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Headlines for Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Three People Rescued from Swamped Car in Emporia; Two Missing

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says officials are searching for two missing people who left a car that was overcome by floodwaters in east-central Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that deputies responding to a call about 4:30 a.m. Saturday of a car in floodwater in Emporia found a car that had floated into a ditch that had people inside. Firefighters were able to get to the car by boat and rescued two men and a 17-year-old girl. The three told their rescuers that two other people had left the car around 2 a.m. when it went into floodwaters. Despite a search, the sheriff's office said the two people had not been found hours later. Saturday's rescue was the second in as many days. Deputies rescued a 19-year-old woman Thursday after her car was swept off a Lyon County roadway by floodwaters.

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Man Charged in Motorcycle Accident that Killed Wichita Officer, Son

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man charged in a crash that killed an off-duty Wichita police officer and his young son is set to stand trial. Television station KSNW reports that James Dalrymple was in Sedwick County Court on Friday for a preliminary hearing on charges of two counts of involuntary manslaughter and failing to yield the right of way. A judge found there was enough evidence for Dalrymple to stand trial. Dalrymple's arraignment is set for June 25th. The April 2018 crash killed 37-year-old Stacey Woodson and his 9-year-old son, Braedon. Woodson was a 16-year Wichita police veteran who worked in the motorcycle unit. Authorities say Dalrymple pulled out in front of the Woodsons' motorcycle. Stacey Woodson died at the scene. His son died later at the hospital.

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Study Finds Kansas City's Schools Segregated, Costly

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City district has found that its public and charter schools are increasingly racially segregated, expensive to operate and losing high school students. KCUR-FM reports the district released new analysis showing that 78% of schools in the Kansas City system were racially segregated by 2017, well over the 32% of schools in 1999. The report says it's in part due to white families opting out of the system. Only 10% of the city's public school students are white. The analysis also says Kansas City spends $80 million more on administration, transportation and overhead than the comparably sized Springfield district. The report attributes high costs to inefficiencies from operating 83 schools, compared to Springfield's 53. Public schools have been losing nearly half of all students between kindergarten and 12th grade.

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Kansas Nurses Try to Shake Physician Contract Rule

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas nurse practitioners are fighting to get rid of the state requirement that they get permission to work from a physician. KCUR-FM reports that Kansas is one of the few states that still makes advanced practice nurses sign contracts with doctors. Physicians argue the contracts are to protect patients by ensuring that nurses collaborate with their more educated colleagues. But nurses are fighting back against the contracts, which they say limit patient options and can even give doctors a cut of their earnings for little to no work. A bill seeking to drop the collaborative contract requirement died in a legislative maneuver this year. But nurse practitioners hope to try again, offering to make new nurse practitioners work a few years before dropping their contracts with doctors. Many physicians say they're skeptical of nurses' independent practice and distrust the Board of Nursing's oversight.

 

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