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Students break ground Wednesday.

Playground Project Gets Off the Ground

KSAL StaffMay 15, 2013

A unique playground project is a step closer to becoming a reality. Ground was broke Wednesday morning for a new fully accessible playground at Coronado Elementary School. The school was chosen as the location due to Coronado serving the greatest population of kids with severe and multiple disabilities in the county. The project is being championed by the Salina AMBUCs organization. According t...

A Lyons man gets a nearly 20 year prison term in a sex crimes case.

Lyons Man Sentenced In Sex Crimes Case

KSAL StaffMay 15, 2013

A Lyons man gets a nearly 20 year prison term in a sex crimes case. According to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office, 34-year-old Jeffrey S. Redding was sentenced Wednesday to 17½ years in prison after pleading no contest to charges of rape and aggravated indecent liberties. Chief Judge Mike Keeley sentenced Redding in Rice County District Court to a total of 210 months in the Kansas...

A torch that will ultimately end up at the Special Olympics games in Wichita was carried through the streets of Salina on Wednesday.

Torch Run Weaves Through Salina

KSAL StaffMay 15, 2013

A torch that will ultimately end up at the Special Olympics games in Wichita was carried through the streets of Salina on Wednesday. The Saline County leg of the Special Olympics Torch Run weaved through town Wednesday morning. The final destination for the torch is Wichita, for the Kansas Special Olympic games. On Friday May 31st it will arrive at Cessna Stadium to signify the start of a weeken...

A Salina woman dies in a fatal 2-car accident yesterday.

Passenger Dies in 2 Car Crash

KSAL StaffMay 15, 2013

A Salina woman dies in a fatal 2-car accident yesterday. Salina Police say 78-year-old Dorothy Kempton died from injuries sustained in an accident that occurred at the intersection of Stapler and Indiana on Tuesday evening at 5:40pm. Police say an SUV collided with a car she was a passenger in, at an uncontrolled intersection near Indian Rock Park. Kempton was transported to Salina Regional Hea...

Sheriff’s Plan Calls for Savings with Staff Reduction

KSAL StaffMay 15, 2013

Sheriff Glen Kochanowski reacted to a story in today's Salina Journal - that was centered on staff size and the use of the recently closed juvenile center. The Sheriff tells KSAL News that he has been working on a proposal to shrink his staff, and find a way to use the old juvenile center for low risk weekend inmates, "We're willing to give up 3 positions at this time," he said. "Which would sav...

Silent Woman Turns up in Kansas, Now Jailed

KSAL StaffMay 15, 2013

A Texas woman who's been aimlessly roaming Hutchinson for several weeks, refusing to talk and rebuffing offers of help, now at least has shelter at the county jail after being arrested for criminal trespass. Police Sgt. Eric Buller said that police have identified her as 52-year-old Theresa M. Thomas of Dallas. He says she arrived in the south-central Kansas city a month ago on a bus. She communi...

Kansas GOP Leaders Say Talks on Tax Issues Stalled

KSAL StaffMay 15, 2013

The Kansas Legislature's top Republican leaders are acknowledging that their private negotiations on tax issues have hit an impasse. Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita told fellow GOP senators Tuesday that her chamber and the House don't even agree on assumptions to use in projecting state revenues and spending. GOP leaders want to follow up on last year's cuts in personal income taxes with...

Kansas Chief Justice: Senator Linked Budget, Plan

KSAL StaffMay 15, 2013

The Kansas Supreme Court's chief justice is accusing a prominent legislator of pressuring district court judges into endorsing a proposed judicial selection change. Chief Justice Lawton Nuss sent a letter Tuesday to district judges. It said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Jeff King "suggested a link" between the judicial selection proposal and a favorable outcome on budget issues. Nuss was n...

Legislature Could Still Be Meeting Next Week

KSAL StaffMay 15, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Top leaders of the Kansas Legislature aren't ruling out the possibility that its annual session might extend into next week. In the Senate, leaders of its Republican majority already have scheduled sessions for Saturday and Sunday. In the House, Speaker Ray Merrick of Stilwell has warned fellow GOP members that it's possible that lawmakers will still be meeting Monday. They'r...

The bill advanced Tuesday on a voice vote after brief debate. Approval on a second vote scheduled Wednesday would send it to the House.

Kansas Senate Advances $202M in New Bonds For NBAF

KSAL StaffMay 14, 2013

The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to authorize an additional $202 million in bonds for a new, national biodefense lab in Manhattan. The bill advanced Tuesday on a voice vote after brief debate. Approval on a second vote scheduled Wednesday would send it to the House. Brownback has said the measure fulfills the state's commitment to fund part of the...

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