Archives for June 2016

Judge Says Voters Will Be Required To Prove Citizenship

A judge says residents of Kansas, Georgia and Alabama will have to prove they are U.S. citizens when registering to vote for federal elections using a national form. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon sided Wednesday with a U.S. elections official who changed the proof-of-citizenship requirements on the form at the request of the three states without public notice.

Hesston Shooter’s Girlfriend Will Claim Battered Woman’s Syndrome

A woman accused of giving her former boyfriend guns used in a shooting at a Kansas lawn equipment factory plans to mount a battered woman’s syndrome defense at her August trial. The attorney for Sarah Jo Hopkins filed a notice Wednesday saying he plans to introduce expert evidence related to her mental state.

Clearwater Officer Resigns After Arrest

A CLearwater Police Officer is now out of a job after arrest for domestic battery. Sedgwick County booking records identify Clint Luckner being booked into jail at about 2:00 in the morning Saturday, June 18th. Luckner was placed on administrative leave immediately, according to the Clearwater Mayor. He resigned effective Friday. No details have been released regarding the allegations against him.

Wichita Teachers Union President Under Fire

Controversy breaking out within the ranks of the Wichita Teacher’s Union after it’s president is heard on a hidden camera admitting to threatening students with violence. The video was made apparently undercover by a reporter from a blogging website called Project Veritas. The website itself is a conservative leaning organization that has targeted teachetrs unions in the past. Wentz represents USD 259’s more than 4-thousand teachers. The school district and the union say they’re investigating.

KS Supreme Court Signs Off On School Funding Law

The Kansas Supreme Court has signed off on a new education funding law that boosts state aid to poor school districts. The justices issued a brief order Tuesday saying that the Legislature “has currently satisfied” the court’s previous orders on education funding by approving the measure last week.
The decision ends a threat that the state’s public schools would be shut down after Thursday.

Huelskamp/Marshall Debate in Hutchinson

A debate between fighting opponents in Hutchionson last night drew a packed house. Incumbernt Tim Huelskamp and challenger Roger Marshall are vying for a Kansas Congressional seat. Despite their recent attack ads against each other, the debate was fairly civil. Hot topics, as usual, were agriculture and jobs.

3rd Generation Samuels Man Appointed Greenwood County Sheriff

The son of a slain Kansas sheriff is now appointed the sheriff in the same county. A number of years ago, Matt Samuels was shot and killed during a drug raid. Yesterday, Heath Samuels was appointed the Greenwood County sheriff because of a vacancy. He says he will run in the upcoming election against Jared Helkenberg and Jason Myers. Charlie Samuels, Heath’s grandfather, also served as county sheriff in the same county.

Murder Near Assaria, In Saline County

We begin in Saline County, where authorities there are dealing with a rare homicide. A relative found the body of 57 year-old Lori Heimer on Saturday near Assaria. Investigators aren’t saying how the woman died, but they do say they have no suspect information. The sheriff’s department urged people to lock their doors and be aware of their surroundings. If you know anything, call 911. The KBI has been called for help in investigating.

Brownback Signs School Funding Package

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation that would increase aid to poor school districts to meet a court mandate and end a threat that the state’s public schools might shut down. The bill increases poor districts’ state funding $38 million for the 2016-17 school year by diverting funds from other parts of the state budget.

Old Kiowa Hospital Transformed

An old southern Kansas hospital that voters chose to replace two years ago has experienced a rebirth as a home for unwed mothers. Two Kiowa women, Miranda Allen and Brenda Myers, bought the town’s old hospital for $1 and are transforming it into a place where women can live while they are pregnant, and long afterward. They’re even willing to buy bus tickets for any applicants so they can move to the town of fewer than 1,000 a few miles north of the Oklahoma border.