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Tue March 26, 2013

Top Morning News 3.26.13 (UPDATED)

Updated 19:15 am

Cowley College names three finalists for new President; Bill would change how court docket fees are spent; Scholarship legislation fails in Kansas House; Dogfighting ring busted in Kansas.

Three Finalists for Cowley College President

Three finalists have been chosen in the search for a new president for Cowley County Community College in Ark City: 

  • Clark Williams, the Vice President and COO of Blue Mountain Community College in Pendelton, Ore.
  • Robert Riza, Vice President of student services for Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas.  
  • Michael Calvert, Campus President and college Vice President for Central Community College in Grand Island, Neb.

The finalists will be on campus next month. They'll participate in public forums in the Earle Wright Community Room at 3 pm April 8 - 10. 

More information on the candidates and forums

Bill Changes How Kan. Court Docket Fees Are Spent

The Kansas House narrowly approved a change in how some state programs are funded. Certain programs receive money from docket fees paid in the court system, but a bill in the House would instead put that docket fee money in the state general fund.

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Scholarship Legislation Fails In The Kan. House

The Kansas House has defeated legislation that would create a school choice scholarship program funded by corporate donations.

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Multi-State Dogfighting Ring Broken Up In Kansas

Federal authorities in Kansas say they have broken up a multi-state dogfighting ring. The ring trained pit bulls to fight in Kansas, Missouri and Texas.

Pete Davis Jr. and Melvin L. Robinson were charged in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday in the U.S. District Court for Kansas. Each man faces one count of transporting animals for participation in an animal fighting venture in interstate commerce.

The men are accused of holding weekly dogfights in northwest Missouri, and training the dogs at a Kansas City, Kan. residence, where the dogs were put on treadmills with live chickens used as bait.

Kansas Winter Wheat Fairing Poorly

The latest snapshot of the Kansas winter wheat crop is still a grim picture.

Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reports that 31 percent of the wheat is in poor to very poor condition. About 40 percent is rated fair with 27 percent in good and 2 percent excellent condition. About 5 percent of the crop has now jointed.

The agency also says that topsoil moisture levels statewide are 47 percent short to very short. Subsoil moisture supplies are faring far worse, with 82 percent reported as short to very short.