News & Announcements

July 2014

Paul Branson II dies from motorcycle crash injuries

July 29, 2014

Paul Branson II, 47, presentation editor of the St. Joseph News-Press, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at his parents’ home in Osawatomie, Kan. He was there recovering from a serious motorcycle accident when he collapsed. Attempts to revive him by family members and EMTs were unsuccessful.

He was the elder son of Paul and RoseMary Branson’s two children. He married Dr. Joann (Jodi) (Beckman) Branson, in 1993.

Four Kansans honored for efforts on open government

July 28, 2014

The Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government honored four Johnson County area residents with 2014 Friend of Open Government awards in Overland Park Monday.

The awards were presented at the close of a Kansas Open Records and Kansas Open Meetings Act training co-sponsored by the Kansas Attorney General's Office, the Sunshine Coalition and the Kansas Press Association.

This year’s recipients include Rep. John Rubin, Shawnee; Robert and Adlynn Harte, Leawood, and Karen Dillon, a former Kansas City Star reporter and producer for KSHB TV in Kansas City.

Judge rescinds order sealing court documents

July 25, 2014

PARSONS — District Judge Robert Fleming today rescinded an order he entered in May sealing court records in the legal proceedings against a defendant in a November 2013 quadruple murder here.

The judge had entered a blanket order sealing documents in the case against David Cornell Bennett Jr., who is charged in the deaths of a Parsons mother and her three children ages 9, 6 and 4.

Open government advocate Randy Brown dies

July 24, 2014

Randy Brown, executive director of the Sunshine Coalition since 2005, died Wednesday in Wichita.

Brown, a founding board member and two-time past president of the coalition, was until 2013 a senior fellow and faculty member in the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University. He had been on the faculty since 2001.

Vietnam project: We're now at 29 photos collected

July 16, 2014

The effort to help collect a photo of every soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War has led to 29 pictures collected out of 265 sought.

Seigenthaler chose to raise hell on First Amendment

July 14, 2014

A lead pipe to the head will get your attention.

One day in 1961, Justice Department aide John Seigenthaler was brutally attacked with a pipe by Ku Klux Klansmen as he rushed to protect Freedom Riders arriving in Montgomery, Ala. The Klansmen left John in the street to die.

But John survived, going on to a rich career as a journalist and a passionate First Amendment advocate who would laugh about how Attorney General Bobby Kennedy thanked him for “using his head.” John died at 86 Friday morning in Nashville.

Probable cause affidavits change now in effect

July 3, 2014

Effective July 1, the law on probable cause affidavits for arrest warrants and search warrants has changed.

This change follows several years of effort by the Kansas Press Association and media organizations. For more than 30 years, those records have been presumed closed and could only be opened by an order of the court.

USPS announces mail distribution consolidation plan

July 2, 2014

 The National Newspaper Association strongly objected this week to the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement that it would close or consolidate more than 80 mail processing facilities after January and lower service standards for Periodicals and First-Class mail.

June 2014

It's a whole new ballgame out there

June 16, 2014

“The problem we’re trying to solve is that there are rich teams and there are poor teams. Then there’s fifty feet of crap, and then there’s us. It’s an unfair game. And now we’ve been gutted. We’re like organ donors for the rich. Boston’s taken our kidneys, Yankees have taken our heart. And you guys just sit around talking the same old “good body” nonsense like we’re selling jeans. Like we’re looking for Fabio. We’ve got to think differently. We are the last dog at the bowl. You see what happens to the runt of the litter? He dies.” 

Krier retires; names new publisher

June 12, 2014

Frank Mercer is the new publisher of Main Street Media's Kansas and Nebraska newspapers, effective June 1.

He succeeds Jack Krier, who retired. Mercer and Krier have been partners in the newspaper business since 1995.