Kansas News

Midwest, Plains Likely to See Economic Growth: Report

Economic growth lies ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states despite pullbacks in the energy sector, according to a monthly report released on March 2. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January, …

Kansas Earthquakes Further Damaging Century-Old Courthouse

Harper County officials are grappling with how to fix a century-old courthouse that was already deteriorating before a sharp increase in earthquakes began rattling south-central Kansas. The bill just to repair the 107-year-old stairways has increased from $400,000 to $1.1 …

Only 3 Days Jail Time for Kansas Man’s 10th Drunk Driving Conviction

A Kansas man convicted for the 10th time for drunken driving has been sentenced to jail, but only for three days. The Kansas City Star reports that Leavenworth County District Court Judge Gunnar Sunby sentenced 57-year-old Lloyd Henson of Kansas …

Kansas Governor Nixes Gay State Worker Anti-Discrimination Order

Kansas will no longer specifically ban discrimination against gays, lesbians and the transgendered in hiring and employment in much of state government because of action announced Tuesday by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. Brownback rescinded an executive order issued in August …

Geologists Look for Earthquake, Fracking Connection in Kansas

For at the last 15 months, Kansas geologist Rex Buchanan estimates, he’s spent 90 percent of his time studying something once relatively rare in the state — earthquakes. He has learned a lot, said the director of the Kansas Geological …

4 CAA Agencies Expand Through M&As

Austin, Texas-based Combined Agents of America LLC (CAA) announced that member agencies have expanded their books of business and locations through mergers and acquisitions (M&A) over the last nine months. Together, four CAA members have grown their agencies by an …

Kansas Geologists Seek More Funding for Earthquake Monitoring

Kansas geologists say they need more funding to investigate an unprecedented spike in earthquakes in the state. Kansas Geological Survey Director Rex Buchanan told the House Energy and Environment Committee that about half a million dollars is needed to beef …

Kansas Businesses Support State Takeover of OSHA Enforcement

A proposal that the state take over enforcement of workplace safety rules from the federal government seems unlikely to pass this year but still has some support in the Kansas House. Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee pulled back from …

Kansas State Official Links Quakes to Waste Water Disposal

A state group says a steep increase in earthquakes in south-central Kansas likely is caused by the disposal of waste water from an oil and gas extraction process often called fracking. The state recorded more than 120 earthquakes last year, …

Kansas Judge Tosses Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems Discrimination Lawsuit

The remaining age-discrimination claims against Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems were tossed out by a federal judge in Kansas on Jan. 7, a major blow to a lawsuit that’s spanned nine years. When Boeing sold its commercial aircraft operations in …