Associated Press http://kmuw.org en Memorial Held for KC Area Shooting Victims http://kmuw.org/post/memorial-held-kc-area-shooting-victims <p></p><p>About 1,300 people gathered yesterday for a memorial service at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, to remember three people killed in shootings last weekend.</p><p>Dr. William Corporon and his grandson, Reat Underwood were killed outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.</p><p>Terri LaManno died at a nearby Jewish retirement complex.</p><p>U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was one of the speakers at the event.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:36:01 +0000 Stephen Koranda & Associated Press 33205 at http://kmuw.org Memorial Held for KC Area Shooting Victims Wife Of Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce Granted Diversion In DUI Case http://kmuw.org/post/wife-senate-majority-leader-terry-bruce-granted-diversion-dui-case <p>Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce’s wife, Sarah, has been granted a diversion and fined for driving under the influence.</p><p>Bruce was arrested last December in Hutchinson after getting into a car accident with another vehicle. No one was injured, but court records show her blood alcohol level was .159.</p><p>Sarah Bruce will be given at least six months to complete requirements of her diversion.</p><p>If she does that, the driving under the influence charge will be dismissed.</p><p>Bruce sued the state to have her driving privileges restored.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:22:02 +0000 Associated Press 33204 at http://kmuw.org Michelle Obama Delivers Commencement Speech For Topeka High School Graduates In May http://kmuw.org/post/michelle-obama-delivers-commencement-speech-topeka-high-school-graduates-may <p>First Lady Michelle Obama will give the commencement address at the graduation ceremony for Topeka’s high schools on May 17th.</p><p>The White House announced the first lady’s plans on Thursday.</p><p>The date of the ceremony is the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Brown v. Board of Education decision that declared school segregation unconstitutional.</p><p>One of the lawsuits leading to the decision originated in Topeka, and the city is home to a national historic site centered on the ruling.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:11:12 +0000 Associated Press 33203 at http://kmuw.org U.S. Senator Pat Roberts Out-Fundraising Primary Challenger http://kmuw.org/post/us-senator-pat-roberts-out-fundraising-primary-challenger <p>U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts continues to maintain his fundraising advantage over challenger Dr. Milton Wolf in their Kansas primary race.</p><p>According to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission, incumbent Senator Roberts raised more than $534,000 from Jan. 1 through March 31st, aided by nearly $260,000 from political action committees.</p><p>Wolf’s campaign says it raised more than $318,000 during the same period, and that all but about 5 thousand dollars were from individual donors.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:56:42 +0000 Associated Press 33146 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Lawmakers Prepare For 2015 Fiscal Forecast http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-lawmakers-prepare-2015-fiscal-forecast <p>Kansas officials are preparing a new fiscal forecast to guide Governor Brownback and lawmakers in making budget decisions.</p><p>The forecasters include legislative researchers, members of Brownback’s budget stuff, Department of Revenue officials, and university economists.</p><p>They’re meeting this afternoon to revise earlier revenue projections for the current fiscal year and for the fiscal year beginning in July.</p><p>Since July 2013, the state has collected $141 million dollars more than anticipated.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:48:24 +0000 Associated Press 33145 at http://kmuw.org Wichita Couple Will Be Senteced This Month For Haboring A Chinese Teenager Illegally http://kmuw.org/post/wichita-couple-will-be-senteced-month-haboring-chinese-teenager-illegally <p>A Wichita man will soon learn his punishment for harboring a Chinese teenage girl who was working illegally at his restaurant.</p><p>A notation yesterday in U.S. District Court has moved up the sentencing for 33-year-old Yong “Tony” Lin to April 28th.</p><p>He has pleaded guilty to harboring an immigrant who was unlawfully in the United States.</p><p>His 29-year-old wife, Zhuo Mei "Mandy" Weng, has pleaded guilty to hiding the crime. She will be sentenced on the same date before U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:51:36 +0000 Associated Press 33088 at http://kmuw.org Revised Social Media Policy Receives Endorsement From Over 80 Distinguished Professors http://kmuw.org/post/revised-social-media-policy-receives-endorsement-over-80-distinguished-professors <p>More than 80 distinguished professors have endorsed a new proposed social media policy for Kansas universities.</p><p>The professors, from several universities, sent a letter to the Kansas Board of Regents saying the proposed policy “exemplifies the role of scholarship for public intellectuals in a democracy.”</p><p>The new policy was proposed by a work group formed by the regents. It proposed a strictly advisory social media policy for university faculty and staff.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:21:16 +0000 Associated Press 33085 at http://kmuw.org Kansas And Arizona Will Receive More Time In Voter Citizenship Case http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-and-arizona-will-receive-more-time-voter-citizenship-case <p>U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren says Kansas and Arizona will get more time to respond to federal election officials’ request for a stay.</p><p>Melgren’s recent ruling requires them to enforce Kansas and Arizona’s new laws requiring voters to prove U.S. citizenship when registering to vote.</p><p>In March, Melgren ordered The U.S. Election Assistance Commission to change the national voter registration form to add special instructions for Arizona and Kansas residents about those states’ proof-of-citizenship requirements.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:22:54 +0000 Associated Press 33037 at http://kmuw.org Justice Dept. Considers Whether Johnson County Shootings Were A Federal Hate Crime http://kmuw.org/post/justice-dept-considers-whether-johnson-county-shootings-were-federal-hate-crime <p>Attorney General Eric Holder says Justice Department prosecutors will investigate whether a federal hate crimes was committed in <a href="“http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/13/302710854/reports-3-dead-after-shootings-at-jewish-facilities-near-kansas-city”">&nbsp;Kansas shootings over the weekend</a>.</p><p>Frazier Glenn Cross, the man suspected in killing three people &nbsp;in Overland Park on Sunday, has been booked into the Johnson County jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:59:42 +0000 Associated Press 32980 at http://kmuw.org Prominent Figures React To Johnson County Shootings http://kmuw.org/post/prominent-figures-react-johnson-county-shootings <p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:02:18 +0000 Associated Press 32975 at http://kmuw.org Prominent Figures React To Johnson County Shootings