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Rep Jenkins Sees Possible Compromise with President Obama

Second district Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says she sees a few places where she could work with President Obama. The Topeka Republican says she does not support the jobs bill the President promoted on his recent bus trip. But Jenkins says Mr. Obama has signaled he's open to compromise on other issues.

Representative Jenkins serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which is a big player in developing the nation's tax laws. She is serving her second term in Congress.

Self Hopes MU Stays in Big 12

The future of the University of Missouri in the Big 12 may be decided in the next 24 hours. An executive session of MU's Board of Curators is scheduled for this (THUR) afternoon (3:45pm) and another meeting is scheduled for tomorrow (FRI). Earlier today (THUR), during the Big 12's basketball media day, University of Kansas coach Bill Self said MU should remain in the Big 12 to keep traditional rivalries intact.

MU officials previously announced they would explore their options outside the Big 12 Conference.

Chapman School Seeks New Mascot

The town of Chapman is searching for a new high school team mascot. The Chapman Fighting Irish received notice from the University of Notre Dame that it would not be allowed to use the school's famous "fighting leprechaun" logo that has served as the Chapman mascot. Lacee Sell, the district superintendent, says the community will have the last word on what the replacement mascot should be.

Sell says the high school teams will still be allowed to refer to themselves as the "Fighting Irish"...but won't be allowed to sell any merchandise featuring that name.

Wichita Mayor Reacts to Coleman Moving Departments to Denver

The city of Wichita is evaluating industrial revenue bonds and tax exemptions for the Coleman Company. Coleman has announced a plan to move key executives to Denver and intends to build a leadership center there. Mayor Carl Brewer says he just officially learned of that move.

Company officials say they’re moving a few departments to Colorado to better compete with other outdoor companies based in Denver. Coleman Company president and CEO, Robert Marcovitch, says more than 800 employees will remain in Wichita, where the company was founded in 1901.

KU Fans Asked to Donate Food During "Late Night in the Phog"

Jayhawk fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items with them to tonight's (FRI) "Late Night in the Phog" basketball practice at KU. The food items will be donated to "Just Food," a local pantry serving Douglas County residents. Angela Lumpkin is a volunteer for Just Food. She says the food drive at Allen Field House has generated lots of donations in the past.

Right now, the food pantry is in particular need of jelly, hamburger helper, and toilet paper... but officials at Just Food say all donations are welcome.

KS Tax Revenues Grow More Than Anticipated

While Kansas may still have a high unemployment rate, there is some positive news about the state’s economy. Tax revenues are growing at a rate faster than state officials had expected. That’s what Legislative Research Director Alan Conroy told a group of lawmakers today (MON). The state is three months into a new fiscal year, and Conroy says the state general fund is 50 million dollars ahead of expectations.

Most of the growth has been in income and sales tax collections. That means Kansans are earning more and spending more than expected.

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