After 54 years, someone from Wichita is once again governor. Mark Parkinson — a Wichita native who graduated from Wichita Heights and WSU before graduating from KU law school and moving to Olathe — was sworn in Tuesday as Kansas’ 45th governor. Parkinson will represent the entire state, of course. But here’s hoping he will be attuned to the challenges facing south-central Kansas, including Cessna Aircraft’s announcement today that it is laying off an additional 2,300 people, extending its summer shutdown and suspending its Citation Columbus program.
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