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Top Morning News 2.21.13 (UPDATED)


Snow brings cancelations and delays; Hotline hooks residents up with government information; Postal Service to close Wichita encoding center.

Snow Storm Brings Cancelations, Delays

Snow continues to blanket many parts of the state, and many schools and universities in the Wichita area are closed.

Here is a list of area school closings.

Here are some other closure and delay information:

  • Transit buses in Wichita are operating Thursday, but they are on snow routes and riders should expect delays. Riders can call 265-7221 for the latest information on their routes.
  • The Kansas Turnpike is open, but officials are asking drivers to avoid travel if at all possible.
  • Hawker Beechcraft is open for business Thursday, but employees are discouraged from traveling to work. Salaried employees who can work from home are encouraged to do so.
  • The two major trash haulers in Wichita, Waste Management and Waste Connections will not be running their routes Thursday.
  • Gov. Brownback has closed state government offices Thursday through Friday morning. Brownback is urging residents to stay home and off the roads Thursday. He says the winter storm will provided much-needed moisture for our drought-ridden state.

How To Get Answers To Your Questions About Kansas Government

Librarians at the Kansas state library want to remind residents they can access legislative documents and information with a simple phone call.


Postal Service Will Close Wichita Encoding Center

The U.S. Postal Service says it plans to close its encoding center in Wichita, causing a loss of 380 jobs.

The postal service says the center would close later this year, likely in or shortly after September.

The center employs 797 people but only the 380 who are not covered by collective bargaining agreements will lose their jobs. The other employees will be reassigned to available positions within the postal service.

Officials said new technology that automates and speeds up processing of hand-written mail and poorly printed addresses made the encoding center obsolete.

The only remaining encoding center in Salt Lake City will stay open.