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Kansas veterans to receive in-state tuition rates

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback held a ceremonial bill signing for HB 2567 Wednesday.

Governor Sam Brownback expanded eligibility for in-state tuition rate to veterans during a ceremonial bill signing on Wednesday.

According to KMAN, the bill (HB 2567) applies to veterans that had established residency in Kansas prior to serving in the armed forces. The in-state tuition rate applies to all of Kansas’ 32 public postsecondary universities and colleges.

“We want to make this as straight-forward as possible,” Blake Flanders, President and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, said to KMAN. “Kansas now has one of the most accessible higher education systems in the nation for members of our armed forces, our veterans, and their families.”

Powercat Financial Counseling receives $14,000 State Farm grant

Powercat Financial Counseling recently received a $14,000 grant from State Farm Insurance.

The award, part of the State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant, recognizes “organizations that foster service-learning opportunities and personal financial education,” according to K-State Today. Powercat Financial Counseling has served students since 2009 with free financial counseling and education services, delivered by their trained peers.

State farm has provided grants to Powercat Financial Counseling for the last six years, the sum totaling $79,000.

“The State Farm grants have been critical to sustain our robust financial education programs at K-State,” Jodi Kaus, director of Powercat Financial Counseling, said to K-State Today. “With the Union renovation project, we will gain dedicated space for Powercat Financial on the Union’s third floor and the grant will assist us with technology needs for our new space and allow us to continue to assist students with their finances.”

Fort Riley completes new drone hanger

The 1st Combat Aviation Brigade in Fort Riley will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday at 10 a.m. for the newly completed Gray Eagle hangar.

The 1st Combat Aviation Brigade in Fort Riley recently completed its state-of-the-art Gray Eagle hangar.

The drone facility houses a number of vital operational components, according to KMAN: the unmanned aircraft, a virtual training simulator and the Ground Control Station, where operators can control the Gray Eagles between Fort Riley and the Smoky Hill gunnery range near Salina.

The Gray Eagle is a medium-altitude long-endurance drone that, according to KMAN, is designed to perform better than its predecessors in a number of ways. For instance, its new engine allows the drone to fly longer and higher and carry more weight.

The 1st Combat Aviation Brigade will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility next Monday at 10 a.m.