Daily Archives: July 14, 2009

Kelsey, Pompeo differ in campaign fund-raising in 4th District

The two Republicans running for the 4th District congressional seat have about the same amount of money to spend, but came by it in different ways.

Republican national committeeman Mike Pompeo has raised about $253,000 since early April, primarily in large contributions from executives and their spouses.

State Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard, is largely self-funding his campaign so far, having lent his war chest $222,500 since announcing his candidacy in February.

In their quarterly reports, Pompeo reported cash on hand of about $233,000; Kelsey has $205,000.

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Intrust Bank Arena got dinged by hail

The hail that pummeled the Delano area west of downtown last week also dinged up Intrust Bank Arena a little.

A Sedgwick County spokeswoman said there was some damage to roof caps, which go around the top of the walls, as well as to mechanical equipment on the roof.  “The damage is what you’d expect from hail: dings,” she said.

Insurance will cover the damage. The county does not yet have an estimate, but the contractor is working with an adjuster and each subcontractor involved, she said.

The vast glass used in the arena’s design was not broken.

Westar to hold information meeting on rate consolidation tonight

Westar Energy customers can learn about the company’s rate consolidation plan at a informational meeting tonight in Wichita.

The meeting will be 7 p.m. at the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center in room 101AB.

The company is considering consolidating its rate structure for Westar South and Westar North customers so people will eventually pay the same rate in both areas.

The information meeting is the second of three. The third, and final meeting, will be Wednesday evening in Topeka.

Wichita customers will have two chances to voice their opinions on the rate consolidation plan at public meetings.

The meetings are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, July 16, 7-9 p.m., via video at the Kansas Corporation Commission, Finney State Office Building, Room 2078, 230 East William St.

  • July 23, 7-9 p.m., Kansas Corporation Commission, Finney State Office Building, Room 2078, 230 East William St.