Archives for September 2016

Deputy Rolls Patrol Car During High-Speed Chase

Breaking news overnight in Wichita, as a Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Deputy flipped his patrol car in a crash during a high-speed chase. The deputy has ptentially serious injuries, but is expected to be ok. Meanwhile, the chase was picked up by Wichita Police and ended near 29th Street South and Osage, where a female driver then put a gun to her head and stated she was not going to go back to prison. Finally, just after 5:00 this morning, officers talked the woman into surrendering.

New Ft. Riley Commander Named

The Army has named a new commander at Fort Riley, Kansas, to replace an officer who was fired Monday, just weeks before soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division deploy to Iraq. Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin is assuming command of the division, replacing Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby, who is the subject of an Army investigation and was removed from command.

Kobach Agrees To Concessions In ‘Moter Voter’ Case

A federal judge has canceled a contempt hearing for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach after he agreed to concessions that will fully register and clearly notify thousands of people that they can vote in November. The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson comes a day before a hearing had been scheduled for Kobach to show why he should not be held in contempt for allegedly violating her May injunction regarding the voters.

Goddard School Wins National Recognition Again

The Goddard School District is celebrating an announcement by the US Secretary of Education that Challenger Intermediate School’s 5th and 6th grade center has been named a National Blue Ribbon School. Challenger is one of 279 public and 50 private schools in the country that are receiving the recognition. Principal Jess Herbig and teacher Angie Mullen will travel to Washington DC to take part in the awards ceremony.

Brownback To Withdraw State Sickleave Sharing Proposal

Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration says it plans to withdraw a proposed regulation limiting the amount of sick leave state workers could give to peers. They will also withdraw a rule reducing opportunity to appeal annual employee evaluation ratings after. Officials say the decision was made based on feedback. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Kansas Department of Administration will go forward with other amendments state employee policy.

Infant Mortality Rate Declines In KS

The state of Kansas is reporting that its infant mortality rate decreased in 2015 to the state’s lowest annual figure ever. The state Department of Health and Environment said Wednesday that there were 230 infant deaths last year for a mortality rate of 5.9 for every 1,000 live births. The figure was 6.3 deaths for every 1,000 live births in 2014.

Kingman Cty. Authorities Search For Hit & Run Suspect

Kingman County authorities need some help in finding the person who struck a bicyclist on Sunday. The crash happened on K-11 near Northwest 50th Street, just south of the Reno County line. A white utility truck reportedly struck the man on a bike and did not stop. The man was treated at a local hospital and released. If you know anything, call 620-532-5133.

KS Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Hutchinson

The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next week in Hutchinson after spending part of the day visiting area schools to discuss the role of courts in civilized society. The special session at Hutchinson Community College will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in B.J. Warner Recital Hall and is expected to last about 90 minutes.

Judge Orders State To Pay Attorneys For Gay Marriage Lawsuit

A federal judge has directed Kansas to pay $295,000 to attorneys who successfully challenged the state’s ban on gay marriage in a lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree on Tuesday approved a request from the American Civil Liberties Union and a Kansas City-area attorney. The state did not contest the amount.

Brownback Will Reportedly Not Order Across-The-Board Cuts In 2017

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget director is telling state agency secretaries that Brownback isn’t planning to propose across-the-board cuts in their budgets next year. Budget Director Shawn Sullivan sent an email Tuesday to Cabinet secretaries saying some “reduced resources” proposals agencies submitted would be harmful. But Sullivan’s email leaves open the possibility of Brownback proposing targeted budget cuts.