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Thu November 15, 2012

Top Morning News 11.15.12

Kline hearing in Kansas Supreme Court today; More Kansas families are struggling to make ends meet; Board of Education to consider cursive writing standards.

Kline Ethics Case Before Kansas Supreme Court

The Kansas Supreme Court is preparing to take up an ethics case against former Attorney General Phill Kline over his actions during investigations of abortion providers. The court will hear arguments from attorneys Thursday.

Five of the seven justices removed themselves from the case, requiring the appointment of substitutes. Kline was Kansas attorney general from 2003 to 2007 and Johnson County district attorney in 2007 and 2008. A three-member panel of the state Board of Discipline of Attorneys has recommended Kline's law license be suspended indefinitely.

Kline has strongly denied any ethics violations. The disciplinary panel contends Kline repeatedly misled or allowed subordinates to mislead others, including a Kansas City-area grand jury, to further his investigations. Kline is now a visiting professor at Liberty University in Virginia.

More Kansas Families Struggle As Assistance Shrinks

A new report says more Kansas families are sinking into poverty, but recent changes in state policy will make it more difficult for them to qualify for government assistance.

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Kansas Board Of Education To Consider Cursive Writing Recommendation

The Kansas Board of Education could develop a set of recommendations for teaching cursive writing in Kansas schools. Wednesday the Board of Education discussed the issue at a meeting in Topeka.

Cursive writing is not required to be taught in Kansas, but some members have heard from their constituents about the issue.

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KDOT Issues $1.1 Billion In Transportation Projects

Kansas transportation officials have released a list of more than 430 construction projects totaling $1.1 billion to be carried out in the next two budget years, including several that are already under way.

The list released Wednesday includes some major projects that were previously announced by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

They include the expansion of U.S. 54/Kellogg Avenue in Wichita; completion of the South Lawrence Trafficway in Douglas County; and improvements to the junction of Kansas 10 and Interstates 35 and 435 in Johnson County.

The projects are part of the state's 10-year program for improving highways, airports and public transportation.