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Today In Kansas Report – Jan. 13, 2020

Jackson SchneiderJanuary 13, 2020

A winter storm is to blame for power outages across parts of Kansas over the weekend. The storm, which struck the area Friday and Saturday, caused more than 11-thousand Evergy customers to lose power. Evergy officials say ice accumulation on power lines, and downed power lines led to the outages.

Icy roads kept first responders busy working numerous crashes, including multiple rollovers and slide offs, including a crash involving a Kansas Highway Patrol vehicle which was hit on the side of the road.

Police are investigating a deadly hit-and-run crash.  They say a car struck a motorcyclist Sunday night on an interstate near Wichita..  The motorcyclist died at the scene. The driver of the car fled from the crashed vehicle.

An aviation company is planning to lay off thousands of workers in Kansas.  Spirit AeroSystems confirmed on Friday that it will lay off 28-hundred employees at its Wichita plant.  Company officials blame the job cuts on the Boeing 737 MAX production suspension and the uncertainty on the timing of when production will resume.  Spirit AeroSystems supplies about 70 percent of the parts for the 737 MAX.

Governor Laura Kelly has directed Kansas Labor Secretary Delía García to coordinate the state’s available resources for affected workers and businesses. García will be on the ground in the coming days to lead the centralized, coordinated response from state agencies. The state also will be working closely with local and federal agencies as part of the response.

A new tool is available for those who are dealing with employment issues in Kansas. KANSASWORKS and the Kansas Department of Commerce now offer a live chat feature on KANSASWORKS.com. The new feature allows Kansas residents unable to visit a physical Workforce Center location to interact with and seek help from the program’s qualified, professional staff. The live chat feature is maintained by employees around the state who are prepared to assist both job seekers and employers.

A man was injured in a house fire.  The blaze broke out Saturday in Wichita. A home and a car were damaged in the fire, and a man was taken to a hospital with severe burns.  Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

A group of Kansas educators experienced a hint of life in poverty earlier this month. John Girodat and Noalee McDonald-Augustine, Smoky Hill Education Service Center Consultants – along with the assistance of about 15 community volunteers – guided a poverty simulation for more than 50 participants with USD 298 Lincoln. Participants took on roles within families either under or near to the poverty line. With each 15 minutes simulating one week of real time, participants were tasked with feeding everyone in the family, getting to work or school, paying utilities and other bills, meeting everyone’s health needs, avoiding pressure to participate in illegal activities, and providing adequate housing for everyone in the family.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly will open the 2020 legislative session this week with her state of the state address. According to the Governor’s Office, she will deliver the State of the State address to a joint session of the Kansas House of Representatives and Senate on Wednesday in the House Chamber. The joint session will convene at 6 p.m. Governor Laura Kelly will begin the State of the State address at 6:30 p.m. As is tradition, Speaker Ron Ryckman invited Governor Kelly to deliver the address.

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