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Delay is a Key Tactic in Kansas Tax Debate

KSAL StaffMay 13, 2013

Stalling is an important tactic for Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle as she tries to push a reluctant House toward canceling a scheduled sales tax decrease. Wagle and House Speaker Ray Merrick are negotiating on legislation following up on massive personal income tax cuts enacted last year. Fellow Republicans want another round of income tax cuts, but lawmakers also must stabilize the state bu...

Kansas takes closed approach to criminal records

Kansas takes closed approach to criminal records

KSAL StaffMay 13, 2013

Kansas officials say most criminal records are kept away from the public to protect people accused of crimes and prevent information from getting out that could endanger prosecutions. But even some state legislators interviewed by The Kansas City Star say they are surprised by the restrictive nature of the state's criminal records laws. The only way for most people to get ahold of criminal recor...

3 Mayors Push For Expanded Passenger Rail Service

KSAL StaffMay 12, 2013

Supporters of passenger rail service through Wichita are joining forces with officials in Oklahoma and Missouri. A letter of support signed by the mayors of Wichita, Oklahoma City and Kansas City, Mo., was unveiled Friday on the eve of National Train Day. Rail supporters say they want to close the 185-mile service gap between Oklahoma City and Wichita. They contend creating daily passenger rail ...

Control towers at five airfields in Kansas will stay open now that the FAA has cancelled plans to close 149 similar towers across the country.

Five Kansas Air Control Towers Saved

KSAL StaffMay 11, 2013

Control towers at five airfields in Kansas will stay open now that the FAA has cancelled plans to close 149 similar towers across the country. Control towers at airfields in Topeka, Manhattan, Hutchinson, and two in Olathe had been slated for closure. But the FAA said Friday it will keep the towers open after Congressional approval of a bill directing the FAA to find savings in its budget rather ...

UPDATE: Body Believed to be Missing Girl Found

KSAL StaffMay 11, 2013

Authorities say they have found a child's body believed to be that of an 18-month-old girl as they continue to investigate a series of Kansas farm deaths. Franklin County Sheriff Jeffrey Richards said early Sunday that the body believed to be that of Lana Leigh Bailey was found hours earlier by a sheriff's deputy in another Kansas locality. He says evidence found at the scene in Osage County cor...

Escapees Charged With Attempted Kidnapping

KSAL StaffMay 11, 2013

Two inmates who fled a Kansas prison face several charges in Missouri, including trying to kidnap the mayor of the small town where they were eventually captured. Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said Saturday that 31-year-old Allen Hurst and 49-year-old Scott Gilbert are charged with 12 felonies after escaping from the minimum-security unit at the Lansing, Kan., Correction Facility on Friday....

The 10-foot bronze statue, called "Forgiven Man," was stolen Oct. 3 from a memorial garden in front of the First Congregational Church.

Stolen Sculpture Back at Church

KSAL StaffMay 11, 2013

Members of a Topeka congregation have a special reason to reflect on forgiveness this weekend. A beloved sculpture, stolen for scrap last fall, is back in place outside their church. The 10-foot-tall bronze, called "Forgiven Man," was reinstalled Friday in a courtyard of First Congregational United Church of Christ. The 350-pound sculpture, valued at $40,000, had been undergoing repairs and refi...

Police say that an SUV traveling at a high rate of speed in reverse knocked the car 12 to 15 feet forward. It crashed through a wall and into the store.

Car Crashes Into Convenience Store

KSAL StaffMay 11, 2013

No one is seriously hurt when a car crashes into a Salina convenience store Saturday afternoon. Salina Master Police Officer Rande Repp tells KSAL News that Hassan Williford of Salina parked his 1995 Ford Probe in front of the Kwik Shop on Fairdale Road and went inside the store. While he was in the store, his car was hit and also ended up inside the building. According to Repp, 75-year-old Mose...

Legislative efforts to change the way Kansas selects members for its highest courts are part of a wave of modifications being sought.

Kansas Rides Wave of Judicial Selection Changes

KSAL StaffMay 11, 2013

Renewed legislative efforts to change the way Kansas selects members for its highest courts are part of a recent wave of modifications sought nationwide to alter the composition of the state's judicial branch. Supporters of the changes said Friday momentum is shifting in their favor despite resistance to the idea of altering the system in which justices are chosen for the Kansas Supreme Court. H...

The crash happened 6.5 miles south of Salina on I 135.

Man Hurt in Motorcycle Crash Near Salina

KSAL StaffMay 11, 2013

A Wichita man is hurt in a motorcycle crash near Salina. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 47-year-old Mark Follin of Wichita was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle headed south on Interstate 135. He moved to the passing lane and for unknown reasons left the roadway and entered the median. Follin, who was wearing a helmet, was hurt. He was transported to a hospital in Wichita. The crash...

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