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Archive for Wednesday, December 5, 2001

Governor urges Kansans to be vigilant

December 5, 2001

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— Kansans are being urged to maintain their vigilance because of the latest warning that more terrorist attacks are possible in the coming weeks.

The alert, announced Monday by Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge, was the third general warning issued by the government since the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks. None of the alerts identified specific targets, and local authorities say they've already increased security at the logical places.

Gov. Bill Graves participated in a conference call on Monday with Ridge. Graves said there appears to be credible evidence that more violence inside the United States is planned.

"Kansans should join all U.S. citizens in being alert and vigilant during the next several days," Graves said.

Access to the Statehouse remains tight, with uniformed officers limiting vehicle traffic to authorized personnel only on the grounds. Public foot traffic also remains limited to the east entrance of the building.

The governor has asked the state adjutant general and all state agencies to assess security and safety issues in light of the Sept. 11 attacks. A report is expected later this month or early next year.

In recent weeks, the governor has ordered National Guard troops be placed at commercial airports statewide to increase passenger security. Additional steps have been taken to protect Wolf Creek nuclear power plant and other key state industries.

Don Brown, the governor's spokesman, said Graves could be expected to refer to the attacks and changes in state security during his State of the State address to the Legislature after it convenes in Jan. 14.

Meanwhile, legislators will continue to monitor security issues.

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