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Tax Hike Would Fund County Controlled Health Department

KSAL StaffJuly 9, 2013

Saline County Commissioners are proposing taking full responsibility for the health department, and raising taxes to fund it. Saline County sent a letter to the City of Salina late Tuesday afternoon, outlining its plan. The county is asking the city to pay $500,000 toward the repair of the current building. Effective January 1st, the health department will become solely a county agency. Last wee...

Salina Patriot Business Program Expanding Statewide

KSAL StaffJuly 9, 2013

Saline County will formally commit to supporting Kansas National Guard Service Members and their families at a Community Covenant Signing on Wednesday. In addition, a presentation and formal announcement regarding the Patriot Business Program's growth to the state and soon to be national level will be made. In attendance will be Mary Nesbitt, State Family Program Director for the Kansas National ...

Kansas State School Board Seeks $670M Increase

KSAL StaffJuly 9, 2013

Kansas State Board of Education members are asking state legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback to increase school funding in the next state budget by more than $670 million.The request, approved by a 7-3 vote Tuesday afternoon, asks legislators to boost education spending starting next year by more than 20 percent. The request includes general state aid and money for professional development and scho...

Multiple Drownings During First Week Of July

KSAL StaffJuly 9, 2013

Over a dozen people have drowned in Kansas this summer. Each year, millions of people enjoy spending time at Kansas lakes and rivers and return home with happy memories to share with others. Sadly, outdoor fun turned fatal for five people who drowned in Kansas waters the first week of July – including four who perished over the extended July 4th holiday. This brings the number of people who hav...

City, County Still At Odds Over Health Department

KSAL StaffJuly 9, 2013

Saline County Commissioners Tuesday discussed the status of the Salina / Saline County Health Department. The county has been at odds with the City of Salina over the future of the organization. A structure problem with the roof caused the agency to close over a year ago, on May 31, 2012. Since that time, city and county commissioners have been trying to come up with a plan for a permanent faci...

Kansas Common Core Standard Foes Focus On Tests

KSAL StaffJuly 9, 2013

Opponents of multistate reading and math standards adopted for Kansas public schools are pushing the state school board not to join other states to develop annual tests to measure how well students learn. Critics of the Common Core standards urged the board Tuesday to rely on a center for educational testing at the University of Kansas to develop the annual tests. Education Commissioner Diane ...

Troopers Assist Over 1,500 Motorists

KSAL StaffJuly 9, 2013

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers assisted 1,559 motorists over the Independence Day holiday reporting period. The reporting period for the holiday weekend ran from 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. During that time, the Patrol worked one fatal crash, which resulted in one death. That crash was not alcohol-related. The Patrol did not work any DUI-related crashes ...

Kansas Considers Tolls for KC-Area Highways

KSAL StaffJuly 9, 2013

Kansas officials are considering the long-term possibility of adding toll costs to some Kansas highways in the Kansas City area. The Kansas Department of Transportation says tolls may be an option decades from now for commuters on parts of Interstate 35, Kansas 10 and other highways on the Kansas side of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Express lanes for drivers willing to pay more to avoid tr...

Hoffman Bike Stolen

KSAL StaffJuly 9, 2013

A bike is stolen from a front yard. Salina Police are looking for someone who removed a black, Hoffman bicycle with baby blue rims from a yard in the 400 block of Montrose. The owner told officers it was not locked up and was taken sometime Monday evening between 7:15pm and 9pm. The bike is valued at $500. ...

Kansas State School Board Reviewing Budget Issues

KSAL StaffJuly 9, 2013

Kansas State Board of Education members are pondering how much additional funding for public schools they'll seek next year. The agenda for the board's meeting Tuesday includes a discussion of boosting general state aid and money for professional development and school lunch programs during the fiscal year that starts in July 2014. One proposal would raise the state's base aid to school district...

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