Audiences had their pick of genres during the Christmas weekend, but despite a host of fresh arrivals, splashy holiday fare like "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods" proved no match for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."
Good for Gov. Sam Brownback and other state officials for declaring January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Kansas and for taking action to combat trafficking. “I take seriously the fight against human trafficking,” Brownback said. “We have trained more than 500 child-welfare professionals about human trafficking rings, making Kansas a national model for preventing this horrendous crime.” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt noted that Kansas has adopted new laws to protect and rescue human trafficking victims. “Kansas now has increased penalties and put in place other measures to enhance the prosecution of traffickers and buyers in a comprehensive effort to reduce sexual exploitation and other trafficking statewide,” he said. – Phillip Brownlee
Though Gov. Sam Brownback went wrong in refusing to release the names of applicants for two new seats on the Saline County Commission, he made a useful proposal to take such decision making out of governors’ hands in the future.
Search planes and ships from several countries on Monday were scouring Indonesian waters over which an AirAsia jet carrying 162 people disappeared, and more than a day into the region's latest aviation mystery, officials doubted there could be anything but a tragic ending.
Conservative legislators and others in Topeka are signaling through their comments and actions a keen interest in curbing spending, weakening teachers unions and using public tools to aid private schools.
Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos got off to a shaky start this season, but with some help from Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud, Santos surpassed the team record for points by a rookie kicker set by Stenerud in 1967.
The Chiefs, by virtue of their sweep of San Diego, will be considered the second-place team in the AFC West, so their 2015 schedule will include AFC games against Buffalo at home and at Houston in addition to home-and-home games with AFC West rivals San Diego, Oakland and Denver.