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Cessna Offering More Voluntary Buyouts

KSAL StaffApril 30, 2013

Cessna Aircraft is offering voluntary retirement buyouts for its hourly employees. The Wichita Eagle reports that Wichita based aircraft company aims to get about 180 workers represented by the Machinists union to take the voluntary retirement offer. Cessna employs 8,200, including 5,800 in Wichita. The company has said it needs to cut employment figures because of sluggish demand for light busi...

KU Campus Earns Historic Designation

KSAL StaffApril 30, 2013

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - University of Kansas leaders are hailing the designation of the Lawrence campus as a new listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The historic district of the campus covers the period from 1863 to 1951 and includes Watson Library, the World War II Memorial Campanile and The Hill overlooking Memorial Stadium. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said in a statement ...

Saline County Commissioners believe that the best option for juvenile offenders in Saline County is to house them out of county, at least through the end of the year.

Juvenile Center to Remain Closed Through End of Year

KSAL StaffApril 29, 2013

Saline County Commissioners believe that the best option for juvenile offenders in Saline County is to house them out of county, at least through the end of the year. Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski closed the juvenile detention center this week, citing safety concerns for both inmates and staff. He said that the move was prompted by overcrowding, and a need for additional staff to keep co...

Frank Dwight Baldwin is one of only 19 men to have received two Medals of Honor.

Army Officer’s Sword on Display at Kansas Fort

KSAL StaffApril 29, 2013

A sword presented more than 150 years ago to an Army officer who became one of only 19 men to have received two Medals of Honor has a new home in Kansas. Frank Dwight Baldwin served in the Civil War and later fought American Indians in outposts that included Fort Larned, Kan. The sword he was presented by the Michigan Horse Guards in September 1861 now will be on permanent display at Fort Larned ...

Agriculture Department Move Presents Dilemma

KSAL StaffApril 29, 2013

Hundreds of state employees are facing the dilemma of whether to move, commute more than 50 miles or retire when the Kansas Department of Agriculture moves from Topeka to Manhattan. Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman announced earlier this month the department was making the 56-mile move to be closer to Kansas State University, the future National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility and other ag-related...

The motorcycle collided with an embankment and a tree row.

Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

KSAL StaffApril 29, 2013

A motorcycle rider is killed in a single-vehicle crash in rural Ottawa County Sunday evening. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 57-year-old Lloyd Carriker fom Ada, Kansas, was riding a Yamaha motorcycle north on a rural road. Troopers say that Carriker failed to correctly negotiate a curve and went off the road. The motorcycle collided with an embankment and a tree row. Carriker was kill...

Westar says copper thieves likely severely hurt

Westar Says Copper Thieves Likely Severely Hurt

KSAL StaffApril 29, 2013

Kansas utility company officials say someone who caused a power outage and more than $150,000 in wire loss and damage by breaking into a substation could possibly be blind, deaf and seriously burned. KWCH-TV reports Westar crews who went to check on a Wichita substation at 5:45 a.m. Saturday found grounding cables and copper wire missing and noticed the chain link fence was cut. Westar says whoe...

Two men led law enforcement officers on a chase that spanned several counties in two states before the getaway vehicle got stuck in the mud in northeast Kansas.

2 Suspects Lead Officers on Chase in 2 States

KSAL StaffApril 28, 2013

Two men led law enforcement officers on a chase that spanned several counties in two states before the getaway vehicle got stuck in the mud in northeast Kansas. WIBW reports the Kansas Highway Patrol was called around 3 p.m. Saturday to help in the chase that began in Buchanan County, Mo. The suspects were wanted in that state for stolen vehicles and weapons charges. The chase went through Atchi...

Business Students Lend Know-How to Kansas Nonprofits

KSAL StaffApril 28, 2013

Graduate students at the University of Kansas School of Business are wrapping of the first year of a new program to help solve management problems for nonprofit groups. The Lawrence Journal-World reports the business school launched the Kansas Impact Project last fall. First-year students in the MBA program formed five teams, each studying the business problems of a nonprofit group and coming u...

Sheriff Plans to Close Juvenile Detention Facility

KSAL StaffApril 28, 2013

Saline County commissioners have confirmed that Sheriff Glen Kochanowski has told them he plans to close the county's juvenile detention facility early this week. Commission chairman Randy Duncan told the Salina Journal it's unclear whether the sheriff has the authority to close the center. He says Kochanowski called each commissioner individually Friday to inform them of his decision. Duncan sa...

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