BC-KS--Kansas News Digest 2:30 pm, KS


Associated Press

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 13 at 6:30 AM

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TOPEKA — Most of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's plan for further overhauling Kansas' tax system cleared a state Senate committee Tuesday, but its members jettisoned one revenue-raising proposal that helps balance the budget and deferred debate on other potentially unpopular provisions. The GOP-dominated Assessment and Taxation Committee spent less than 10 minutes discussing a bill containing the governor's plan, which aims to position the state to eventually eliminate personal income taxes. The committee's voice vote sends the measure to the full Senate for debate, possibly next week. By Political Writer John Hanna.

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TOPEKA — Proposals to extend term limits to nearly every major state and federal office in Kansas is unlikely to move forward after no one spoke on their behalf Tuesday during a Statehouse hearing, a committee chairman said. The proposals would place limits on state legislators, members of the Kansas delegation to the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the state treasurer, attorney general, secretary of state and commissioner of insurance. The topic has circulated in the Statehouse in recent years but never appeared in bill form until the four measures surfaced in January. By John Milburn.


TOPEKA — Prosecutors will ask for prison time for a private contractor who pleaded guilty to smuggling $150,000 from Afghanistan to Kansas in 2011 in a kickback scheme. A federal judge will hear evidence Tuesday in a sentencing hearing for Donald Gene Garst. Prosecutors are asking for a prison term between 30 and 37 months as recommended under federal sentencing guidelines. The defense is seeking probation.


TOPEKA — A Senate committee hears testimony on a bill that would change the way Kansas distributes funds to school districts to provide programs for students who are struggling to make the grade. By John Milburn.


GARDEN CITY — Representatives of more than 20 Kansas downtown programs are working to restart the Kansas Main Street organization, which was shut down last year by the state. Before the program was ended, Kansas Main Street provided member communities with help for downtown revitalization and small-business development. The state Department of Commerce eliminated the program last year, citing budget problems.


LIBERAL — A Fat Tuesday tradition continues in Kansas with a trans-Atlantic pancake race. Runners who flip pancakes have already competed in Olney, England, and the goal in Liberal is to beat the British winner's time.


— JEFFERSON COUNTY CHASE — The Kansas Highway Patrol says a man was arrested after leading officers on a chase that spanned nearly all of Jefferson County.

— DOG EXPERT KILLED-REWARD — The sisters of a prominent dog show expert are increasing the reward for information leading to the arrest of his killers.

— AIRPLANE SHIPMENTS — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association says shipments of general aviation airplanes last year were up slightly at the same time billings decreased a bit.

— SECURITIES COMMISSIONER — The Kansas securities commissioner has resigned and announced plans to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

— COFFEYVILLE RESOURCES-LAWSUIT — Environmental regulators say a southeast Kansas refinery operator has agreed to pay more than $2.3 million in penalties and cleanup costs for an oil spill during the 2007 flood in Coffeyville.

— BANK ROBBERY-MULVANE — A bank robbery in Mulvane prompted the town's schools to go into lockdown for more than an hour.



LAWRENCE — It took No. 14 Kansas all of two days to return to the top of the Big 12, and during a dominating win over No. 10 Kansas State on Monday night, the Jayhawks sent a message that the road to a title still runs through the eight-time defending champions. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta.

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