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Sports
11:03 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Following President Clark William's Resignation, Cowley College Reinstates Soccer Programs

After a controversy that led to the resignation of its president, Cowley College will reinstate its men’s and women’s soccer programs.

The college’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously last night to continue the programs, as well as retaining the two head coaches.

The board also voted to reinstate men’s basketball coach, Tommy DeSalme.

Former Cowley president Clark Williams decided to eliminate the programs in March, citing budget problems. The decisions caused an uproar in Arkansas City, eventually leading to Williams’ resignation this month.

Sports
10:59 am
Mon April 21, 2014

NBC World Series Awaits Wichita To Appoint Board Of Directors

Wichita officials are working to appoint a board of directors to operate the National Baseball Congress World Series.

The city announced earlier this month they will take their tournament back from current operators, the Wingnuts independent league baseball team.

The city bought the tournament from Bob and Mindy Rich in 2007 to keep it in Wichita.

City Manager Robert Layton says profits generated by the tournament will go toward youth baseball programs.

Layton told the Wichita Eagle that the board appointments could be on a May council meeting agenda.

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Education
10:47 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Brownback Joins KU Officials In Applauding New Health Education Building

Governor Brownback will join KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan, among other officials, at the KU Medical Center to applaud budget enhancements.

A bill passed by the Legislature includes $25 million in state-backed bonding authority for a new health education building, which is estimated to cost $75 million dollars.

KU officials say the building is needed in part to train more doctors. With it, KU will increase the class size by 25 to 200 students.

Education
10:41 am
Mon April 21, 2014

UPDATE: Governor Brownback's Signs Education Funding Bill

Updated at 12:40 on April 21, 2014: Gov. Brownback announced in a press release on Monday that he has decided to sign HB 2506. The bill addresses school funding equity issues pointed out in a Kansas Supreme Court decision.

A deadline is approaching for Governor Sam Brownback to make a decision on whether to sign a bill on spending for Kansas’ public schools.

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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.

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