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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(…)

IRS Explains How Offer In Compromise Works

Taxpayers who have a tax debt they cannot pay may have heard that they can settle their tax debt for less than the full amount owed. It’s called an Offer in Compromise. Before applying for an Offer in Compromise, here are some things to know: . In general, the IRS cannot accept a settlement offer(…)

Bonner Springs City Wide Yard Sale

Bonner Springs, KS – Spring is here, so it’s time to do some cleaning!  The Bonner Springs Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its annual Spring City Wide Yard Sale for those interested in buying or selling goods on Saturday, April 29th. This is a chance for you to clean out the closets, garage, and(…)

Celebrate Diversity At The Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival

Music, dancing and ethnic foods will fill the Kansas City Kansas Community College Field House as part of the 12th annual Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival: A Human Family Reunion. The Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival is from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 15 in the KCKCC Field House, 7250 State Ave. Admission and parking are(…)

New Rankings Show Healthiest And Least Healthy Counties In Kansas

Premature Death Rates Improve In 21 Counties And Worsen In 18 Counties Princeton, N.J. and Madison, Wis. – Johnson County ranks healthiest in Kansas and Labette County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the eighth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University(…)

Bonner Springs Welcomes Police Chief Naff

Bonner Springs Welcomes Police Chief Naff

Bonner Springs, Kansas – Bonner Springs Police Chief William “Billy” Naff officially started duty on Monday, March 20, 2017. “Mr. Naff is a progressive leader with a hands-on approach to community policing, and will be a great fit for Bonner Springs,” said City Manager Sean Pederson. “I am confident in his ability to lead our(…)

IRS Reminds Taxpayers Of April 1 Deadline To Take Required Retirement Plan Distributions

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers who turned age 70? during 2016 that, in most cases, they must start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Saturday, April 1, 2017. The April 1 deadline applies to owners of traditional (including SEP and SIMPLE) IRAs(…)

Consumer Corner: Avoid These Most-Common Scams Of 2016

By Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt This week – the first full week of March – we observe National Consumer Protection Week. While our office focuses year-round on protecting consumers from scams and rip-offs, this week in particular we remind Kansans to be diligent in keeping themselves safe. It is also one of our customs(…)

Unified Government Launches Trailblazing Public Records Portal

The Unified Government today announces the launch of a new online portal that will make the fulfillment of public records request easier and more transparent, the first of its kind in Kansas. “The Unified Government is required by the Kansas Open Records Act to provide records that already exist. I believe that public records are(…)