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Cargill has opened a new $50m distribution centre in Kansas, US, which can ship and simultaneously store around 40,000 boxes per day.
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Cargill has opened a new $50m distribution centre in Kansas, US, which can ship and simultaneously store around 40,000 boxes per day.
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The history of Kansas is one replete with humble but aspirational men and women. Our state has raised many national leaders who, over the years, have helped Kansas and the nation overcome many obstacles. Yet, our state’s true legacy has been built by the farmers, factory workers, teachers and parents who work hard every day to improve our communities and state for the next generation. These unsung heroes have made Kansas such a special place to live. In them, the spirit of the pioneers who settled our state 155 years ago lives on.
At no point in the past century have Kansans had it easy. Our state’s motto, “To the stars through difficulties,” reflects this truth. Our motto, though, captures a central feature of Kansans’ character: an innate drive to innovate, support one another, and leave behind a stronger, freer and more prosperous state and nation for the next generation. I witness these ideals time and again as I visit communities across our state.
Kansas has always been home to innovators – individuals who are willing to risk their livelihoods to pursue their dreams. From Amelia Earhart of Atchison to Nobel Prize winner Jack Kilby of Great Bend to Walter Chrysler of Ellis, Kansans are not afraid to break new ground in order to improve American lives. In Overland Park, lifelong Kansan and entrepreneur Chris Costello continues this legacy of innovation with his company Blooom Inc. A rapidly growing online financial service provider, Blooom helps people maximize their retirement investments. It was recognized as the winner of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s “One in a Million” competition in November 2015 – a national event that awards grants to start-ups each year – and the company has received significant praise for its low-cost approach to both innovation in personal finance and for encouraging financial literacy. The Kauffman Foundation’s statistics confirm that entrepreneurial ventures like Blooom are a critical component of economic growth, creating an average of 3 million jobs each year. The creativity and tenacity that entrepreneurs bring to their work are traits that have made Kansans successful throughout history.
This past year, the Department of Defense was tasked with reducing troop totals at military bases across the country. Initial reports were that Fort Riley could be significantly impacted. Members of the Junction City, Manhattan and Fort Riley communities responded by organizing a listening session attended by the Army’s then-director of force management, Major Gen. Roger Cloutier, which would give the community an opportunity to demonstrate its support for the base. The turnout was unparalleled – more than 4,200 Kansans attended to show their love and support for our service members and their families – and it was the largest listening session audience for any session the Army held. The Big Red One at Fort Riley sacrifices for our nation to make certain that those who follow us, our kids and grandkids, are able to grow up with the same freedoms and liberties we enjoy today. The February 2015 listening session was, in my view, the perfect example of Kansans coming together for a greater cause.
It’s been eight years since the Greensburg community was destroyed by an F5 tornado. In the storm’s aftermath, we saw the very best in people all across the state as rescue crews, volunteers and donations from communities near and far flowed into the city in an outpouring of support. Greensburg residents refused to let this great tragedy define their community. The reopening of the Twilight Theater last spring is a testament to their courage to persevere in spite of enormous challenges. The theater originally opened in 1917 and has a long history as a gathering place for Greensburg residents, serving as both a movie theater and auditorium space over the years.
Fortunately, what was old is new once again. The theater has entertained more than 1,000 Kansans each month since its opening and is now used as an auditorium for Kiowa County schools. I have visited Greensburg a number of times since the tornado, and each time I walk down Main Street and see the progress made, I think of the modern-day pioneers who overcame difficulties in order to build a better future for their community.
Pioneers like the entrepreneurs at Blooom, those who came together to attend the Fort Riley Listening Session, and the resilient residents of Greensburg are who make our state such a special place to call home. Because of folks like them, bright days lie ahead for Kansas. I will continue to do all I can to make certain we leave behind a stronger, freer and more prosperous place to call home. May God continue to bless the great state of Kansas.
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Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., talks legislation that would compensate terror victims
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Congress is considering legislation that would bar the Obama administration from moving forward on a cash payment to Iran of $1.7 billion in taxpayer funds, according to a copy of the legislation provided to the Washington Free Beacon.
Obama administration officials confirmed to the Free Beacon earlier Thursday that it is using a taxpayer-funded account to pay Iran $1.7 billion as part of a settlement agreement reached with the Islamic Republic ahead of the release of five imprisoned Americans.
Critics of the agreement allege that the administration agreed to the payment to spur Iran to release the five Americans, who were freed over the weekend.
