Archives for November 2015

Low Pay Plagues Law Enforcement Recruiting

Negative publicity and low pay has Kansas law enforcement agencies struggling to recruit new officers at a time when agencies have hundreds of openings but not enough qualified applicants to fill them. With law enforcement feeling the heat of public scrutiny, some recruiters tell the Wichita Eagle young people are opting for better-paying careers that don’t come with so much negative baggage attached.

Another Earthquake Felt In Wichita

Another big shaker was felt in Wichita overnight. The US geological survey says a 4.5 magnitude earthquake struk about 13 miles west of Medford Oklahoma at about 3:50 a.m. Many reported a buirst of shaking that lasted a few seconds, followed by as much as 30 seconds of smaller rumbles.

Storms Blamed For 6 Deaths In KS

A deadly storm that has caused flooding and coated parts of the southern Plains in ice in recent days is dumping more rain on North Texas and some dangerously swollen waterways. The band of storms has been blamed eight deaths in Texas and six in Kansas since Thursday.

Group Says They’ll Organize 2nd Recall Petition Against Commissioner

Apparently, they won’t take no for an answer. A group that organized a petition to recall Sedgwick County Commissioner Richard Ranzau says they will try again. District Attorney Marc Bennett said this week that a petition drive organized a few weeks ago did not meet the legalities. Now, the group says they’ll provide different grounds and says Bennet is splitting hairs on a distinction between powers and duties to block a contitutional and fundamental right to a recall petition.

Governor’s Christmas Tree Arrives At Cedar Crest

The governor’s Christmas tree has arrived at Cedar Crest on a horse-drawn coach. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Governor Sam Brownback hopped on the high-wheel hitch wagon for the final leg of the delivery. He shouted “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Thanksgiving” after jumping from the wagon in front of the governor’s mansion.

Wichita Man Facing Just 2.5 Years For Killing

A 32-year-old Wichita man faces about 2 ½ years in prison for a fatal shooting in June. The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office tells the Wichita Eagle Justin Rourke also was ordered to pay about $12,000 in restitution in connection with the June 11th shooting death of 41-year-old Roman Padilla.

State Urges Court To Let Governor Decide School Funding

Kansas is urging the Kansas Supreme Court to let the governor and lawmakers decide whether schools are getting enough money. Lawyers for the state argued in a brief Tuesday that if the court wants to make that decision, then the evidence students are excelling should convince it that the funding is sufficient.

Kansas Ranks Low In Report On Trafficking

A Vancouver, Washington-based nonprofit has given Kansas a grade of “C” for its legislation addressing domestic child sex trafficking. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Shared Hope International’s rating places Kansas 29th in the country. The state Legislature passed a package of bills to protect and support victims in 2013.

Rubio Files For Kansas Caucus

Sen. Marco Rubio has filed for the Kansas Republican President caucus, making him the sixth presidential contender to file in the state. He joins former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Ben Carson. The caucus will be held March 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 95 different locations around Kansas. All registered Kansas Republican voters are allowed to take part in the caucus.

Bill Clinton Awarded By Dole Institute

Former President Bill Clinton is the latest recipient of a prize named after the man he defeated in the 1996 election. Clinton was at the University of Kansas Monday to receive the Dole Leadership Prize, named in honor of the longtime Republican senator from Kansas. Dole was the 1996 GOP presidential nominee who lost when the Democrat Clinton was re-elected.