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Crews are undertaking an annual effort to monitor changes in groundwater levels in western and central Kansas.

The Kansas Geological Survey will measure nearly 570 wells beginning early next month. The Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Water Resources will measure about 830 additional wells.

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According to law enforcement officials, a band of masked thieves shot and robbed New York Knicks player and former Shocker Cleanthony Early Wednesday morning. The 24-year-old was hospitalized in stable condition.

Early was in an Uber cab at around 4:30 a.m. outside a Queens strip club when his vehicle was surrounded by at least two other cars. Officials said as many as six men got out of the vehicles and demanded Early's "gold." He handed over two gold chains before he was shot in the right kneecap. The men then drove off.

Stephen Koranda

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he's not second-guessing a new state law that would require the state's college campuses to allow concealed weapons.

The Republican told the Lawrence Journal-World that the law is in accordance with the Constitution's Second Amendment's right to bear arms.

In 2013, Kansas lawmakers passed and Brownback signed a bill mandating that concealed weapons be allowed in nearly all public buildings unless adequate security is in place to prevent anyone from bringing in a weapon.

A Republican Kansas lawmaker is calling for an end to the state’s first-in-the-nation privatized foster care system, as it nears its 20th anniversary with increasing scrutiny and a record number of children in foster homes.

Republican Representative Mike Kiegerl, an Olathe Republican, wrote a report that was among more than 100 pages of documents provided to the Legislature’s Special Committee on Foster Care Adequacy, which met for a day last month and wants to arrange more meetings.

A recent legislative audit has found that a new computer system designed to make it easier for Kansas residents to apply for Medicaid and other social services is more than two years past due and at least $46 million over budget.

Stephen Koranda

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback says he and many Kansas legislators won't be ready to consider big increases in aid to public schools until they are confident that enough of the money already spent on education is finding its way into the classroom.

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A Kansas Board of Regents panel has advanced a plan governing how to allow concealed weapons on the state's college campuses by mid-2017.

The board's four-member governance committee discussed and signed off on the newest draft Wednesday in Topeka, Kansas. That sends the matter to the full board for its likely consideration and approval next month.

Kansas Legislature

A Democratic member of the Kansas House from Wichita plans to resign so that she can spend more time with her grandchildren.

Rep. Carolyn Bridges announced her plans Tuesday. She said she will step down Sunday.

Bridges said she's come to realize that acquiring the knowledge necessary to be an effective legislator takes a number of years. She said she wants to spend her retirement years babysitting her grandchildren and pursuing other opportunities.

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A Wichita State University student who died after trying to stop a suicide bomber in Saudi Arabia will receive an honorary degree.

Wichita State officials announced Thursday that 22-year-old Abduljaleel Alarbash also will have a room in Jabara Hall on the college campus named for him.

Alarbash, an electrical engineering student, was killed in May when he tried to stop the suicide bomber from entering a mosque in his native Saudi Arabia.

Stephen Koranda

Kansas lawmakers tasked with making school finance recommendations have heard conflicting arguments about whether more money for schools means better student performance.