TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Governor Sebelius is expected to sign a bill
that provides up to $1 million a year to support airline service to the Manhattan area.
Earlier this week, Sebelius said she likes Kansas' chances to win a five-state contest to land the new national biodefense laboratory. But she said one piece missing from the state's bid was a legislative commitment to support air service to the Manhattan Regional Airport.
The proposed Kansas site for the biodefense laboratory is at the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan.
Under the bill, state support would be provided for any quarter in which air flights to Manhattan were at less than 70 percent capacity. The bill requires a local match of $250,000 a year. The House and Senate both passed it by wide margins.