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Moran Says Wichita VA Med Center “Begging” & “Borrowing” to Avoid Shortages
July 23, 2014

(AP) – U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran says a veterans medical center in Wichita left its laboratories unstaffed for entire shifts and sometimes resorted to “begging, borrowing and manipulation” just to obtain vital surgical equipment.

Moran made the allegations in a letter sent last week to Sloan Gibson, the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair. The Kansas Republican senator says the problems at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center put veterans’ lives at risk and forced employees to work under conditions of fear and retribution.

Moran cited whistleblower complaints and 177 pages of internal documents, including meeting minutes, budgets and equipment request lists.

The VA medical center Wichita confirmed it had received the letter a day earlier but was still reviewing it Wednesday

Moran Says Wichita VA “Begging” & “Borr”
July 23, 2014

(AP) – U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran says a veterans medical center in Wichita left its laboratories unstaffed for entire shifts and sometimes resorted to “begging, borrowing and manipulation” just to obtain vital surgical equipment.

Moran made the allegations in a letter sent last week to Sloan Gibson, the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair. The Kansas Republican senator says the problems at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center put veterans’ lives at risk and forced employees to work under conditions of fear and retribution.

Moran cited whistleblower complaints and 177 pages of internal documents, including meeting minutes, budgets and equipment request lists.

The VA medical center Wichita confirmed it had received the letter a day earlier but was still reviewing it Wednesday

Wolf Claims Roberts is Behind Latest Look at X-Rays
July 23, 2014

Kansas Senate candidate Milton Wolf is accusing incumbent Pat Roberts of using his state political connections to smear him at the last minute.
Tuesday, the Topeka Capital Journal reported the Kansas Board of Healing Arts is opening an investigation into Wolf, who is a radiologist by trade.
The probe deals with some on-line postings by Wolf before the campaign.
The postings were removed before Wolf got into the Senate race.
In one of them, Wolf posts a set of x-rays that show the victim a gunshot wound to the back.
One caption reads, “My guess a jealous husband or jilted lover”
Another posting on the same page reads, “This is my 2nd favorite gunshot wound of all time”.
In an interview with KMBC, broadcast Tuesday, Wolf blames Roberts for the investigation because he has political supporters on the state board.
“He claims I violated patient privacy. He knows I didn’t. He claims I released photographs of patients. He knows I haven’t. Anonymous x-rays,” said Wolf..
“And if anyone is offended by the commentary that came along with it, I apologized at the time, and I apologize now,“ Wolf said in the interview.
The Capital Journal broke the story about the x-rays last winter. The newspaper said it became aware of the inquiry by the Board of Healing Arts because they asked the newspaper for some of their files regarding the story.
The Roberts campaign blasted Wolf after the latest newspaper story was published.
In a statement, the campaign stated, “In the unlikely event Wolf would become the Republican nominee, he would enter a general election seriously damaged as a candidiate.“.

KC PAC Gives in Huelskamp Primary in West Kansas
July 22, 2014

(AP) – A conservative Republican super PAC seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp is spending more than $108,500 in the Republican primary race for the sprawling 1st Congressional District of western and central Kansas.

A filing with the Federal Elections Commission Monday shows the Now or Never PAC out of Kansas City, Missouri, is putting money into mailers and other advertising against him.

Huelskamp is a tea party favorite known for his criticism of the GOP leadership in Washington. He is seeking a third two-year term.

He is challenged in the GOP primary by Alan LaPolice, a Clyde farmer and educator.

The PAC money is the latest blow to Huelskamp’s re-election bid to this agricultural district. The Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Livestock Association have also refused to endorse him.

Salina Bans Open Carry Weapons in Public Buildings
July 22, 2014

(AP) – Open carry of weapons will not be allowed in city-owned buildings in Salina.

The city commission voted Monday to impose the ban in public buildings currently exempt from the state’s concealed carry law.

The state allows concealed carry in public buildings but Salina was granted a four-year exemption from that law last year.

City Manager Justin Gage said that to prohibit open carry in city-owned buildings, commissioners needed to pass a resolution directing staff to post signs on the buildings. He says the ordinance will not cost the city much money.

The Salina Journal reports the City-County Building is operated by the City County Building Authority and is not subject to the resolution.

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