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Two Officers Promoted

By ksal-staff On Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:43:39

Two Officers Promoted

The Salina Police Department is promoting two longtime officers to the rank of Sergeant. In a news release, Chief Brad Nelson has announced that Sean Furbeck and Gary Hanus will be promoted on Friday to Sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division. Furbeck is a 25-year veteran of SPD and has w...

 
 

Salina Man Involved In Fatal Crash

By ksal-staff On Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:50:40

Salina Man Involved In Fatal Crash

A Salina man was hurt in a head-on crash early Wednesday morning that killed another man. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 55-year-old Gerald Wolken from Greeley, Kansas, was driving a 1988 Ford F 250 pickup truck headed west on Kansas 68 Highway. He swerved left of center and hit an oncom...

 
 

Lottery Spending Up, Casino Down

By associated-press On Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:33:45

Lottery Spending Up, Casino Down

Kansans spent more than a million dollars more last year to buy lottery tickets than they did the previous year. But revenues were down at two of the state's three casinos. The Kansas Lottery's report to the Legislature Tuesday shows sales of lottery tickets totaled $245.7 million last year. T...

 
 

“Commodity Classic” Farm Event

By associated-press On Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:31:09

“Commodity Classic” Farm Event

Kansas farm groups are planning to gather next month for their annual Commodity Classic convention. The free event begins at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan. Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey will be speaking at a joint morning session with the Women Ma...

 
 

Capital Murder Trial Scheduled

By associated-press On Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:28:08

Capital Murder Trial Scheduled

A man will face a capital murder charge when he is tried next year in the fatal shooting of a Topeka police officer. Ross Preston Lane was bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing Tuesday in the death of Topeka police Cpl. Jason Harwood. The trial was scheduled for Jan. 11. Coroner Cha...

 
 

Low Oil Prices Bad For State Revenue

By associated-press On Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:19:55

Low Oil Prices Bad For State Revenue

Although falling gas prices are reducing the amount of oil severance taxes Kansas is expected to collect, state lawmakers say there's a bright spot to the otherwise dim projections. Residents will have more money in their pockets to spend on other things. Kansas Legislative Research Department ec...

 
 

New Saline County Commission Meets

By toddpittenger On Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:15:01

New Saline County Commission Meets

Among other things, the Saline County Commission reorganized when the new 5-person board met for their first scheduled meeting Tuesday. Monte Shadwick is the new commission chair, Jim Gile is the vice-chair, and John Price is the secretary. After discussing reorganization, commissioners then d...

 
 

Kansas Birth Rate in 2013 Lowest Since Recording Began

By ksal-staff On Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:07:25

Kansas Birth Rate in 2013 Lowest Since Recording Began

An annual report says the Kansas birth rate in 2013 was the lowest since the state began keeping birth records in 1912. The Wichita Eagle reports an annual vital statistics reports says the Kansas rate was 13.4 per 1,000, a drop of 4.3 percent from 2012. Kansas State professor Laszlo Kulcsar, ...

 
 

State Fair Working On New Master Plan

By associated-press On Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:02:47

State Fair Working On New Master Plan

Kansas State Fair officials have begun the process of forming a new master plan to address renovations at the aging fairgrounds. Fair Manager Denny Stoecklein says the plan could address issues such as a rarely-used racetrack to updating the Depression-era Bison Arena and an Expo Center built in ...

 
 

Owner Admits Illegal Dumping

By associated-press On Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:35:20

Owner Admits Illegal Dumping

The owner of an El Dorado plastics recycling company will be sentenced March 30 for dumping hazardous waste chemicals. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Brian Riley, of Andover, also was ordered to pay $118,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency. Riley pleaded guilty Monday to negligent exp...

 
 
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