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Proctor and Gamble Closure Announcement

Statement from Unified Government Mayor/CEO David Alvey: The Unified Government received notice from Proctor and Gamble on Tuesday evening that they will be ending production at their Kansas City, Kansas plant in mid-2020. They stated that this decision was based upon an internal study at Proctor and Gamble that sought to identify ways to align(…)

Consumer Alert: Investors reminded to approach cryptocurrency with caution

TOPEKA, KS – With cryptocurrencies continuing to attract headlines, the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner reminds Kansas investors to be cautious about investments involving cryptocurrencies. “Investors should go beyond the headlines and hype to understand the risks associated with investments in cryptocurrencies, as well as cryptocurrency futures contracts and other financial products where these(…)

Cold and Costly: Frozen/Burst Pipes Causing Homeowner Havoc

AAA Kansas Insurance offers tips for protecting plumbing when the mercury drops TOPEKA, Kan. – Jan. 17, 2018 – The first couple weeks of January have been cold and costly for many homeowners across Kansas who find themselves dealing with damage caused by frozen or burst pipes – and, the thawing from warmer temperatures, along(…)

Dr. Cynthia Lane Announces Retirement from District 500

At the recent meeting of the Board of Education, Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane announced she will retire, effective June 30, 2018. “Over the last several months, I have come to know that I am in the winter of my time serving as superintendent in KCKPS,” Dr. Lane told the audience.(…)

Joint Statement Regarding Time Trading by KCK Fire Department

By Unified Government County Administrator Doug Bach and Interim KCK Fire Chief Kevin Shirley Trading time is an accepted, legal practice which is allowed under federal law and the labor contract between the Unified Government and the KCK Firefighters Union. The issue facing the Unified Government is when the trading time practice does not follow(…)

Cash-Strapped Young People Start the Saving Habit in 2018

Are you tired of being bad with money? Start the new year off on the right financial footing with these cash-saving tips from Eric Tyson, MBA. Hoboken, NJ (December 2017)—As the new year approaches, people are excitedly planning their goals for the future. But cash-strapped young people may not be in the mood for celebrating(…)

Prepare Now to Keep Pets Safe this Winter

Seven Life-Saving Cold Weather Safety Tips from the Humane Society of Missouri With the first official day of winter just around the corner and cold weather on the way, the Humane Society of Missouri urges all pet owners to get prepared for the weather to come. Pets trust their owners to keep them safe and(…)

AAA Research: Premium Gas Not Always Worth the Price

AAA tests show premium fuel benefits some vehicles, but comes at a high cost TOPEKA, Kan. – Dec. 14, 2017 – According to new research from AAA, premium gasoline offers some benefit to select vehicles, but is becoming increasingly expensive for drivers. In recent years, the price gap between premium and regular-grade gasoline has risen(…)

3 Tips To Reduce Holiday Stress And Preserve Marital Bliss

The holidays arrive and with them come those endless lists of gifts to buy, decorations to put up and parties to attend. Meeting all the demands can place a lot of stress on a married couple’s relationship, but it doesn’t need to be that way. “We all want our holidays to be magical and perfect,(…)

Alcohol Impaired Driving Is On The Rise, Here is What We Can Do About It

Twenty-nine years ago, Larry Mahoney drove his pickup truck down the wrong side of Kentucky’s Interstate 71 hitting a church bus head on and killing 24 children and three adults. The incident which became known as the Carrollton Bus Crash remains the deadliest drunk driving incident in American history. The crash received national media attention(…)

Insurance Consumer alert: Kansas Individual Health Plan Consumers Reminded Of Shortened Enrollment Period, Potential Provider Network Changes

TOPEKA, KS — Kansas consumers making choices on individual health insurance for 2018 have approximately one month left to make their selections, according to Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance. The shorter open enrollment period for the 2018 plan year began November 1 and ends December 15, 2017. The federal government established the time(…)

Giving Second Chances to Senior Pets

Celebrate Adopt a Senior Pet Month with a new friend from the Humane Society of Missouri November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month and the Humane Society of Missouri encourages everyone to consider an older pet when looking for a new addition to their family. Many people immediately think of puppies or kittens when looking(…)

Consumer Corner: Home improvement scams continuing through the fall

By Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt Although the leaves are falling and the weather is turning cooler, our office is continuing to hear from Kansans about home improvement scams. Most commonly, these scams involve tree trimming, paving scams, and home improvement cases where money is paid up front and no work or limited work is(…)

Spare Me! Nearly One-Third of New Vehicles are Missing a Spare Tire

Automakers continue to eliminate spares to meet fuel economy standards In an effort to reduce weight and improve fuel economy, automakers continue to eliminate spare tires from new vehicles. According to new research from AAA, nearly one-third (28 percent) of 2017 model year vehicles do not come with a spare tire as standard equipment (See(…)

Insurance Consumer alert: Insurance department provides assistance for Medicare-type questions, fraud detection

The Medicare open enrollment period always brings a number of questions to the Kansas Insurance Department, according to Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance. However, only Medicare Supplemental/Medigap insurance plans fall under the Kansas Insurance Department’s jurisdiction, and those can be purchased any time during the year, Commissioner Selzer said. “We are able to(…)

Insurance Department Issues Overview Of 2018 Kansas Health Insurance Market

TOPEKA, KS – Kansas consumers will have choices of health insurance companies when open enrollment begins Nov. 1, according to the Kansas Insurance Department. An online department document shows health plans available through the federally-facilitated marketplace (FFM) are from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas; Medica Insurance Company; and Sunflower State Health, Inc. All(…)

Consumer Alert: Know The Signs Of Water-Damaged Vehicles

TOPEKA, KS— Officials say that within the next two months vehicles will appear for sale from unscrupulous sellers that are the result of water damage from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Kansas consumers should check the backgrounds of vehicles they may consider purchasing, said Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance. “The time is coming when(…)