From the Wichita Eagle

The Wichita Eagle reported that in front of a business audience in Wichita, Senate President Susan Wagle called Gov. Sam Brownback a “rock star and personal hero of mine.” She also asked, “Should (the Kansas Supreme Court) be interpreting law?” and “appropriating money?”

Brownback warned that if the state’s Supreme Court justices ruled against the state in the school finance lawsuit brought by several of the state’s school districts, that would trigger a legislative debate on the way justices are selected and suggested the Legislature would work toward creating a constitutional amendment that would be placed in front of voters. Continue reading

Another view…

David Hudnall, with The Pitch, offers his views about Kansas, its politics, and the results of the state’s political climate.

The Pitch‘s guide to Kansas’ shift from far right to very wrong

by David Hudnall

Suicides are up in Kansas — way up.

An October report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment revealed that 505 Kansans killed themselves in 2012, a startling 31.5 percent jump from the 384 suicides committed in 2011.

That sobering increase can be attributed, in part, to ripple effects from the recession. Suicide numbers tend to climb in economically challenging times.

But the spike also correlates to state policy. From 2009 to 2012, Kansas cut 12.4 percent from its mental-health budget — the ninth-largest decrease in the nation over that period. In Sedgwick County, where 88 people took their lives in 2012, the community mental-health center has lost more than half its state funding since 2009.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Taking Learning to New Heights:

Johnny Rowlands provides real-life learning for MNU Students

MNU marketing and graphic design students with Johnny Rowlands (middle in black cap) at KC Copter at the Johnson County Executive Airport.  MNU photo

MNU marketing and graphic design students with Johnny Rowlands (middle in black cap) at KC Copter at the Johnson County Executive Airport. MNU photo

Furnished by MidAmerica Nazarene University

For MNU marketing and graphic design students, learning is all about real-life projects. This semester, students in promotion management and corporate identity classes are teaming up to create an integrated marketing campaign for real-life client, KC Copters.

KC Copters, a full-service helicopter company, offers flight training, tours, and aerial video/photography. The company, founded in April 2011 by Johnny Rowlands, chief pilot of local ABC affiliate KMBC TV 9’s NewsChopper 9, has enlisted the help of MNU students to create a marketing campaign. Continue reading

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