Archive for Monday, April 7, 2014

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12:03 a.m.
Ed Elmer sorts through a photo album Thursday at his home in Oskaloosa. The photos are of his years living in Washington State, where his family home near Oso was destroyed by the massive landslide on March 22 that killed dozens of people. With Elmer are his wife, Jennifer Elmer, and mother-in-law, Mari McKee, both of whom had also lived in the Washington home before moving to Kansas a few years ago. Area resident laments loss of neighbors, family home in Washington’s deadly landslide
April 7, 2014
When Ed Elmer made his daily commute in Washington State, images of catastrophe always flickered through his mind as Mount Rainier, one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes, loomed massively in his windshield. What would happen if it erupted? Think of the countless commuters like him clogging Interstates 5 and 90. Imagine the devastation. By Kim Callahan
11:00 a.m.
America Almaraz, a local People's Bank manager, is pictured March 28. Through partnering with the United Way, Almaraz says she is looking forward to volunteer opportunities, especially those that involve education. Volunteer uses professional skills to advance education goals
April 7, 2014
A 16-year career in banking has taught America Almaraz to not be afraid to ask tough questions and to do the hard work of continually improving processes so you can achieve better results. Now Almaraz is excited to use the skills and insights she’s honed as the store manager for the Peoples Bank branch on 31st and Iowa streets to help kids in Douglas County succeed in school. By Micki Chestnut
2:05 p.m.
Teachers who converged on the Kansas Statehouse this week found various ways to pass the time as they waited for the House and Senate to start debating a school finance bill. They urged lawmakers not to include language that would also repeal the rights of teacher tenure in Kansas. Kansas teachers to take lessons from Statehouse back to classrooms
April 6, 2014
Hundreds of teachers converged on the Kansas Statehouse last weekend, hoping to deter lawmakers from passing a law to repeal their tenure rights. Among them were many social studies teachers who plan to share the experience with their students to help them understand how the state and national governments work. By Peter Hancock
9:06 p.m.
Kansas Capitol in Topeka School districts say new school finance bill will widen disparities
April 7, 2014
The Legislature’s new school finance bill will continue to widen the funding gap between wealthy and poor districts, attorneys representing school districts that successfully sued the state said Monday. By Scott Rothschild

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