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Crime and Courts
3:56 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Judge Refuses To Toss Out Case Against Suicide Bomb Suspect

A judge ruled on Friday that the case against a man who allegedly tried to drive a bomb onto the Mid-Continent Airport cannot be thrown out. KMUW's Aileen Leblanc reports...  

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot rejected the defense team's entrapment argument and a plethora of other legal moves that sought to have the federal indictment against Terry Loewen thrown out.

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Education
1:39 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Newest Kansas Justice Won't Sit In On Education Funding Case

Credit Stephen Koranda

The Kansas Supreme Court's newest justice and the only one appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback has removed himself from hearing an education funding lawsuit.

The court said Thursday that Justice Caleb Stegall wouldn't participate. Stegall declined to comment through the court's spokeswoman.

An attorney for four school districts suing the state said in December that Stegall should not sit with the high court on the case because Stegall represented Brownback in unsuccessful settlement talks in 2013.

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Health
1:31 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Report Finds Major Flaws In Kansas Juvenile Justice System

A new report says Kansas' juvenile justice system functions inadequately due to poor use of mental health and substance evaluations, dependency on long periods of incarceration, inappropriate assignments of youths to detention facilities and other issues.

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Government
1:20 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers Waiting For Analysis Of GOP Schools Plan

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Kansas legislators are waiting for a detailed analysis of how a plan from Republican leaders to overhaul education funding would affect individual school districts.

The Kansas Department of Education was expected to release the analysis Friday. The department regularly reviews school finance legislation and analyzes its effects.

The GOP plan was outlined Thursday and would replace the state's existing per-student formula for distributing its aid to 286 school districts.

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Environment
1:56 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Kansas House Panel To Have Briefing On Spike In Earthquakes

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A Kansas legislative committee's chairman says it will review data about a spike in small earthquakes in recent years and ways to lessen their number.

Wichita Representative Dennis Hedke said yesterday that he's hoping the briefings he's planning for the House Energy and Environment Committee will reassure residents of south-central Kansas, where the earthquakes have been most numerous.

He has not set a date for the hearing.

The Kansas Geological Survey says there were 161 earthquakes in Kansas last year.

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Environment
1:41 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Statewide Meetings Set To Plan Water Supply Goals And Priorities

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The state will have series of 26 public meetings across Kansas this month to set regional water supply goals and priorities.

Trained facilitators from Kansas State University Research and Extension and the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy will help facilitate the public meetings.

14 regional water leadership teams will create water supply goals based on public input and available resources.

The regional water supply goals that they draft will be presented to the Kansas Water Authority in May.

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Education
1:31 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Kansas Districts Want Lower Court To Stay On Schools Lawsuit

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School districts suing the state of Kansas over education funding are telling the state Supreme Court that they want a lower court to continue handling their lawsuit.

Four districts asked the Supreme Court Tuesday to reject the state's request that the high court handle the lawsuit instead of a three-judge Shawnee County District Court panel.

The districts sued the state in 2010.

The lower-court panel ruled in December that the state is not adequately funding schools.

The state asked the panel to reconsider in January.

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Crime and Courts
5:00 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Overland Park Shooter To Go On Trial For Capital Murder

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A white supremacist accused of gunning down three people at Jewish sites in Kansas will go on trial for capital murder, a judge ruled Tuesday. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

District Judge Kelly Ryan decided sufficient evidence exists to try 74-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller, of Aurora, Missouri, in the 2014 deaths at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and at a nearby Jewish retirement home.

Miller has said he felt a duty to kill Jews before his death, which he believed to be imminent because he suffers from emphysema.

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Crime and Courts
12:35 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Prosecutor: Loewen Well On His Way To Becoming Terrorist Before Sting

Credit Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

Federal prosecutors say a man accused of plotting a suicide bomb attack at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower airport was "well on his way" to becoming a violent terrorist before authorities began investigating him.

A heavily redacted government filing Monday seeks to counter defense arguments that an undercover FBI agent radicalized Terry Loewen.

Prosecutors say it would have been outrageous for the FBI to leave Terry Loewen to his own devices, trolling the internet for someone to help him.

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Government
11:21 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Kansas Senate Panel To Have Hearing On Appeals Court Nominee

The Kansas Senate chamber.
Credit Stephen Koranda

The Senate Judiciary committee is having a hearing this week on Governor Sam Brownback's appointment of a new judge to the state Court of Appeals.

The Committee will convene Wednesday for testimony on the nomination of Kathryn Gardner of Topeka to the state's second-highest court.

The committee's agenda says the hearing could continue Thursday and a vote is possible then.

Governor Brownback named Gardner to the appeals court to fill a vacancy he created last year by elevating then-Judge Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Supreme Court.

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