvert
    Authorities say 11 people were injured after an apparent tornado caused heavy damage to the eastern Kansas town of Harveyville. Sharon Watson is a spokeswoman for the Kansas Adjutant General's office that oversees emergency operations. She says three people were critically injured in the storm late Tuesday, and eight others suffered minor injuries. Many of them were taken to a Topeka hospital. Harveyville is a town of about 250 people southwest of Topeka. Watson says about 40 percent of the town suffered damage. Homes were reduced to rubble, with power lines down and gas service out across the city. Gov....
  • US Air Force cancels deal for Brazilian-made aircraft

    02/29/2012 3:09:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | 29 February 2012
    US Air Force cancels deal for Brazilian-made aircraft AFP - The US Air Force has canceled a $355 million contract for a light attack aircraft made by Brazil's Embraer, saying it would open an investigation after protests from a rival US aerospace firm, officials said Tuesday. The contract for 20 Embraer AT-29 Super Tucano aircraft was awarded in December as part of plans to arm the Afghan military amid a NATO troop drawdown. But the US Air Force said it was not "satisfied" with the paperwork supporting the decision to hand the project to US-based Sierra Nevada Corporation, in partnership...
  • I-Team Investigation: Smoke detector law ignored in Garden City

    02/23/2012 9:41:51 AM PST · by eccentric · 7 replies
    KSN.COM ^ | Feb. 22, 2012 | Justin Kraemer
    GARDEN CITY, Kansas (KSN) -- Mike Savoy vividly recalls tucking his daughter Bryn in for bed the night of January 8th. “I asked her for a kiss,” remembers Savoy. “She was mad at me so she said ‘no.’” Normally Savoy would relentlessly tease and torment his 6-year-old girl until she relented. This time he didn’t. “But I wish I would have, you know? It was my last chance,” said Savoy. After playing with his baby Madelyn, Mike wasn’t feeling well and left. He was living apart from his wife, Nichole, but saw his family everyday. He planned to bring them...
  • Chickens at Speaker Gingrich rally in Georgia

    02/17/2012 5:09:27 PM PST · by VinL · 36 replies
    Gretawire ^ | 2-17-12 | Greta
    FNC’s Joy Lin snapped these pictures of two “chickens” at a rally for Speaker Newt Gingrich in Peachtree City, Georgia. One is wearing a Romney shirt and the other a Santorum shirt…note the signs they are holding.
  • 8 Kansas Legislators Endorse Gingrich For President

    02/17/2012 5:33:29 PM PST · by Red Steel · 13 replies · 2+ views
    wibw ^ | 6:16 AM Feb 17, 2012 | Chris Fisher
    OPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Eight Kansas legislators have endorsed former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Gingrich's campaign announced the endorsements Thursday. The Republican lawmakers include two state senators _ Ray Merrick, of Stilwell, and Rob Olson, of Olathe. Six Kansas House members have endorsed Gingrich as well. They are Anthony Brown, of Eudora; Mario Goico, of Wichita;
  • In Kansas, a bill to protect religious freedom angers gays (Culture wars cannot be avoided)

    02/17/2012 6:47:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/17/2012 | Tina Korbe
    The Department of Health and Human Services has states spooked. At least, legislators in Kansas cited the administration's contraception mandate as a reason to expedite passage of a bill to protect religious freedoms: Supporters of a proposal in Kansas that’s described as an attempt to protect religious freedoms told state legislators Tuesday that President Obama’s ill-fated mandate for insurance coverage of birth control is a compelling example of why the measure is needed. …The state House Judiciary Committee had a hearing on the proposed Preservation of Religious Freedom Act and is expected to vote on it by Monday. State Rep....
  • Eligibility verification bill in Kansas past committee; needs support

    02/16/2012 10:46:27 PM PST · by edge919 · 20 replies
    Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | 02/16/2012 | edge919
    The elections committee in the Kansas House just passed a an eligibility bill requiring state and federal candidates to show a certified copy of their birth certificate as proof of citizenship. This coincides with a similar effort in Kansas on voter identification. "A House committee approved a bill Wednesday requiring candidates for state and federal office to provide proof of citizenship, a reflection of the "birther" movement raising questions of President Barack Obama's status as a U.S. citizen." - - - "The objective of the bill, he said, should be to require proof of citizenship for state and federal candidates...
  • Explosives found in truck parked near Kansas Statehouse

