Archives for March 2017

Public Memorial For WPD K9 Rooster Today

A memroail service will be held today for Rooster, the WPD K9 unit that was killed in the line of duty earlier this month. The service begins at 1:00 p.m. at Century II Exhibition Hall. The Wichita Police Department says it has received overwhelming response and support from the community. Rooster was shot and killed while trying to subdue a suspect at a trailer home in south Wichita on March 18th. The man shot Rooster, which was quickly followed by police shooting the suspect and killing him.

Cowley County Appraiser Contract Not Renewed

The Cowley County Commission says it will heed the complaints of local residents and not renew the contract of County Appraiser Lance Leis. Many residents oin Cowley County complained because of enormous jumps in their property tax bills. At a recent public hearing, one resident said the tax on his agricultural land went from $90 to $2500. County Administrator Lance Goff says they will first look for an interim county appraiser to take the job by early April.

WSU Could Exit MVC As Soon As Next Season

Sports Illustrated Online is reporting that there are talks underway between the AAC and Wichita State University. In fact, the SI article says the Shockers could join the American Athletic Conference as soon as next season. Many fans have been urging the move, saying the Shocks don’t get fair treatment in the NCAA due to their schedule strength in the Missouri Valley.

Lawmakers Override Brownback Veto Of Medicaid Expansion

Kansas legislators have postponed a vote on overriding Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that would have expanded the state’s Medicaid program. Supporters of the bill launched an effort Thursday to override the veto in the House shortly after Brownback announced his action. But when they realized one of the bill’s supporters was absent, they tabled the discussion indefinitely.

Lawmaker Whose Son Was Killed Urges Stricter Amusement Ride Rules

A Kansas legislator whose 10-year-old son was killed on a waterslide fought back tears as he calmly urged colleagues to strengthen inspection rules for amusement parks. The House unanimously advanced the bill on a voice vote immediately after hearing from Republican Rep. Scott Schwab. His son, Caleb, was killed last summer on the Verruckt slide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, during an event for elected officials and their families.

Cowley County Man Struck By Lightning

A Cowley County man was struck by lightning Tuesday and survived. Josh Carnaggio was walking into the Walmart in Arkansas City when he says he felt a sharp pain shoot up his leg. He says he believes the lightning bolt struck a pole near him and then went to his body. The lightning strike knocked him unconscious. He was checked out at a h ospital and released that day with no scars.

Shocker Football Great Linwood Sexton Dies At 90

The Shocker sports family has lost another icon. Linwood Sexton became a Wichita State football star in the 1940’s when very few black people even were permitted to go to college. Sexton died yesterday at the age of 90. WSU has announced a new scholarship in his name. Sexton is the father of former Wichita State Athletic Director Eric Sexton, who stepped down last year as the leader of Wichita State athletics.

Keitha Adams Chosen To Coach WSU Womens Basketball

Keitha Adams has been picked to take over the Wichita State Womens Basketball program. Adams spent the last 16 years with the University of Texas – El Paso and won 284 games with the Miners. She has also won 20 or more games in six different seasons. Adams has Kansas roots, as she graduated from Oxford High School and has her number retired at the school. She was also an assistant basketball coach at Belle Plaine in the late 1980’s. Her coaching career also includes basketball, softball, and track at Winfield High School.

House Committee Approves Flat Tax

A Kansas House committee has approved a bill that would move the state to a “flat” personal income tax to raise new revenue to fix serious budget problems. The Taxation Committee’s measure would impose a 5 percent tax rate for all filers instead of maintaining separate rates for lower- and higher-income earners.

Lawmakers Entertain Single-Rate Income Tax Proposal

Kansas legislators are considering a new proposal to raise personal income taxes that would move to a single rate for all filers. The House Taxation Committee reviewed a measure Tuesday for a so-called flat income tax favored by conservative Republicans. The panel plans to vote on it Wednesday. Kansas faces projected budget shortfalls totaling more than $1 billion through June 2019.