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Kansas Governor K-12 Budget Supported by Association of School Boards
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Kansas Governor K-12 Budget Supported by Association of School Boards

Kansas Association of School Boards Issues Joint Statement in Support of Governor Kelly’s K-12 Budget Proposal Topeka, KS (STL.News) Key Quote: We applaud Gov. Kelly and those legislators who in the past have ensured that the Gannon funding has been implemented.  The Governor deserves praise for proposing the continuation of this funding in her budget and we urge the Legislature to approve that. Signed by: Kansas Association of School Boards Kansas School Superintendents Association Kansas National Education Association Kansas Parents as Teachers Association Kansas State Board of Education Kansas State Parent Teacher Association Schools for Fair Funding Schools for Quality Education United School Administrators of Kansas Game on For Kansas Schools Find Governor Kelly’s FY2...
Kansas Attorney General Warns Against COVID Relief Scammers
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Kansas Attorney General Warns Against COVID Relief Scammers

Consumer Alert: Be watchful for COVID relief scammers as next round of payments continues TOPEKA, KS (STL.News) Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging Kansans to use caution with regard to the latest round of federal COVID-19 stimulus checks that are now being issued. Congress authorized household payments of up to $600 for each qualifying individual, similar to the initial round of Economic Impact Payments that were distributed as part of the CARES Act in the spring of 2020.  The new round of federal payments will be issued through direct deposit to bank accounts or payments mailed directly to individuals.  And as was the case during the initial round, Schmidt said Kansans should be wary of scammers offering to assist with receiving the payments. “We know all too well that...
Kansas Governor Appoints Christopher Etzel To 2nd Judicial District
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Kansas Governor Appoints Christopher Etzel To 2nd Judicial District

Governor Laura Kelly Appoints Christopher Etzel to Fill District Court Vacancy in the 2nd Judicial District Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly appointed Christopher Etzel, Havensville, to the 2nd Judicial District vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Judge Gary Nafziger. “I’m pleased at the opportunity to appoint Chris to this position – he will be an excellent judge for the Second Judicial District,” Governor Kelly said.  “He has deep roots in the community.  He knows the people of Jackson, Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee, and Jefferson counties, and through his law practice he knows the issues facing our justice system.  I am confident every lawyer, plaintiff, or defendant appearing in front of him will be fairly heard and treated with dignity and respect.” Etzel has been in...
Kansas AG Derek Schmidt, KBI recognize Amber Alert Awareness Day
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Kansas AG Derek Schmidt, KBI recognize Amber Alert Awareness Day

TOPEKA, KS (STL.News) Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and KBI Director Kirk Thompson remind Kansans to stay alert when the public’s assistance is needed to help locate missing children.  The reminder comes as National Amber Alert Awareness Day is observed today. “When a child is abducted, getting detailed information about the incident out to the public as quickly as possible can be critical,” Schmidt said.  “The first hours after an abduction are crucial, and the watchful eyes of Kansas citizens can help save a child’s life.” Since its inception in 1996, this national program has successfully brought 1,029 children home safely.  In Kansas, 56 children have been safely returned since 2002. “The KBI is grateful for the collaboration of our many public and private sector partn...
Kansas Attorney General Announces legislature to Stop human trafficking
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Kansas Attorney General Announces legislature to Stop human trafficking

AG Derek Schmidt announces legislative recommendations to enhance human trafficking prevention efforts in Kansas TOPEKA, KS (STL.News) During its session that convenes today, the legislature should continue bipartisan progress to combat human trafficking in Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and Schmidt said he will request reintroduction of two bills that were introduced last year but failed to pass when the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly ended the 2020 legislative session.  The first would require posting of the National Human Trafficking Hotline in certain business and public places.  Posting of the hotline number, which is 1-888-3737-888, helps connect victims to services and encourages the public to report potential tr...
Kansas Governor Proposes Agency Reorganization to Aid Kansans
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Kansas Governor Proposes Agency Reorganization to Aid Kansans

(STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today announced her intent to once again submit an executive reorganization order (ERO) to the Kansas Legislature creating the Kansas Department of Human Services (KDHS).  The new agency will include the current programs at the Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). “Creating the Department of Human Services ensures Kansas families and individuals have easier access to critical services and improves engagement between our service centers, clients, and local stakeholders by creating a single point of entry for those accessing a variety of needs,” Governor Kelly said.  “Through this ERO, my administration reaffirms our commitment to ensuring vulnerable Kansans have someone advocating for them...
Kansas Governor Kelly Announces Administrative Appointments
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Kansas Governor Kelly Announces Administrative Appointments

