Archives for May 2015

KS Senate Rejects Proposal To Overhaul Vehicle Taxes

Also, the Kansas Senate has rejected a proposal that would overhaul how the state taxes cars, pickups and SUVs. Senators voted 27-5 yesterday to strip the proposal from a plan for raising taxes to close a projected $406 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1st. The proposal was included in the plan by the Senate tax committee at the urging of Chairman and Wichita Republican Les Donovan. He is a car dealer.

Haysville Girl With Autism Is Missing

Sheriff deputies asking for help in finding a 13 year-old girl who suffers from autism. Grabrielle “Nikki” Stoll went missing from the 8500 block of South Broadway in Haysville last night. She is 5-4, 138 pounds, with light skinned brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing an orange shirt with blue letters, green tye dyed pants and pink tennis shoes. Deputies say she may be headed to Rose Hill. If you have any information, call 911.

Tornadoes Strike Again In Western Kansas

More severe weather in the western part of the state last night. Tornadoes were reported in several locations, with the most severe damage being to a farm and grain bins in Haskell County.

Brownback Suggests Furloughing State Employees

Republican Governor Sam Brownback’s office is looking at perhaps furloughing state workers if the Legislature does not pass a balanced budget in the coming weeks. Brownback’s spokeswoman, Sara Belfry, said yesterday his office is working to determine when it would have to inform state workers they would be furloughed if a budget is not passed on time.

River Festival Starts This Weekend

City crews continue getting ready for the start of Wichita’s RIver Festival this weekend. They’ve been monitoring the bacteria levels in the river. They say with all the recent rains, there is the risk of higher bacteria levels such as ecoli because of runoff. City crews are also working hard to keep storm drains clear so water drains properly off city streets.

GOP Senate Leaders Scratch Tax Debate

Republican leaders in the GOP-dominated Kansas Senate have cancelled a debate over raising taxes to close a state budget shortfall. Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce confirmed the decision shortly before the debate was to begin yesterday. He and other top Republicans said they did not expected any bill to pass Thursday.

Natural Gas Leak Forces Evacuation of Wichita School

A bit of a scare at Riverside Elementary School Thursday in Wichita after a gas leak forced administrators to evacuate the building. The school is located in the 1000 block of North Porter. Firefighters say explosive levels of natural gas were discovered at the foundation of the building and they don’t know where it was coming from.

Volunteers Fix Vandalized War Memorial in Wichita

Just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, some volunteers have refurbished the MK14 Submarine Torpedo that serves as one of the memorials in Wichita’s Veterans Memorial Park. The torpedo was vandalized sometime over the past few weeks. Global Collission Center workers donated their time and effort in erasing grafiti and getting the torpedo back in shape.

Loaded Gun Found on Passenger at Wichita Airport

A loaded gun was found in a pasenger’s carry on bag at Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita on Monday. TSA says they found the .380 calibre Smith and Wesson Bodyguard firearm loaded with six rounds at the checkpoint screening area. The passenger was interviewed and later allowed to continue to his flight. Firearms are allowed in checked bags, if declared to the airline and properly packed in a locked, hard-sided container.

KS House/Senate Reach Compromise on Uber

The Kansas Senate has approved a compromise on regulations that ride-hailing company Uber says will allow it to stay in the state.. Under the new measure, Uber and other ride-hailing companies could do private background checks on their subcontracted drivers under the bill. But they could face lawsuits from the attorney general if drivers were found to be operating with a criminal background. The compromise will now go to the governor. Republican Sen. Jeff Longbine says he believes the governor will sign it.