Viewpoints

Tranckino twins recover from reconstructive brain surgery
April 23, 2014
Blake and Lance Tranckino had successful reconstructive surgery on their skulls earlier this month and are well on their way to recovery.
Local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter is not only digging up history, they’re making it
March 26, 2014
The Ephraim Basehor Chapter of the DAR, consisting of 25 members from Basehor, Bonner Springs and Tonganoxie, is starting its second year full year as a chapter. In 2013, 3,906 women joined DAR chapters across the country, making it the biggest year for new membership in the 123-year history of the organization. Kansas now has 60 of its own chapters.
Kansas Supreme Court: State’s public school funding levels are unconstitutional
10:12 a.m., March 7, 2014 Updated 05:10 p.m.
The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state’s current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas’ poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession.
Letter to the editor: Snow shoveling help appreciated
February 18, 2014
I am writing this letter so that the nicest man in the world might read it.
Car fire sparks Sunday brush fire, closes State Avenue
08:48 p.m., January 28, 2014 Updated 08:48 p.m.
A car fire Sunday at about 12:53 p.m. forced a brief closure of the westbound lanes of State Avenue while emergency crews responded to put out the flames.
Kansas delegation splits on spending bill with NBAF funding
12:00 p.m., January 17, 2014 Updated 12:00 p.m.
The Kansas congressional delegation split evenly this week on a federal spending bill that includes $404 million for construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to be built at Kansas State University. That money was part of a $1.1 trillion appropriations bill to fund federal government operations through the rest of the federal fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
Linenberger: Mirror welcoming readers’ photos for new features
January 14, 2014
Whenever a season changes or a big snow falls, I can count on readers to send in their photos of the local sights.
Linenberger: Tonganoxie should roll out red carpet for statewide retreat
January 9, 2014
It was about two years ago that Cheryl Hanback, Keyta Kelly and I headed to Newton for the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s Big Rural Brainstorm.
5 questions: Sticking to your resolutions
12:00 a.m., January 8, 2014 Updated 12:00 a.m.
The new year always begins with ambitious resolutions. Despite lofty personal goals for 2014, the truth is most people fall short of achieving them. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, about 54 percent of people fail to maintain their resolutions at the six-month mark of the new year. So, we went to Active.com to find out how to better ensure your resolutions do not fall by the wayside.
Report: Kansas hospitals hire lobbyist to push Medicaid expansion
10:33 a.m., December 26, 2013 Updated 10:33 a.m.
The Kansas Hospital Association has hired a former Republican cabinet secretary to develop a plan for expanding Medicaid that the group hopes Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-led Kansas Legislature can support.
Man arrested in car bomb plot at Kansas airport
10:40 a.m., December 19, 2013 Updated 10:40 a.m.
A Kansas man was arrested Friday on charges that he planned to set off a car bomb at the Wichita airport in an attack intended to support al-Qaida, authorities said.
Kansas state school funding falling short of legislators’ plan
11:26 a.m., December 12, 2013 Updated 11:26 a.m.
Public schools will have less money per student than the Legislature intended when making the recent state budget, unless Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators provide more money when the 2014 legislative session starts next month.
Sheriff’s Office to conduct saturation patrol on Dec. 13
02:31 p.m., December 11, 2013 Updated 02:31 p.m.
On Friday evening the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a “saturation patrol” in southern Leavenworth County in an effort to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers.
Pound of meth reportedly seized during Lansing arrests
12:50 p.m., December 10, 2013 Updated 12:50 p.m.
Three Leavenworth County men suspected in several burglaries around the Kansas City metro area were arrested last week on drug charges after they allegedly were found with more than a pound of methamphetamines.
Death at Arrowhead ruled homicide
12:50 p.m., December 5, 2013 Updated 12:50 p.m.
The death of a Missouri man in an Arrowhead Stadium parking lot during Kansas City’s game this weekend was ruled a homicide Wednesday, but police said it could still take weeks before they know what killed him.

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