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Kansas Poised to use Private Prisons: "We’re Out of Options"

The Kansas Department of Corrections will be spending millions on housing state inmates in private prisons and county jails.  (Creative Commons-CC0)

The state spending review panel is freeing up some of the money the Kansas Department of Corrections asked for to place inmates in county jails and private facilities. Prison officials say it’s a last resort. Desperate to relieve the strain on state prisons that are already over capacity, officials appealed to the State Finance Council to spend about $10 million on contracts with outside facilities to house as many as 400 inmates.

Remembering D-Day, June 6, 1944 - Pivotal Battle that Changed WW II

American troops approach Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

It was 75 years ago this week that Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, securing a victory that would alter the course of World War II and the future of the world. June 6, 1944 - known forever more as D-Day - marked a major turning point in the European theater of war. In this report, University of Kansas military history professor Adrian Lewis talks about the invasion - and the soldiers who made the difference between success and failure.


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