Baker Sweeps Regular Season and Tournament Titles with 3-1 Win over Grand View in Championship

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – For the first time in program history, the number one Baker University softball team won the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament title. The Wildcats defeated number two Grand View, 3-1 in the championship game on Saturday afternoon in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

With the win, Baker improves its overall record to 45-7, while Grand View falls to 44-10. The Wildcats and Vikings have both earned an automatic bid into the 2019 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round, which will be played May 13-15 on ten opening round campus sites across the country.

For the fourth time in the last seven days, the Wildcats and Vikings would do battle. The first time was last Sunday at Cavaness Field, where Baker earned the doubleheader sweep over the Vikings to claim the conference regular season championship on, senior day.

Baker would see the Vikings again in the conference semifinals on Thursday, May 3, defeating Grand View by a score of 1-0 to advance to the championship game. Grand View fended off elimination with a 3-0 win over number six Benedictine on the same day, setting the stage for the top two teams in the conference to battle once again.

Both teams remained scoreless through the first three innings of play. The Wildcats would strike first in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring three runs on four hits. First Team All-Conference catcher Makayla Stromenger led off with a double to deep left-center field. Two batters later, senior Megan Porche doubled to deep left field to bring Stromenger around to score for the first run of the game.

After a fly out to, center field, sophomore Gold Glove award recipient Eva Gonzalez singled to shallow left field to score pinch runner Tiana Tinari from second base, pushing the Wildcat lead to 2-0. Senior first baseman Rachel Wheeler added the final run of the inning for Baker, crushing a double to deep left-center field, bringing Gonzalez around to score.

However, Grand View would battle back in the final inning of play. After a pop out to the pitcher’s mound, Lauren Poortinga doubled down the left field line to put the Vikings in position to bring their first run across the plate. Two batters later, Kaylee Watson would single to shallow center to put runners at first and third with two outs.

A single by Kelsey Winnett would bring the runner home from third base and cut the BU lead to 3-1. That was all that Grand View could do against Baker, as the next batter would fly out to Mackenzie Chinn in right field, solidifying Baker’s first conference tournament title in program history.

Senior ace Olivia Brees pitched for the fourth straight day and the fourth consecutive time against Grand View. The NAIA strikeout leader shut down one of the top offenses in the Heart, pitching a complete game with nine strikeouts and allowing only one earned run on four hits. Brees earned her 33rd win this season and 98th win of her career.

As a team, the Wildcats recorded six total hits in the championship game compared to Grand View’s four. Meaghan Grah started for the Vikings the second-straight day against Baker, giving up five hits and three earned runs in the loss.

The Vikings entered the tournament ranked number one in the conference in runs scored (7.20/game), RBI (6.57/game), slugging percentage (.555) and home runs (61). In four games played this season against Grand View, Baker held the Vikings to only two runs on 11 hits.

Six different Wildcats collected a hit in the championship including; Stromenger, Hannah Flynn, Porche, Gonzalez, Wheeler, and Chinn.

The ‘Cats will find out where they will next play in the 2019 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round, which will be announced on Tuesday, May 7 at 4 p.m. EDT on the NAIA Facebook page. You can watch the NAIA selection show live, by clicking here.

Kansas Department of Commerce Announces Finalists for Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is announcing the finalists for the Governor’s Exporter of the Year award. The winner will be announced on June 4th at an Awards Presentations Banquet.

The following three companies are the finalists for the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award:

 

Cargill Protein

Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Cargill Protein North America is an industry leader that produces, distributes and markets beef, turkey, chicken, and egg products to retail, food-service, and food ingredient companies throughout North America, and exports meat and by-products around the world.

Cargill Protein North America’s 28,000 employees, and more than three dozen protein processing facilities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, are focused on delivering superior, innovative, products and services to help customers grow their businesses by meeting consumer needs and desires.

 

Pinnacle Technology, Inc.

Pinnacle designs, manufactures and sells laboratory research equipment to the preclinical neuroscience market worldwide. Pinnacle offers a range of turn-key systems for brain research and is committed to developing new tools that simplify measurement, reduce cost and enable new research. In addition, Pinnacle offers a host of supporting products ranging from cages to software analysis suites.  Exceptional customer service and forging collaborative relationships with clients is the foundation for Pinnacle’s success.

 

Primary Color Music

Primary Color Music is a team of music-lovers who are dedicated to crafting the perfect song and sound for visual media.
Building off his father’s legacy as a jingle-writer and his own experience as a musician, Sam Billen founded PCM in 2013. Later joined by brother Dan Billen and recording artist Ryan Pinkston, PCM has since grown into an international team with on-the-ground representation in both the United States and Japan.
The PCM team brings an ad industry background together with a creative practice, as composers/producers, allowing them to develop projects from concept to delivery. They have created music for leading global brands such as Coca Cola, Nike, Honda, and Google and have worked on a total of over 600 projects worldwide.

