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Regional Headlines for Saturday, September 1, 2012



Kansas Revenues Miss August Forecast

 TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan says the state's tax collections missed expectations by $14.9 million in August. Jordan attributed the numbers released Friday to flat individual income tax collections and the beginning of payments on bonds issued by the state. Total tax collections for August came to $438.7 million. The state had expected to collect $453.6 million. Jordan said that while individual income tax collections were flat, sales taxes beat expectations by $6.4 million. 


Kansas Officials Certify August Primary, Settle 65th District Race. 

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Democratic primary for a seat in the Kansas House has been decided by the flip of a coin. The August 7th election for the 65th District seat in northeastern Kansas ended in a tie between Melody Saxton and Tom Brungardt, both of Junction City and both with 206 votes. Saxton won a coin flip Friday by the State Board of Canvassers as the results of the primaries were certified. She'll face Republican Allan Rothlisberg in November. Kansas law requires the state board to settle ties by the casting of lots, in this case a coin toss. 


Emporia Has First Wind Turbine

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) -- The city of Emporia has its first wind turbine. Faculty and students of Flint Hills Technical College were on hand this week as the 2.5-kilowatt turbine was raised after two years of planning. The final step will be connecting the turbine to a computer that will register energy savings. Flint Hills Technical College will use the turbine to help power its Jones Education Center, which also gets its power from photovoltaic cells. The turbine will also be a teaching tool. The college's Power Plant Technology and Sustainability Studies programs both plan to use it in their curricula. 

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