    02/16/2012 4:50:55 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 22 replies
    LJWorld.com ^ | February 15, 2012, 12:57 p.m. | By John Hanna
    Topeka — Several homemade bombs were found Wednesday in a pickup truck parked near the Kansas Statehouse that had specialty license plates issued only to U.S. military paratroopers, and police said they arrested the owner inside an underground tunnel connecting the Capitol to an office building. Capitol Police spokesman Patrick Saleh said the incident was not connected to another arrest Wednesday of a man who allegedly phoned in a threat to Gov. Sam Brownback’s office from a Topeka motel. “Neither one of them was armed, and neither of them offered any resistance,” Saleh said. Saleh said officers went to investigate...
  • Amid protests, Kobach pushes immigration laws

    02/16/2012 7:05:48 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    Kansas.com ^ | , Feb. 16, 2012 | BRENT D. WISTROM
    TOPEKA — With protesters chanting and pounding drums outside the Capitol, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, one of the nation’s most prominent advocates of illegal immigration crackdowns, urged lawmakers Wednesday to force employers and law enforcement officers to help chase off illegal immigrants. “There’s no question that if a state passes laws to discourage illegal immigration … then you will see some self-deportation,” Kobach told the House State and Federal Affairs Committee. The protesters outside said those laws are more likely to produce discrimination, worker shortages and costly lawsuits. “If Mr. Kobach, who is promoting, not only here in Kansas...
  • Eisenhower's Family Objects to Memorial Design

    02/07/2012 7:57:00 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 67 replies
    Newser ^ | Feb 7 2012 | John Johnson
    A memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower is scheduled to be unveiled on the Washington Mall in 2015, but first a thorny dispute needs to be resolved between Eisenhower's family and renowned architect Frank Gehry. Ike's relatives think Gehry's design—which features a statue of Eisenhower as boy in Kansas looking out on vistas of his future accomplishments—as a country bumpkin. They are demanding changes before the project moves forward, and Gehry has yet to comment publicly, notes the New York Times. (The AP had a similar story last month.) “He was chief of staff of the Army; he was a two-term...
  • Kansas Board Denies Colonel Lakin License to Practice

    02/06/2012 8:19:50 PM PST · by James Thomas · 53 replies · 1+ views
    KCTV ^ | February 2, 2012 | Dana Wright, Kelly Just, DeAnn Smith
    TOPEKA, KS (KCTV) - A Kansas board that denied a licensed doctor of osteopathic medicine a license was primarily concerned about the man's political views. The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts is a 15-member panel appointed by the governor and decides the fate of doctors in Kansas. Terrence Lee Lakin rose to the ranks of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. He served on the front lines in Afghanistan and the war zone in Bosnia as well as a medical mission to Honduras. He saved lives around the world and received a Bronze Star for his service. "I like...
  • Lawmakers won’t review concealed carry for blind(KS)

    02/02/2012 7:50:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies · 1+ views
    ljworld.com ^ | 1 February, 2012 | Chad Lawhorn
    A little-known provision in Kansas law that allows the blind and other people with serious physical infirmities to carry concealed weapons in public places likely will not get reviewed by state lawmakers this session. Kansas legislators are expected to debate a proposal that would allow concealed carry permit holders to bring their guns onto college campuses and into many public buildings. But the chief proponent of that bill said Wednesday he has no plans to introduce legislation that would clarify a 2010 law change that removed the ability of the Kansas Attorney General to deny a concealed carry license based...
  • Mixed signals on illegal immigrants in Kansas

    02/02/2012 12:27:09 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    Kansas City Star&#8206; - ^ | February 2, 2012 | Barb Shelly
    Duck if you’re headed into the state of Kansas. Mixed signals are flying fast. On the subject of undocumented immigrants, officials are all over the place. The secretary of agriculture wants to put them to work. The secretary of state wants to deport them. The governor vows to eradicate child poverty while taking food aid from the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants. Are we confused yet? Let’s start with the simplest piece. That would be Secretary of State Kris Kobach, whose position on illegal immigrants never changes. He wants them gone, period. The legal eagle is always very busy helping...
  • Agriculture interests stir immigration policy

    01/31/2012 10:00:39 AM PST · by FroedrickVonFreepenstein · 1 replies
    Topeka Capitol Journal ^ | January 28, 2012 - 5:21pm | Tim Carpenter
    Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman gets an earful from farmers and ranchers struggling to fill job vacancies. It is an economic calling, he said, worthy of thinking outside of the box. The cry of desperation from large dairies and feedlots is that loud. "You've got to listen to your customers," said Rodman, a veteran corporate agriculture executive comfortable wearing a cowboy hat in the Statehouse. He has traveled as secretary to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico in an attempt to recruit people interested in agriculture careers in Kansas. That shows promise, but the payoff would be slow. He also...
  • State bill proposes right to carry concealed weapons on campus(KS barf alert)