(STL.News) Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Friday announced appointments to Kansas state boards and councils. Kansas - State Board of Agriculture The Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Governor and the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture to review and make recommendations on department legislative initiatives and proposed rules and regulations. Janis Lee, Hays Scott Thellman, Lawrence Scott Howard Strickland, Westwood (reappointment) Donna Pearson McClish, Wichita Kansas Governor’s Military Council The Governor’s Military Council was initially created by an Executive Order to address the issue of federal base relocation and to facilitate and work with the communities affected by the increase in the number of active duty armed service members and famil...
California: Eduardo Arellano-Sanchez Drove Heroin, Fentanyl to Kansas
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California: Eduardo Arellano-Sanchez Drove Heroin, Fentanyl to Kansas

Plea: California Man, Eduardo Arellano-Sanchez Drove Heroin, Fentanyl to Kansas WICHITA, KS (STL.News) A California man pleaded guilty today to federal charges that officers found more than 9 pounds of fentanyl and more than 8 pounds of heroin when they stopped his car in Kansas, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Eduardo Arellano-Sanchez, 24, Cathedral City, Calif., pleaded guilty to one count of interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of using a cell phone in furtherance of drug trafficking. In his plea, Arellano-Sanchez admitted that on Aug. 21, 2019, officers stopped his car in Thomas County, Kan.  They found the fentanyl and heroin in his car.  He was using his cell phone to navigate to a drug transaction to take place in New York. Sentencing i...
Kansas Governor Announces New Rural Economic Development Program
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Kansas Governor Announces New Rural Economic Development Program

Governor Laura Kelly Announces New Rural Economic Development Program Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today announced the creation of the Kansas Main Street Affiliate Community Program, an initiative designed to introduce more Kansas communities to the resources and technical assistance offered through Kansas Main Street. The new Affiliate Community Program is a membership-based program that invites representatives from participating communities to attend training and technical service sessions normally reserved for only the 25 designated Main Street program communities in the state. This allows those communities not involved fully with Main Street to still reap significant benefits from the program. “My administration brought back the Main Street program because it is a prove...
KAN: Bus Rider Clinton Adam Richards Pleads Guilty
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KAN: Bus Rider Clinton Adam Richards Pleads Guilty

KAN: Bus Rider Clinton Adam Richards Pleads Guilty To Topeka Bank Robbery (STL.News) – A man who was arrested on a city bus pleaded guilty today to robbing a Topeka bank, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Clinton Adam Richards, 38, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. Police responded to a robbery at U.S. Bank, 3600 SW Topeka Boulevard. A tall, bald man carrying a backpack approached a teller, demanded money and left the bank with the cash. A witness reported seeing the robber board a Topeka Metro bus at a bus stop near the bank. Police stopped the bus and arrested Richards. Sentencing is set for Feb. 16, 2021. He could face up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. McAllister commended the Topeka Police Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. ...
Kansas: Billy Carter Sentenced to Federal Prison
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Kansas: Billy Carter Sentenced to Federal Prison

Kansas: Billy Carter Sentenced to Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Conspiracy (STL.News) – A Kansas man transporting methamphetamine from Kansas to South Dakota was sentenced November 4, 2020 to more than 15 years in federal prison. Billy Carter, age 45, from Tonganoxie, Kansas, received the prison term after a June 15, 2020, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. In a plea agreement, Carter admitted that he engaged in a conspiracy to sell large amounts of methamphetamine.  On July 29, 2019, Carter was stopped by law enforcement for speeding in Woodbury County.  After a K-9 detected the presence of drugs in the vehicle, law enforcement located 5 packages of methamphetamine, weighing a total of approximately 5 pounds, in the trunk of the car.  Carter has an extensive c...
Kansas Lottery: Seven Players Luck Out with $1,777 Win
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Kansas Lottery: Seven Players Luck Out with $1,777 Win

Topeka, KS (STL.News) Lady Luck pulled out a $1,777 win for seven Kansas Lottery players! The players won the cash prize through the Kansas Lottery’s Lucky 7s Bonus Cash second-chance promotion. The seven winners are: Tony Wilson of Wichita Thailand To of Liberal William Borchard of Wichita Becky Mullins of Ozawkie Crystal Moore of Independence Brady Godden of Fort Scott Devin Frye of Abilene Kansas Lottery players entered the promotion by submitting their non-winning $1 Lucky 7s, $2 Lucky 7s Doubler, $5 Lucky 7s Tripler, and $10 Lucky 7s Multiplier tickets into PlayOn® from June 29, 2020, through November 2, 2020.  Each non-winning ticket entered received an entry based on the dollar value of the ticket (e.g. $2 Lucky 7s Doubler ticket received two entries).  There were 1...
Kansas Governor Kelly: $3.5 Million Grants to Assist Child Care Programs
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Kansas Governor Kelly: $3.5 Million Grants to Assist Child Care Programs

