Kansas to Move Inmates to Arizona
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas plans to begin moving inmates to a private prison in Arizona by the end of the summer to help relieve crowding in state prisons. The state Department of Corrections announced Friday that it has signed a contract with Nashville, Tennessee-based CoreCivic. The contract calls for moving up to 360 inmates to CoreCivic's Saguaro Correctional Facility by the end of the year. Kansas has about 10,000 prison inmates, about 100 more than the listed capacity for its facilities. The department is housing more than 100 inmates in county jails. The state budget includes $16.4 million to put 600 male inmates in county jails or out-of-state prisons. But legislative leaders have had misgivings about using private prisons and in June blocked $6.6 million of the funding in June over that possibility.
One Person Killed in KCK Police Shooting
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed in a police shooting in Kansas City, Kansas. Police spokesman Thomas Tomasic said the incident began Friday as a pursuit in Kansas City Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports that after a foot chase the person allegedly pointed a gun at a Kansas City, Kansas, police officer and was fatally shot. One person was killed in a police shooting Friday afternoon in Kansas City, Kansas. No details were immediately released.
Lawrence Homeless Shelter Plans to Cut Services in Half
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A homeless shelter in Lawrence says it plans to cut the number of people it serves by nearly half next month as it grapples with financial issues. The Lawrence Community Shelter said Friday in a statement that "funding challenges" led to its decision to reduce capacity from 125 to 65 by September 1st. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that board president Thea Perry also said it will cut the number of staff, but no specific number was included. The shelter says it has informed guests and is working to find alternate arrangements, if possible. The homeless shelter says the 30 people in its family program can stay. The remaining 35 spots will be given to people that have been prioritized based on their level of vulnerability.
USDA, Union Reach Deal on KC Relocation Plans
WASHINGTON (AP) — An employees union says it has a deal with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to lessen the burden of moving to the Kansas City area for employees of two agencies. The American Federation of Government Employees says the agreement allows employees of two USDA research agencies to continue working remotely from the Washington area until December 30th. The union says the deal will also give workers who move to Kansas City an incentive payment equal to one month's pay. The USDA announced plans in June to move almost 550 employees of the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture by the end of September. The USDA says the move will bring the agencies closer to farmers and agribusinesses. Critics contend the agencies will be decimated.
Judge Allows Former KU Coach's Lawsuit to Proceed
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled former Kansas football coach David Beaty's lawsuit against the school will proceed. Federal Judge Kathryn Vratil declined a motion from the university to dismiss the lawsuit on Thursday. Beaty sued Kansas in March. He alleges breach of contract and claims he's owed $3 million. Beaty was fired in November after posting a 6-42 record in nearly four seasons. The Lawrence Journal-World reports Kansas spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson says the university still believes Beaty's court filings contain misstatements and false claims. Kansas officials have said they are withholding the money pending an NCAA investigation into possible rules violations. Beaty's lawyers have said the former coach is unaware of any violations of NCAA rules during his tenure.
13-year-old Boy Charged with Olathe Murder
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors say they have charged a 13-year-old Kansas boy with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy at a townhome in suburban Kansas City. The Kansas City Star reports that the Johnson County District Attorney's office said the Roeland Park teen who was charged Friday is the same boy that Olathe police had arrested a day earlier. Police initially had said he was 14 years old. The suspect was arrested hours after the early morning shooting. His name has not been released. Zavier Mendoza of Olathe has been identified as the shooting victim, and police have said the boys knew each other.
KDOT Funnels Money to Fix City and County Bridges
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Transportation plans to spend $5 million this year to help cities and counties repair 3,800 bridges that are in poor condition or are structurally insufficient. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the department is restarting a program suspended in 2014 when state government struggled with revenue shortfalls. An estimated 20 percent of the 19,000 county and city bridges in Kansas need to be repaired or replaced. The department will provide up to $150,000 toward replacement or rehabilitation of a bridge on a local roadway system. The agency also offered $50,000 to a city or county in exchange for permanently closing a functionally obsolete bridge. Funding was drawn from $216 million in sales tax funneled to the state highway fund in fiscal year 2020, which began July 1st.
Kansas Man Sentenced for Child Porn Crimes in Philippines
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Kansas man who traveled to the Philippines to have sex with minor females has been sentenced to 84 years in prison. Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that Anthony Shultz, a helicopter pilot from Lindsborg, videotaped his sexual encounters with 12- and 15-year-old girls and brought the videos back to Kansas. He also sold the videos online. In one of the videos, Shultz is seen giving the 15-year-old money after having sex with her. He also produced child pornography with an 8-year-old girl in the Philippines with the cooperation of the girl's mother. Schultz pleaded guilty in July 2018 to three counts of producing child pornography. This case was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide federal initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.