Kansas ag groups pushing to lift trade embargo with Cuba…and other headlines: September 21, 2016

andy lambertSeptember 21, 2016
Several ag groups in Kansas collaborate to push for the lifting of the trade embargo with Cuba. The coalition includes representatives of the Kansas Wheat Commission, Soybean Association, Farm Bureau, Livestock Association, and the Kansas Corn Growers Association. A past chairman of the Kansas Wheat Commission says lifting the embargo would level the playing field with Canada and Europe.
A voting rights group claims Secretary of State Kris Kobach has thrown out the registrations of about 6,570 voters under a rule that allows him to toss them after 90 days because they didn’t provide proof of citizenship. Those people likely didn’t sign up at a moter vehicle office, so they’re not covered by recent court orders.
Kansas is one of 21 states suing to block a rule from the Department of Labor that would make more, higher-end workers eligible for overtime pay. It would repeal the so-called “white collar exemption” and more than double the salary threshold for overtime. Critics call the ruling a burden on the private and public sectors, plus an overreach from the feds.
Lindsborg’s city council unanimously approves a resolution supporting diversity after racist messages were written on the sidewalks at Bethany College. Those targeted the college president, who has two adopted bi-racial children, as well as minority students the school is recruiting. Those messages included a chalk outline of a body and the phrase “make Lindsborg white again”, among others.
OSHA is investigating an accident at a grain bin in Ellsworth, where a worker’s leg got caught in a running auger and had to be amputated. The agency’s statement claim that worker stepped into the auger well inside the grain bin while it was turned on. It’s unclear why he did that, since it’s strongly discouraged.




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