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Hutchinson News (Newspaper) - March 30, 2015, Hutchinson, KansasThe Hutchinson news monday March 30, 2015 a5 f rom p age o be on cigarettes would bring in an estimated $ 71.9 million for next fiscal year and the increase on wholesale tobacco is projected to bring in $ 8.9 million. Brownback also has recommended increasing taxes on alcohol and slowing Down scheduled income tax cuts. The Senate has approved a budget that is projected to leave the state with $ 70.2 million at the end of fiscal 2016 if All of the governors $ 211 million tax plan including the tax increases is passed. The associated press reported last year citing a person familiar with the inquiry that the Fri is examining whether Kensinger is using his ties to the governor to Benefit himself and others financially. Kensinger left Brownbacks office in april 2012 to be come a lobbyist. Lobbyist from Page a1 they Send the Issue to the bicycle Trail committee to examine to let it develop an explanation. Eventually Deming made a successful motion to do so. The Trail committee Learned of the Issue wednesday at the end of its hour Long formation meet ing and will take it up when it meets again 4 p. M. April 9. Fifteen members of the 18 member committee at tended though most offered Little comment during the initial gathering. Instead the meeting was primarily dedicated to county officials offering suggestions on the committees purpose and approaches it might take. Jay Anglemyer an Engineer with Mikec engineering of Wichita offered insight on the different types of riders and primary types of Bike routes. Planning commission chairman Harland Priddle chaired the first meeting and Public works director Dave Mccomb and county planning director Mark Vonachen also had input and questions. State and Federal transportation officials have grown to recognize Over the past 20 years Anglemyer said that bicycles and pedestrians Are part of transportation that should be accommodated. Ninety nine percent of roads in the county its Legal for bikes to ride on he said with the exception of highways. The Challenge is that if a route is designated whether its a shared Roadway designated Bike Lane or shared pedestrian path it must serve All three kinds of riders experts casual riders and children Anglemyer said. Priddle noted that its not our intention to involve City of Hutchinson Bike lanes but others suggested tying into the City system is an important part of considerations. Besides discussing user 76, committee members suggested its initial tasks will be an inventory of whats available identifying routes cyclists already use and then determining what improvements whether just signage Road markings or seeking to Widen roads when they re scheduled for work should be made. If you re going to put up signs it has to go somewhere Mccomb said. Theress got to be a reason to ride there. Committee members Terry Bisbee and Garth strand however disagreed. Enough people in this room have Ridden in the county with favorite routes and it May not be necessary to be going somewhere Bisbee said. Its just where we like to ride. We want to id routes people in this room Are familiar with and that they re comfortable with he said. Over time if we need signage or widening we can figure that out Down the Road. The Job for us strand said is to identify what assets we have for Bike Friendly or attractive routes. Develop a Short list of what makes them attractive and then inventory so we can create routes we dont have now. Trail from Page a1 before leak Asa mulled ending phone program b y k in d iranian a intelligence writer Washington the National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store american calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice current and former intelligence officials say because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager coun ter terrorism benefits. After the leak and the collective Surprise around the world Asa leaders strongly defended the phone records program to Congress and the Public but without disclosing the internal debate. The proposal to kill the program was circulating among top managers but had not yet reached the desk of Gen. Keith Alexander then the Asa director according to current and former Intelli gence officials who would not be quoted because the details Are sensitive. Two former senior Asa officials say they doubt Alexander would have approved it. Still the behind the scenes Asa concerns which have not been reported previously could be relevant As Congress decides whether to renew or modify the phone records collection when the Law authorizing it expires in june. The internal critics pointed out that the already High costs of vacuuming up and storing the to and from information from nearly every Domestic landline Call were rising the system was not capturing most cellphone Calls and the program was not Central to unravelling terrorist plots the officials said. They worried about Public outrage if the program Ever was revealed. After the program was disclosed civil liberties advocates attacked it saying the records could give a secret intelligence Agency a Road map to americans private activities. Asa officials presented a forceful rebuttal that helped shaped Public opinion. Responding to widespread criticism president Barack Obama in january 2014 proposed that the Asa Stop collecting the records but instead request them when needed in terrorism investigations from Telephone companies which tend to keep them for 18 months. Yet the president has insisted that legislation is required to adopt his proposal and Congress has not acted. So the Asa continues to collect and store records of private u. S. Phone Calls for use in terrorism investigations. Many lawmakers want the program to continue As is. Alexander argued that the program was an essential tool because it allows the Fri and the Asa to Hunt for Domestic plots by searching american calling records against phone numbers associated with International terrorists. He and other Asa officials support of amass plan to let the phone Compa Nies keep the data As Long As the government quickly can search it. Civil liberties activists say it was never a Good idea to allow a secret intelligence Agency to store records of americans private phone Calls and some Are not sure the government should search them in bulk. They say government can Point to Only a single Domestic terrorism defendant who was implicated by a phone records search under the pro Gram a san Diego taxi Driver who was convicted of raising $ 15,000 for a somali terrorist group. Some fault Asa for failing to disclose the internal debate about the program. This is consistent with our experience with the intelligence Community said rep. Justin Amash r Mich. Even when we have classified briefings its like a game of 20 questions and we cant get to the Bottom of anything. There was a precedent for ending collection cold Turkey. Two years earlier the Asa cited similar Cost Benefit calculations when it stopped another secret program under which it was collecting americans email Metadata. Alexander believed that the Fri and the Asa were still getting crucial value out of the phone records pro Gram in contrast to the email records program former Asa officials say. After the Snowden leaks Independent experts who looked at the program did not agree. A presidential task Force examined Asa surveillance and recommended ending the phone records collection saying it posed unacceptable privacy risks while doing Little if anything to Stop terrorism. Patrick Semansky associated press in this 2013 photo a sign stands outside the National Security Agency Campus in fort Meade my. The Asa considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store american calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice current and former intelligence officials say because some officials believed the costs outweighed its counter terrorism benefits

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