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Headlines for Saturday, March 26, 2016

Here's a look at the latest Kansas news headlines from the Associated Press.

Kansas Jayhawks Fall to Villanova, 64-59, in Elite Eight Matchup

March Madness?  More like March Sadness.  The basketball season has come to an end for Jayhawk Nation.  Kansas, the overall, number 1 seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament has been eliminated.  The Wildcats of Villanova defeated KU, 64-to-59, in an Elite Eight matchup.  KU still had a terrific season though, winning both the Big 12 regular season title and the Big 12 tournament.  Until Saturday night's loss to Nova, the Jayhawks had been on a 16-game winning streak.  While KU players and Jayhawk fans are undoubtedly disappointed with the outcome of this game, it's important to remember that most NCAA Division I schools don't even make the tournament, let alone advance to an Elite Eight game.  #Rock Chalk Jayhawks!    


Kansas Bill Would Allow Lawsuits Against Transgender Students

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Legislation in Kansas that would restrict how public schools and colleges accommodate transgender students is receiving national attention. Under separate but identical bills before House and Senate committees, students would be able to collect monetary damages if someone was in what is deemed the wrong bathroom. The bills are described as privacy protections for students and limit accommodations for transgender students. The measures say group bathrooms, locker rooms and showers must be limited to a single sex, and gender would be defined "by a person's chromosomes." If transgender students were discovered using group facilities for their identified genders, other students present can sue the schools and colleges.


Islamic Society Cancels Wichita Fundraiser

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Islamic Society of Wichita has canceled a fundraising dinner because of a congressman's objections and rumors an armed group of protesters planned to show up outside the organization's buildings. U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Kansas Republican, questioned why the society invited Sheik Monzer Talib, who Pompeo says has ties to Hamas, to speak at the event. Islamic Society spokesman Hussam Madi apologized for any concern Talib's planned participation might have caused. Madi says the threat of heavily armed protesters was alarming and the society didn't want to be the target of anything that might hurt its families or the neighboring Lutheran church.


New Tool Shows Value of Kansas University Degrees

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Board of Regents has created a new tool that'll help students and parents research the cost and return of degrees available at state universities. The Manhattan Mercury reports that Kansas DegreeStats is now available online, but only includes data for bachelor's degrees. The tool uses real graduates' data to allow users to study statistics of 600 degrees with the typical costs to cover university fees as well as how former students paid the fees. The Kansas Department of Labor also provides wage information on the first five years of employment after earning each individual degree.


Kansas Senate Passes Juvenile Justice Reform Bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would overhaul the state's juvenile justice system. The Wichita Eagle reports that the bill was created to shift the juvenile justice system away from incarceration and use some of the cost savings to boost community-based programs that help young offenders. The bill is expected to save Kansas about $72 million over five years. It also replaces juvenile jail with programs that to try to cure problems such as inappropriate sexual behavior or substance abuse. The final bill was a result of months of legislative analysis, debate and research.


2 Students Hurt in Bus-Car Collision Near Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — At least two students have been injured after a school bus collided with a car east of Topeka. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the bus was transporting about 15 middle and high school students when the crash happened yesterday (FRI) at a U.S. 40 intersection. Shawnee Heights superintendent Marty Stessman says one student was taken to a hospital with possible leg pain. Another student also complained of injuries and was taken home by a parent. Stessman says all other students were examined by school medical personnel. The passenger and driver of the car also were loaded into an ambulance.


SUV Hits SE Kansas Cookie Booth, Injures Girl Scout

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) — A Girl Scout and two adult troop leaders have been hurt after a sport utility vehicle plowed into their cookie sales booth in southeast Kansas. The Joplin Globe reports that the crash happened Sunday in Baxter Springs after an 81-year-old driver lost control of the SUV. The girl who was hit was flown to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, with serious injuries. Police said in a written statement that the troop leaders were treated for minor injuries. One of the leaders had tried to pull the girl out of harm's way when she saw the SUV coming but was struck herself before she could reach the child.


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