Record number of registered voters, kind of…and other headlines: August 2, 2016

andy lambertAugust 2, 2016
Secretary of State Kris Kobach says Kansas set an “all-time record” for registered voters ahead of Today’s primary, but figures posted on his own website show otherwise. His statement was true for primary elections. Yet figures posted on Kobach’s website show the state had more registered voters in October 2012, ahead of that year’s general election.
Kansas is reporting that its tax collections fell nearly $13 million short of expectations in July. The Department of Revenue reports the state collected $425 million in taxes last month, compared with the state’s official projection of nearly $438 million. Tax collections have fallen short of expectations 10 of the past 12 months.
In Dickinson County, an 18-month old girl is dead after being found unresponsive in a sweltering car that the sheriff says she climbed into at the family’s rural home. That girl died at the family’s home seven miles northeast of Abilene. The sheriff says the toddler had last been seen a few hours before her body was found.
A body found in the Arkansas River last week is now confirmed to be a missing theology student. He’d been reported missing July 9th when heavy rain caused the river to rise. A group of people found the body hung on a sandbar while kayaking last week.
Governor Brownback is promoting his interim secretary for aging and disability services to secretary. Brownback’s office announced the move yesterday. Tim Keck has been the top administrator at the Department for Aging and Disability Services since January. Keck’s new appointment as secretary will require state Senate confirmation next year.

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