News & Announcements

August 2014

Judge unseals some records, but leaves affidavits closed in Parsons

August 14, 2014

PARSONS — A Labette County district judge Wednesday unsealed documents in a Parsons quadruple murder case, and revealed for the first time that 26 search warrants had been issued in its investigation.

District Judge Robert Fleming ordered the disclosure of most of the pleadings in a capital murder case against David Cornell Bennett Jr., Cherryvale, who is charged in the November 2013 murders of a Parsons woman and her three children, ages 9, 6, and 4. The cause of their deaths, however, has not been released more than eight months after the victim’s bodies were found in their Parsons residence.

Services held for long-time Independence publisher

August 8, 2014

— Herbert A. "Hub" Meyer III, editor and publisher of the Independence Daily Reporter for over 43 years, died Thursday (Aug. 7, 2014) at his home following a battle with prostate cancer. He was 67.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life Service was held at 1 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Independence, with the Rev. Melanie Adams officiating.

Vietnam project: We're now at 38 photos collected

August 7, 2014

The effort to help collect a photo of every soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War took a leap to 38 pictures collected out of 265 sought this past week.

"I hope our member newspapers continue their diligent efforts to seek the pictures from their market area for this worthwhile endeavor," said Doug Anstaett, executive director of the Kansas Press Association.

July 2014

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.

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.”