Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Kansas City Kansas Community COllege Innovation Center launches “100 Local Garages”

KANSAS CITY, Kan. ---- The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well at Kansas City Kansas Community College as the college’s Innovation Center works to turn dreams into reality through the “100 local Garages” program.

Alicia Hooks, director of entrepreneurship at KCKCC, said the goal of the “100 local Garages” program is to “connect fabbers and makers with those having ideas and dreams in order to create realities.”

“Shifting the emphasis to local production, ‘100 local Garages’ is a way to support local makers who have skills and/or equipment that can be used to assist those with ideas and inventions and help the creation and small level manufacturing through their work areas which in many cases is their basement or garage,” Hooks said. “It assists makers in finding each other as well as students, retirees, etc., who can offer their skills and services utilizing the tools they already have.”

The “100 local Garages” program is the second initiative the KCKCC Innovation Center has announced in the last few weeks. KCKCC will also be participating in the InventYES program, which helps to get entrepreneurs excited about getting their ideas through the licensing and patent process. Students participate in the program by asking questions, completing short assignments and working their way through the 10-step InventYES system. The program was developed by Stephen Key who has been mentoring up and coming entrepreneurs and inventors for almost 15 years. The class began Oct. 29 with the course, “What is Licensing?” Subsequent courses will happen every two weeks focusing on subjects such as Inventing the Marketplace and prototyping ideas, among many others.

Hooks said this support of inventors, makers, business owner and innovators additionally supports the manufacturing arena and economic development as a whole.

“Entrepreneurialism is live and vibrant in Kansas,” she said. “This helps us to grow local and eventually expand to transition services into our local manufacturing firms.”

United States Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas also recognized KCKCC during a recent Congressional session for its efforts in supporting entrepreneurship and innovation through the launch of “100 local Garages.” Hooks, along with KCKCC President Dr. Doris Givens, Maris Gray, director of Workforce Development at KCKCC and Board of Trustee member Mary Ann Flunder also met with Gov. Sam Brownback Oct. 30 to discuss the initiative.

“The story of America is a story of entrepreneurs, individuals who took great risks to pursue their dreams. These entrepreneurs built the foundation of the American economy from its earliest days by pushing forward innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” he said. “I commend KCKCC for its efforts to promote innovation and the spirit of entrepreneurship in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, the State of Kansas and the region.”

Other supporters of the “100 local garages” program include Kansas City, Kansas Mayor Mark Holland; Senator David Haley; U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder; Shopbot Tools and MidAmerica Manufacturing and Technology Center.

For more information about the “100 local Garages” program or InventYES, visit the Innovation Center or send an email to Information is also available by calling 913-288-7572.

Sen. Moran voices opposition to Environmental Protection Agency proposal

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today voted in favor of S.J. Res. 24 and S.J. Res. 23, which both passed the Senate, to express disapproval with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan rule. The latest proposal threatens to increase energy costs for Americans with minimal environmental benefits.

“Washington should focus on commonsense policies to make energy cleaner and more affordable rather than adding more cost, red tape and regulations,” Sen. Moran said. “This administration continues to ignore the impact a rule like this has on Americans, and I believe we should work to put in place environmental policies that can both protect our natural resources and safeguard our economy.

Sen. Moran continued, “Kansans would be disproportionately affected because nearly two-thirds of our electricity production comes from coal. Our state’s power providers have made great progress in reducing emissions over the years, but the additional regulations mandated in this rule will result in higher costs without demonstrating much environmental benefit.”

According to a recent National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) study that measures the impact of a 10 and 25 percent electricity price increase on jobs and gross domestic product (GDP) from 2020 to 2040, there is a devastating relationship between higher electricity prices and job losses. Even a 10 percent increase results in 1.2 million jobs lost in 2021 across the country with nearly 500,000 of those lost jobs in rural communities.

Kansas Department of Transportation: I-70 Reopened at WaKeeney

KANSAS CITY, Kan. ----- The Kansas Department of Transportation has reopened I-70 at WaKeeney as of 2:15 a.m. CST. As always, please use caution when driving during winter weather conditions.

