GOP's Roberts Heads to Swing-voting East KS
LAWRENCE, Kansas (AP) — U.S. Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas is taking his conservative re-election message into the state's swing-voting east in his campaign against independent candidate Greg Orman. Roberts greeted football fans attending the University of Kansas game yesterday (SAT) in Lawrence, a day after Secretary of State Kris Kobach began preparing ballots without a Democratic candidate. He plans to campaign with Arizona Senator John McCain in Lawrence and Kansas City-area suburbs next week. Roberts has won his three terms with at least 60 percent of the vote, but Orman could benefit from Democrat Chad Taylor's exit from the race. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled this week that ballots should be printed without Taylor's name, though Kobach has said he's not abandoning efforts to get Democrats to name a replacement. Roberts plans to campaign with Arizona Republican Senator John McCain next week in Lawrence and the nearby Kansas City suburbs.
Wichita State Unveils High-tech Trading Center
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new high-tech trading center at Wichita State University is designed to prepare students for careers in the financial, commodities and energy trading markets. The Wichita Eagle reports that about 75 people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for the business school's Koch Global Trading Center. Located in a renovated 800-square-foot room, the center features a 60-foot-long digital financial ticker that runs along the ceiling. There also are five flat screen monitors on the walls that display live market data and television channels. WSU President John Bardo says the center fits with the strategy of preparing graduates to be prepared to immediately enter the workforce. Koch Industries was the initial donor on the project. Other corporate donors include Allegro Development, a Dallas-based software firm, Cargill Meat Solutions and Murfin Incorporated.
Deer-archery Season Underway in Kansas
SOUTH HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The archery season for deer is underway in Kansas, and hunters are heading out in ever higher numbers. The Hutchinson News reports the state has already issued more than 14,000 archery-alone permits for the season that opened September 15th and ends December 31st. That compares with about 19,000 permits issued for the entire season last year. At Heartland Outdoor in South Hutchinson, head archery technician Evan Theis says advances in equipment and TV hunting shows partly account for the rising popularity of bow-hunting. But he also credits movies like "The Hunger Games" and "The Avengers," both of which feature archers as main characters. Kansas residents with any-season deer permits may also hunt with bows during deer-archery season. About 27,000 of those permits have also been issued.
Driver Sentenced in Fatal Robbery
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A getaway driver in a deadly northeast Kansas liquor store robbery has been sentenced to five years in prison. The Kansas City Star reports that 34-year-old Larry Marshall Junior received the sentence Friday after testifying last month at the Johnson County trial of his cousin, Bruce Ashley Junior. The trial ended with jurors convicting Ashley of first-degree murder and attempted aggravated robbery in killing of 61-year-old Gerry Grovenburg. Ashley is scheduled to be sentenced next month. Marshall also had initially faced a murder charge but was allowed to plead guilty to lesser charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and aiding a felon. Grovenburg had owned Mr. G's Liquor Store in Shawnee for 35 years when he was killed in a May 2010 robbery attempt.
New Journal Focuses on Midwest History
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When a group of historians gathered last spring in Omaha to discuss the revival of teaching Middle America's history, among their plans had been to start an online Midwest history journal. Instead, this week they saw the University of Nebraska Press send out the inaugural print editions of the Middle West Review, an academic journal devoted to the history of the Midwest and Plains. The 180-page issue features eight peer-reviewed articles, 18 book reviews and an interview with a 94-year-old former University of Wisconsin-Madison history professor it deemed "the last prairie historian." University of Iowa graduate student Paul Mokrzycki, the journal's editor-in-chief, says it will help preserve the region's history and provide a place for historians to publish their work.