Students in the Blue Valley School District have found a novel way to soothe the stress and anxiety felt by children with autism, and they’re hoping the chairs they’ve designed can someday be produced.
Three years after almost dying from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, Jon Sestak of Lake Quivira has turned his life around. He is back up to 160 pounds, has graduated from the University of Kansas, has a new job, a stronger faith and a new dog, named Champ.
With a record 10 put to death, the state matches Texas as having the most executions in 2014. The political leanings of Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster play into the trend, as does the timing of many of the cases.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year.
The Property Assessed Clean Energy program is providing a way for old buildings to get major energy upgrades. The energy savings cover the big upfront cost of the improvements, which also benefit the environment and provide jobs.
Massive budget deficits brought about by deep income tax cuts in Kansas are making Republican leaders in other states nervous about pursuing similar aggressive strategies. It’s being called the “Brownback effect.”
In a holiday tradition, here are the pithiest, zaniest and most outrageous quotes of the past year from Mayor Sly James, Gov. Sam Brownback, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Gov. Jay Nixon, President Barack Obama and other politicians speaking in Kansas and Missouri.