Daily Archives: July 13, 2010

Tancredo withdraws support from Moran, backs Tiahrt

vote 2010 headerLeading immigration foe Tom Tancredo, the former Colorado congressman, today withdrew his endorsement of Kansas Senate candidate Jerry Moran and gave it to rival candidate Todd Tiahrt.

In doing so, Tancredo said Moran had deceived him.

Tancedo wrote this (as released by the Tiahrt camp):

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The city plans a ribbon cutting on West Street

Here's what it used to look like driving at West and Central

Here's what it used to look like driving at West and Central

After years of planning, prep work and a bit more than a year of construction, the city is ready to cut the ribbon on a revamped West Street at 9 a.m. this Saturday.

The $9.6 million project added a center left-turn lane and protected left turns at Douglas and 2nd Street — not to mention storm water drainage that was badly needed.

About 24,000 vehicles a day drive that stretch of road.

The project’s design started in 2004, a separate drainage project started in 2005. Then utilities had to be relocated in 2008 and 2009 before construction could start last May.

Londerholm drops out of U.S. Senate race

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From Associated Press — Former Kansas Attorney General Robert Londerholm is dropping out of the Republican race for U.S. Senate.

The Overland Park attorney said Tuesday he achieved his goal of making other Republican candidates aware of the threat posed by the growing federal debt. Read More »

City agrees to reduce number of police officers in schools

police lightsIn about a year, the number of police officers assigned to Wichita schools has fallen from 22 to 11 to seven.

That’s the result of belt-tightening in city hall and the school district. City council members today approved the memorandum of understanding that reduces the number of school resource officers to seven — meaning police will only be in high schools. The move was on the consent agenda and passed without discussion.

Wichita retains its $30 seat belt fine

seatbeltIt’ll be a little more expensive to get busted without a seat belt in Wichita than in many other parts of the state.

Wichita City Council members voted 5-1 Tuesday to maintain the city’s fine at $30. That comes even though the state recently reduced the fine to $5 along with a move that made seat belt violations a primary law, which means police can pull you over for that alone. Previously, Kansas law enforcement officers had to pull drivers over for another violation before they could write a seat belt ticket.

Council member Paul Gray said he thinks law enforcement officers should be doing more important work than pulling people over for seat belt violations.

Public hearings set on sales tax districts at WaterWalk and Central and Oliver

coinsResidents will have a chance Aug. 10 to say whether they think the Wichita City Council should approve two special sales tax districts.

One of the districts would allow the future Fairfield Inn and Suites Hotel at the WaterWalk to charge a 2-cent sales tax for 22 years on their business site only. The other district would allow local developer Christian Ablah to charge a 1-cent sales tax at a proposed office and retail development on the northeast and southeast corners of Central and Oliver for 22 years. Read More »