News

Donnelly Named Most Diverse College in Midwest

KANSAS CITY, Kan., September 13, 2017— U.S. News and World Report has announced that Donnelly College tops the list of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the Midwest. Full list can be found here. Donnelly’s ranking is a reflection of its status as the region’s only federally-designated Minority-Serving Institution and Hispanic-Serving Institution. “We are proud(…)

Gas Prices Spike, But Kansas Has 7th Lowest Pump Prices in USA

Kansas’ average gas price jumps 26 cents in past week to $2.49; national average rises to $2.65. TOPEKA, Kan. – Sept. 5, 2017 – Hurricane Harvey may no longer be raining down on the Gulf Coast, but the storm’s impact continues to drive up gas prices across Kansas and the country, reports AAA Kansas. The(…)

AAA Reveals True Cost of Vehicle Ownership

TOPEKA, Kan. – August 23, 2017 – Owning and operating a new vehicle in 2017 will cost a driver an average of $8,469 annually, or $706 each month, according to a new study from AAA. The annual evaluation of driving costs reveals that small sedans are the least expensive vehicles to drive at $6,354 annually,(…)

All impaired drivers to be tested during “No Refusal Weekend”

Initiative is part of You drink. You drive. YOU LOSE. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office, the Kansas Department of Transportation and law enforcement agencies from across the state are joining forces to crack down on impaired driving during the upcoming No Refusal Weekend, when all suspected impaired drivers who refuse breath testing will be subject(…)

Insurance Consumer alert: How to handle an insurance claim

TOPEKA, Kan. — With a little preparation, resolving a claim with your insurance company does not have to be a frustrating, time-consuming process, according to Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance. “Being prepared with and keeping track of the information your insurance company needs to process the claim is critical,” said Commissioner Selzer. “What(…)

Three New Ethics Commission Members named for Unified Government

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – Three new Ethics Commissioners have been selected by the Ad Hoc Ethics Commission Appointment Panel and will be sworn in on August 3rd, 2017 at the ethics commission monthly meeting. The appointees are Wyandotte County residents who will serve a four-year term. The new commissioners were selected to serve on the(…)

KCKCC Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Jacqueline Vietti as Acting President

Kansas City Kansas Community College is one of the premier academic institutions in the State of Kansas and beyond. The KCKCC Board of Trustees remains committed to maintaining a positive and supportive educational environment for its students, faculty and community.   Information was brought to the attention of the Board that merited review by an external(…)

AG Derek Schmidt: More Than 1,000 Law Enforcement Officers Received Training to Combat Human Trafficking Last Year

TOPEKA – (July 13, 2017) – More than 1,000 Kansas law enforcement officers received training on identifying and responding to human trafficking during the recently ended 2017 fiscal year, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Trainings provided by the attorney general’s office were held in several locations around the state, including last month’s “Four Corners”(…)

2018 Unified Government Budget Calls for Property Tax Cut

As the community celebrates the 20th anniversary of voters approving the consolidation of the city and county governments to form the Unified Government, Mayor Mark Holland and the UG Commission are looking to a 2018 budget which maintains community momentum and again reduces property taxes. The 2018 Proposed Budget recommends cutting the KCK property tax(…)

IRS Cautions Taxpayers to Watch for Summertime Scams

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today issued a warning that tax-related scams continue across the nation even though the tax filing season has ended for most taxpayers. People should remain on alert to new and emerging schemes involving the tax system that continue to claim victims. “We continue to urge people to watch out(…)

IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Involving Bogus Certified Letters

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today warned people to beware of a new scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), where fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card. This scam is being reported across the country, so taxpayers should be alert to the details. In(…)

June is National Safety Month!

Be informed of important facts so YOU can save a young life and keep loved ones safe. Approximately 60,000 young children are brought into emergency rooms each year because they have had access to and took medications that were left within their reach. Don’t let this happen to you or someone you love! Summer break(…)

Be sure to consider insurance before moving

By Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance TOPEKA, KS — Whether you are upsizing, downsizing, moving across Kansas or across the country this summer, I urge Kansans to review homeowners and renters insurance policies before the first box is packed. Below are some tips for a safe and insured move, courtesy of the Kansas(…)

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards More Than $70,000 To Kansas Schools, Nonprofits And Literacy Organizations

Grants provide funding for adult, family and summer literacy programs Goodlettsville, Tennessee – May 15, 2017 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced the award of more than $70,000 in literacy grants to Kansas nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools this morning. These funds are aimed at supporting adult, family and summer literacy programs within a(…)

Wyandotte County Benefits From Transition to AVID powered by iNSPECT

We are excited to announce that the Wyandotte County Register of Deeds Office has fully integrated our assisted-indexing technology, iNSPECT, with AVID! iNSPECT reads the document in process and presents key index data to the user to be validated for indexing. Since iNSPECT recognizes the data for the user instead of the user having to(…)

Insurance Matters Retirement Planning Requires Basic Education, Assistance

By Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner Of Insurance TOPEKA, KS – Changes in employee benefits, health care, longer life spans, and uncertainty with Social Security and Medicare are challenges for today’s older Kansans. Those in their 40s,  50s and 60s should look to develop financial preparedness for their retirement years. Preparing yourself and your family(…)