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A law taking effect Monday allows people with concealed-carry permits to bring their guns into public buildings.

Kansas Sets One-Year Concealed-Carry Application Record

KSAL StaffJuly 10, 2013

A record number of Kansans applied for permits to carry concealed handguns during the recently ended Fiscal Year. According to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's Office, they received 25,340 applications for concealed carry permits between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. This number was more than double the previous fiscal-year record of 12,408 permit applications in Fiscal Year 2012. The...

TV, Video Player Stolen

KSAL StaffJuly 10, 2013

Salina Police are investigating a residential burglary. Officers were called to the 300 block of E. Claflin, after the homeowner returned to find that his house had been broken into and electronics were stolen. Police say someone shattered a basement window to gain entry sometime at noon between July 4th and 1pm on the 6th. Once inside, thieves removed a 42-inch LCD television and a blue ray p...

National Geographic Photographer Arrested After Flying Over Feedlot

KSAL StaffJuly 10, 2013

Finney County authorities say a freelance photographer working for National Geographic was arrested and briefly detained after he shot pictures of a feedlot near Garden City while on a paraglider. George Steinmetz, of Glenn Ridge, N.J., and his paraglider instructor, Wei Zhang, of Beijing, China, were arrested for misdemeanor criminal trespass on June 28 after flying over the feedlot. They were h...

Bank Window Damaged by Shots Fired

KSAL StaffJuly 10, 2013

A drive-thru window at a bank is chipped by gunfire. According to Lt. Scott Siemsen, a thick, 3-foot by 5-foot window at the drive-thu teller at Capitol Federal Savings, 2550 S.9th, was hit by what police believe were 2 small caliber bullets. Police say someone fired at the window sometime between Monday evening at 5:30pm and Tuesday morning at 8:30am. The glass had two distinct chips with s...

Salina Hits 108 Then Gets Heavy Rain

KSAL StaffJuly 10, 2013

It was no record, but it was hot in Salina on Tuesday. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature peaked at 108 during the 5:00 hour. It was just a degree off the record high of 109 for the date, set back in 1980. Later in the evening, thunderstorms rolling through the area dropped small hail and heavy rain. In Salina, .64 inches of rain fell. For the year, Salina has received 1...

Hearing In Salina On Westar Rate Hike Request

KSAL StaffJuly 10, 2013

A public hearing is scheduled for this week in Salina on Westar Energy's proposed increase in electric rates. The hearing is set for Thursday evening at the Salina College Center at Kansas State University-Salina. Westar has applied to the Kansas Corporation Commission for a 1.7 percent increase worth $31.7 million. The utility company says it needs the increase to meet federal requirements. We...

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...

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