Hawver: Kansas Supreme Court Throws a Wrench

What was likely to be a three-day, maybe five-day veto session of the Kansas Legislature got more complicated last week with the Kansas Supreme Court decision that abortion is a right of Kansas women under the state constitution.

Martin Hawver
Martin Hawver

That high court decision which pronounces a woman’s decision to have an abortion a right under the state constitution sends the issue back to Shawnee County District Court for consideration of a bill that outlaws a specific procedure used in more than 90 percent of abortions in Kansas.

Nothing changes immediately. The second-trimester abortion procedure specifically outlawed by the bill remains legal until the specifics of that dilation and evacuation procedure are considered by the district court, and then likely challenged at the Court of Appeals level and then likely by the Kansas Supreme Court. That could take a year or so, but that provides time for the Legislature to try to change the state constitution to prohibit nearly all abortions in Kansas.

It’s a hot-button political scrap that may well dominate the planned short veto session of the Legislature, becoming an issue that will cast a shadow over assembling a budget, considering expansion of Medicaid eligibility, possibly a tax bill, and then getting out of town.

It’s still not clear when the Legislature will consider a resolution to allow voters to determine whether abortion will be banned in Kansas after a fetus is detected, but there are already House and Senate resolutions introduced earlier this year that might just get pulled out of a committee for debate in either chamber. That’ll make the veto session longer—count on it—if either the House or Senate gets the measure to the floor for debate.

And, for you political/procedural junkies, each chamber’s resolutions are strongly, near-emotionally written. If one or the other gains the two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate—the governor doesn’t have a role in the process—that public vote would be taken at the November 2020 general election when every House and Senate seat is on the line.

So, the wrap-up session is going to be emotional, and every decision on the abortion issue is going to be dissected by anti-abortion and abortion-rights legislators, and the lobbying groups which support them.

Delay the issue until next session for debate in an election year? Take fast action this session while the issue which smoldered for four years in courthouses has emerged?

Anti-abortion activists may not be sated by leadership assertions that the issue is too complicated to be thoughtfully dealt with in the few days left this session. Abortion-rights activists have apparently won on the Kansas constitutional issue, but the widely used abortion procedure’s battle in court may influence votes, depending on how it is described both in debate to get it on the ballot and the inevitable campaigning on the issue ahead of a statewide referendum.

Oh, and how lawmakers vote to put—or not put—the constitutional issue before voters will be a hot-button campaign issue in their election or reelection bids.

Yes, it gets complicated, this one issue that the Supreme Court has put into debate, with just a few days left in the session.

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And, don’t forget those two other issues that the Supreme Court will leave its fingerprints on this year, adequacy of funding for public schools and just who gets to nominate the next judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals to succeed retired judge Patrick McAnany…

All of a sudden, it seems, that black robe gang becomes the focus of the legislative session. It gets complicated when the court and the Legislature interact…

 

By Martin Hawver

Syndicated by Hawver News Company LLC of Topeka; Martin Hawver is publisher of Hawver’s Capitol Report—to learn more about this nonpartisan statewide political news service, visit the website at www.hawvernews.com

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KDOC enacts measures to alleviate staffing shortages at El Dorado Correctional Facility

An emergency staffing situation at the El Dorado Correctional Facility (EDCF) has prompted the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) to offer additional pay to hire temporary staff to provide relief.

KDOC
Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC)

“This morning I declared an emergency for the El Dorado Correctional Facility due to severe and prolonged staff shortages in the uniformed ranks. Gov. Kelly convened a meeting of legislative leadership this morning in order to brief them on the situation,” said Secretary of Corrections Roger Werholtz. “I am encouraged by the concern expressed by everyone for our employees and the desire to work together to find solutions to this crisis.”

 

The declaration allows the department flexibility in rostering and hiring staff. The usual staff of 316 full-time equivalents has been depleted and is down by 86 full-time equivalent people, which is forcing them to consistently work excessive amounts of overtime to cover vacant shifts.

 

“This is a very short-term solution to an immediate problem,” Werholtz said.

 

Energy Transfer Announces Mariner East 2 Pipeline Is in Service

 Mariner East 2 Pipeline Is Now Transporting Natural Gas Liquids from Eastern Ohio to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex

DALLAS — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Energy Transfer LP (NYSE: ET) announced that effective December 29, 2018, its Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids (NGLs) pipeline is in service, available for both interstate and intrastate service. The 350-mile NGL pipeline transports domestically produced ethane, propane, and butane east from processing plants in Ohio across West Virginia and Pennsylvania to Energy Transfer’s Marcus Hook Industrial Complex in Delaware County, PA, where the NGLs are stored for distribution to local, domestic and waterborne markets.

