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Bar fight imminent as mom-and-pops battle big chains over booze

By   /  January 4, 2013  /  Kansas, News  /  1 Comment

Kansas, where legendary Emporia newspaper editor William Allen White once said voters “staggered to the polls every two years and voted dry,” is headed for another legislative bar fight.

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KS: Trip over fiscal cliff more of a stumble

By   /  January 2, 2013  /  Kansas, News  /  No Comments

FAIRWAY – Kansas’ trip over the fiscal cliff isn’t like the climactic scene from the movie Thelma and Louise, the way economists describe it. It’s more like Wile E. Coyote’s delayed drop in those classic Warner Brothers cartoons.

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Twinkies layoffs show up in Kansas unemployment reports

By   /  December 21, 2012  /  Kansas, News  /  1 Comment

By Gene Meyer | Kansas Reporter FAIRWAY –  Ghosts of Twinkies past are starting to show up in Kansas jobless numbers. Kansas’ unemployment rate dipped 0.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted 5.4 percent during November, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Thursday. That’s one full percentage point lower than a year ago. But separate numbers, […]

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Christmas miracle! In Kansas, taxpayer money flows even when state workers stay home

By   /  December 20, 2012  /  Kansas, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

By Gene Meyer | Kansas Reporter FAIRWAY – Kansas government burns through more than $40 million a day when it’s working. That’s just a back-of-the-envelope calculation — more than $14 billion in state taxes, federal aid and other revenue divided by 365 days a year. What about when the government isn’t working? Spending appears to […]

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KS: Your $140K helps keep jobs in Kansas, but not many

By   /  December 18, 2012  /  Kansas, News  /  No Comments

By Gene Meyer | Kansas Reporter TOPEKA – Using $140,000 in taxpayer money to keep an employer isn’t a kind of corporate Christmas, the spenders say. It’s business. Thing is, those employers probably have no plans to go anywhere. Still, the money flows. Topeka city and Shawnee County leaders serving on the Joint Economic Development Organization, […]

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KS: Juvenile justice merger raises questions

By   /  December 12, 2012  /  Kansas  /  No Comments

By Gene Meyer | Kansas Reporter TOPEKA – Living conditions in Kansas’ juvenile detention centers are ugly. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback calls the findings of theft, injuries and sexual abuse reported in one state audit, and the shortcomings in teaching jobs and life skills uncovered in another evidence of what he called a “failed social services […]

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