Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House’s insular team of national security advisers.
State correctional officers are being put at risk because of critical staffing shortages in state prisons, the interim director of the Kansas Association of State Employees told a legislative committee. Rebecca Proctor told about instances of inmates attacking guards at the Hutchinson and Lansing prisons.
The Wichita State Shockers cruise past NCAA Division II opponent Newman Jets to improve to 3-0. Almost all the Shockers (3-0) looked good on Sunday as they won their 34th straight regular-season game and 27th straight non-conference home game. The Jets, playing a game that counted as an exhibition for them, never threatened either streak.
One Direction won artist of the year at the American Music Awards, taking home three honors, and was the night’s big winner next to Katy Perry, who didn’t attend the show. Perry won three honors as well, including single of the year for her No. 1 hit “Dark Horse.”
Small retailers say even if the day brings in a handful of additional customers, “it’s a positive.” They said they have seen some benefits in the shop-local movement in recent years, as well as from promotions such as credit card company American Express’ Small Business Saturday, set for Saturday.
“Mockingjay, Part 1” didn’t catch fire like the previous installments of “The Hunger Games,” but it still had the biggest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Gov. Sam Brownback and his former Democratic challenger will have their first public meeting since the election at the State Finance Council meeting on Monday. This meeting comes in the wake that the state is facing a budget shortfall, something Davis warned would happen on the campaign trail, which Brownback has yet to make a public comment on.
Not long ago, pasta-maker Barilla was just one more major company that had run afoul of the gay rights movement, a distinction it earned last year when its chairman said he would never feature a same-sex couple in an ad. If gays didn’t like it, he added, they could eat something else.