Mariner East 2 is part of Energy Transfer’s Mariner East system of pipelines. Which are designed to provide much-needed NGL takeaway capacity for the Marcellus and Utica Shale production areas in Eastern Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. The Mariner East 2X pipeline, which parallels Mariner East 2, is expected to be in service in late 2019. The Mariner East system will provide both operational flexibility and enhanced security of NGL supply from producing areas to key markets in the region and beyond.

According to a 2015 economic impact study by EConsult Solutions, the total impact from the construction of the Mariner East pipelines is estimated to be more than $9.1 billion in Pennsylvania alone. When complete, the projects will have provided more than 9,500 construction jobs per year for six years, with associated earnings totaling more than $2.7 billion.

About the Partnerships

Energy Transfer LP (NYSE: ET) owns and operates one of the largest and most diversified portfolios of energy assets in the United States, with a strategic footprint in all of the major domestic production basins. ET is a publicly traded limited partnership with core operations that include complementary natural gas midstream, intrastate and interstate transportation and storage assets; crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGL) and refined product transportation and terminalling assets; NGL fractionation; and various acquisition and marketing assets. ET, through its ownership of Energy Transfer Operating, L.P., also owns Lake Charles LNG Company, as well as the general partner interests, the incentive distribution rights and 28.5 million common units of Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN), and the general partner interests and 39.7 million common units of USA Compression Partners, LP(NYSE: USAC). For more information, visit the Energy Transfer website at www.energytransfer.com.

Energy Transfer Operating, L.P. owns and operates one of the largest and most diversified energy portfolios in the United States. Strategically positioned in all of the major U.S. production basins. Its core operations include complementary natural gas midstream, intrastate and interstate transportation and storage assets; crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGL) and refined product transportation and terminalling assets; NGL fractionation; and various acquisition and marketing assets. Energy Transfer Operating, L.P.’s general partner is owned by Energy Transfer LP (NYSE: ET). For more information, visit the Energy Transfer website at www.energytransfer.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release may be forward-looking statements as defined under federal law. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of uncertainties and factors. Many of which are outside the control of ET, and a variety of risks that could cause results to differ materially from those expected by management of ET.  ET undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results over time.

The information contained in this press release is available on our website at www.energytransfer.com.

Thank You Brandon

I recently met Brandon McCray, who is a social media marketer and entrepreneur. According to his interesting Instagram, he is CEO of two companies;  MSMTAXSOLUTIONS LLC and MULTIPLE STRING MEDIA LLC.

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World’s First Digital College Counselor Revolutionizes College Prep

NEW YORK, NY — (press release) – MyKlovr, the first of its kind Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled college counselor, has been equipped with new features and functionality for students and parents to tackle the college admissions journey at an affordable price. With new president Kenneth Volet to lead the team and new cutting-edge features such as the parent-portal and a new version of the college-finder, myKlovr

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I am convinced myKlovr represents the future of college counseling. It already does a better job offering individualized college admissions advice than most US public school college counselors, who are overburdened with an average of 350 students per counselor. The nature of AI technology will only get better over time as it makes use of more and more data. This is an exciting and important project of inestimable proportions,” says Dr. Michael Youmans, Harvard educated, independent college counselor with over 20 years of experience.

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before and will continue to advance as it is further developed and collects more information.

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•           The college finder. The new version of the college finder application equips students with highly relevant information about schools they intend to apply to and pairs them with colleges and universities that match their interests, needs, and aspirations.

•           The parent account. Data shows that students are more likely to achieve their educational goals when a parent’s support is present, so the company has created an account for parents that is linked to a student and balances the student’s desire for independence with a parent’s need for oversight, helping them work together to achieve their joint college-admission goals.

•           The dashboard. This addition to the myKlovr platform helps users to make the most of myKlovr and have a quick access to a snapshot of their college readiness plan.

 

 

I believe we have something unique to offer the marketplace. MyKlovr’s current state and its potential go far beyond any product or service that is presently on the marketplace,” states Kenneth Volet, Global President.

Volet was recently brought on the team to lead operations and assist in building the myKlovr brand and user population. He comes from a background of over three decades of experience in senior management, technical research and systems operations for several highly successful “Software as a Service” organizations such as RantNetwork Inc., Seagate Software Inc. and Gentia Software, Plc.

 

 

MyKlovr, Delivering Students Solutions, One Student At A Time ®

 

Artificial intelligence is intelligence exhibited by machinery, unlike the natural intelligence (NI) shown by humans and other animals. The term “artificial intelligence” is used when a machine mimics “cognitive” functions associated with the human mind, such as “learning” and “problem solving”.

MyKlovr is the first ever digital college counselor. It recognizes the potential of AI and uses its capabilities in order to achieve its mission of helpin g students accomplish their post-secondary education dreams.

 

 

About myKlovr

A division of Student Global, LLC in New York, myKlovr is an AI-driven digital college counseling platform.

Learn more: http://www.myklovr.com/.