Sunday, December 21, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court upholds second-degree murder conviction

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- The Kansas Supreme Court has decided to uphold Deborah Meeks' second-degree murder conviction from 2009.

Meeks', who confessed to killing boyfriend Wesley Smith in Wyandotte County, claimed that she suffered from battered woman syndrome.

Brownback Proclaims January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, along with Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Secretary Phyllis Gilmore, Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), Secretary Lana Gordon, Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL), Secretary Ray Roberts, Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) and Interim Secretary Susan Mosier, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) have proclaimed January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Kansas.

“I take seriously the fight against human trafficking,” Governor Sam Brownback said. “We have trained more than 500 child welfare professionals about human trafficking rings making Kansas a national model for preventing this horrendous crime.”

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Medicaid director serving on interim basis named Cabinet secretary

By Andy Marso
KHI News Service

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Gov. Sam Brownback appointed Susan Mosier as secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Friday, one month after giving her the job on an interim basis.

Mosier, an ophthalmologist and former Republican legislator, also has been serving as head of the Kansas Medicaid program and KDHE's Division of Health Care Finance.

Unified Government yard waste drop off site closed this winter

Courtesy of the Unified Government

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- The Unified Government's Yard Waste Drop Off Site located at 3241 Park Dr. in Kansas City, Kansas is closed for the winter for the time period of December 2014 through March 2015.

This is the former Recycling Center that was converted into a Yard Waste Drop Off Site in 2014.

From April through November annually, the Yard Waste Drop Off Site accepts only yard waste such as grass clippings, garden trimmings, leaves and branches.

Recyclable materials such as paper, plastic, glass, cardboard, and aluminum are not accepted at the Yard Waste Drop Off Site.

Unified Government, BPU announce holiday schedules

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- The Unified Government and Board of Public Utilities have announced their upcoming holiday schedules. 

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UG Offices will closed on Thursday, December 25, 2014 in observance of the Christmas Holiday. City and County offices will reopen the following day for business, Friday, December 26th.

UG Offices will also be closed on New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015. Offices will open on Friday, January 2nd during regular scheduled business hours.

The administrative offices and customer service lobby of the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will be closed on Thursday, December 25th, 2014 for Christmas. The BPU offices will also be closed on Thursday, January 1st, 2015 in observance of New Year's Day. 
Although BPU's business offices are closed on holidays, emergency service is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.  
For power emergencies, customers should call (913)-573-9522. The water emergency number is (913)-573-9622. 

WYANDOTTE COUNTY TRAFFIC UPDATE: Westbound I-70 to Southbound K-7 loop ramp to open Monday

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- On Monday, December 22 at 9:00 a.m., weather permitting, the new westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 loop ramp (see ramp C in above photo) is set to FULLY OPEN to unrestricted traffic in Bonner Springs.

KCKCC Celebrates ESOL Graduation

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- It was a special day Tuesday when 20 students from Kansas City Kansas Community College’s ESOL program were recognized for completing all ESOL classes needed for their academic or professional goals.

“I am very proud and happy for them,” said Liz Holloway, instructor and coordinator of KCKCC’s ESOL program. “Some of these students have been with us together as a class for four semesters. Most of them are continuing studies in academic classes or TEC programs here at KCKCC, and many of them have overcome many obstacles to continue their education.”

The goal of the ESOL program is to help those who need to improve their English skills. Students can choose academic ESOL or adult basic education ESL classes, depending on their current fluency and personal goals. After being admitted to KCKCC, students are tested using the COMPASS ESL placement test.

Jeff Bryant files for re-election to BPU board

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Third District Board of Public Utilities director Jeff Bryant will be seeking re-election.

Below is a brief biography of Bryant, courtesy of BPU's Website.

As we enter 2015, I'll send out questionnaires to all the candidates in an effort for them to provide more information about their campaigns.

(And yes, we'll try to get larger pictures, too.)
Mr. Bryant is the Estimator/Job Cost Analyst for Plastic Packaging Technologies in Kansas City, Kansas. He has been with the company for nearly 30 years serving in a variety of roles. 
Mr. Bryant is a member of the Armourdale Renewal Association and the KC Chapter of the NAACP. 
He is a graduate of Turner High School and attended Donnelly College. He and his wife Crystal raised their three children: Amanda, Jeffery and Derek in the Turner School District. 
He is a Leadership 2000 Class XX graduate, and represents Plastic Packaging at many KCK Chamber of Commerce activities.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY TRAFFIC: New Westbound I-70 to Southbound K-7 Loop Ramp Scheduled to Open

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Sometime during the day this Saturday, December 20, weather permitting, the new westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 loop ramp (see ramp C in above photo) is set to FULLY OPEN to unrestricted traffic in Bonner Springs (Wyandotte County).

COMMENTARY: Health Insurance in Kansas: Are Premiums Increasing?

By Roberta Riportella
Professor of Community Health, K-State Research and Extension

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Consumers might read or hear mixed information about premium increases in the Kansas Health Insurance Marketplace. Premiums are the monthly fixed costs you will pay for your health insurance policy.

A Pricewaterhouse Coopers report shows that premiums in Kansas have gone up more than in the rest of the nation, while the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) reports that the average premium for all plans offered in the Kansas Health Insurance Marketplace increased just 0.1 percent from 2014 to 2015.

Sporting KC signs forward Krisztian Nemeth

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Sporting Kansas City has signed 25-year-old Hungarian Men's National Team forward Krisztian Nemeth, the club announced on Thursday.

Nemeth will occupy an international roster spot on the team's roster for the 2015 season pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.

"Krisztian [Nemeth] is a player who has extensive experience playing in a 4-3-3 [system]," Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said. "He also fits well in the overall model of play for Sporting Kansas City and we look forward to his adaptation."

Gilstrap latest Wyandotte County candidate to file papers

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Former Kansas Sen. Mark Gilstrap is the latest name to file for election in Wyandotte County.

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