Wheat condition continues decline
Wheat condition continues decline
WICHITA (AP) — Winter wheat in Kansas continues to deteriorate from lack of rain across most of the state.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 27 percent of the Kansas crop is now in poor to very poor condition. About 44 percent is in fair shape, while 27 percent is in good and 2 percent in excellent condition.
The agency says southwest Kansas continues to suffer through drought conditions that were made worse last week by high winds.
The report says that some farmers are planting cover crops and others are preparing fields. But NASS says most farmers are still waiting for soil temperatures to warm up and hoping for rain.
Corn planting is also underway in Kansas, with 4 percent of the anticipated crop now seeded.
Brownback signs fossil, nine other laws
TOPEKA (AP) — The flying pteranodon (tuh-RAN'-uh-dawn) and the sea-roaming tylosaurus are now the official fossils of Kansas.
Gov. Sam Brownback's said Monday the bill designating the prehistoric creatures as official state symbols was one of 10 signed Friday by the governor.
The fossils are remnants of the massive creatures that roamed much of western Kansas when it was a vast ocean millions of years ago. The region remains rich with fossils that attract researchers and tourists.
Other bills signed by Brownback include the expansion of the state's no-call list to add mobile devices to those protected against unwanted calls from telemarketers.
The governor has signed 24 bills since the start of the 2014 legislative session in January.
Dodge City election decided by drawing
DODGE CITY (AP) — A Dodge City official has won re-election after his name was drawn from a hat.
The Dodge City Daily Globe reports that a canvass of votes in last week's elections showed City Commissioner Kent Smoll and challenger Joe Peters with 424 votes each.
On Monday, both names were placed in a red baseball cap, and a Ford County employee drew Smoll's name. Peters is a businessman and part-time sheriff's deputy, and several other officials — including a fellow deputy — passed on the responsibility of picking the winner.
Smoll will serve a two-year term on the city commission. Incumbent Rick Sowers was also re-elected, and voters chose former Kansas House member Jan Scoggins for the third seat at stake.
State to launch tourism campaign
TOPEKA (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas tourism officials are planning an event in Wichita this week to launch this year's promotional campaign for promoting the state's destinations.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday morning at Exploration Place in Wichita. Brownback and the other officials are unveiling the campaign under the Kansas tourism brand. It is, "There's No Place Like Kansas."
State Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison plans to participate, along with Assistant Secretary Linda Craghead.
The tourism agency also said that the event will feature Kansan and Nashville country music artist Logan Mize. Promotional videos to be shown around the nation will feature a Mize song called "Sunflowers."
Representatives from several Kansas tourist destinations and period re-enactors will also be on hand.
Wichita to consider water supply options
WICHITA (AP) — The Wichita City Council is expected to consider several options for the city's long-term water supply.
The Wichita Eagle reports the council on Tuesday will hear from public works officials who'll present several options for a new long-term water source. The options were still being fine-tuned late last week.
Before the public works study, council members were considering various options, including completing the city's Equus Beds recharge project northwest of Wichita. The Equus Beds groundwater aquifer is being drained by the city of Wichita and other municipal and agricultural users faster than the $240 million recharge project would replenish it.
Financing a new water supply is the biggest reason council members might ask voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax increase, perhaps as early as November.