President to go out to dinner with four letter writers in Kansas City, Mo.

To see a video about the President’s press secretary, Josh Earnest, calling four persons to have dinner with the President in Kansas City, Mo., tonight, visit

The President is scheduled to give a speech July 30 at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo.

The letter writers’ last names were not released.

Candidate forum to be held at KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College will play host to a candidate forum on Wednesday.

The forum will be from 6 to 9 p.m. July 30 in Room 2325 in Upper Jewell on the main KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave. Candidates who will be on the primary election ballot in August have been invited to attend. There are several sponsors of the candidate forum.

Those candidates who have been invited include Republicans, Sen. Pat Roberts, D.J. Smith, Milton Wolf and Alvin Zahnter and Democrats Chad Taylor and Patrick Wiesner, who are all vying for a U.S. Senate seat; Democrats Kelly Kultala and Reggie Marselus, U.S. Representative, Third District; Gov. Sam Brownback and Jennifer Winn, Republicans, Kansas Governor; Republicans Kris Kobach and Scott Morgan, Secretary of State; Republicans Beverly Gossage, David Powell, Ken Selzer, Clark Shultz and John Toplikar, Insurance Commissioner; and Democrats Tim Dupree, Courtney Mikesic and Jim Yoakum, 29th District Judge, Position 11.

Each candidate will be allowed a three-minute opening statement and a two-minute closing statement. Moderators from various sponsoring organizations will ask candidates questions about relevant issues.

Sponsoring organizations include KCKCC, Business West, the Kansas City, Kansas Chamber of Commerce, The Central Avenue Betterment Association, the Historic Northeast Mid-town Association, Downtown Shareholders, Rosedale Development Association, Fairfax Industrial Association and the Kansas City Press Club.
– Story from KCKCC

K-5 repair, resurfacing project to begin in Wyandotte County

K-5 construction plans (KDOT map)

On Thursday, Aug. 7, a pavement repair and resurfacing project will begin on a 2.25-mile stretch of K-5 from I-635 to Sunshine Road in Kansas City, Kan.

Also, project work will take place on the ramps at I-635-18th Street, K-5-18th Street and K-5-10th Street. Project work includes pavement patching on K-5 mainline lanes and patching, milling and asphalt overlay on all ramps (listed above). Work will take place during daylight hours (sunrise to sunset), Monday through Friday with some occasional Saturday work.

Traffic control installation work begin the week of Aug. 4 and then starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, northbound and southbound K-5 from I-635 to Sunshine Road will be reduced to one lane each direction, 24/7 round the clock throughout the project duration. There will be a 12-foot lane width restriction and a 45 mph posted speed limit through the project work zone throughout the project duration.
Project work will first be completed on all adjacent ramps during two full 24/7 weekend closures followed by the patching work on K-5 mainline lanes.

The ramps from northbound and southbound I-635 to 18th Street, southbound I-635 to eastbound-northbound K-5, 18th Street to eastbound-northbound K-5 and southbound-westbound K-5 to 10th Street will be closed, 24/7 round the clock, beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, and will reopen to all traffic at 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 11. A marked detour will be provided. I-635 to K-5 ramp traffic will detour to Leavenworth Road then back on northbound I-635 to K-5.

Updated daily traffic information for this project and for the entire Kansas Metro Area can be viewed online at

Drivers should expect delays and must allow extra time during their daily commutes. The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and slow down when approaching and driving through the project work zone.

Realm Construction Inc., Blue Springs, Mo., is the primary contractor on this rehabilitation project with a total contract cost of $1.32 million. Project work is scheduled to be completed in late August 2014, weather permitting.

This project is funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas Legislature in May 2010. Find out more about these and other T-WORKS projects at: