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Kansas and regional news

Lawsuit in Kansas Senate race sent to lower court
September 23, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court has sent a lawsuit attempting to force Democrats to name a new U.S. Senate nominee to a lower court.
Prosecutors concerned by Kansas Supreme Court felony ruling
09:01 a.m., September 23, 2014 Updated 03:31 p.m.
Some Kansas prosecutors say a state Supreme Court ruling could lead to the release of more than 200 dangerous inmates who would have their sentences reduced.
Kansas growers plant winter wheat, harvest corn
September 23, 2014
A new government report shows Kansas growers were busy in the past week planting winter wheat as the corn and sorghum harvests progressed.
Kansas Gov. Brownback to proclaim Zombie Preparedness Month
September 23, 2014
Kansans are being encouraged to prepare for an invasion of the living dead, with Gov. Sam Brownback scheduled to sign a proclamation later this week declaring October Zombie Preparedness Month.
Former budget director says tax cuts make higher education funding ‘vulnerable’
September 22, 2014
About 25 people attended the discussion that was hosted by the Kansas Farmers Union. Citing statistics provided by the non-partisan Kansas Legislative Research Department, Goossen said the tax cuts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback will reduce revenues to the state general fund by $3.7 billion through 2018. The current annual budget is $6.3 billion. By Scott Rothschild
Johnson County authorities arrest man who fired at deputy
08:11 a.m., September 22, 2014 Updated 02:19 p.m.
Authorities in northeast Kansas have arrested a man suspected of firing a shot at a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy.
Wichita State unveils high-tech trading center
September 21, 2014
Wichita State University students are getting an up-close look at the inner workings of the financial, commodities and energy trading markets through a new high-tech center on campus.
Getaway driver nets 5 years in deadly robbery
September 21, 2014
A getaway driver in a deadly northeast Kansas liquor store robbery has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Deer-archery season underway in Kansas
September 21, 2014
Bow-hunting for deer appears to be growing in popularity in Kansas, and one expert thinks Hollywood may have something to do with it. The deer archery season opened Sept. 15 and lasts until Dec. 31, making it the longest of Kansas’ many deer seasons.
Kansas commission on school efficiency delves into unspent cash
08:31 a.m., September 19, 2014 Updated 01:40 p.m.
Statewide data presented to a Kansas commission studying school efficiency shows districts are hanging onto more cash.
Leavenworth man charged with aggravated criminal sodomy of a child
September 18, 2014
Assistant Douglas County District Attorney Katy Britton on Thursday charged a 31-year-old Leavenworth man with aggravated criminal sodomy of a 12-year-old. The crime allegedly occurred on Nov. 18, 2013, in Douglas County, according to court documents. If convicted, the man could be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
Kansas Supreme Court orders state to remove Taylor from Senate ballot
04:43 p.m., September 18, 2014 Updated 06:47 p.m.
Kansas must remove the name of the Democratic candidate against Republican Sen. Pat Roberts from the ballot, the state Supreme Court declared Thursday, in a unanimous ruling that could influence the fight for control of the U.S. Senate.
American Legion commander, in Lawrence, says VA on the right track
September 18, 2014
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is on the right track, several months after the revelation that employees at its hospital system sought to cover up the long wait times veterans were facing, the commander of the American Legion said Thursday in Lawrence.
Kansas highway system ranked fifth overall in national report
September 18, 2014
The Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank based in Los Angeles, released a report Thursday ranking the Kansas state highway system fifth best in the nation in overall highway performance and efficiency.
Task force to consider school efficiency in Kansas
09:01 a.m., September 18, 2014 Updated 09:17 a.m.
A new commission tasked with looking for efficiencies within Kansas’ public school system is scheduled to meet Thursday at the Statehouse.
Staff at Kansas universities get pay raises
08:59 a.m., September 18, 2014 Updated 12:20 p.m.
Staff at five of six public Kansas universities who voted to leave the civil service received their first raises in several years.
Topeka school district got free military gear
September 17, 2014
A suburban Topeka school district is among several nationwide that have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, but officials aren’t saying what they got.
Former Kansas Gov. John Anderson dies at 97; flags at half-staff
11:07 a.m., September 17, 2014 Updated 01:04 p.m.
John Anderson Jr. who served as Kansas governor from 1961 to 1965, has died at age 97, his daughter-in-law said Wednesday.
School task force leader makes recommendations
09:03 a.m., September 17, 2014 Updated 10:13 a.m.
The head of a school efficiency task force is recommending several changes to education policies in Kansas, including incentives for school districts to consolidate and potential restrictions on teacher bargaining rights.