Huge Tax Hike Coming to Overland Park
The city council voted unanimously Monday evening to raise property taxes by 4.1 mills to fund the 2012 city budget. This vote followed a public hearing on Aug. 1 when over 20 citizens addressed the council with their concerns about the tax increase needed for the 2012 City of Overland Park budget.
Federal appeals court rules Obama unconstitutional
A federal appeals court ruled that a provision in last year’s health care reform law that requires citizens to buy health insurance is unconstitutional.
A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, located in Atlanta, ruled 2-1 Friday that Congress overstepped its boundaries in approving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s so-called “individual mandate,” which levies financial penalties on people who do not have health insurance by 2014.
Shooting at Plaza (Victims ages 11-16)
At least three youths were injured in shootings late Saturday night on the Country Club Plaza, where a melee erupted in which Mayor Sly James was shoved to the ground. Police confirmed the shooting victims were two boys and a girl, ages 11, 15 and 16. Police were releasing few details, but said one victim was shot in the leg, and a bullet creased the cheek of a girl, witnesses said. They did not describe the third victim’s injury. The shooting occurred near 47th and Wyandotte streets, near the Cheesecake Factory.
Rep Lance Kinzer Discusses 2011 Legislative Session
In an interview with Jim Sullinger, Representative Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe) discusses the results of the 2011 Legislative Session.
Kansas GOP Welcomes and Supports Tea Party Agenda
Before the Kansas Republican Party committee meeting started, state party chair Amanda Adkins thanked each Tea Party protester outside the Old Town Hotel Conference Center in Wichita and invited them to come inside. That pretty much symbolized the tenor and effect of Saturday’s meeting, a welcome and invitation to grass roots conservative activists to come inside and join the party. Every major vote by the 165 delegates in attendance supported the tea party agenda. Delegates unanimously approved resolutions:
*Against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare
*Against a change in how the Electoral College functions
PV Heat Pump Program has a 20-year ROI
Prairie Village has begun installing an environmentally friendly means of climate control. The city will flip the switch this fall on a geothermal heat pump system to heat and cool City Hall, the Police Department quarters and the community center. Grants, energy rebates and local funds will pay for the $1.3 million project, which is expected to yield an estimated $53,000 each year in energy savings. That means it would take more than 20 years for the system to pay for itself in energy savings!
Stabbing in Fairway
Fairway police are investigating a stabbing near 53rd Street and Canterbury Road on Monday morning.
One person was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police have not released any details on what happened.
Frontier Adds Two Non-Stop Destinations at KCI
Frontier Airlines soon will provide nonstop service to Las Vegas and Houston from Kansas City International Airport. In a Monday announcement, Frontier said the service — to begin Nov. 1 — will boost it to 18 nonstop destinations out of KCI.
Introductory fares begin at $59 each way between KCI (Code: MCI) and Houston’s Hobby Airport and $89 each way between KCI and Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport. The flights will use 99-seat Embraer 190 aircraft.
Progressive Paper Shuts Down
The Johnson County Sun has called it quits. Consider by many one of the most agenda driven papers ever in KC regarding the progressive movement has decided to stop the presses after more than 40 years of publishing.
Back to School
Counting down the days until the kids go back to school? Mind going in a million directions? (The car probably is, too!)?Well, take a deep breath.?This can be a stressful time of year for everyone.?But there’s help at hand.?Consider this a sort of guide — a few things to think about as you get ready for the start of a new school year.
Tribute to SPC Spencer Duncan of Olathe
SPC Spencer Duncan gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
Kansas Debt Clock
The Kansas “Drudge” Meadowlark
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The Times Public Service: Registered Sex Offenders
As a public service to the residents of Northeast Johnson County the Times offers Family Watchdog as a web generator to view if an offender lives near you.