    01/30/2012 1:56:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    kansan.com ^ | 29 January, 2012 | Rachel Salyer
    A bill in the Kansas House of Federal and State Affairs Committee would allow concealed carry permit holders to bring firearms onto college and university campuses. The committee heard testimony Wednesday and Thursday on House Bill 2353, introduced by Rep. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona. Under the current law, public and private buildings may prohibit entry of permit holders’ firearms with signs posted at every entrance, which the University currently does. According to the new bill, public places would not be able to prohibit firearms by licensed carriers unless it had “adequate security measures,” including security guards and metal detectors at all...
  • Kansas ag secretary asks DHS to legitimize illegal immigrant farm labor

    01/30/2012 6:24:19 AM PST · by Reagan is King · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2012 | David Martosko
    Faced with a shortage of hired hands, Kansas ranchers and farmers are appealing to their state’s secretary of agriculture for a solution. And he says he has one: hiring illegal immigrants. It’s an idea that’s unorthodox enough to turn heads but practical enough to justify a series of meetings with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security — a meeting which Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman told the Topeka Capital-Journal he has attended. His goal is for the state government to organize a network of illegal immigrants and willing employers into a hiring network. No such arrangement, of course, can go...
  • Bob Dole beatdown: Nominating Newt would cause “an Obama landslide”

    01/26/2012 2:21:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/26/12 | Joe Garofoli
    Former Senate Majority Leader — and 1996 GOP Presidential nominee – Bob Dole just tore into Newt Gingrich with an open letter that violates Reagan’s 11th Commandment so many times, Bob Dole will be in the confessional until Easter. ... .. Hardly anyone who served with Newt in Congress has endorsed him and that fact speaks for itself. He was a one-man-band who rarely took advice. It was his way or the highway. ... Gingrich had a new idea every minute and most of them were off the wall. He loved picking a fight with Bill Clinton because he knew...
  • Kansas slashes food aid for children of illegal immigrants

    01/21/2012 11:52:44 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 36 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | Jan. 22, 2012 | LAURA BAUER
    Pedro moved to the Kansas City area about 13 years ago and has held the same job for 11. Though he sometimes struggles to pay bills, he knows most people think he should receive no public aid. He’s an illegal immigrant. He doesn’t deserve handouts. He understands that. “I’ve never asked for anything for myself,” said Pedro, who didn’t want his last name used to protect his family. “Never. I just work. Work hard.” A new debate swirling around Kansas, though, isn’t about Pedro. It’s about two of his three children. They were born here, and one day they will...
  • 5 Unusual Sales Taxes You Need To Avoid

    01/17/2012 1:03:02 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies
    Financial Edge/Investopedia.com ^ | January 12, 2012 | Brian O'Connell
    5 Unusual Sales Taxes You Need To Avoid With the economy still struggling, states are getting fairly crafty with how they charge consumers via sales taxes. It's no secret that dubious, yet all-too enforceable government laws have been with us since the dawn of the civilized world. In ancient Egypt, the pharaohs taxed cooking oil – of course, the main seller of cooking oil was the pharaoh. During the first century AD, the Roman empire taxed urine – a popular source of ammonia for common tasks like tanning hides and cleaning clothes. Then at the height of the Dark Ages...
  • Trio of gun-rights bills up for debate(KS)

    01/16/2012 7:27:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    cjonline.com ^ | 15 January, 2012 | Andy Marso cjonline.com Copyright 2012 CJ Online. All rights reserved. This material may not b
    An unlikely trio of House members has introduced an eclectic trio of gun-rights bills — one of which is a direct challenge to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other big-city mayors. With the support and aid of the Kansas State Rifle Association, Reps. Jana Goodman, Connie O'Brien and Jim Kelly came into the session locked and loaded, on a mission to make Kansas legally safer for gun sellers, gun manufacturers and corrections officers who want to conceal and carry. “It’s in the Constitution, and that right should be defended for self-protection,” Goodman said when asked why she is...
  • Condominiums built in former missile silo

    01/13/2012 8:51:02 AM PST · by Kartographer · 15 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | Miles Doran
    Four years ago, Larry Hall purchased an abandoned Atlas F missile silo in central Kansas. Today he is turning it into a doomsday survival condominium complex.
  • 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...