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Regional Headlines for Saturday, December 7, 2013


Frozen Pipe "Thaw" Leads to Mobile Home Fire

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — An attempt to thaw a frozen pipe turned into a big problem for a southwest Kansas resident. The Dodge City Daily Globe reports an above-ground water pipe beneath a mobile home froze and broke Thursday afternoon. The resident tried to unfreeze the pipe with a propane burner, but set a fire instead. No one was injured.


Ed Officials Seek Dismissal of Science Standards Lawsuit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas education officials are seeking dismissal of a federal lawsuit over new, multistate science standards filed by a group that claims the guidelines promote atheism and violate students' religious freedoms. Attorneys for the State Board of Education, its 10 members, the Department of Education and Commissioner Diane DeBacker filed the request on Thursday.


Former A-G Seeks Suspension Rehearing

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An attorney for former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is asking the Kansas Supreme Court to consider modifying a ruling that indefinitely suspended Kline's law license. The motion for a rehearing was filed this week by Tom Condit, who argued that investigators in Kline's case were biased and facts about the former attorney general's investigations into abortions were misrepresented.


KU Faculty Senate Approves Post-Tenure Review

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — After nearly a year of discussion, the Faculty Senate at the University of Kansas has approved a post-tenure review policy. The faculty senate approved a policy Thursday that removes most of the punitive language included in an earlier version. Some faculty members had expressed concerns in earlier meetings about possible discipline against faculty that did not meet department expectations.

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