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Regional Headlines for Saturday, March 9, 2013

KPR-News-SummaryBeechcraft to Protest Air Force Contract

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Airplane maker Beechcraft will formally protest an Air Force decision to award a high-stakes contract worth more than $427 million to a competitor. Beechcraft, formerly Hawker Beechcraft, claimed yesterday that an estimated 1,400 jobs in Kansas and other states are in jeopardy. The Machinists union is urging a reversal of the decision.


Fort Riley Prepares for Sequester Cuts

FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) — Fort Riley officials are continuing to meet with state and local officials on ways to share resources and services in the wake of automatic federal budget cuts. The military is expected to take a large proportion of the $85 billion in federal spending reductions through September. Officials at the northeast Kansas post said yesterday they've been working with local cities and counties to soften the impact of civilian employee furloughs.


Deadline Passes on Preferred Mediator on School Funding Lawsuit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A lawyer involved in a Kansas education funding lawsuit says the parties expect to disclose next week whether they can agree on a mediator for settlement talks. Newton attorney John Robb confirms the parties hadn't filed anything with the Kansas Supreme Court on who they'd prefer as mediator by last night's deadline.


Season Tickets Up for KC Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have a new coach, a new general manager — and plenty of new season-ticket holders. New season sales are up 112 percent over this time last year, according to figures provided to The Associated Press yesterday. Invoices were sent out January 7th, three days after new coach Andy Reid was hired.

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