Today In Kansas Report – Jan. 15, 2020

Jackson SchneiderJanuary 15, 2020

What is bad news for some Russell Stover candy facilities in some parts of the country is good news for the two in Kansas. The candy company plans to cut jobs in some areas, and add jobs in other areas.  The company says it plans to close some facilities and stores nationwide. An expected loss of  jobs will be offset, though, by new jobs resulting from expansion in other areas. The company will close the facilities in communities including Butler, Missouri, and Cookeville, Tennessee. A plant in Montrose, Colorado, will be closed in 2021 Some of the work from the closing will shift to other areas. Russell Stover plans to add a total of 300 jobs at facilities in Corsicana, Texas, as well as in Kansas at Iola and Abilene.

A Kansas aviation company is interested in opening contract talks with union members.  Union employees tell KSNW that Spirit AeroSystems has reached out to union officials in an effort to begin talks.  The collective bargaining agreement with many of the company’s union members expires in June. Spirit AeroSystems officials announced last week that 28-hundred employees are being laid off in the aftermath in the suspension of the production of the Boeing 737 MAX.

A California woman has admitted in federal court to transporting 60 pounds of methamphetamine to Kansas. 46-year-old Maria Alvarez-Buenrostro from Los Angeles, Calif., admitted that the Kansas Highway Patrol stopped her car Feb. 12th, 2019, in Ellis County, Kan. A trooper found the methamphetamine in heat-sealed bags hidden in a real quarter panel and in both rear doors. She could face a sentence of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $10 million.

A man who was injured in a knife attack is dead.  Police say 19-year-old Vincent Venturella died on Monday evening, two days after a suspect allegedly cut his neck with a knife in Wichita.  The suspect, 24-year-old Morgan Prager, was arrested in Pittsburg and is being held for first-degree murder.

The Wichita Police Department is welcoming a record number of female recruits.  The department says 12 women are a part of its newest recruiting class.  Police department recruits will undergo six months of training before receiving their badges and going on active duty.

Census workers will begin knocking on doors across Kansas beginning Thursday. They can be identified by the laptop computer with census logo on top, a black canvas bag with a census logo, as well as a photo identification card. There is no need for them to enter your home and they will not ask for credit card numbers, social security numbers or payment of any kind. If someone claiming to be a census worker attempts any of these things, call your local law enforcement. Otherwise, answer their questions so they can complete their important task. For more information about the census, visit


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