For up-to-date information on road closures and road conditions, call 511 in Kansas or 866-511-5368 outside Kansas, or check travel information online at or on your mobile device.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

VIDEOS: Kansas City Royals honored by fans during parade

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Kansas City Kansas Community College Blue Devils win on big finish

KANSAS CITY, Kan. ---- Kansas City Kansas Community College got its first men’s basketball win Monday night but it didn’t come easy.

Leading 66-64 with less than three minutes remaining, the Blue Devils closed with an 11-2 run for a 77-66 win over the University of Saint Mary’s junior varsity. KCKCC will go after a second win Friday when the Blue Devils host ‘Livin’ The Dream’ at 7 p.m.

The Blue Devils’ closing run was ignited by a 15-foot jump shot by freshman Xavier Ganoa followed by three big plays by 6-9 frosh Jonathan Murray, who sandwiched a pair of rebound field goals with a blocked shot 72-64 lead. Dehaven Talley then closed out the 11-2 run with two free throws and a basket.

“This was a very good win,” said KCKCC Coach Kelley Newton. “Saint Mary shoots the ball very well and we had to overcome some adversities.”  Saint Mary led 32-30 at halftime and the Blue Devils had to shoot 54.1 percent and outrebound the Spires 25-18 in the second half to pull away.

Four Blue Devils scored in double figures with sophs Joe Lendway and Talley leading the way with 15 points each. Murray added 14 and Ganoa 10 for KCKCC, which shot 48.5 percent for the game.

Armoni Shorter and Murray each had eight rebounds to give KCKCC a 44-35 rebounding edge while Kellan Turner handed out seven assists and Mike Lee chipped in with five assists, six rebounds and seven points.  

KU to honor 175 seniors from Wyandotte County high schools

Students from nine Kansas high schools will be honored Tuesday, Nov. 10, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment.

A total of 175 seniors from high schools in Wyandotte County will be recognized for their academic achievements and named Kansas Honor Scholars at a 7 p.m. program and reception at Wyandotte High School, 2501 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City.

Since 1971, the Kansas Honors Program has recognized over 125,000 scholars who rank in the top 10 percent of their high school senior classes and are selected regardless of occupational plans or higher education goals. Each year, the KU Alumni Association and its volunteers host 36 programs that reach all 105 counties across the state and include approximately 360 high schools.

During the ceremony, each student will receive a Webster’s New College Dictionary and a commemorative certificate.

Nathan Thomas, vice provost for diversity & equity at the University of Kansas, will speak to the students and their parents and guests.

Community volunteers collect reservations, coordinate details and serve as local contacts for the event. Chris Schneider and Stephanie Parker, of Kansas City, are program coordinators.

The Kansas Honors Program is made possible by KU Endowment and proceeds from the Jayhawk license plate program. The Class of 2016 scholars:

  • Bishop Ward High School
  • Erica Baker - Kansas City
  • Camille Conner - Lenexa
  • Joel Gallegos - Mission
  • Rajanee Gardner - Kansas City
  • Ashley Krause - Kansas City
  • Andrew Mikesic - Kansas City
  • Trenton Sadrakula - Kansas City
  • Cheynne Silvercloud - Kansas City
  • Alexis Wilson - Kansas City

Bonner Springs High School
  • Adrienne Alder - Edwardsville
  • Gwenyth Barrett - Bonner Springs
  • Brandy Brouchard - Edwardsville
  • Connor Byers - Bonner Springs
  • Tyler Campbell - Bonner Springs
  • Annie Carpenter - Bonner Springs
  • Katie Carpenter - Bonner Springs
  • Robert Crowley II - Edwardsville
  • Lucy Florez - Bonner Springs
  • Julianne Jackson - Bonner Springs
  • Robyn Lewis - Bonner Springs
  • Jennifer Maness - Bonner Springs
  • Griffin Mareske - Edwardsville
  • Devante' McGee - Bonner Springs
  • Heidi Rodgers - Edwardsville
  • Alexis Schulte - Kansas City
  • Alazia Stanley - Edwardsville
  • Mikayla Young - Bonner Springs
F.L. Schlagle High School
  • Briona Amos  - Kansas City
  • Cynthia Botello  - Kansas City
  • Thong Cuai  - Kansas City
  • Richardo Flores-Delamora - Kansas City
  • Tony V Her  - Kansas City
  • Jonnie Herr  - Kansas City
  • Zing Hlei  - Kansas City
  • Tyrone Hooks  - Kansas City
  • Tuan Kim  - Kansas City
  • Chenew Lee  - Kansas City
  • Power Lee  - Kansas City
  • Mikayla Murry  - Kansas City
  • DeMarquice Phillips  - Kansas City
  • Pyu Pyu Pway - Kansas City
  • Dominique Reagan  - Kansas City
  • Amber Valencia  - Kansas City
  • Kathie Vang  - Kansas City
  • Kathy Vang  - Kansas City
  • Miguel Velasquez-Flores  - Kansas City
  • Keturah Weaver  - Kansas City

