Top Morning News 3.27.13
A first round approval was given to a bill that would help support the state pension system; Kansas Senate to vote on gun-rights bill; Man charged in Koch cyber attack.
State Pension Plan Advances In House
Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill authorizing $1.5 billion in bonds.
The money will boost the financial state of the state pension system for teachers and government workers.
Kan. Senate Prepares To Vote On Concealed Carry Law
The state Senate is preparing to take final action Wednesday on a bill that would expand the number of public buildings where concealed weapons are allowed.
The bill also lets public school and college employees carry concealed firearms.
Gun-rights advocates back the measure, which comes as federal officials consider gun restrictions in the wake of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last December.
The House already has approved its own version of the same bill, which would allow local school boards and state colleges to designate employees to carry concealed weapons. Also, that measure says state and local governments couldn't prohibit holders of state concealed-carry permits from bringing their weapons into public buildings unless those places had security measures in place.
Man Charged In Koch Cyber Attack
A Wisconsin man has been charged with joining the hacker group Anonymous in a cyber attack by on Wichita-based Koch Industries.
The U.S. attorney's office says 37-year-old Eric J. Rosol, of Black Creek was indicted on one count each of damaging a computer and conspiracy to damage a computer.
The indictment alleges that Anonymous asked conspirators to launch a Low Orbit Ion Cannon that sent a high volume of repeated requests to a Koch website. Many conspirators complied, and the company's website crashed.
Rosol also is accused of sending a code that damaged the company's computers.
Budget Item Would Assist Kan. Hospitals
Hospitals in Kansas could lose some federal money if the state doesn't expand Medicaid services under the federal health care law.