The news has sparked outrage on Capitol Hill and prompted Sen. Jerry Moran (R., Kan.) to file legislation Thursday afternoon that would bar the administration from moving forward on the payment until Iran pays millions in judgments awarded to the U.S. victims of its global terrorist network, according to the bill.
“The United States should not be funding governments that openly violate human rights, proudly disregard U.N. Security Council resolutions, and call for the destruction of America and its allies,” Moran said in a statement. “This bill directs the U.S. government to put justice for American victims of Iranian terrorism ahead of compensation for the Iranian regime.”
“Rather than incentivize state-sponsored kidnapping, the administration should remind the government of Iran that terror and hostage taking are not for-profit enterprises,” Moran said.
The bill would “prohibit the use of funds to make payments to Iran relating to the settlement of claims brought before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal.”
The legislation prevents federal funds from being used to make good on this payment, which is likely to spark anger in Tehran.
The money will only be made available once “the President certifies to Congress that the Government of Iran has paid all compensatory damages awarded to a United States person in a final judgment” against Iran for past acts of terrorism committed against U.S. citizens.
The new settlement with Iran was reached independently from the recently implemented nuclear deal and is separate from the $150 billion in unfrozen cash assets the United States is obligated to give to the Islamic Republic under the agreement.
Obama administration officials maintain that the settlement was not tied to the release of Americans, though Iranian officials have said this statement is untrue.
The $1.7 billion settlement is “not related to the [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Agreement] or to the release of the U.S. citizens from Iran,” a State Department official who was not authorized to speak on record told the Free Beacon.
“The claim that was settled is part of a much larger case involving Iran’s claims arising out of the former Foreign Military Sales program Iran had with the United States in the 1970s,” the official said.
This is likely the first settlement of many, according to the administration.
“A large number of claims remain to be resolved at the Claims Tribunal, and this settlement regarding the Trust Fund is one in a series of claims settlements we have been discussing over the last two years,” the official said.
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WICHITA, Kan. – We learned last month about an investigation at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. We know it involves a surgeon and students from the University of Kansas Medical School.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran said at the time, the hospital was refusing to answer his questions about what was happening. Moran recently met with officials from the VA about the investigation.
“I shouldn’t have to learn about problems at the VA from the media,” Moran said.
But that’s what the senator says happened last month. Now, after meeting with VA regional and local leaders, Moran knows more about the investigation.
“The school of medicine thought the conduct of a particular employee of the VA was such that it was inappropriate for their residents to be in that employee’s presence, ” he said.
That employee is now separated from the residents and there may be more action taken.
“I was assured by the VA that a determination would be made based upon the facts early in January,” Moran said. “… Many times across the country, we have seen bad actors at the VA, and seemingly nothing ever happened. And this is just one more instance where we want to hold the VA accountable.”
Moran says he will follow up with VA leaders to make sure they live up to their commitment. In the meantime, the training of the residents continues at the KU School of Medicine in Wichita.
“We want the residents to have a good experience,” Moran said. “We want them to be physicians and surgeons in Kansas, maybe at the VA.”
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In recent months, I have read the terms and details of the proposed nuclear deal with Iran and listened to the testimony of numerous senior administration officials responsible for crafting and negotiating it. Informed by this information as well as classified intelligence analysis, I believe this proposal falls short of its goal to prevent Iran’s nuclear weapons capability. Back in Kansas during August, conversations with many people from across the state have only reinforced my conviction that the world can and must do better than this potentially dangerous deal.
Kansans are not alone in their opposition to this nuclear gamble. Concerns about the shortcomings and consequences of this international agreement — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — have only grown since the deal was announced in July. In both chambers of Congress, there is bipartisan opposition to the deal. Moreover, the opposition is not merely partisan or limited to Congress. Many retired military leaders and former top Obama Administration foreign policy officials have joined the diverse chorus voicing concern about the unaddressed risks presented by the JCPOA: excessive sanctions relief, weak enforcement mechanisms, diluted inspection scrutiny and an accelerated expirations of restrictions on Iran.
Worry is widespread this nuclear deal concedes too much and secures too little. The JCPOA fails to adequately dismantle Iran’s nuclear infrastructure while rewarding a government that finances terror and proudly threatens America and our allies. It relinquishes America’s negotiating leverage such that we are in a far inferior position if Iran ever resumes its nuclear dream.
