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Author Archives: Mike Schrant

Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".

New 911-Emergency System Bill Signed into Law

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed Senate Bill-50 into law Wednesday – it will be a law Brownback says that will make it possible for emergency responders to invest in the technology they need to respond. The new law specifically addresses the state’s emergency 911-system and applies to all modes of service, including telephone, cell phones, voice over Internet Protocol, prepaid wireless ... Read More »

Increase in Tuition Recommended

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The state’s institutions of higher learning are likely to become institutions of higher tuition when students return this fall. Most students at the state universities will probably pay higher tuition next fall – that is based on proposals made public yesterday from the state’s 6-public universities and the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. The universities say the ... Read More »

Supreme Court Rules on Republican River

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Kansas will be allowed to reopen a lawsuit against Nebraska over use of the water flowing in the Republican River. That was a decision handed down today by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court will allow Kansas to file a petition over its allegations that Nebraska used more than its allocated share of water from the river in 2005 and ... Read More »

Standoff in Downs

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It started in Mankato yesterday morning following a court appearance there and it ended in a shoot out with the Kansas Highway Patrol’s Special Response Team just before 7:30 last night. 21-year old Matthew Thille of Downs was the focus of a massive law enforcement effort as he holed himself up in his home located at 814 Division Street in ... Read More »

Osborne Football Coaching Change

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By Wade Gerstner KDNS/KZDY Radio www.nckssports.com www.northeastkansassports.com As we first reported on KDNS/KZDY and these websites, Cullen Riner has stepped down from the head coaching position at Osborne. He will stay on as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs. Former B&B head football coach Steve Tiernan has been offered a contract and has verbally agreed to become the new head ... Read More »

Tiernan To become Osborne Head Football Coach

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Tipton native and former B&B Falcon head football coach Steve Tiernan has verbally agreed to become the next Osborne Bulldog head football coach for next season. The opening came available after Cullen Riner stepped down as head coach after leading Osborne to a 10-2 record and a berth in the sub-state finals. Riner has accepted another job in the area, ... Read More »

Full House Set to Act on Tuition Bill

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The Kansas House of Representatives will take final action tomorrow on a bill that would repeal a state law allowing some illegal immigrants in Kansas to pay in-state tuition at public universities and colleges. The House passed the controversial bill 69-49 on an unrecorded vote today. Ever since the law was enacted in 2004, critics have argued it encourages illegal ... Read More »

Changes in State Fire Code

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The Kansas Fire Marshall’s Office announced this week revisions that have been made to the Kansas Fire Prevention Code. Kansas Fire Marshall Doug Jorgensen said the revisions outline various building and fire code requirements for new and existing facilities in the State of Kansas. Jorgensen is suggesting all Kansas industries review the revised regulations to ensure compliance with current Kansas ... Read More »

House Acts on Governor’s Spending Cuts

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The Kansas House of Representatives this week passed an amended series of state spending cuts proposed by Governor Sam Brownback. The plan calls for a 2% reduction in base state aid to schools and 7.5% pay cuts for legislators, some government executives, and some university employees. The budget proposal which now goes to the Senate, provides for cutting taxpayer-provided state ... Read More »

Governor Reorganizes State Ag Department

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed an executive order this week that consolidates the functions of the State Agriculture Agencies. Brownback’s move creates within the Ag Department the Animal Health Division which will now include the Animal Health Department and the Livestock Commissioner. The new division will be headed by the Animal Health Commissioner. Brownback – a former State Ag Secretary ... Read More »