News to Know: redistricting plans in Kansas and Missouri, Kansas Day education

The news you need to know before you head out the door

TOPEKA, Kan. – Top Republicans have pushed their congressional redistricting plan through the GOP-dominated Kansas legislature without much trouble. An expected court battle looms after Wednesday’s legislative action over whether the proposed map goes too far in hurting the state’s only Democrat in congress. The house’s 79-37 vote sends Democratic Governor Laura Kelly a bill that would split the Kansas City area into two congressional districts and move the liberal northeast Kansas city of Lawrence into a district with central and western Kansas. The senate approved the measure last week.

JEFFERSON, Mo. – Republicans in the Missouri Senate are fighting over how to divvy up the state’s eight congressional districts. Senators on Wednesday worked behind closed doors to compromise on new district lines. A plan backed by GOP leaders is projected to continue current political divide of six Republican and two Democratic representatives. But some Republicans want to split the democratic stronghold of Kansas City among multiple districts to give Republicans a shot at winning seven seats.

GALENA, Kan. – Kids at the Galena, Kansas public library on Wednesday learned about the Sunflower State. The library hosted a storytime event centered around Kansas Day, a holiday recognizing when the state became the 34th state back in 1861. Organizers say with Kansas day coming up, it was the perfect time for a history lesson. Kansas Day was first celebrated in 1877 by schoolchildren in Paola.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Being involved in student organizations is a big part of the college experience for many people, but some organizations may not be well known. Missouri Southern wanted to make sure students know what’s available, so they hosted campus involvement day. It was a chance for students to speak with representatives of the organizations, get information, and enter giveaways. The event was in the Billingsly Student Center.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: Do you play a musical instrument? Let us know which one… if you do. Or maybe an instrument you’d like to pick up and try? Join our KOAM Facebook discussion and cast your vote @ koamnewsnow.com/vote.