The proposal has frightening costs. The result of its full implementation would make Iran a legitimized and enriched nuclear power — a state sponsor of terror on a direct path to nuclear weapons capability. The Obama administration claims this deal is good enough because if Iran plays by the rules, their nuclear weapons development is restricted for a few years.
If implemented, the JCPOA also would result in hundreds of billions of dollars flowing to Iran while lifting restrictions like the conventional weapons and ballistic missile embargoes. Meanwhile, the deal permits Iranian development of an industrial-scale nuclear enrichment program, priming Iran’s nuclear program for breakout once restrictions are lifted, if not sooner.
But it remains unclear whether or not international inspectors will be able to effectively determine if Iran attempts to make a bomb in secret, as tried in the past. The critical yet secret side agreements struck between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran appear to be dangerously weak, allowing Iran excessive flexibility that might prevent inspectors from gaining appropriate access to military sites where covert development may take place.
Despite calls for a serious review process, debate about the proposed nuclear agreement has taken an unfortunate turn toward the ugly. In an effort to accrue support for a weak deal that the majority of Americans oppose, President Obama has resorted to name-calling and fearmongering. The president has gone so far as to say the only alternative to this deal is war. This wild claim represents a disturbing conflict with previous statements administration officials made throughout the negotiations process. The Obama administration was either misleading us then or has since changed its story to justify their new messaging push. In any case, the specter of military conflict should never be used as a tool to manipulate public opinion.
Congress has a responsibility to serve the interests of the United States, not the United Nations. We should reject any deal that fails to enhance American national security or further American interests around the world. This deal not only delays addressing the Iran nuclear problem for a decade, but puts our country in a far weaker relative position and Iran in a far stronger absolute position in any future diplomatic engagement with Iran.
The Obama Administration’s stance that the JCPOA’s current form is the only available diplomatic option represents a troubling departure from precedent. Congress has rejected or altered hundreds of international agreements throughout American history. The refusal to consider any alternatives is an attempt by the administration to negate the role of Congress and muzzle the voice of the American people. We must not accept this.
Given the importance of nuclear non-proliferation and the terrible costs of yet another foreign policy failure in the Middle East, both Congress and the executive branch must be allowed to fully participate in this process. Congress will do its part in the coming weeks to continue to highlight outstanding questions and vigorously inspect this defective proposal. If our goal is to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program forever, we must demand an agreement that does more than provide Iran a generous economic boost in return for a temporary nuclear hiatus.
William Crane is trying to start a business around a smartphone app meant for raising money over social media.
Like most young people pushing a start-up, his first obstacle is funding. He needs money for everything from hardware to marketing.
But, if new legislation meant to boost veterans like him makes it out of Congress, Crane’s past service in the Air Force could soon open a door for him.
The Veterans Entrepreneurial Transition (VET) Act of 2015 would give some veterans access to money in the GI Bill – funding traditionally used for tuition — as seed money for their new businesses. The legislation has passed committee and is working its way to the Senate floor.
For his part, Crane is hoping to access that GI Bill money to help his business get off the ground.
“This app would have been done nine months ago,” he said. “We would have had like a massive marketing scheme.”
The idea of redirecting how GI Bill money is spent has gained support.
Todd Connor, who runs The Bunker, an incubator for veteran-owned start-ups, points out that only half the nation’s servicemembers choose to use the tuition money in the GI Bill. And of them, only 48 percent graduate. After that, there is still no guarantee of finding a job.
He said the spirit of the GI Bill is to help America’s fighting men and women transition to civilian careers, and veterans should be able to choose how to make that transition.
“I believe in broadening the GI Bill to ultimately let the veteran decide what’s good for them — not higher ed, not the federal government,” Connor said.
Information provided by The Bunker says only 6 percent of new start-ups are owned by veterans.
Contrast that with post-World War II, when 49 percent of returning veterans struck out on their own to build businesses. The Greatest Generation is credited with building the robust, modern American economy.
Republican Sen. Jerry Moran, of Kansas, a co-author of the bill, wants to see that entrepreneurial ambition re-ignited in the ranks of retiring servicemembers.
“Veterans have the capabilities, have the training, have the experience, have the desire and the attributes necessary to start and grow a business,” Moran said.
The VET Act does have opponents, including Veterans of Foreign Wars.
As reported by the Military Times, the VFW criticized re-purposing money that has been traditionally earmarked for tuition, calling the VET Act a potentially troublesome erosion of what has otherwise been a clearly defined program.
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