Espinosa, Regas selected to All-Star team

The American Association announced that infielder David Espinosa and pitcher Kris Regas will represent the T-Bones on the South team in the All-Star Game on July 29 in Winnipeg.

“I’m excited for Regas and Espinosa,” said T-Bones manager John Massarelli. “With Regas as one of the league’s top closers and Espy among league leaders in several offensive categories, they’re great selections.”

Espinosa, who has been selected as a “utility player,” has been a force for Kansas City offensively this season, hitting .298 with a .410 on-base percentage. He leads the league in triples with 10, while also ranking 10th in doubles (16), fifth in extra-base hits (27) and fifth in walks (41). Espinosa has been versatile for the T-Bones, playing left field, first base and designated hitter.

Regas has been the anchor for the Kansas City bullpen in 2014 with a 2.17 ERA and 34 strikeouts in only 37 1/3 innings of work. The left-hander is 4-1 this season and is tied for third in the league with 12 saves.

Espinosa and Regas will join the rest of the South team on Tuesday, July 29, as they take on the North at Shaw Park in Winnipeg for the league’s first All-Star Game since 2010.
– Story from T-Bones

UG Commission raises maximum mill levy rate to 86 mills

Saying they wanted a little more flexibility as they discussed the Unified Government 2015 budget, UG commissioners tonight set the maximum mill levy rate at 86 mills, an increase from last week’s 82-mill budget proposed by the UG administrator.

Raising the city side 2 mills to 45.5 and the county side 2 mills to 40.5, commissioners voted 7-1 to approve the maximum mill rate. They are scheduled to vote on the final budget at 7 p.m. July 31 after several more budget discussion meetings.

Last Thursday the UG administrator proposed a budget that would increase the county side 2 mills and decrease the city side 2 mills, leaving Kansas City, Kan., residents at a flat rate compared with last year’s property tax bill from the UG. The effect on Bonner Springs and Edwardsville residents, however, would be to increase the county levy, leaving it up to the cities, school district and community college whether their total bill increases.

The UG Commission last year set a higher maximum mill rate for its published budget before lowering it when it passed the final budget.

Mayor Mark Holland said Commissioner Mike Kane’s motion on the mill levy gave maximum flexibility to the commission, so that commissioners would not be taking items off the table before they even talked about them.

Commissioner Jim Walters, who represents the Bonner Springs area, called for a discussion of the proposed 2014 amended budget, asked why an increase of $2 million was needed and what would happen if the increase was not approved. Walters voted against the 86-mill maximum rate. He asked if the $2 million increase in the proposed 2014 amended budget could instead be applied to the fund balance.

Earlier in the discussion, UG chief financial officer Lew Levin addressed how the UG could shore up its reserves to strengthen its fund balances. That is critical in maintaining a good bond rating, he said. If the bond rating is lowered by credit agencies, then it would cost the UG more to borrow money in the future.

Levin suggested that the UG might spend an additional $1.8 million to strengthen fund balances.

Mayor Holland said the UG finds itself in a situation where fuel costs have gone up, pension fund costs are up, state revenues have been cut again dramatically, and the top two priorities the commission gave to the administrator were to reduce the property tax rate and restore fund balances. There was some discussion about finding $1.8 million to cut out of the budget and add it to the fund balances.

“That’s the tension we’re in for the next several weeks as we figure this budget out,” Mayor Holland said.

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled at 5 p.m. July 28 at City Hall. The budget meeting calendar is at http://www.wycokck.org/InternetDept.aspx?id=31161.

The budget documents are at http://www.wycokck.org/InternetDept.aspx?id=9730&menu_id=954&banner=15284.

To see an earlier story about the budget, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/ug-administrator-proposes-no-increase-in-overall-kck-tax-rate-for-2015/

Driver injured after concrete truck overturns

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An accident involving a pickup truck resulted in an overturned concrete truck and an injury today on I-70. These types of truck accidents Oklahoma City happen all the time and can happen due to a number of factors, like speeding, inconsiderate driving or sleep deprivation. For truck drivers, the lack of sleep is potentially the highest factor when it comes to accidents, which is why for anyone who works within this industry, it would make sense to look into a site like https://bestelddevices.com/peoplenet-eld-review/ to look at possible electronic logging devices that you can have a look into, which can help benefit your job as a truck driver. Being on the road means every driver has to pay more attention, in order to prevent accidents like these happening.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report, the accident happened about 10:30 a.m. July 14 at I-70 westbound at Central Avenue.

A concrete truck was westbound on Central when a pickup truck merged onto Central and made an unsafe lane change to the left, the trooper’s report stated. The pickup truck failed to yield to the concrete truck, and the concrete truck struck the side of the pickup, the report stated. The concrete truck then overturned.

The driver of the concrete truck, a 55-year-old man from Louisburg, Kan., was injured and taken to the hospital, according to the report.

The pickup truck driver, a 30-year-old man from out of state, was not injured.