Española City Website Launch Delayed

A screenshot of a preview build of the new city of Española website as it appeared on Aug. 27, 2016.

The launch of a new city of Española website has been delayed until late September, more than nine months after the city signed the contract to build the site.

City Clerk Anna Squires expected the website to launch on Aug. 1, but the company building the site said it won’t be ready until Sept. 22. The city and Manhattan, Kan.-based company, CivicPlus, signed the contract in December 2015.

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Kansas welfare reform cuts deep with disenfranchised

My last story during my internship. Below find some important related stories, this was a developing story at the time.

“One of the most controversial elements of the law is a $25 daily limit on ATM withdrawals from a TANF account. This provision has drawn national condemnation as an unreasonable restriction on the poor.”

Kansas could lose millions for limiting welfare recipients to $25 at ATMs

Kansas welfare recipients can still withdraw more than $25 from ATMs – for now

Private emails about public business remain in shadows

“As officials become able to operate in secret without public scrutiny, they are very likely to become abusive of their power and fall into corrupt practices and fall below the standard of good governance. Secrecy always leads to worsening and even tyrannical government.”

Senate gives early OK to transparency bills, but rejects email measure

“The Senate rejected an amendment to the state’s open records law Thursday that would have expanded the definition of a public record to include any information on a ‘personal electronic device’ used by a public agency to conduct government business.”

New synthetic drugs grab House lawmakers’ attention

“We’ll pass a law every year outlawing these drugs, and the chemists will say, ‘What can we do to change this?’” [Rep. Ramon] Gonzalez said. “They figure out what the current illegal drug is, and they’ll move one of the molecules over. Sometimes the new drug is better, sometimes it’s worse.”

House bill targets gamblers who owe child support

“We owe it to Kansas children to collect whatever we can before the winnings are lost in further attempts to win more or squandered somewhere else,” [Rep. Pete] DeGraaf said. “This bill supports the principle of paying debts before gambling away the funds needed to pay for past responsibilities.”