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March 19, 2019 - 7:15 pm
A Kansas judge whose Twitter feed sunk his nomination to the state's second-highest court says he was expressing personal opinions that do not influence his work on the bench. In a statement Tuesday, Judge Jeffry Jack also criticized Senate President Susan Wagle for opposing his confirmation to the...
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March 19, 2019 - 6:38 pm
Authorities say a former president of a credit union in Topeka has pleaded guilty to embezzlement. The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release that Connie Marie Kent, 52, of Topeka pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of theft from a credit union and has agreed to repay nearly $40,000. She...
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March 18, 2019 - 11:57 pm
The situation at the El Dorado Correctional Facility is being called a crisis. The union for corrections officers says the staffing shortage is a "race against time," to add more officers to increase safety, before "something bad happens." KSN News reports that Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly believes the...
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March 18, 2019 - 9:00 pm
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a trial judge to the states' second-highest court appeared doomed Monday after two key legislators decried past social media posts criticizing President Donald Trump and expressing support for gun control and abortion rights. Senate President Susan Wagle, (R-...
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March 15, 2019 - 7:20 pm
Gov. Laura Kelly has nominated a southeast Kansas judge who previously served in the Legislature for a seat on the state Court of Appeals. Kelly announced Friday that she selected Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack, 57, for the state's second-highest court. His appointment requires Senate...
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March 15, 2019 - 6:35 pm
A tax relief bill pushed by Republican leaders has cleared the GOP-controlled Legislature. The measure went to Gov. Laura Kelly after the Senate's 24-16 vote Thursday evening. The House approved it last week. The bill is designed to prevent businesses and individuals from paying more in state...
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March 14, 2019 - 11:50 pm
Republican legislators in Kansas helped advance Gov. Laura Kelly's plan to boost funding for public schools Thursday before sending her an income tax relief bill that could make it harder for the state to sustain the new spending. The GOP-controlled Senate voted 32-8 to approve Kelly's proposed...
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March 14, 2019 - 8:09 pm
Republican legislators in Kansas helped advance Gov. Laura Kelly's plan to boost funding for public schools Thursday, while preparing to send her an income tax relief bill that could make it harder for the state to sustain the new spending. The Senate voted 32-8 to approve Kelly's proposed...
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March 14, 2019 - 7:34 pm
Two committees of the Kansas Legislature have stripped Gov. Laura Kelly's proposed state spending for Medicaid expansion out of budget legislation. The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted 7-6 on Thursday to remove $14 million from a proposed budget for the state health department for the fiscal...
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March 14, 2019 - 7:10 pm
A man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for killing a man and wounding the victim's father outside a Topeka home. John Towner Jr., 30, apologized in court Thursday before he was sentenced for voluntary manslaughter and attempted second-degree murder in the January 2018 shooting. During the...
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