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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...

Wichitan’s Nephew Facing Execution In Iraq

KSAL StaffJuly 9, 2013

A Wichita man says he's doing all he can to save his nephew from execution in Iraq. Musadik Mahdi, a Wichita aerospace engineer, says he fears his efforts will be in vain because his nephew is being held at a prison where executions happen on a whim. His nephew, Osama Jamal 'Abdallah Mahdi, was sentenced to death after an Iraqi army officer was killed in an explosion. Musadik Mahdi says his nep...

Notable Kansas Books Named For 2013

KSAL StaffJuly 9, 2013

A biography of President Dwight Eisenhower, a history of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and novels set in the state and elsewhere are among this year’s 15 notable Kansas books. State Librarian Jo Budler announced the list Monday. It honors books published last year by a Kansas author or on a Kansas topic. Annual lists began in 2006. This year’s list includes “Beyond Cold Blood,” a hi...

K-State Student Gets 30 Years For Arson Death

KSAL StaffJuly 9, 2013

A Kansas State University student who set a fire that killed a university researcher has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson sentenced 20-year-old Manhattan, Kan., resident Patrick Martin Scahill on Monday for starting the Feb. 6 fire at Lee Crest Apartments in Manhattan that killed 34-year-old Vasanta Pallem. Scahill admitted he started the fire as a...

Several Kansas Sites Added To Historic Register

KSAL StaffJuly 9, 2013

A Wamego home and a former high school in Belleville are among the newest Kansas sites added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Kansas Historical Society said in a release that the listings were entered into the National Register on June 25, bringing the total number of Kansas listings in the National Register to 1,317. The several new listings include the Cassius and Adelia Baker ...




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