Kansas November revenue beats lowered expectations

Kansas tax receipts beat estimates for November by about $8 million, the Kansas Revenue Department reported. It was a bit of welcome news after officials in early November revised revenue estimates downward by nearly $160 million for the fiscal year that will end in June.

After weeks of negotiations, Congress finalizes 5-year transportation bill

The approximately $300 billion bill protects funding for transit from those who argued it should be cut loose from the highway bill, increases money for pedestrian and bicycle programs that also have come under attack, and includes nearly $200 million to speed installation of a critical railroad safety feature known as positive train control.

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Volunteers worked to set up the holiday shop at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau on Tuesday at the Metcalf South Shopping Center in Overland Park. The Christmas Bureau offers holiday assistance to more than 3,300 low-income families, provides them with groceries, toys, clothes, coats, personal-care items and holiday gifts. The bureau, which will open Friday for client appointments, is in desperate need of children's winter coats. Coats may be dropped off during business hours at the Christmas Bureau, on the west side of the mall at 95th Street and Metcalf Avenue.
Tammy Ljungblad tljungblad@kcstar.com