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National Transportation Safety Board

A truck that ran into a section of BNSF Railway track, deflecting the track up to 14 inches, may be a cause of the Amtrak derailment that happened near Dodge City early Monday.

  

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A truck used to deliver feed to a business where cattle are fattened hit the train track and shifted it at least a foot before an Amtrak train derailed in southwest Kansas and injured at least 32 people, an investigator said.

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A Republican state senator is suggesting that Kansas move to consolidate public school districts as it works to make education funding fairer.

Sen. Steve Fitzgerald of Leavenworth raised the issue Wednesday during a committee hearing on a bill to redistribute $39 million during the 2016-17 school year to help poor districts.

The bill is a response to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling last month that the state has been unfairly shorting poor school districts on their aid.

Stephen Koranda

Two Republican lawmakers are suggesting that the Kansas Legislature turn the job of determining how state aid to public schools is distributed over to the State Board of Education.

Reps. Gene Suellentrop of Wichita and Marvin Kleeb of Overland Park raised the idea during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on a school funding plan from the panel's chairman.

The 10-member board would then face the burden of making sure the money is distributed fairly.

KPR.org

A recent report has determined that women in Kansas who work full-time, year-round earn 79 cents for every dollar made by men.

The Topeka Capital Journal reports that the University of Kansas' Center for Science and Technology & Economic Policy was commissioned by the Women's Foundation to analyze factors such as economic well-being, health and civic engagement of women across the state.

Sean Sandefur / KMUW

An Amtrak train carrying more than 140 people derailed near Dodge City early Monday morning. The train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, at least 30 people were injured.

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The Kansas House has approved a measure today that would prohibit minors from using tanning devices such as sun lamps and tanning beds.

Representatives voted 77 to 44 in favor of the bill. Salon owners could be fined up to $250 and incur disciplinary action for allowing people under 18 to use tanning devices.

Stephen Koranda

Republican lawmakers in Kansas are weary of conflicts with a judiciary that has been pushing for more school spending, and they're beginning to act on a measure to expand the legal grounds for impeaching judges.

The move is part of an intensified effort in red states to reshape courts still dominated by moderate judges from earlier administrations.

A committee in the GOP-controlled Senate plans to vote Tuesday on a bill that would make "attempting to usurp the power" of the Legislature or the executive branch grounds for impeachment.

donaldjtrump.com

Donald Trump plans to have a rally Saturday in Wichita as Republicans prepare to vote in the state's presidential caucuses.

The billionaire businessman's campaign for the GOP nomination announced the event Friday, as rival and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was campaigning in the state.

Trump's campaign posted a statement on a website but did not provide additional details.

Republican candidate Ted Cruz also planned to be in Wichita on Saturday to speak at the Century II arena caucus site as voting opens at 10 a.m.

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A lawsuit between Boeing and the federal government was settled today. Boeing sued the federal government over pollution at the company’s old aircraft plant in Wichita.

On Tuesday, Gov. Sam Brownback ordered state budget reductions in response to lower-than-expected tax collections. That included a 3 percent, or about $17 million, cut to higher education in Kansas that will take place over the next four months.

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