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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.

Community
12:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Report: Illegal Immigrants Are Leaving Kansas

A Pew Research Center report shows Kansas is among 14 states with a big decline in the number of immigrants who are living illegally in the United States.

The report estimates 20,000 unauthorized immigrants left Kansas between 2009 and 2012.

The Center estimates that 75,000 immigrants were living unlawfully in Kansas in 2012.

The report attributes the immigrant population decreases in states like Kansas to a decline in the number of Mexican-born immigrants.

Government
12:23 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Projected Budget Shortfalls Has Republican Lawmakers Mulling Over Kansas' Tax Policy

Projected budget shortfalls in Kansas have some Republican legislators weighing proposals to backtrack on tax-cutting policies championed by Governor Sam Brownback.

However, House Appropriations Committee chairman and Wichita Republican Gene Suellentrop said on Tuesday that such measures should be a last resort.

Governor Brownback and the legislature must close shortfalls in the current and next state budgets totaling more than $714 million dollars, after lawmakers open their annual session in January.

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Community
12:04 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court Clears Way For More Same-Sex Marriages; Defers State Ban To U.S. Supreme Court

The Kansas Supreme Court has cleared the way for more same-sex marriages in Johnson County, but says it will defer to the U.S. Supreme Court on whether Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.

The Kansas Supreme Court lifted its hold on licenses to same-sex couples in Johnson County yesterday.

Johnson County Chief Judge Kevin Moriarty had authorized the licenses last month after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear cases from three federal appeals courts that had overturned same-sex marriage bans.

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Government
4:22 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Brownback Campaign Spokesman Takes Job With Kansas Dept. Of Administration

The spokesman for Governor Sam Brownback's successful re-election campaign has taken a similar job at the Kansas Department of Administration.

John Milburn began work on Monday as the department's communications director.

The Department of Administration oversees contracting, personnel services, and computer systems for state agencies under the governor's control and manages state office buildings.

Milburn joined Brownback's campaign in July after working as a Statehouse reporter in Topeka for The Associated Press.

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