Colby and Olathe have been chosen to hold a pair of tow-plows, snow plows that allow KDOT crews to clear two lanes of ice and snow at the same time. Olathe was chosen because of its proximity to Kansas City, while Colby got the other nod because of its rural location, along I-70 and in an area known for relentless winds during winter storms.
Millions of people in Kansas and other states in the middle of the country could be in for stormy weather on Wednesday. Severe storm forecasters say eastern Kansas will have a slight risk of high winds and possible tornadoes because of an approaching cold front. Far northwest Kansas could see snow.
Kansas has approved more than $4 million in emergency school aid for 25 districts. Governor Sam Brownback and eight top lawmakers reviewed requests under a school funding law enacted earlier this year. The districts had sought more than $6 million to deal with growing student numbers and drops in revenue from property taxes.
Government officials and economists say some parts of Kansas have been left behind in the recovery from the last recession. A Wichita State expert says most of the job growth has been in the Kansas City metropolitan area and the surrounding counties, including Lawrence. Topeka has seen slightly slower growth but Wichita hasn’t grown much at all.
A Kansas legislative committee is being urged to authorize creation of a network of emergency observation and treatment facilities for people having a mental health crisis. It would be an alternative to sending them to jail or a state hospital. Facilities would handle involuntary commitments from 2 to 3 days so people can be quickly stabilized and more informed decisions about treatment can be made. Some lawmakers are concerned about just how feasible that would be.