Kansas Foster Parents See Payment Increase
TOPEKA, Kan. (KNS) - Kansas foster parents are getting a 5% increase to the daily payments they receive for caring for foster children. The raise could mean hundreds or thousands more per year, depending on the needs of the child. The Department for Children and Families says it was a regular cost of living increase, but it is the first increase some parents have seen in a few years. Some parents say their daily rate is not enough to pay for expenses. The increase takes effect Saturday.
ESU Announces Program Cuts
EMPORIA, Kan. (KNS) - Officials at Emporia State University are notifying department chairs about programs they plan to eliminate as part of a wide-ranging restructuring plan. Emporia State recently laid off 33 faculty members, including tenured professors, as part of sweeping budget cuts approved by the Kansas Board of Regents. University officials say they won't release a list of programs being cut, but the student newspaper, The Bulletin, reports that officials are quietly informing department heads and academic advisors that dozens of majors or graduate degrees have been suspended. That includes eliminating degrees in English, history, physics, and chemistry.
Three Suspects Arrested in Topeka Kidnapping Case
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Three people have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a Topeka child Friday. WIBW reports the 3-year-old child was kidnapped from a Topeka home Friday morning. Officers stopped a vehicle carrying the child and three adults on K-10 near the Douglas-Johnson county line. The child was unharmed. The three suspects were turned over to the Topeka Police Department. Topeka police determined the case was a dispute between the child's parents and not a child abduction. The case remains under investigation and will be turned over to the Shawnee County District Attorney's Office.
Washburn President Farley Retires
TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) - Washburn University bid farewell to retiring president Jerry Farley Friday. KSNT reports that Farley and his wife said their official goodbyes to the university in a celebration that featured the Washburn marching band, cheerleaders, faculty, and staff. Farley came to Washburn in 1997 as the university's 16th president. He will serve as president emeritus and will focus on fundraising and student recruiting.
Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Two Wisconsin Brothers
HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man has pleaded guilty to killing two brothers from Wisconsin in 2019. Garland Nelson, of Braymer, admitted in court Friday that he killed 24-year-old Justin Diemel and 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel after they came to his farm to collect a debt from a cattle contract. Nelson was sentenced to two consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole.