New trade agreement with Japan is good news for Kansas producers…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: October 9, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiOctober 9, 2019

A new trade agreement between the United States and Japan is a win for Kansas farmers and ranchers. According to Kansas Senator Jerry Moran, Japan is the second largest export market for agricultural products from Kansas and this agreement will result in even greater market access for beef, wheat, sorghum and pork, and put American producers on a level playing field with our foreign competitors. It will also benefit Kansas dairy producers by expanding cheese exports, and will eliminate tariffs on certain types of ethanol.

The search is continuing for the second suspect in a deadly shooting at a Kansas, bar.  Authorities surrounded and searched a duplex and a home in the search for 29-year-old Hugo Villanueva-Morales.  Police could not find Villanueva-Morales, who is one of two men accused of opening fire at the Tequila KC bar early Sunday morning killing four people and wounding five others.

Dozens of Kansas school districts are getting a grant to improve security.  The Safe and Secure Schools State Aid Grants will go to 169 school districts across the state.  The money will fund things like  surveillance cameras, classroom door locks, and other improvements.

A group of Kansas prison inmates is raising money for a youth baseball league.  Inmates at the El Dorado Correctional Facility raised two-thousand-dollars for League 42. Officials say the inmates began their fundraising effort after watching a video about how League 42 serves Wichita area children.

A Kansas community is taking steps to offer legal protections to the LGBTQ community. The Overland Park City Council approved an ordinance this week which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.  The measure protects residents from being denied employment, housing or services because of sexual orientation or gender identity. The ordinance takes effect October 15th.

Time is running out for Kansas voters to register for the upcoming general election.  October 15th is the deadline to register to vote.  Multiple local races will be decided across the state on Tuesday, November 5th.

A Kansas gas station is now on the National Register of Historic Places.  Vickers Petroleum Service Station on Main Street in Haysville was added to the register in August.  The station, which was built in 1954, was the first service station in the country to feature a batwing design.

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