Daily Archives: Sept. 24, 2009

Betty Arnold to announce county commission bid

Wichita school board member Betty Arnold plans to announce tonight a run for Dave Unruh’s District 1 seat on the Sedgwick County commission. A Democrat, Arnold will speak at 6:30 p.m. today at Eaton Steakhouse at Douglas and St. Francis. So far, Unruh and Dion Avello, the mayor of Derby, are the only commission candidates to have officially filed for office. Avello is in commissioner Gwen Welshimer’s district.

Kansas labor secretary urges unemployment extension

Saying more than 3,000 Kansans will exhaust their unemployment benefits in the next two months, state Labor Secretary James Garner called on Congress to extend benefits for displaced workers.

Garner joined nine other state labor chiefs at Niagara Falls, N.Y., to press the Senate to follow the House in passing a benefits extension bill.

The House version would allow unemployed workers who exhaust their benefits to get an additional 13 weeks of payments, if they live in a state with an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent or more.

Kansas unemployment is at 7.1 percent, not high enough for workers here to qualify under the House measure.

Garner called on the Senate to drop the benefit-limiting provision when it takes up its version of the bill.

“Action taken by the House this week is a step in the right direction, but I would urge the Senate to consider expanding benefits in states that have not yet reached the 8.5 percent unemployment threshold,” Garner said.

Congress honors Wichita State Shockers bowling teams

The Wichita State University bowling teams have been honored by Congress for winning the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Bowling National Championships. The House passed a resolution honoring both the men’s and women’s teams, who won in their respective divisions.

“By its very nature, a national championship is special,” said Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, who sponsored the resolution. “But to have both men’s and women’s teams from the same school earn the same title in the same year is truly remarkable.” Tiahrt said it was the ninth national title for each of the teams, including back-to-back titles for the men and three titles in the last five years for the women. Tiahrt’s remarks on the floor of Congress can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_WYSqqeDNo