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Kansans respond to Parkinson's aviation efforts

The percentage of Kansans who approve of Gov. Mark Parkinson's job performance shot up from 41 percent in September to 51 percent in October — after he brokered a state incentives deal meant to keep Hawker Beechcraft and most of its 6,000 jobs in Wichita. In the monthly SurveyUSA polling, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, Parkinson saw a more modest bounce, of 4 points, after he announced a deal in July that would allow Bombardier Learjet to expand in Wichita. As of last weekend's contract rejection by Machinists union members, though, Parkinson's Hawker Beechcraft deal is in limbo.