Daily Archives: Oct. 14, 2009

State wants to know what to do about trash

dumpstersThe state of Kansas wants you to talk trash.

Specifically, the Department of Health and Environment is seeking public opinions on what should be in the next statewide Solid Waste Management Plan, which will be enacted next year and guide waste disposal through 2015.

KDHE has plenty of ideas on waste disposal and the legislative authority to carry them out. But the department doesn’t have the money to do everything it wants to, said Bill Bider, director of the Bureau of Waste Management.

That’s where the public comment comes in, he said.

“We primarily have to prioritize,” Bider said. “We’re looking for feedback from interested parties about how best to use the state’s funds.”

The comments will help gauge the level of interest in recycling programs, educational efforts, illegal-dumping enforcement and other issues, he said.

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Watch out for Bambi and friends, Insurance Department warns

111707quivira_th07When drivers and deer collide, it can be fatal for either or both parties.

So today, the Kansas Insurance Department issued a warning to keep an eye out for bucks and does while motoring during their fall mating season.

Bob Hanson, a spokesman for the agency, said drivers should be especially wary of darting deer from November to January and then again in the spring months of April and May.

Last year, six people died and 318 were injured in car-deer collisions in Kansas, according to Insurance Department statistics.

“The reality of driving on Kansas roads and highways this time of year is the possible encounter with a deer,” Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger said in a statement. “Be vigilant when you take the wheel.” Read More »

State extends deadline for southeast casino proposals

The Kansas Lottery Commission has voted to extend the deadline for casino applications in the South-east gaming zone.

With an Oct 19 application deadline looming, the lottery still hasn’t received a bid for the zone, which includes Cherokee and Crawford counties.

“I’ve received no word of any interested parties,” Keith Kocher, the lottery’s gaming facilities manager, told the commission this morning. “We simply don’t know who might be lying in wait out there.”

The commission voted to extend the deadline to Jan. 15, 2010, if no application is received by the  Oct. 19 deadline. It also voted to extend the deadline  to April 16 if the January deadline isn’t met.

Nobody has made a bid for the zone since Penn National Gaming pulled its plans for a casino in Cherokee County last year.

Lyrical lawmaker Bill Otto is back, this time with a rap

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TOPEKA – State Rep. Bill Otto has previous taken on the coal debate, elections and other political topics in musical verse.

Now the Republican from LeRoy is tackling President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in “redneck rap.”

In the video Otto is decked out in a hat bearing the hand written message “Opossum (sic) the other Dark Meat” on the front. At the end of the riff he also takes the opportunity to advocate eating the meat saying “a little greasy but, hey.”

Advocates for abused children get $934,000 from state; Sedgwick County gets $112,000

Child Advocacy Center executive director Diana Schunn talks with staff at the center, in the basement of the Finney State Office Building. The agency is hoping to move to a larger and more accessible facility.

Child Advocacy Center executive director Diana Schunn talks with staff at the center, in the basement of the Finney State Office Building. The agency is hoping to move to a larger and more accessible facility.

The Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County will receive a $112,000 grant from the state to continue its work with young children who have been victimized by crime.

But the money won’t help the center solve its office space problem.

The grant was announced today by Gov. Mark Parkinson and is part of a package of $934,591 being distributed statewide from the State Children’s Advocacy Centers Grant Program. Read More »

Three local centers receive grants to help abused children

TOPEKA – Three local centers received grants from the state to help abused children, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.

The grants were part of $934,591 from the State Children’s Advocacy Centers Grant Program distributed to 14 centers around the state.

Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County received $112,613, Sunlight Child Advocacy Center in Butler County received $40,121 and Heart to Heart in Harvey County received $70,807.

The money that the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County received can be used to support staff salaries, forensic interviews or family support advocates who help connect families with local resources, Gov. Mark Parkinson’s office said in a written statement. For many centers, the grant program’s award is their primary source of funding.

“Children’s Advocacy Centers provide a safe place for abused children to talk about difficult and frightening abuse,” said Parkinson, a Democrat. “I’m grateful these centers are available to our children, and I am pleased to assist them in carrying out their important mission.”