J.C. Harmon High School
  • Karen Amaya - Kansas City
  • Esmeralda Amaya-Dominguez - Kansas City
  • Melina Ambriz - Kansas City
  • Kaylee Arevalo Ortega - Kansas City
  • Dessire Balderas - Kansas City
  • Claudia Diosdado - Kansas City
  • Beh Gaw - Kansas City
  • Kenneth Go - Kansas City
  • Perla Gomez-Chavez - Kansas City
  • Oscar Herrera - Kansas City
  • Ramon Jaracuaro - Kansas City
  • Abigail Krumvieda - Kansas City
  • Mercy Kumah - Kansas City
  • Derrick Mahan - Kansas City
  • Tylarr Matthews - Kansas City
  • Shane McFadden - Kansas City
  • Peh Meh - Kansas City
  • Nefi Mera - Kansas City
  • Kaitlyn Myers - Kansas City
  • Caleb Robbins - Kansas City
  • Alexandra Ruiz - Kansas City
  • Santana Taylor - Kansas City
  • Esmeralda Torres - Kansas City
  • Austin Tudor - Kansas City

Piper High School
  • Collin Beebe - Kansas City
  • Morgan DeWitt - Kansas City
  • Morgan Fletchall - Kansas City
  • Sandra Gosserand - Kansas City
  • Kylie Jorgensen - Kansas City
  • Lauren Klapper - Kansas City
  • Janice Levina - Kansas City
  • Tyler Nguyen - Kansas City
  • Nathan Orel - Kansas City
  • Keegan Sparks - Kansas City
  • Logan Wilson - Kansas City
  • Samuel Wuellner - Kansas City

Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Saally Campos - Kansas City
  • Julian Caudillo - Kansas City
  • Lynne Curts - Kansas City
  • Jacob Flores - Kansas City
  • Jarius Jones - Kansas City
  • Carmen Lajam - Kansas City
  • Noses Lor - Kansas City
  • Ruth Lor - Kansas City
  • Leslie Martinez - Kansas City
  • Larissa Medina - Kansas City
  • Sara Nilges - Kansas City
  • Sydnei Patton - Kansas City
  • Fabian Requenes - Kansas City
  • Raul Saenz - Kansas City
  • Cay Thompson - Kansas City
  • Alexander Trobough - Kansas City

Turner High School
  • Oskar Ayala - Kansas City
  • Francisco Cardoza - Kansas City
  • Christina Cook - Kansas City
  • Dhiya Dalaq - Kansas City
  • Lexi Eitel - Kansas City
  • Mario Gutierrez - Kansas City
  • Adam Hill - Kansas City
  • Jenna Kanoy - Kansas City
  • Luis Lopez - Kansas City
  • Rebecca Lor - Kansas City
  • Tucker Marine - Kansas City
  • Gustavo Martinez - Kansas City
  • Tara Mendenhall - Kansas City
  • Rylie Miller - Kansas City
  • Luke Moise - Kansas City
  • Jesse Patrick - Kansas City
  • Dan Quintanilla - Kansas City
  • Taylor Rios - Kansas City
  • Isiah Rowland - Kansas City
  • Ingrid Silva - Kansas City
  • Madalyne Taylor - Kansas City
  • Nicole Urbaneja - Kansas City
  • Christian Yang - Kansas City

