Top Morning News 11.13.12

Nov 13, 2012

Brownback to appoint judge to the Kansas Court of Appeals; Brownback to announce Veterans' health initiative; Via Christi expansion in Pittsburg set to break ground.

Panel Interviewing 20 For Court Of Appeals Spot

A statewide nominating commission is interviewing 20 applicants for a seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Among the candidates are Caleb Stegall, who is Governor Sam Brownback's chief counsel, and Sedgwick County District Judge Tony Powell, a former member of the Kansas House. The commission is holding interviews today and Wednesday.

The panel will then select three finalists, from whom Brownback will make the appointment. Appellate judges in Kansas do not need confirmation from the state Senate.

The applicants are seeking to replace Judge Christel Marquardt, who plans to retire in January. It will be Brownback's second appointment to the 13-member Court of Appeals.

Brownback To Announce Effort On Veterans' Health

Governor Brownback is preparing to announce a state-federal collaboration to provide Kansas military veterans better access to health care.

Brownback's office declined to provide details before a news conference Tuesday morning at the Statehouse. The Kansas adjutant general, Major General Lee Tafanelli, was scheduled to join Brownback for the announcement.

Others set to take part include an official of the Veterans Administration and the director of telemedicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

Pittsburg Hospital Set To Break Ground On Expansion

A southeast Kansas hospital will break ground next week on an $18 million expansion.


Kansas Supreme Court To Hear Kline Ethics Case

The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday in the ethics case against former Attorney General Phill Kline.

A state board has recommended Kline lose his law license in Kansas because of his actions during an investigation into abortion providers.

Kline has strongly denied any ethics violations. Lawyers for Kline and for the disciplinary administrator's office will argue Thursday over whether Kline should be disbarred.

Supreme Court spokesperson Ron Keefover says it's not clear when the court might rule. The case is being heard by five judges not usually on the court, after five Supreme Court justices recused themselves from the hearing.

Kline's law license in Kansas is still active, although he now teaches at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virgina.

Karl Rove To Speak At Kansas Livestock Association Convention In Wichita

Republican strategist Karl Rove will be in Wichita later this month to address the 100th annual convention of the Kansas Livestock Association.

Rove is the featured speaker at the association's banquet on November 28. He's expected to discuss what this month's elections mean for the nation, especially the agricultural sector.

Rove was deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush. The convention runs November 28-30.