Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Moran, other Senators request 60-day extension for public comments on new EPA rules

News Release:
KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined a bipartisan group of 53 senators, including Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), in calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to provide a 60-day extension for the public comment period on EPA’s proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.

Because the proposal is incredibly complex and broad in scope and would impact electric generation use and costs throughout the country, the senators believe an additional 60 days is needed to provide more time for all stakeholders to fully review the proposed rule and offer comments.

In May, Sen. Moran and a bipartisan group of senators requested the EPA grant at least 120 days for public comment on its new proposal on existing power plants. While the 120-day public comment period was granted, the senators heard from utility companies, state regulators, regional generation and transmission organizations.
These organizations made it known that the rule is more difficult to analyze and assess than they had initially expected. Additionally, some of the issues posed by the new rule require discussions and collaboration with a variety of state, regional and national officials to provide accurate and complete comments on the feasibility of the rule and options.

The level of complexity of the proposal, volume of technical documents released, amount of coordination required, and magnitude of energy impacts of the rule warrant a 60-day extension of the public comment period.

The senators write, “This extension is critical to ensure that state regulatory agencies and other stakeholders have adequate time to fully analyze and comment on the proposal. It is also important to note that the challenge is not only one of commenting on the complexity and sweeping scope of the rule, but also providing an opportunity to digest more than 600 supporting documents released by EPA in support of this proposal.”

No. 5 KCKCC posts volleyball sweep in Florida

By ALAN HOSKINS

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Kansas City Kansas Community College took its new No. 5 national ranking on the road over the weekend and came away with a sweep of some of the best Florida has to offer.

Competing in the Pasco Hernando Tournament in New Port Richey, Fla., the Lady Blue Devils lost only one set in sweeping past Louisburg 3-0, Florida College 3-1, Palm Beach College 3-0 and Florida State College at Jacksonville 3-0.

The sweep extended KCKCC’s winning streak to five in a row and boosted the Blue Devils’ overall record to 14-2, the best in the Jayhawk Conference alongside Fort Scott.

The Blue Devils stay on the road, playing at Jayhawk rival Allen County Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and Missouri State at West Plains next Monday before returning home Wednesday, Sept. 24, to host a big showdown with archrival Johnson County (8-3), which is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation.

Turner High School volleyball results

From Turner High School:
Turner vs Atchison. 0-2, L. 12-25, 23-25
Turner vs Pembroke Hill. 0-2, L. 14-25, 13-25

Pharmacy Technician Certificate Courses to Begin in October

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Kansas City Kansas Community College will be offering Pharmacy Technician Certificate courses beginning next month on the Main Campus and at the KCKCC-Leavenworth Center.

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate Course is an 80-hour program designed to prepare the student for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) national certification exam and for employment as a Pharmacy Technician.

Course content includes - medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names.  In addition to classroom lectures and labs, this program includes an optional clinical externship through a local pharmacy.

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate Course on the main KCKCC campus is from 6 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays Oct. 14 to Jan. 20.  At the Leavenworth Center, the course is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 11 to Jan. 24.

Tuition for the course is $1,899, which includes all textbooks and course materials.  Please call KCKCC for information on additional costs.  The course is approved for WIA funding and for MyCAA (military spouse) funding.

For additional information or to register for the course, please call 913-288-7660 or 913-288-7170.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Yoder announces opposition to proposed changes to rules for liver transplants

News Release:
KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-KS), along with more than 50 of his colleagues, has written to Administrator Mary Wakefield, at the Health Resources and Services Administration, to express concerns regarding a concept paper released by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Liver and Intestine Committee.

The proposed concept paper would change the rules governing the allocation of livers for transplant. Under these proposed changes from UNOS, the geographic boundaries for sharing of donor livers would be significantly broadened, with the goal of reducing the disparities in liver allocation across the country.

Wider geographic organ sharing will increase access for larger, urban transplant centers on the east and west coasts while limiting organ availability for patients in the rest of the country, such as regions in the midwest and south. The UNOS Liver and Intestine Committee is expected to meet in Chicago on September 16 to discuss this proposal.

“There is a critical shortage of donor livers in the United States and a large geographic disparity in the rates of organ donation,” said Congressman Yoder. “Kansans, and the Midwest as a whole, are historically generous organ donors and UNOS should not adopt proposals that punish successful programs and decrease access to organs where donation rates are highest. We must implement programs that raise the organ donor consent rate in the areas of the country where disparities in wait times are the greatest.”

Currently, there are over 12,000 patients listed for liver transplant and typically 6,000 liver transplants performed annually. In addition to this letter, more than 40 transplant professionals from across the country have also expressed significant concerns regarding the scientific and economic rationales of the UNOS proposal.

KCK Public Library to hold ribbon cutting for new bookmobile

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library is holding a ribbon cutting to celebrate the launch of its brand new bookmobile.

The community is invited to attend the event celebrating this momentous occasion.  Those who attend will have an opportunity to see the bookmobile before it begins its official route.

The bookmobile is a key component in the library’s mission of connecting members of a dynamic community with information, tools, resources, and welcoming spaces to enrich their lives.

The purpose of the bookmobile is to serve individuals who have difficulty reaching a library branch.  It extends current library services to the larger community and helps to lessen the digital divide.  It will provide access to library collections as well as the ability to access the internet through an on-site wireless connection and a mobile computer lab.

The Bookmobile Ribbon Cutting will be at 2:30 pm on October 1, 2014.

It will take place at Juniper Gardens at 1980 N. 2nd Street, Kansas City, Kansas, 66101.

Gun-sign regulations hearing is this week

TOPEKA, KAN. ---- Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is reminding citizens that a public hearing on the permanent gun signage regulations proposed in June will be this week.

The hearing will be Wednesday, September 17, at 9 a.m. in the second floor auditorium of Memorial Hall, 120 SW 10th Ave., Topeka.  The hearing date originally was announced July 14.

To implement a new state law that took effect July 1, Attorney General Schmidt in June released proposed regulations for signage that may be used to restrict the carrying of firearms – open, concealed or both – into buildings.

The proposed regulations were developed in consultation with interested parties.  Temporary regulations adopting these signage rules were approved by the State Rules and Regulations Board and took effect July 1.

State law requires a 60-day comment period and a public hearing before the regulations can become permanent.

The attorney general’s office has been accepting comments since the proposed regulations were published, and the hearing will be this week.  The original notice was published in the July 10 Kansas Register (Vol. 33, No. 28).

The proposed regulations are available at http://1.usa.gov/1tFyBof. Members of the public may submit comments on the proposed regulations on the website, by email to ksagcc@ag.ks.gov or by mail to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, 120 SW 10th Ave., 2nd Floor, Topeka, KS 66612.