Washington High School
  • Lizbeth Aguirre Ochoa - Kansas City
  • Monica Faye Brooks - Kansas City
  • Ahvion Selece Brown - Kansas City
  • Imone N. Carter - Kansas City
  • Katherine K.C. Castel - Kansas City
  • Toyion Denise Crenshaw - Kansas City
  • JaMarkus LaMonte Dawn - Shawnee
  • Destinee' Gillom - Kansas City
  • Alejandra Gomez - Kansas City
  • Elizabeth Anne Hartegan - Kansas City
  • Andrea E. Johnson - Kansas City
  • Angel Johnson - Kansas City
  • Samara Lennox - Kansas City
  • Veronica J. Nicholos - Kansas City
  • Kristen Roberts - Kansas City
  • Darion Jamal Stafford - Kansas City
  • Brianna D. Turner - Kansas City
  • Jaslyn LaShay Turner - Kansas City
  • Kierra Wash - Kansas City
  • Andrew D. Williams - Kansas City

Wyandotte High School
  • Farhiya Abdi - Kansas City
  • MiKayla Bradford - Kansas City
  • Marcellus Brown - Kansas City
  • Carolina Bueno - Kansas City
  • Mariha Burton - Kansas City
  • Victoria Carroll-Littlejohn - Kansas City
  • Edgar Cubillo-Ponce - Kansas City
  • Zainab Dafalla - Kansas City
  • Katya Diaz - Kansas City
  • Ivet Elizalde - Kansas City
  • Samueal Gebrezgabher - Kansas City
  • Felton Henderson - Kansas City
  • Morgan Hollinshed - Kansas City
  • Jamail Luster - Kansas City
  • Jewelle Martinez - Kansas City
  • Isaiah Matthews - Kansas City
  • Thang Mawi - Kansas City
  • Danielle McDaniel - Kansas City
  • Alejandro Mendoza - Kansas City
  • Carlos Nunez - Kansas City
  • Noe Payan - Kansas City
  • Nadia Rodriguez - Kansas City
  • Teresa Salinas - Kansas City
  • Jenifer Sanchez - Kansas City
  • Alejandra Sanchez Aguilar - Kansas City
  • Courtney Sauls - Kansas City
  • Ruth Smith - Kansas City
  • William Smith - Kansas City
  • Say Say Than - Kansas City
  • Bawi Tlem - Kansas City
  • Israel Villalobos-Castillo - Kansas City
  • Alexis Yeager - Kansas City
  • Mayra Zapata - Kansas City.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Federal Indictment: Topeka Man and Associates Operated Interstate Sex Trafficking Business

TOPEKA, Kan. ---- A Topeka man who was part owner of a Lawrence night club and six of his associates are charged with sex trafficking in an indictment unsealed today, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

The indictment alleges the defendants provided female commercial sex workers – including a 17-year-old girl – to clients in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas. The indictment alleges the defendants recruited females who needed money and a place to live from various places -- including homeless shelters -- to be commercial sex workers.

On Oct. 21, 2015, a federal grand jury returned a sealed indictment against the following defendants:

Frank Boswell, 41, Topeka, Kan., who was part owner of Club Magic in Lawrence and Magic Lawn Care in Topeka. (Club Magic is now closed.)

Boswell is charged in count one (conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor), count two (conspiracy to operate an interstate prostitution business), count three (sex trafficking of a minor), counts 4, 5, 6 and 7 (using a phone in furtherance of an interstate prostitution business), count 8 (transporting a person from Kansas to Nebraska for prostitution), count 9 (enticing a person to travel from Kansas to Nebraska for prostitution) and count 10 (transporting a minor from Kansas to Missouri for prostitution).

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder to host Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event

OLATHE, Kan. ----- Representative Kevin Yoder will host a Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event to provide help to seniors during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period on Tuesday, November 10 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Olathe Community Center.

Trained volunteers from the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) program will be on hand at the event to provide one-on-one assistance to seniors who have questions, or who wish to make changes to their plans.

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period extends from October 15 through December 7.  Medicare beneficiaries who wish to make changes or enroll for the first time need to bring their Medicare card, any current prescriptions (including dosage and frequency), and a list of preferred pharmacies. The event is free and open to everyone.

For additional information, or if you are unable to attend, please contact Congressman Yoder’s District Office in Overland Park at (913) 621-0832.

WHAT:Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event
WHEN: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

WHERE: Olathe Community Center    
(Rooms A & B)
1205 E. Kansas City Road
Olathe, KS 66061