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Education
1:47 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Federal Judge: Kansas Science Standards Does Not Violate Religious Freedoms

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleges science standards for Kansas public schools promote atheism and violate the religious freedom of students and parents.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled yesterday that Citizens for Objective Public Education and other people challenging the standards did not claim specific enough injuries to allow the case to go forward.

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Crime and Courts
12:46 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Court Ruling Clears Way For The Publication Of The 'In Cold Blood' Files

A judge has decided that the son of a deceased Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent can publish his father's files from the 1959 Clutter family murders.

Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks said in a ruling made public Monday that he made an error when he initially blocked publication of the criminal investigation files in 2012.

His decision comes in a lawsuit by the Kansas attorney general's office against Ronald Nye of Oklahoma City.

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Community
12:43 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Amateur Historian Tracks Down The Grave Of Liberal Founder

An amateur historian has solved the mystery of what happened to the founder of the town Liberal.

Lidia Hook-Gray was researching on an online genealogy website when she discovered that Seymour S. Rogers, and his wife, Addie, were buried in a cemetery in Carthage, Missouri.

Rogers had made his way to southwest Kansas after a failed first marriage and a stint in the Union Army in the Civil War.

He established a homestead with a sod house that doubled as a general store.

Agriculture
12:18 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Farm And Ranch Groups Begin To Gather As Season Wraps Up

The fall harvest of crops in Kansas is mostly in the bin now. Winter wheat planting is done.

Kansas farmers and ranchers are taking advantage of the seasonal lull this week to gather together to socialize, hash out farm policy aims and gather information at three major agricultural conventions.

On Monday, more 1,000 farmers are heading to Manhattan to layout the roadmap for public policy issues that the Kansas Farm Bureau members consider important to agriculture.

On Wednesday, the Kansas Livestock Association kicks off its three-day convention beginning in Wichita.

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Crime and Courts
1:51 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Suspect Now Charged With Capital Murder - Victim in Park Attack Near WSU Has Died

Cornell A. McNeal
Credit Sedgwick County Correctional Facility

UPDATE 11-28-14

A date has been set for a benefit to help aid the children of Letitia "Tish" Davis. It will take place at Kirby's Beer Store on Sunday, December 7. The event will include a live auction, bands, food trucks and more.

UPDATE 11-26-14-

(AP)  A man accused of raping and setting a Kansas woman on fire at a Wichita park was charged Wednesday in the death of the mother of four.

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Crime and Courts
1:20 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Foster Dad Pleads Guilty In Hot Car Death

A foster dad pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter for leaving a 10-month-old girl inside a sweltering car outside of his house in July while he and his partner smoked marijuana.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has said Seth Jackson went to a drug dealer's house July 24 before picking up the girl from a baby sitter. After arriving home, he went inside with a 5-year-old child, but left the baby in the vehicle.

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Government
12:58 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Four Kansas Insurance Dept. Directors Set To Retire In December

Four directors are retiring from the Kansas Insurance Department on December 5th.

Directors Marlyn Burch, life division; Neil Woerman, information technology; Steve O'Neil, consumer assistance; and Ted Clark, anti-fraud, will retire. The department has 11 directors.

Burch has worked for the department for 53 years.

O'Neil joined the department in 1987, while Woerman and Clark joined the department in 2003.

The department will wait to fill the positions until Ken Selzer becomes commissioner in January.

Government
11:54 am
Tue November 25, 2014

KBI To Survey Kansas Law Enforcement Agencies For Backlogs Involving Sexual Assault Kits

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is trying to find out if Kansas has a backlog of untested sexual assault kits.

Officials say that across the country, hundreds of thousands of the kits remain untested.

The KBI recently sent surveys to all Kansas law enforcement agencies to identify if there is a testing backlog for the kits, which include swabs and specimens gathered during exams of sexual assault victims.

The group's director, Kirk Thompson, says the KBI doesn't think there is one, but wants to make sure.

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Environment
12:19 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Low Aquifer Levels Endangering Perennial Streams In Western Kansas

The depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer is causing western Kansas to lose many of its perennial streams.

Jim Butler is the geohydrology section chief with the Kansas Geological Survey.

Butler said at a workshop in Lawrence last week that many streams in western Kansas used to be fed by the aquifer because its water table was higher than the streams.

He says because the aquifer's water table has dropped 3 feet or more below the stream beds, most of the streams are now dry year round.

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Education
4:35 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Education Lawsuit Complicates Possible Budget Cuts

Even before state courts decide whether Kansas spends enough money on K-12 public schools, an education funding lawsuit is complicating efforts by legislators and Governor Sam Brownback to close budget shortfalls.

A three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court expects to rule by the end of December in a lawsuit filed in 2010 by parents of more than 30 students and the Dodge City, Hutchinson, Wichita and Kansas City school districts.

Both sides predict an appeal to the state Supreme Court, which might not rule until 2016.

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