Kansas Supreme Court to Hear School Funding Arguments
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Four local school districts are asking the Kansas Supreme Court to order the state to spend hundreds of millions of dollars more per year on public schools. The legal dispute is shaping state politics and threatening Republican Governor Sam Brownback's tax-cutting legacy. The justices plan to hear arguments Wednesday from attorneys on whether the Legislature is fulfilling a duty under the state constitution to finance a suitable education for every child.
Kansas Fighter Pilot Buried 51 Years After Disappearance
PILSEN, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas man whose fighter plane was shot down in North Vietnam in 1965, is finally laid to rest in his native state.Family and friends gathered in Pilsen Saturday to bury Major Dean Klenda.The Wichita Eagle reports Klenda's sister, Deanna Klenda, worked relentlessly with The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency until recovery teams from the U.S. and Vietnam found his remains in 2014. Dean Klenda's burial came on the 51st anniversary of the day he went missing. His F-105 Thunderchief was helping attack targets east of Hanoi when it was hit by enemy fire, causing him to try to eject. The military says he failed to separate from his ejection seat before it hit the ground.
Weekend Earthquakes Rattle Northern Oklahoma
PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - More than a dozen small earthquakes have been recorded in northern Oklahoma and one in south-central Kansas.No injuries or damage are reported. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded 13 quakes Oklahoma between 6:55 pm Friday and 2:21 am Saturday, including a magnitude 3.5 temblor near Fairview and a 3.2 magnitude quake near Cherokee, both about 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. The other Oklahoma quakes range in magnitude from 1.2 to 2.9 and were near Medford and near Pawnee - the site of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake on September 3.The Kansas quake was magnitude 2.9 and recorded at 8:18 am Saturday near Belle Plaine, about 27 miles north of the Oklahoma-Kansas state line.Scientists have linked the quakes to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and natural gas production.
Haskell President's Son to Vacate Leadership Roles
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The son of Haskell University's president will no longer serve in one of two high-level positions at the federally operated tribal school in Lawrence. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Joshua Arce had been serving as head of Haskell's IT department and as its acting dean of students. An email sent to Haskell staff this week and labeled "effective immediately" indicates Arce is no longer acting dean of students.His mother, Venida Chenault, became the president of Haskell in January 2014. Other internal documents show that during her tenure, Arce also has been named acting president for brief periods.Arce's relationship to Chenault has prompted complaints from employees and students. Haskell officials didn't return a phone message from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Body of Missing Student Discovered in Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A University of Arkansas student from Kansas who was reported missing has been found dead. UA Police Department Captain Gary Crain told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that 18-year-old Ashley Lane Marrs of Overland Park was found dead Friday night. Crain said Marrs was found in her car about 6:20 p.m. Friday outside a motel about two miles from the UA campus.Her body is being sent to the state medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death. Marrs had been reported missing shortly before noon Friday by her parents after they were unable to contact her.
Lawrence Death Investigated as Homicide
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Lawrence police are investigating after a man was found dead and a woman was injured during a domestic disturbance near downtown Lawrence.Police say in a news release the man's death is being investigated as a homicide.Officers were called to the home late Friday to investigate a domestic disturbance involving weapons. They found the man dead and the woman injured.She was treated and released at a Lawrence hospital. No further details were immediately released.
Kansas Unemployment Rate Continues to Rise
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas says its unemployment rate rose in August for the third consecutive month to 4.3 percent.The state Department of Labor reported Friday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month was up from 4 percent in July and also higher than the 4.1 percent recorded in August 2015.The unemployment rate dropped during the first part of this year until it hit 3.7 percent in May, and it's been inching back up since.The department said that the state had 8,300 fewer people employed in nonfarm jobs in August than in August 2015, a decrease of 0.6 percent. About 4,200 of the jobs lost over the year were in the private sector.Construction employment in August was 7.7 percent lower in August 2015, with companies shedding 4,700 jobs.