WPD Investigates Possible Murder-Suicide

Wichita Police are investigating what they described as a murder suicide. Relatives found the bodies at a home Sunday afternoon in the 900 block of North Glendale, near Central and Oliver. Officers say they believe the man shot the woman, then turned the gun on himself inside the home. Both victims are described as being in their 20’s. A neighbor told reporters that they knew the female had a restraining order on the man.

Woman Jailed For Fatal Butler County Hit & Run

In Butler COunty, a woman is now jailed for a deadly hit and run crash that took place last weekend. SHeriff Kelly Herzet confirms that 33 year-old Virginia Moore is charged with second degree murder and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Herzet says an anonymous tip led authorities to Moore. 38 year-old Jared Wright, of Augusta, was found dead Saturday near US 54 and Tawakoni Road. Last weekend, sheriff Herzet reported that he believed Wright was struck while walking along the side of the road near Yorktown and that the driver of the vehicle had picked up the man’s body and dumped it further down the road a few miles.

Lawmakers Work To Repeal Brownback Tax Cuts of 2012

Work in the Kansas Legislature has stalled on a plan that would fully repeal past income tax cuts championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. House and Senate negotiators failed to agree Thursday evening on a plan to raise taxes to fix the state budget and boost spending on public schools. They were considering a plan to raise $1.4 billion over two years by undoing tax cuts Brownback has touted.

Kobach Preparing To Lead Federal Election Fraud Commission

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach prepares to help lead a new presidential commission on election fraud by touting what he says are significant problems he uncovered in Kansas. As its secretary of state, he’s the first state elections chief with a prosecutor’s powers. Kobach said he’s not pre-judging what might be happening in other states before the commission appointed by President Trump begins compiling hard data about election fraud. Voting rights advocates have criticized Kobach’s appointment.

NWS Reports 20 Tornadoes Thursday Night

Tornadoes touched down in three Plains states on Thursday during nasty spring storms featuring ominous cloud formations but there were no reports of major damage, serious injuries or deaths. The National Weather Service logged nearly 20 reports of tornadoes from the states of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas and numerous reports of high winds and hail.

Democrats Propose School Spending Plan

The Kansas Legislature’s top Democrats are proposing that the state phase in a $600 million increase in spending on public schools over three years. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka and House Minority Leader Jim Ward of Wichita made their proposal public Wednesday. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in March that the state’s education funding is inadequate.

Barton County Hit Hard By Tuesday Storms

We’ve been able to confirm that two people have been injured as a result of severe storms last night in Kansas. Several tornado touchdowns were reported. Homes were damaged near the communities of Pawnee Rock and Great Bend. Both of the reported injuries are described as minor. Barton County says there are broken gas lines west of Pawnee Rock, a high voltage electric line was downed, and a couple of homes were flattened. A shelter has been set up at the City Auditorium for Barton County residents.

KU Nursing School To Open Salina Campus

The University of Kansas School of Nursing plans to open a campus in Salina this fall. The new venture is a partnership with Salina Regional Health Center. John Berggren, spokesman for the Salina health center, said in a news release Tuesday that the campus will accept a class of 12 students this fall. The class sizes are expected to gradually increase until reaching a maximum of 48 students in the fifth year.

Former KS Ag Secretary To Run For Governor

Former Kansas Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty says he’s running for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018. Svaty announced his candidacy Tuesday. The 37-year-old Ellsworth resident was elected to the Kansas House in 2002 and served there until Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson appointed him agriculture secretary in 2009. His announcement sets up the first contested Democratic primary for governor since 1998. Former Mayor Carl Brewer also has declared his candidacy.

Toddler Shocked At West Wichita Carnival

A local toddler was critically injured on Friday after she was shocked by one of the rides at a carnival operating near Towne West Mall. The girl’s family is now calling for state lawmakers to require tougher inspections on carnival rides. The 15 month old girl was reportedly holding onto a metal guardrail surrounding one of the rides when she was shocked by 290 volts of electricity. State lawmakers have already been dealing with amusement park ride regulations after the son of a Kansas lawmaker was killed on a water slide at Schlitterbahn in Kansas City.