by Mary Rupert
With a performance by the Schlagle High School marching band and dancers, and a visit by Miss Kansas USA, the lieutenant governor and the Kansas secretary of state, Krispy Kreme opened its 1,000th store this morning in Kansas City, Kan.
The store gave away free doughnuts for a year to the first 100 people in line when the store opened at 6 a.m., according to store officials. Tim France, local marketing coordinator for the store, said there were about 120 people waiting in line when the store opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday.
The first camper camped out all night, according to Krispy Kreme’s Stephen Graves, vice president of operations at Krispy Kreme.
Today Krispy Kreme is giving away one free doughnut to everyone who comes to the new store. Other participating Krispy Kreme stores around the world are also giving away one free doughnut to their first 1,000 customers today to celebrate the 1,000th Krispy Kreme store, according to company officials.
The new store is a 2,800 square-foot free-standing building located in Wyandotte Plaza at 78th and State in Kansas City, Kan.
“I’m so proud to be a part of what is a wonderful time at Krispy Kreme as Krispy Kreme continues to grow,” Graves said.
Cindy Bay, senior vice president of Krispy Kreme, said the store has been operating for 77 years and is in 23 countries.
Mike and Janet Parker are the franchise partner, Graves said.
Miss USA Kansas, Alexis Railsback, made an appearance at the event, as well as Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
“What an honor for the state of Kansas to have store No. 1,000,” Kobach said, promising that he would be going through the shop’s drive-in window in the future.
“This is an excellent bit of development for Kansas City, Kan.,” Kobach said, adding that it is part of a revitalization effort.
Wyandotte Plaza has been undergoing renovations during the past year, under the direction of RED Legacy, including the building of a new grocery store. A Marshalls store and PetSmart also are part of the future plans at Wyandotte Plaza. The Wyandotte Plaza redevelopment is a $28 million project in total.
Claros appeared in 12 matches for club across all competitions
Sporting Kansas City announced on Tuesday that the club has waived midfielder James Marcelin and mutually agreed to part ways with midfielder Jorge Claros.
Claros appeared in eight MLS matches (including postseason) and four games during the 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League group stage since being acquired by Sporting Kansas City last July. The 29-year-old played at the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2014 FIFA World Cup as a member of the Honduras Men’s National Team.
Marcelin was acquired by Sporting Kansas City in December and appeared in three preseason matches for the club. The 28-year-old has twice represented Haiti at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, as well as in Olympic and World Cup qualifying, and has 39 career MLS appearances over two seasons with the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas.
Claros and Marcelin have been removed from Sporting Kansas City’s roster, making available two international roster spots. – Story from Sporting KC
Legislative newsletter from Rep. Stan Frownfelter, D-37th Dist. In this issue:
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A study released this week by the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy identifies Kansas’ tax policy as the ninth most unfair in the country. The study cited Gov. Brownback’s tax plan, which authorized tax exemptions for businesses and the wealthiest Kansans, as the reason why. The governor’s tax policy has created state revenue shortfalls and a budget deficit of over $1 billion over the next five years. Rather than looking for long-term solutions to address the problem, the governor wants to use single sources of revenue, like school district contingency budgets and the Kansas Highway Fund, to bridge the revenue gap.
After cutting $28 million from local school district budgets, Gov. Brownback and his legislative allies are now suggesting that school districts use their cash reserve funds to make ends meet this fiscal year. These funds, however, are not flexible and local districts have already allocated the money to cover future expenses like virtual and bilingual education programs, summer school, and textbooks. The one-time use of these funds is not sustainable and does not address the real problem: our schools are underfunded. Failing to invest in public education threatens Kansas’ future.
This week the House Transportation Committee voted to approve the governor’s request to sweep $724 million from the State Highway Fund in 2016 and 2017 to help fill projected budget deficits. The fund, which is a proven job creator, was established in 2010 to spur economic growth and development while improving Kansas roads. The move to sweep part of the fund will cost our state jobs and will defer scheduled maintenance on vital infrastructure like roads and bridges that Kansans use every day.
In an attempt to offset the significant cost of his failed tax plan, Gov. Brownback is proposing to raise consumption taxes to generate more revenue for the state. On Wednesday, the House Taxation Committee heard the governor’s proposal which would:
• nearly triple the tax on cigarettes from 79 cents to $2.29 a pack,
• and raise the tax on alcohol from 8 percent to 12 percent
Business owners testified to the committee that the bill would push sales across state lines into Missouri, causing them to lose business. Thus far, the governor has not been able garner support for the bill from members of his own party so it is unlikely that the new taxes will pass.
Several proposals are circulating in the capitol to change the way Supreme Court justices are selected. The current process is merit-based and nonpartisan; a nine member commission forwards three nominees to the governor for selection. Seeking to change the process, the House Judiciary Committee recently passed two proposals:
1. Appointment by governor, with Senate Confirmation, and
2. Direct election of justices by voters in a partisan election.
An independent, non-partisan judiciary is essential to the state’s system of checks and balances and electing judges in a partisan fashion, or allowing the governor to appoint justices skews that balance and threatens the principle of democracy in our state.
Bill bans professors from voicing opinions
The House Education Committee heard testimony this week on a bill that would prohibit employees of state universities and community colleges from using their official titles in newspaper opinion columns if they are about a person who currently holds any elected public office. Opponents of the bill claim it infringes on public education employees’ freedom of speech, and that the measure is unwarranted.
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It is a special honor to serve as your state representative. I value and need your input on the various issues facing state government. Please feel free to contact me with your comments and questions. My office address is Room 174-W, 300 SW 10th, Topeka, KS 66612. You can reach me at 785-296-7691 or call the legislative hotline at 1-800-432-3924 to leave a message for me. Additionally, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow the legislative session online at www.kslegislature.org.