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Crime and Courts
6:00 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Miller To Plead Guilty In Jewish Site Shootings

A man who is in jail for allegedly killing three people he believed to be Jewish has said he plans to plead guilty. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

A white supremacist accused of killing three people near two Kansas Jewish centers says he's ready to plead guilty to all charges to avoid a lengthy trial.

Frazier Glenn Miller told The Associated Press in a phone call from jail on Monday that he doesn't have long to live and wants to have his day in court.

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Crime and Courts
9:50 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Judge Orders Kansas Sperm Donor To Undergo Genetic Testing

A Kansas judge has ordered genetic testing to determine whether a man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple is the biological father of their 5-year-old daughter.

William Marotta of Topeka answered a Craigslist ad seeking a sperm donor in 2009. He didn't intend to be the child's father and signed a contract waiving parental rights and responsibilities while agreeing to donate sperm to Jennifer Schreiner and Angela Bauer.

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Crime and Courts
1:54 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Prosecutors Seek More Info In Marijuana Advocate's Case

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Prosecutors are seeking more information before deciding whether to charge a medical marijuana advocate who lost custody of her 11-year-old son following his comments during a drug education program at school.

Finney County Attorney Susan Richmeier said yesterday she has asked Garden City police for follow-up reports in the case of 37-year-old Shona Banda. Those are expected to be completed within 10 days.

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Health
1:39 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Big Piece Of Plan For Balancing Kansas Budget Is In Trouble

An $80 million-dollar piece of Governor Sam Brownback's plan for balancing the next state budget is in trouble in the Legislature because a major health insurance company opposes it.

Budget Director Shawn Sullivan said in a statement yesterday that the governor's office is having active discussions with Aetna, legislators and the state Insurance Department about the disputed measure.

It would increase a fee paid by HMOs to 5.5 percent from 1 percent.

Three private health insurers that manage the state's Medicaid program would pay most of it.

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Government
3:20 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

State Panel To Update Kansas Tax Collection Estimate

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A group of state officials and economists will meet on Monday to put together a new estimate of Kansas tax collections.

As Stephen Koranda reports, the information is critical for lawmakers as they build the state budget.

Kansas legislators decided to wait to do the final work on the budget until after their spring break.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Kansas Supreme Court To Consider Marijuana Ballot Dispute

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The state’s highest court has taken up the dispute over the legality of a new voter-approved ordinance in the state’s largest city that lessens criminal penalties for marijuana possession.

The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Wichita to respond by May 6 to arguments made by the Kansas attorney general seeking to nullify the ordinance because it conflicts with state law. The court also halted for now proceedings in Sedgwick County District Court that had also aimed to resolve the issue.

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Aviation
2:25 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Regional Jet With 84 Onboard Safely Makes Emergency Landing

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A regional airliner with 84 passengers on board safely made an emergency landing in Wichita on Wednesday, after the plane had cabin pressurization problems.

No one was injured during the Bombardier CRJ-900's landing at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

Airport spokeswoman Valerie Wise says the flight was operated by Mesa Airlines for American. It had taken off from Wichita and was headed to Dallas-Ft. Worth.

She says the plane wasn't in the air for very long before the pilot declared an emergency around 2:20 p.m. and returned to the airport.

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Education
2:20 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Despite Pleas From Parents, Mount Hope Elementary Set To Close

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Despite pleas from parents, the Haven school board has reaffirmed an earlier decision to close an elementary school.

The board voted 4-3 Monday night to close Mount Hope Elementary School at the end of the current school year. The south central Kansas school has fewer than 40 students in kindergarten through eighth grades.

Parents, students and Mount Hope residents showed up at Monday's meeting to argue that closing the school would devastate Mount Hope.

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Government
1:59 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Kansas Agency Criticized For Mockery Response

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The state Department for Children and Families is catching heat for social media comments that critics say were too partisan.

On its Facebook page Friday, the Kansas DCF accused the left of "mocking the State of Kansas" and said it has "stood in the way of progress."

The post defended restrictions approved by the Legislature in April on how welfare recipients can spend their money.

The Facebook post:

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Health
2:47 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Kansas State Reports Increased Rabies Cases So Far This Year

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A Kansas State University laboratory says it is seeing an increase in rabies cases so far this year.

The university's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory says it had verified 28 positive cases of rabies from January through March, compared with only 10 cases during the same period last year.

Rolan Davis, a diagnostician at the lab, says all but five of the 28 cases were found in skunks. Three others were found in cats, one in a bovine and one in a fox.

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