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Stephen Koranda Thursday, September 8th

Officials at Kansas City International Airport are tightening security ahead of the tenth anniversary of 9-11. KCI spokesman Joe McBride says vehicles coming into any of the three terminals will be subject to search by law enforcement.McBride says the searches are not expected to back up airport traffic and will NOT become a permanent part of KCI security measures.

Stephen Koranda Friday, September 2nd

Some elected officials in Lawrence are urging the Legislature to change a rule that dilutes the city’s population count. Kansas is the only state that amends the U-S census figures. The amended figure is used when lawmaker redraw legislative districts. The constitutional requirement changes the Lawrence population number by counting students at their home address, rather than the city where they attend college. In Lawrence, the adjustment caused the city's census count to fall by 12,000 residents. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew wants students in the city counted in the Lawrence population....

Stephen Koranda Friday, September 2nd

A special legislative committee met in Lawrence today (FRI) to take public comments on the political redistricting process. Several speakers said lawmakers should reverse a decision from 10 years ago that split the city of Lawrence between two congressional districts. Douglas County Commissioner Mike Gaughan (“gone”).House Speaker Mike O’Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, co-chairs the redistricting committee. He says some communities will have to be split so the congressional districts will have the same population.Public hearings on redistricting will continue later this month with stops in...

Stephen Koranda Friday, September 2nd

Congress returns to Washington this week. One of the unfinished issues they could start working on is reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. The law requires testing standards for schools and directs federal money to districts. While some members of Congress would like to tweak the law, Republican Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder says it should be repealed. He doesn't believe the law has helped schools in his district.No Child Left Behind was passed in 2001. President Obama has signaled that his administration will revamp the law if Congress doesn’t take action.

Stephen Koranda Friday, September 2nd

More than 1,000 job seekers gathered in Topeka, hoping to meet an employer with the right job. It was the second annual job fair hosted by Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. KPR’s Stephen Koranda was there and has this report.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, September 1st

More than 1,000 people met with prospective employers today (THUR) at a job fair in Topeka. The event, organized by Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, featured about 70 businesses and government agencies looking to hire workers. Lawrence resident Justin Flake was among those hoping to find a job. Flake is an attorney who says he's been laid off twice in the last two years. He says finding a job seems toughest for people with the least amount of experience.The jobless rate in Kansas was 6.5 percent in July. The national unemployment rate was 9.1 percent.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, September 1st

This holiday weekend, many Americans are gearing up to travel across the country, and Triple-A has announced their projections for how many travelers there'll be, how far they'll go, and how much money they'll spend. Spokesperson Jim Hanni (HANEY) says that despite a slow economy, the motor club is still expecting millions of Americans to pack their bags this weekend . For those travelers, their distance traveled is expected to average over 600 miles each.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, September 1st

Triple-A has projected that over 31 million Americans will travel fifty miles or more to enjoy this upcoming holiday weekend. Spokesperson Jim Hanni (HANEY) says that this number is slightly lower than last year. The decrease is also being attributed to concerns about the nation's recent economic uncertainty.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, September 1st

This Labor Day weekend, over 31 million Americans will travel fifty miles or more, according to recent projections by Triple-A. Spokesperson Jim Hanni (HANEY) says that regional travelers have a lot of options if they wish to keep their trips within a single day's drive.Hanni (HANEY) says that regional destinations have become more popular in recent years as gas prices increase and consumer confidence has declined.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, September 1st

A legislative commission is studying how to overhaul KPERS (KAY-pers), the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. Members are searching for ways to fix a huge deficit in the state pension plan. This week, the group looked at how other states are dealing with their own pension problems. Republican Representative Mitch Holmes, of St. John, co-chairs the commission.While current retiree benefits are safe, KPERS is facing a long-term deficit of more than $8 billion. The commission will make recommendations to the Legislature on how the state can fix the shortfall.

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