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Government
3:19 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Gov Picks Former Chief Counsel for KS High Court

A vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court was filled on Friday by Governor Brownback.  He appointed Court of Appeals Judge, Caleb Stegall to the position. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports . . . 

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Crime and Courts
12:11 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Sedgwick County DA: Reports Of Mail Theft On The Rise

The Sedgwick County district attorney says reports of mail theft are increasing in Wichita.

Marc Bennett said Thursday that thieves are targeting government checks and credit card applications. He says they typically steal during the day.

Wichita police recorded 134 cases of mail theft since January. Sixty of those happened in the past three months.

Bennett says thieves use personal information from stolen mail for identity theft. He suggests residents collect their mail when it's delivered, buy a mailbox lock or rent a post office box.

Crime and Courts
12:07 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

64-Year-Old Salina Man Found Guilty Of Misdemeanor Vehicular Homicide

A jury in Saline County has found a 64-year-old Salina man guilty of misdemeanor vehicular homicide in the death of bicyclist Gail Kline.

Lewis Grider also was found guilty yesterday of felony leaving the scene of the accident last May.

Before the verdict, Grider testified that he felt something hit his delivery van and stopped to survey the damage. Believing he had hit a deer, he continued on his trip.

49-year-old Kline was hit as she was riding alone west of Salina as part of the Kandango Bicycle Tour. A trucker found her in a ditch and called emergency officials.

Politics
12:08 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Only 20 Percent Of Registered Voters Took Part In Kansas' Primary Elections

Only about 20 percent of the state's 1.74 million registered voters took part in this month's primary elections.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach chairs the three-member State Board of Canvassers, which certified the results of the August 5th primaries yesterday. Nearly 351,000 ballots were cast.

The 20 percent participation was the lowest for a Kansas primary election since 2006, when it was 18 percent.

Logan County in western Kansas had the highest turnout, at 40 percent.

Labette County in southeast Kansas had the lowest, at 12 percent.

Military
11:59 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Fort Leavenworth Breaks Ground On New Battleground Simulation Training Center

Fort Leavenworth will have a groundbreaking ceremony next week for a new $15.6 million-dollar battleground simulation training center.

Fort officials say next Wednesday's ceremony will begin construction of the Regional Simulation Center, which will house the hardware, software and technology that simulate battlefield activity.

The fort says that the center will train the staff and commanders of large units, a CORE or division to help improve communication, coordination and planning skills.

Education
11:46 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Report: Universities Aren't Doing Enough To Explain The Financial Burdens Of Student Loans

Two Kansas State University professors have authored a report that finds most universities are not offering students enough help in understanding the financial burdens that student loans pose.

Sonya Britt and Dottie Durband's report, released this week, outlines different ways to educate students, ranging from classroom-based programs to individual counseling.

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Politics
12:01 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

'Taking Back Kansas' Rallies Women To Unseat Brownback And Kobach

A grassroots group called Women for Kansas is planning a public rally to open its "Taking Back Kansas" convention on Friday.

The group aims to unite women to defeat Governor Sam Brownback and Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the November elections.

Speakers during the weekend conference include: a first-time voter, a representative from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis, and independent U.S. Senate candidate and Greg Orman.

The rally takes place at 5:30 p.m. Friday near Century II in Wichita.

Community
11:43 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Project Aims To Rebuild Downtown Block In Anthony, KS

The south-central Kansas town of Anthony will soon rebuild a block downtown that was lost to fire five years ago.

There's a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the $3.5 million redevelopment project.

In 2009, several businesses were destroyed by a gas explosion and massive fire that burned for hours. The fire began when a truck broke through pavement in an alley, severing a gas line that then exploded.

Demolition began a year later, and a special sales tax was levied in the downtown area to fund the reconstruction.

Community
10:13 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Kansas Down To Three Animal Euthanization Chambers

Kansas now has only three shelters that use gas chambers to euthanize animals after one shelter shut its chamber down earlier this month.

A few days after the Topeka Capital-Journal published a story about the ongoing practice in the state, the city of Eureka unplugged its chamber. The city's administrator says switching to a different way to euthanize animals had been the goal for quite a while.

Government
9:58 am
Wed August 27, 2014

UPDATE: Only One Federally Registered Vote Counted Under Kansas' Dual Voter System

Updated on 8/27/14:

Only one Kansan who registered using the federal voter form without proof of citizenship actually cast a ballot in the Aug. 5 primaries.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach said yesterday that of the 180 Kansans who used the federal registration form without providing documentation, only one of them voted - in Johnson County. Under the state's dual system, only their votes cast in the federal races would be counted.

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