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Regional Headlines for Sunday, February 5, 2012


Legislators Tackling Kansas School Finance Proposal


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas legislators will be cracking the books a bit harder as they begin a deeper review of Governor Sam Brownback's sweeping education proposal.

The Republican governor's plan calls for a departure in how school districts are funded and their source of new revenue. It also would make changes to the way technical education programs are taught and establishes a system for evaluating teachers.

The chairmen of the House and Senate education committees say while there is interest in taking action on some of the proposals, many of their colleagues are still wary of how the changes might impact individual school districts.

Brownback insists that legislators are welcome to add or subtract from his proposal.




Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Re-Entering U.S.


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- A 29-year-old Mexican national who killed a woman in a 2005 Lawrence drunken-driving crash has pleaded guilty to illegally re-entering the country as a felon.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Adan Cruz-Santos entered the plea Friday in federal court. His trial was scheduled to begin Monday.

Cruz-Santos was deported in February 2010 after serving prison time for involuntary manslaughter and DUI convictions. He struck and killed 25-year-old Jodie Hatzenbihler in April 2005. That was his second DUI conviction.

He was arrested last September again in Douglas County on suspicion of drunken driving. He pleaded no contest to his third DUI conviction for the September traffic stop, which is a felony.

He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison plus deportation again.




Trash Truck Rolls Over, Kills Driver

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) -- Police in Shawnee say a 61-year-old trash truck driver died when his truck rolled over him.

The Kansas City Star reports that Gary Anderson of Ottawa died in the accident on Friday.

The accident occurred when Anderson was getting ready to back his truck down a street to pick up trash. Police said he got out of the unoccupied truck and the truck rolled over him.

A spokesman for Deffenbaugh Industries expressed sympathy for the family of Anderson, who had for them since April 2009.




Topeka Group Aims at Proposed Hoodie Ordinance


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Topeka group wants the public to attend an upcoming City Council meeting to protest the mayor's suggestion that the city adopt an ordinance to regulate the wearing of caps and hoodies in businesses with video surveillance.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Bias Busters of Kansas is asking the public to attend Tuesday's Topeka City Council meeting.

Mayor Bill Bunten says he's suggesting that the city allow a retail store to ask people who come in wearing a hooded sweatshirt or ball cap to take it off their head so surveillance cameras can see them. Police chief Ron Miller also recommended a similar measure to discourage robberies.

Sonny Scroggins, of Bias Busters, says he's urging residents to attend the meeting Tuesday as a way of voicing opposition to what Bunten is suggesting.



KC Man Charged With Molestation HIV-Positive


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jackson County prosecutors say a former Kansas City drill team instructor charged with child molestation had HIV.

The Kansas City Star reports that 40-year-old Daniel Roberson was charged in December with sodomy and attempted sodomy involving two boys. On Friday, a grand jury indicted him on allegations that he molested a third boy and recklessly exposed one of the first two boys to the infectious virus.

Roberson now faces six felony counts. He's being held in the Jackson County jail on $75,000 bond.

Court records show that Roberson received treatment for HIV since at least July 2008 but didn't tell investigators.

Online court records do not list a lawyer for Roberson.



Project Lets Kansas Students Find Civil War Graves

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Middle school students across Kansas are being encouraged to learn more about their history and communities by searching local cemeteries for the graves of Civil War veterans.

The two-year program, which started last week, is called "Sleeping Heroes:  The Impact of Civil War Veterans on Kansas Communities."

"This isn't unique, but it is personal to me," Attorney General Derek Schmidt said during a kickoff of the event at Memorial Hall in Topeka. "This is a terrific project."

Schmidt is a descendant of Peter Schmidt, who served in the Civil War and then settled in the Independence area. Kansas was known at the time as the Soldier State because so many veterans homesteaded in the state.



No. 4 Missouri Rallies Past No. 8 Kansas 74-71


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Marcus Denmon hit three 3-pointers in the final 2:05, the last for the go-ahead points, as No. 4 Missouri fought off No. 8 Kansas 74-71 in Game 1 of what could be the schools' final border showdown on Saturday night.

Denmon scored 29 points, two off his career best, and ended a long-range shooting slump with a career-best six 3-pointers in nine attempts.

The go-ahead 3-pointer came with 56 seconds to go for a one-point lead. Michael Dixon added a pair of free throws with 9.8 seconds left after an offensive foul on Tyshawn Taylor and Kansas' Elijah Johnson missed badly on a shot to tie at the buzzer.

Missouri (21-2, 8-2 Big 12) beat Kansas for only the second time in the last 12 meetings, and the Tigers' impending departure for the SEC added spice to the final conference meeting in Columbia, Missouri.

Thomas Robinson had 25 points and 13 rebounds for Kansas (18-5, 8-2).



Kansas State Rolls Past Texas A&M 64-53

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Will Spradling had a career high 19 points, Angel Rodriguez scored all 13 of his points in the second half and Kansas State rallied for a 64-53 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday.

The backcourt duo provided just enough offense to bail out the Wildcats (16-6, 5-5 Big 12), who were awful from the field in the first half. Spradling had four 3-pointers and Rodriguez added four assists as Kansas State avoided a third consecutive loss.

The Wildcats improved to 21-3 in February over the past three-plus seasons, including a 12-1 mark at Bramlage Coliseum, which is fast becoming one of the league's most difficult venues.

Elston Turner scored 18 and Naji Hibbert had 14 for the Aggies (12-10, 3-7), who will head off to the SEC having lost all nine games they've played on the road against the Wildcats.

The teams meet again in College Station later this month.

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