Defense Contract Good News for Winfield
ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Officials in a south-central Kansas county are hailing a $220 million defense contract for a local plant as the latest piece of positive economic news. The Arkansas City Traveler reports the Navy awarded the contract to GE Aviation's engine services plant in Winfield to repair and overhaul helicopter engines. The Cowley County plant has 654 employees. Manager Jorge Perez says the multi-year contract won't add jobs but is good for the stability of the operation at Strother Field Industrial Park.
Teachers Rally at Statehouse
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A few hundred teachers and education advocates have rallied at the Kansas Statehouse to protest what they view as anti-public school policies from Republican Governor Sam Brownback. The American Federation of Teachers and the Kansas National Education Association organized yesterday's (SAT) rally coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Brown v. Board of Education decision declaring segregated schools unconstitutional. Rally participants criticized Brownback for pushing massive personal income tax cuts. They also argued that the state isn't adequately funding its schools, even with the passage of a plan this year to boost aid to poor districts.
Man Dead After Possible Shootout with KCK Police
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A man who reportedly fired at Kansas City, Kansas police has been found dead inside a home. Police and officers from the Kansas Highway Patrol officers surrounded the apartment Friday night after police were dispatched to the area on a reported disturbance. The suspect's identity hasn't been released.
Nine Teens Arrested in String of Burglaries
GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested several teenagers in connection with a string of daytime burglaries in Garden City. The Telegram reports that police, the Finney County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, arrested 10 people Wednesday. The burglaries cost the victims about $36,000, mostly in electronics, cash, and jewelry. About $10,000 worth of stolen goods have been recovered.