Laura Guy’s defeat of 20 year incumbent Craig Denny means there will be a new president of the Shawnee Mission Board of Education. She watched the final election results come in Tuesday night with members of the group Education First Shawnee Mission in downtown Overland Park.Shawnee Mission patrons headed to the polls Tuesday and delivered a crystal clear message to the district’s central office: It’s time for a big change.Register to continue
SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railway Co has awarded Thales a two-year contract to maintain signalling, telecoms and electromechanical systems on the 2 400 km North–South Railway network. This follows from similar one-year contract which was awarded in 2016, building on the relationship formed during the installation and commissioning of the equipment.Maintenance work is to be undertaken by engineers and technicians located at eight maintenance bases. The contract includes a knowledge transfer programme to train SAR’s local staff to gradually take over maintenance activities, as well as support for the Saudi Railway Polytechnic in Buraydah as part of the government’s Saudi Arabia Vision 2030.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has taken the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to task for its handling of the Missouri River in a letter questioning its decision not to release more water from dams earlier in the spring to prevent prolonged flooding this summer.The river is near historic flood levels along the more than 800 miles it stretches from the Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota to its confluence with the Mississippi River. More than 560,000 acres in seven states have flooded, including nearly 447,000 acres of farmland, Vilsack spokesman Justin DeJong said. The flooding followed unexpected spring rains and the melting of a deep snowpack in the Rocky Mountains.advertisementadvertisement Vilsack outlined his concerns in a three-page letter sent to Major Gen. Meredith W.B. Temple, the acting commander of the Corps, and obtained by The Associated Press. Although Vilsack said he wasn’t in a position to judge how the Corps handled its dams, he asked pointed questions about the agency’s decision not to release more water earlier and criticized it for not providing farmers and ranchers with more up-to-date information.His comments add to a growing chorus of officials questioning the Corps’ handling of the situation. U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., announced Friday that a bipartisan group of 14 senators from Missouri River states has requested a Senate hearing on the Corps’ management of the river, and the AP obtained a letter earlier this week in which Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad expressed frustration with the Corps even before the latest flooding and urged the governors of Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska to join him in discussing the formation of a new group of downstream states.Vilsack noted the Corps said in a March 3 report in the Omaha World-Herald that there was no need for early releases from the Gavins Point Dam and there would be little flooding unless the region received a lot of rain.”Agriculture producers point to this report and others in justifying their concerns, and they need answers as to why releases were not made to allow for more storage in the dam system,” Vilsack wrote in the letter dated June 28. “They point to forecasts related to snowpack and snowmelt and ask why there wasn’t more planning or more public conversations about the implications of operating the river under such conditions.” PD—AP newswire reportadvertisement
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES GOTEMBA, Shizuoka Pref. (Kyodo) Shingo Katayama stole the spotlight from teenage star Ryo Ishikawa in the second round of the Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters on Friday, taking sole possession of the lead after shooting a 4-under-par 68.Katayama made four birdies in a blemish-free round to reach the halfway point at 9-under 135, one shot clear of Yasuharu Imano, while first-round leader Ishikawa fell three strokes off the pace after an even-par 72 at Taiheiyo Club’s Gotemba Course. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5