Governor Laura Kelly Announces Estimated $3.5 Million in Grants to Assist Kansas Child Care Programs Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Child Care Aware of Kansas, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Office of Recovery, has launched a new Child Care Health Consultant Network to provide technical assistance to licensed child care providers as they implement COVID-19 health and safety guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After working directly with a consultant to assess the environment, child care programs are eligible to apply for grant funding to purchase supplies or make adaptations to home or center-based facilities.  Child Care Aware of Kansas anticipates providing $3.5 mi...
Kansas: October Tax Revenues Hit Double-Digit Points Over Estimate
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Kansas: October Tax Revenues Hit Double-Digit Points Over Estimate

October Total Tax Revenues Hit Double-Digit Percentage Points Over Estimate Topeka, KS (STL.News) The State of Kansas continues to see revenue growth over the same month of the last fiscal year.  October’s total tax receipts were $596.6 million, an 11.7% or $62.6 million increase over the estimate.  That is 7.9%, or $43.6 million, more than October of Fiscal Year 2020. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Kansans and threaten our state’s economic uncertainty, Congress must pass an economic relief bill,” Governor Laura Kelly said.  “While the positive revenue trends are encouraging, the future of this revenue growth will be tied to the support we get from Washington and to every Kansas community using the tools we know work to slow the spread of COVID-19.” Individual income tax c...
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Announces Administration Appointments
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Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Announces Administration Appointments

Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today announced appointments to Kansas state boards and commissions. Appointment is subject to Senate confirmation Kansas Department of Credit Unions Administrator The credit union administrator attends the meetings of the Kansas Credit Union Council and has the general charge of the work of the council and general supervision of credit unions in Kansas. Vickie Hurt, Garnett Kansas Dental Board The Kansas Dental Board adopts rules, issues licenses, and conducts hearings to revoke or suspend dental licenses. Dr. Lacey Randa, Lawrence Employment Security Board of Review The board accepts and reviews appeals from referee’s decisions and makes decisions in a timely manner. Valorie Jacobs, Arkansas City (reappointment) University of Kansas Hosp...
Kansas Governor Kelly Announces SPARK Taskforce Public Dashboard
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Kansas Governor Kelly Announces SPARK Taskforce Public Dashboard

Governor Kelly Takes Significant Steps for Transparency, Announces New SPARK Taskforce Public Dashboard Topeka, KS (STL.News) Today, Governor Laura Kelly announces the launch of the online investment dashboard to show how the $1.034 billion in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) are being spent across Kansas. “My administration has always prioritized transparency and accountability when it comes to serving Kansans.  That’s what good governance is about,” Governor Laura Kelly said.  “Kansans deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent and this online tool makes that information easily accessible to all.” Kansans can view the investment dashboard directly at covid.ks.gov/covid-data/ or by visiting the Office of Recovery website: covid.ks.gov/spark-recovery-office/and selecting the Inv...
Kansas Governor Kelly Announces PPE Distribution Program for Deaf
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Kansas Governor Kelly Announces PPE Distribution Program for Deaf

Governor Laura Kelly Announces New KCDHH, DCF Visible Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Distribution Program Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH), in collaboration with the Kansas Department for Children and Families, is making visible personal protective equipment (PPE) available to deaf and hard of hearing individuals, their family members, and/or personal caretakers. “Since the pandemic began, my administration has prioritized ensuring that all Kansans have access to the resources they need to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and stay healthy,” Governor Kelly said.  “I commend the Department of Children and Families and the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for making this progra...
TOPEKA: New Kansas Advisory Board Will Guide Administration
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TOPEKA: New Kansas Advisory Board Will Guide Administration

TOPEKA: New Kansas Advisory Board Will Guide Administration of Victim Notification System TOPEKA (STL.News) A new advisory board will support the operations of the Kansas Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. The Kansas VINE Advisory Board held its first meeting Wednesday via videoconference.  Schmidt established the board earlier this year, after the Legislature passed a bill in 2019 requiring the attorney general to appoint a Kansas VINE coordinator, and allowing for the appointment of an advisory board.  VINE is an automated victim notification system that is free, confidential and voluntary for victims of crime, criminal justice professionals, and the public.  Kansas VINE search and notification is specific to adult offe...