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Sep. 10—Kansas aviation manufacturers are set to receive a combined $103.9 million in federal pandemic relief grant money to retain 4,284 employees. The Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection (AMJP) program was created through legislation introduced by Sen. Jerry Moran and U.S. Rep. Ron Estes, who both voted against the final version of the American Rescue Plan Act that funded the program. "As ...

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Sep. 9—An office with Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research is growing its initiative to maintain, repair and overhaul aircraft and will convert a Boeing plane. The WERX location of the NIAR received its first Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft that workers will convert into a freight plane, the university announced Wednesday. It will then be transferred to a ...

Sep. 7—A Wichita area school district faced so many COVID-19 cases last month, it shut down schools until Sept. 7. North of Kansas City, Lathrop Elementary School is closed this week after seven classrooms were quarantined and 14 students tested positive for the virus. School officials in both Kansas and Missouri worry such incidents are a harbinger of what's to come. Last year, in the face of ...

Aug. 31—TOPEKA — Kansas may spend decades — or even more than a century — recouping the sales tax revenue it gave up developing large attractions under a controversial incentive program, state auditors estimate. The Prairiefire museum in Overland Park? It's sales tax break-even year may not come until 2104. The Wichita Sports Forum? It could be as late as 2076. The Hutchinson Underground Salt ...

Aug. 31—The Kansas chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials kicked off its fall conference Monday afternoon at the Courtyard Marriott in Salina with a few words from Sen. Jerry Moran. This year's edition of the Kansas NAHRO conference, that runs through Wednesday, celebrates an in-person return to the yearly festivities, that include award presentations and ...

Aug. 30—Former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer, citing prostate cancer, has dropped out of the Republican race for governor and is endorsing Attorney General Derek Schmidt. The decision may clear the field for Schmidt, who now faces no significant opposition for the nomination and has secured endorsements from numerous high-level Republicans. The Republican nominee will take on Democratic Gov. Laura ...

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In accordance with the recent Presidential Flag Order, Governor Tom Wolf ordered United States and commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to fly at half-staff in honor of the victims of the terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26, 2021.

Aug. 24—Wichita Public Schools will require masks indoors starting next week for everyone 3 years old and older as district data shows more than 3% of students are in quarantine less than two weeks into the school year. The Wichita Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the measure Monday night after Superintendent Alicia Thompson told board members that 1,612 students, or 3.4%, were ...

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Aug. 23—After two public hearings and a resolution, the Barton County Commission Monday morning capped a challenging year by approving the county's 2022 operating budget, a budget that balanced an increased valuation with rising operating costs. "This budget represents an organizational blueprint to maintain delivery of quality public services at an affordable cost to the taxpayer while ...

Aug. 23—Sens. Roger Marshall and Jerry Moran announced a $190,000 grant awarded that will benefit Salina and the ethanol fuel industry. The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) was awarded to TA Operating. The funding will be used to create infrastructure to expand the sales and use of renewable fuels, with TA ...