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Crime and Courts
12:12 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

KU Fraternity Suspended After Reports Of Sexual Assaults

A University of Kansas fraternity is on interim suspension after the school received reports of sexual assault during a party over the weekend.

University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said yesterday that "disturbing and serious" behavior was reported at the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

The Lawrence Police Department and the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access are investigating the allegations.

This suspension comes as the university faces increasing criticism for its handling of previous allegations of rape on the Lawrence campus.

Crime and Courts
11:47 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Former KBI Administrator Disbarred By State Supreme Court

A former Kansas Bureau of Investigation administrator has been disbarred by the state Supreme Court.

Former KBI deputy director Kyle G. Smith was third in line at the bureau last November when an agency secretary found a photo of a teenage girl engaged in sexually explicit conduct that was traced to Smith's email account.

Smith pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child earlier this year and was sentenced to 32 months in prison.

Government
11:51 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Tax Collections Fell $21M Short Of September Expectations

The state Department of Revenue reported on Tuesday that its tax collections fell $21 million dollars short of expectations in September.

The Department said corporate income tax collections exceeded expectations, $86.5 million dollars in corporate tax collections in September, 33 percent more than the predicted $65 million.

Even with the corporate taxes, the state collected $521 million dollars in taxes for September, 4 percent less than the $542 million it had anticipated.

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Education
11:55 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Washburn And JCCC Receive $12M Grant To Develop Tech Skills Program

Washburn University and Johnson County Community College will receive $12 million dollars federal grants to develop programs to train students in new technology skills.

Washburn president Jerry Farley says the funds will be used mostly for training through the School of Nursing and the School of Applied Studies. He says the school plans to reach out to more veterans with the funding.

The grants were part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program, which is co-administered by the Labor and Education departments.

Government
11:34 am
Tue September 30, 2014

State Officials Eagerly Await For Word On September Taxes

State officials are also waiting for word on whether Kansas tax collections in September met expectations.

The state Department of Revenue's report this afternoon is expected to renew a political debate over recent, massive income tax cuts enacted at Governor Sam Brownback's urging.

Brownback says the tax cuts are stimulating economic growth, but critics say the reductions are wrecking the state's finances.

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Government
11:25 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Democrats Push For Review Of Medicaid Contracts

Two Democrats in the Kansas Legislature want it to investigate how Republican Governor Sam Brownback's administration awarded contracts to private companies to manage the state's Medicaid program.

Senator Laura Kelly of Topeka and Representative Jim Ward of Wichita had a Statehouse news conference yesterday to call on legislative leaders to authorize an investigation.

However, Senate President Susan Wagle called the move an attempt to distort the truth ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

Wagle says the process for awarding the contracts was transparent.

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Crime and Courts
12:49 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

KU Receives More Sexual Assault Reports From Students

The University of Kansas is receiving more sexual assault reports from students.

The recent reports include two accounts of stalking, seven of sexual harassment, one of sexual assault, one of date violence, one of domestic violence and seven so recent, the office had not yet categorized them. The reports began rolling in after a student who said she was raped in 2013 said her attacker received a lenient punishment.

The university has declined to comment on the case.

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Education
12:45 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Tax-Credit Funding Of Private School Tuition On Track For January Launch

A Kansas education official says a new tax-credit system to fund private school tuition for low-income students is on track to start in January.

Deputy education commissioner Dale Dennis says application forms for the tuition program are nearly ready.

The program will allow businesses to donate to nonprofit organizations for scholarships for low-income children attending public schools to transfer to private schools. The businesses would receive a tax credit that subtracts 70 percent of their donation from their tax bills.

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Agriculture
12:30 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Farmers Not Using Law Allowing Deep Irrigation Reductions

Little use is being made of a law that allows farmers to form groups that can require deep reductions in irrigation.

The hope was that if enough western Kansas farmers pared their water use, the Ogallalah aquifer's lifespan could be extended. Two years later though, only one group of 110 farmers, who own 99 square miles in Sheridan and Thomas counties near Colby, has formed.

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Education
12:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Number Of Teachers Retiring On The Rise, Licensing Numbers Remain Flat

Kansas school districts are reporting that teachers are retiring at a higher pace, while the number of newly licensed teachers remains flat.

More than 2,000 teachers retired last school year. The state's education department says that's double the number of teachers that retired five years earlier.

Scott Myers is the department's director of teacher education and licensure. He says the teacher retirement figures are subject to error because it's self-reported data from school districts.

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