Daily Archives: April 15, 2010

Final South-Central legislative forum scheduled for April 24

The south central lawmakers will hold their final legislative session April 24, shortly before returning to Topeka for the final veto session.

The forum include an issue update, as well as a review of the major budget issues facing the Legislature.

The veto session begins April 28 and lawmakers will be faced with developing a budget for fiscal year 2011 and filling an almost $500 million budget gap.

The forum will be followed by a question and answer session.

The forum will be from 9-11 a.m. at the Wichita Independent Business Association, 445 N. Waco, Wichita.

Parking is available in the lot to the south of the WIBA building. The forum is free and open to the public.

Moran reports $3.5 million on hand for Senate race

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U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran reported today he has  raised more than $346,000 this quarter in his race for the Republican Senate nomination.

Earlier today, Rep. Todd Tiahrt, Moran’s primary opponent, said his campaign had brought in $375,000 since January.

Moran reported he has $3.5 million in cash on hand. Tiahrt said he has $1.5 million in cash on hand.

Governor signs reporter shield law

TOPEKA – A bill that helps reporters protect their anonymous sources and unpublished notes was signed into law by Gov. Mark Parkinson on Thursday.

The bill, often called a “shield law,” would allow courts to require journalists turn over their unpublished notes, videos and photographs only in certain circumstances.

Those circumstances are if a court decided the information: - Could not be otherwise obtained - Is relevant to the case - And is of a compelling interest.

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Governor vetoes late-term abortion bill

TOPEKA – Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat, vetoed a late-term abortion bill Thursday.

The measure would have increased reporting requirements for doctors performing late-term abortions.

It would also have allowed a woman, her husband or parents if she was a minor to sue a doctor if they believed a late-term abortion was performed illegally.

The measure, House Bill 2115, is likely to come up during the veto session, which starts April 28. The measure did not pass by veto-proof margins in either chamber during the regular session.

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EPA gives final OK for buyout of contaminated town of Treece

EPA official Mathy Stanislaus listens to Treece residents talk about the town’s contamination problems last fall.

EPA official Mathy Stanislaus listens to Treece residents talk about the town’s contamination problems last fall.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is going forward with a buyout of residents in the contaminated community of Treece.

The announcement formalizes a plan that has been in the works for several months, since Congress approved a bill authorizing the EPA to spend approximately $3.5 million to empty Treece of its last 100 or so residents.

A century of mining operations left the southeast Kansas town surrounded by millions of tons of lead- and zinc-contaminated waste and dotted with sinkholes and cave-ins filled with polluted water.

Neighboring Picher, Okla., has already been bought out and shut down, stripping Treece of jobs, recreation and public services.

“Coping with this legacy of pollution has been an extraordinary challenge for this community,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in a statement. “It’s important that they have the support of their government and we’re happy to be able to offer assistance as they relocate to a safer, healthier place.”

The relocation is expected to cover 77 properties, the EPA said. Read More »

Tiahrt has $1.5 million in the bank for Senate race

tiahrt_toddRep. Todd Tiahrt reported today that he has raised more than $375,000 since January in his race for the Republican Senate nomination.

Tiahrt said his filing with the Fedeal Election Commission reported that he has $1.5 million in cash on hand.

His opponent in the GOP Senate primary, Rep. Jerry Moran, has not yet released his report.