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Sgt. Sweet

Updated: 02/18/2009 - When fourth graders at Christ the King School sealed their care package for a soldier, they never thought they would meet the person it was addressed to. The day did come and Wednesday the students were introduced to Sgt. Sweet.

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Kansas Budget Cash Crunch Averted, Refunds Resume

Updated: 02/19/2009 - The Kansas budget cash crunch has been averted. Legislative leaders Wednesday approved moving money into the state's main bank account from other state agencies. Moving that $225 million gives the state enough cash to pay its bills on time.

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Silver Lake Kicks Off Testing Season

Updated: 02/18/2009 - Silver Lake Junior and Senior High School students began statewide assessment tests Wednesday. A special assembly was held to motivate them for success.

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Coffeyville Bank Robbery Suspect, Victim Id'd

Updated: 02/18/2009 - Police Cmdr. Mike Brown said in a news release that 39-year-old Ross A. Williams of Claremore, Okla., was arrested without incident at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Williams is suspected of holding up a Bank of America branch in Coffeyville shortly before 5 p.m.

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Sebelius Signs Budget Bill, Softens School Cuts

Updated: 02/18/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday she signed a budget balancing bill, but vetoed some of the school funding cuts it included. It sets the stage for a Wednesday Finance Council meeting that could keep state worker paychecks on track.

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Goodyear Cutting Nearly 5,000 Jobs after 4Q Loss

Updated: 02/18/2009 - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., the biggest U.S. tire maker, said Wednesday it plans to cut 5,000 jobs this year after swinging to a fourth-quarter loss as sales sank 21 percent.

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Council Approves Sales Tax Ballot Issue

Updated: 02/17/2009 - After Deborah Swank changed her mind and asked for the issue to be reconsidered, the Topeka City Council voted to approve a sales tax ballot issue.

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Kansas Meatpacking Plant Closing, 275 Jobs Lost

Posted: 02/17/2009 - About 275 hourly and salaried employees of Great Bend Packing will lose their jobs when the plant closes in July. The meatpacking plant is owned by John Morrell & Co., a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods.

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Kansas Shield Law Bill to Get Vote

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Sen. Judiciary Chairman Tim Owens says he'll allow a committee vote Wednesday on a proposed shield law for journalists. He's earlier said he was shelving the bill.

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State Transportation Tackles its 2009 Agenda

Posted: 02/17/2009 - If you're afraid the stimulus package means potholes in your pocket, at least you won't have to worry about transportation taxes this year. The state's secretary of transportation announced this year's outlook today.

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Sebelius calls Budget Impasse "Ludicrous"

Updated: 12/29/2009 - Officials say the state doesn't have enough money in its main bank account to pay its bills on time. Those bills include money for government employees who are supposed to be paid Friday.

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Sec. of State Accepts Offer To Participate in Veterans' Memorial

Posted: 02/17/2009 - Topeka 8th grader Sydney Barlow visited Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh Tuesday to invite him to speak at a May 3 event honoring World War II veterans. Thornburgh accepted. The event is at the Gage Park Memorial, 2pm, May 3.

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Gardner's Talents and Hard Work Earn Him YMCA Character Award

Posted: 02/17/2009 - With spring approaching, its just about time to get back outside and enjoy the natural beauty of northeast Kansas. One of this year's YMCA Character Values award winners has made Shawnee county's natural beauty his priority.

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