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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".

Furlough Friday, This Friday

This Friday court rooms all across the State of Kansas will literally be shut down…No services will be available to the public. Because of the state budget crunch, it has been mandated by the State Supreme Court that Court Service Employees be placed on unpaid involuntary leave – or furloughed. This Friday, April 9th is the first of 4-Fridays in ... Read More »

Kansas Appellate Judge Passes Away

Flags at the state capitol in Topeka and all court buildings and facilities have been directed to lower flags to half-mast in memory of Kansas Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Elliot who passed away on Monday. The dictum came from Governor Mark Parkinson yesterday afternoon. Judge Elliot had served on the Kansas Court of Appeals since 1987 when he was ... Read More »

State Delays Public School Payments Again

It sounds very familiar… the State of Kansas has delayed some of its monthly aid payments to public schools. The delinquent March payment makes it the 6th consecutive month all or some of the state payment had been delayed. This time, about half the monthly payments due to the 293 public school districts in Kansas, have been postponed. This morning ... Read More »

Regional Economy Picking Up

A perfect lead in to the next story!!! Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss is predicting, “The likelihood of dipping back into recessionary territory has diminished significantly.” Goss says a January survey of business leaders in 9-Midwest and Plains state suggests the region’s economy is picking up steam. The Business Conditioning Index for the Mid-America Region made a healthy jump in ... Read More »

Ag Profitability Conference

The annual area Ag Profitability Conference that was held in Smith Center today brought together an all-star cast of 6 Ag Economics experts from Kansas State University and a little over 50-area producers trying to absorb the financial advice necessary to make this a profitable year down on the farm. The program was co-sponsored by Smith County Extension and Post ... Read More »

Moran Blasts Taiwan

First District Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran had some tough words for Taiwan late last week. Congressman Moran blasted the Taiwanese government after the island nation’s Parliament voted to block imports of U.S. beef products. Moran said, “The failure to repeal the decision to block imports of U.S. ground beef and beef offal, risks jeopardizing future trade agreements between the U.S. ... Read More »

Internship Applications Available

First District Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran’s office announced today that the veteran legislator is accepting applications for paid congressional internships in his Washington D.C., and Kansas offices for the summer 2010 term. The Washington D.C., summer internship session is divided into two parts, with two interns beginning in May and finishing at the end of June, and two new interns ... Read More »

Financing Governor’s Race

How much will the campaign for the Governor’s job in Kansas cost? No way of telling with the election nearly 10-months away, but the odds-on-favorite Republican Sam Brownback, is already building a substantial war chest for the campaign. The Senator’s campaign office says it has raised more than 1.53 –million dollars in cash contributions in 2009. Campaign Manager David Kensinger ... Read More »

Economic Recovery for Kansas Still Slow

Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss is predicting Kansas will be one of nine Midwest and Plains States to see its economic recovery in 2010 go slowly. In a report released today, Goss says the slow recovery throughout the region is tied to the continuing loss of jobs in the manufacturing sector despite a stabilization of the overall job market. The ... Read More »

KHP Says Practice Safe Driving

With the nasty Christmas weather week now over, at least until the next blast Tuesday evening, the Kansas Highway Patrol is still reminding drivers to practice safety on the roadways as the holiday season draws to an end, especially with New Year celebrations at the end of the week. We obviously know a winter storm, like the one that paralyzed ... Read More »