Sens. Moran, Casey Introduce Bill to Help Prevent Seniors From Losing Money to Scams

Bipartisan Bill Would Train Retailers, Financial Institutions to Spot and Stop Fraudulent Transactions at the Point of Sale WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection – and Bob Casey (D-Penn.) – ranking member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging – introduced the Stop Senior Scams Act to ensure retailers, financial institutions and wire transfer companies have the resources to train employees to help stop financial frauds and scams on seniors. “Our nation’s seniors are among the most vulnerable consumers in this digital age—mistakenly falling victim to scammers that steal their money, identity and dignity,” said Sen. Moran. “This legislation would bring key industry and government leaders together to...

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Cold and Costly: Frozen/Burst Pipes Cause Homeowner Havoc

AAA Kansas Insurance Offers Tips on Protecting Your Plumbing When Temperatures Plunge With the coldest temperatures of the season in the forecast this weekend, Kansas homeowners could find themselves dealing with damage caused by frozen or burst pipes. With periods of brutally cold weather, pipes are at risk of freezing due to sudden temperature drops, poor insulation or incorrect thermostat settings. Temperature fluctuations this time of year in Kansas – the thawing from warmer temperatures, along with the refreezing at night – could continue to contribute to the problem, according to AAA Kansas Insurance experts. “Freezing temperatures put your pipes at risk, and recovery can be difficult and costly,” said Alex Greig, Regional Insurance Director for AAA Kansas. “Both plastic...

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Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

Fewer drives, busy holiday schedules lead to blood shortage WICHITA, Kan. (Jan. 14, 2019) — A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care. The Red Cross collected more than 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. During this period, about 1,350 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs as busy holiday schedules kept many donors away. “Many people may not realize that blood products are perishable, and the only source of lifesaving blood for patients...

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Governor Laura Kelly’s Inaugural Address: A new chapter in the Kansas story

I want to say a few words about our master of ceremonies today, Sarah Smarsh. First, I’m actually a bit star-struck. She’s a New York Times Best-selling author and National Book Award Finalist. Sarah’s story – one she tells honestly and without reservation – is a story shared by many in this state. She is a fifth-generation Kansan and a true inspiration to me and so many others. But maybe most importantly, she is an inspiration to our children. Our children from every community – who may be struggling, who may face adversity. What Sarah has demonstrated is that hard work and grit makes a difference. And that all children – no matter who they are or where they come from –...

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What’s Happening in Pratt

Happy Friday! B-29 Museum is open on Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Pratt Army Airfield – 82 Curran Road Visit their website at www.prairiebombers.org for more information. If you would like to visit the museum at another time call 672-8321, 672-2444 or 620-797-2919 to schedule an appointment! Bingo  Every Monday Pratt Elks Lodge - 1103 W. Third Street Early bird games begin at 6:30 and regular bingo starts at 7:00 pm. Piper Leigh & The Smokin’ Section Saturday, January 12 – 2:00 pm Barron Theatre For advance tickets call 672-1596. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children and seniors. Lunch & Learn – Landscaping with Native Ornamental Grasses & Flowers Wednesday, January 16 – 12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm...

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Auxiliary issues call for Rosies

The United States was plunged into World War II on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese Imperial Navy bombed Pearl Harbor.  Thousands of Kansas patriots were among the millions who left their civilian jobs and joined the military in response to a presidential call to arms. Heroic Kansas women were among those sixteen million females who answered the call to work on assembly lines, farms, in shipyards, airplane factories, and other institutions in support of the military overseas. Rosie the Riveter became the iconic image of World War II’s working women.  She was the star of a campaign to recruit females to work in defense industries.  American Legion Auxiliary President Karen Hasting announced an initiative to honor their service and...

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Upcoming Cover Crops Meeting

Cover Crops have been a hot topic lately when it comes to weed suppression and grazing livestock, but selecting the type of crop or mix of crops can be difficult with the many options available. A Cover Crops Meeting discussing the grazing and weed control benefits of different cover crops will be offered by the K-State Research and Extension Councils of Barber, Kingman, Kiowa, Stafford, and Pratt counties on January 10th, 2019 in Pratt, Kansas. The meeting will be held at the Pratt Area 4-H center located at 81 Lake Road in Pratt at 1 pm with refreshments sponsored by Scoular. Dr. Jaymelynn Farney, Southeast Area Beef Systems Specialist for K-State Research and Extension will discuss her research pertaining to...

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