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Crime and Courts
11:35 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Two Men Involved In A Sexual Assault Case At A KU Residence Hall

Prosecutors have dropped charges against two men accused of raping two women in a University of Kansas residence hall during homecoming weekend.

The Douglas County prosecutor's office said in a statement that evidence initially suggested a crime occurred.

However, the office said there was no longer sufficient evidence to proceed after more people were interviewed and cell phone and medical records were reviewed.

One former suspect is from Lawrence and the other from Olathe. Police say one of the men is a KU student.

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Government
11:35 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Sen. Pat Roberts Returns From Kuwait Visit; Sees Progress In Fight Against ISIS

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Kansas Senator Pat Roberts says he saw signs of progress in fighting against Islamic State militants during his weekend trip to Iraq to visit U.S. troops.

Roberts arrived Thursday night in Kuwait to visit U.S. troops.

On Saturday, Roberts went to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad to meet with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his defense and foreign ministers.

Sunday, he was in the Kurdish city of Erbil in northern Iraq.

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Government
11:21 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Kansas Mulling Over Lawsuit Against Colorado's Legal Pot

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Kansas hasn't decided whether to join a lawsuit filed by other states against Colorado over its legalization of marijuana.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Rapp said Friday that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been considering legal action against Colorado for months.

However, Rapp says Schmidt's office is still weighing its options.

Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional. They argue it's a public safety issue.

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Business
1:38 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Westar Energy Ends Fees For The Use Of Credit/Debit Cards

Westar Energy says it's no longer charging a $2.95 fee to customers who use credit or debit cards to pay their monthly bills.

Westar Vice President Jeff Beasley said the utility has a team focusing on finding ways to make it easier for consumers to do business with the company.

The Topeka-based company says earlier this year, it made its website friendly to mobile devices and introduced text and email updates to customers who wanted to know about power outages.

Westar supplies electricity to nearly 700,000 customers.

Community
1:30 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Falling Crude Prices Are Hurting Kansas Oil Producers

Falling crude prices are hitting oil producers especially hard in Kansas. The oil industry in the state is dominated by small, independent operators who depend heavily on the cash flow from producing wells to pay to drill new ones.

The Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association says the low prices are causing many companies to re-evaluate their drilling plans.

Analysts say the growth in new drilling across the country will slow as drillers avoid rock that is either not well understood or known to be unproductive.

Government
1:24 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Banker And Small-Business Owner Appointed To Saline County Commission

Governor Sam Brownback has named a banker and small-business owner to two newly created seats on the Saline County Commission.

On Thursday, the governor announced the appointments of Luci Larson and David Smith to the commission.

Both are from Salina and take office Jan. 12.

Saline County voters in November approved expanding the commission from three to five members. Under Kansas law, the current commissioners were required to draw new districts within a month, and the governor was required to fill the seats. The new commissioners will stand for election in 2016.

Community
12:33 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

KU Fraternity Placed On Probation Following Sexual Assault Investigation

The University of Kansas has ordered two years of probation for the Kappa Sigma fraternity that was the focus of a sexual assault investigation.

Kappa Sigma is barred from having alcohol in its chapter house and must turn over materials to investigators and offer sexual assault prevention training.

KU imposed the sanctions on Wednesday after an investigation into reports that women were sexually assaulted during a gathering at the Kappa Sigma house on September 26th and 27th.

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Arts
1:35 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Nine Pieces Of Art Stolen From Old Town Gallery

Wichita Artist Josh Tripoli says he won't press charges if thieves return nine pieces of art that were stolen from an art gallery in Old Town.

Tripoli says someone stole the art right off the walls at Murillo Studios. He said the work likely was wrapped in a tapestry and then taken out the door.

KWCH-TV reports the total loss is estimated at $2,500.

Health
1:02 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Two New Programs To Provide Court And Dental Services To The Intellectually Disabled

Two new programs in Topeka will provide court and dental services to people with mental illness.

An alternative sentencing court run through the Topeka Municipal Court will allow mentally ill people who committed relatively minor crimes to be released from a jail earlier than scheduled if they comply with a treatment plan.

The program also will offer employment, housing and substance abuse help. Christine Wills with Valeo Behavioral Health Care says the alternative sentencing court will hear its first docket in early January.

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Government
11:19 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Salina Journal Threatens The State Of Kansas With Litigation

The publisher and editor of the Salina Journal, M. Olaf Frandsen, says Kansas can avoid litigation...if the governor's office follows the state's open records laws and releases the name of candidates seeking one of two new seats on the Saline County Commission.

The Salina Journal has requested the names of 13 applicants for one of the two seats twice. Voters added the seats in the November 4th election and expanded the county commission from three to five members.

Both requests - one verbal and the other in writing - were denied.

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