Thu January 3, 2013
Top Morning News 01.03.13
State Board of Education to hear updates on history, science standards; Kansas Professors present evidence of a solar burst in 775; Another Sedgwick county detention deputy charged with sexual assault.
KS Education Board To Hear Standards Updates
Next week, The State Board of Education will hear about progress in writing new standards for teaching history, government and social studies in Kansas.
The board's agenda for its January 9 meeting also includes a status report on a national project to draft new science standards.
The guidelines are similar to the Common Core standards that were adopted by states for reading and math. Four new members who won election to the 10-member board in November will also be sworn in.
Kansas Profs Help Make Case For 775 Solar Event
Two Kansas professors are making the case that a major solar burst may have happened more than 1,200 years ago.
2nd Sedgwick County Detention Deputy Charged
A second Sedgwick County detention deputy has been charged with sexual misconduct involving inmates.
Sheriff Jeff Easter says that two male inmates complained in October of being subject to "lewd fondling" at a work-release center. Two counts of unlawful sexual relations were filed in November but didn't become public until Friday when defendant James Conklin of Wichita made a first court appearance.
Conklin's lawyer says Conklin has 19 years of "honorable service" as a detention deputy. The attorney intends to challenge the credibility of the accusers. Conklin is free on bond awaiting a January 10 preliminary hearing.
A former Sedgwick County jailer, David Kendall, is also charged with sex crimes involving six inmates. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for later this month.
State Trying To Make Sperm Donor Pay Child Support
A Kansas man who answered an online ad to donate sperm to a lesbian couple is fighting the state's efforts to force him to pay child support for the resulting child.
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