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Crime and Courts
11:36 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Memorial Held for KC Area Shooting Victims

Credit http://www.jcckc.org

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.

Dr. William Corporon and his grandson, Reat Underwood were killed outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

Terri LaManno died at a nearby Jewish retirement complex.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was one of the speakers at the event.

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Politics
11:22 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Wife Of Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce Granted Diversion In DUI Case

Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce’s wife, Sarah, has been granted a diversion and fined for driving under the influence.

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.

Sarah Bruce will be given at least six months to complete requirements of her diversion.

If she does that, the driving under the influence charge will be dismissed.

Bruce sued the state to have her driving privileges restored.

Education
11:11 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Michelle Obama Delivers Commencement Speech For Topeka High School Graduates In May

First Lady Michelle Obama will give the commencement address at the graduation ceremony for Topeka’s high schools on May 17th.

The White House announced the first lady’s plans on Thursday.

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.

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.

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Politics
11:56 am
Thu April 17, 2014

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts Out-Fundraising Primary Challenger

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts continues to maintain his fundraising advantage over challenger Dr. Milton Wolf in their Kansas primary race.

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.

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.

Economy
11:48 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Kansas Lawmakers Prepare For 2015 Fiscal Forecast

Kansas officials are preparing a new fiscal forecast to guide Governor Brownback and lawmakers in making budget decisions.

The forecasters include legislative researchers, members of Brownback’s budget stuff, Department of Revenue officials, and university economists.

They’re meeting this afternoon to revise earlier revenue projections for the current fiscal year and for the fiscal year beginning in July.

Since July 2013, the state has collected $141 million dollars more than anticipated.

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Crime and Courts
10:51 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Wichita Couple Will Be Senteced This Month For Haboring A Chinese Teenager Illegally

A Wichita man will soon learn his punishment for harboring a Chinese teenage girl who was working illegally at his restaurant.

A notation yesterday in U.S. District Court has moved up the sentencing for 33-year-old Yong “Tony” Lin to April 28th.

He has pleaded guilty to harboring an immigrant who was unlawfully in the United States.

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.

Education
10:21 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Revised Social Media Policy Receives Endorsement From Over 80 Distinguished Professors

More than 80 distinguished professors have endorsed a new proposed social media policy for Kansas universities.

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.”

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.

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Government
10:22 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Kansas And Arizona Will Receive More Time In Voter Citizenship Case

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren says Kansas and Arizona will get more time to respond to federal election officials’ request for a stay.

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.

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.

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Crime and Courts
10:59 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Justice Dept. Considers Whether Johnson County Shootings Were A Federal Hate Crime

Attorney General Eric Holder says Justice Department prosecutors will investigate whether a federal hate crimes was committed in  Kansas shootings over the weekend.

Frazier Glenn Cross, the man suspected in killing three people  in Overland Park on Sunday, has been booked into the Johnson County jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder.

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Crime and Courts
10:02 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Prominent Figures React To Johnson County Shootings

President Obama speaking at the prayer breakfast.
Credit White House

Political and religious leaders expressed sympathy after three people were fatally shot Sunday at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, of Aurora, Mo., a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader, is jailed on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder.

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