Hawker Beechcraft Announces Another Round of Layoffs
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Hawker Beechcraft has announced another round of layoffs, this one affecting about 125 workers. A letter sent to staff last Friday said the layoffs come amid a "challenging and rapidly changing environment." Company officials wrote that they will continue to evaluate the company's operations and "initiate reductions in force and implement furloughs" when deemed appropriate. The Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer filed for bankruptcy protection in May. Hawker Beechcraft Corporation has struggled with the sluggish business jet market more than other plane makers because it was purchased in a highly-leveraged deal at the peak of the general aviation market. Soon afterward, the market tanked. Those receiving the notices are hourly and non-hourly employees spread across several areas of the Wichita campus.
New Liquor Law Revives "Happy Hour" in Kansas
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas is bringing back happy hour. New laws taking effect today (SUN) make a host of changes in the state's alcohol regulations, including a provision that lets bars and restaurants offer specials on drinks for a few hours at a time. Kansas abolished happy hour in 1985 by prohibiting bars from changing prices between opening and closing. Lawmakers were concerned that people heading to bars after work for a couple of discounted drinks would consume too much, too quickly. The revival of happy hour promotions is just one of the changes. Others include allowing liquor stores and other retailers to serve free samples and to hose wind and beer tastings. But one thing remains unchanged: Kansas grocery stores still cannot sell wine or hard liquor.
First Black Man Elected to Kansas Senate Dies at 99
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A former state senator who helped Kansas move past Jim Crow segregation has died. Jackson Mortuary says Curtis McClinton, Sr., died on Wednesday. He was 99. The funeral home's online obituary did not provide a cause of death. The Sedgwick County Democratic Party says McClinton was the first black man elected to the Kansas Senate. He served two terms in the Kansas House before being elected to the state Senate in 1960. He continued to serve there until 1968. McClinton was instrumental in introducing the state's pulic accommodation law. It ensured equal treatment in restaurants and hotels regardless of race, religion or national origin.
KC Suburb Says One Man Drowns, Boy Nearly Drowns
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- One man has drowned and a six-year-old boy nearly drowned in separate swimming pools in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park. The city's fire department said the man died last Friday night in a pool at an EconoLodge. Later in the evening, the boy was fouind at the bottom of an apartment pool and rushed to a hospital in critical condition. The fire department used the twin accidents to remind people to be extra cautious during the summer swimming season. Emergency officials urged people to swim with a buddy and reminded parents to keep a watchful eye on children at all times.