Kansas Budget Woes Affect Cherished State Highway System
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters who re-elected a Republican governor known for aggressive tax cutting are learning that the state won't solve its budget problems without putting its cherished highway system in the crosshairs. Governor Sam Brownback and the Legislature this past week worked out plans for closing a $344 million budget deficit by cutting education spending and siphoning money away from highway projects, along with other measures. Brownback argued throughout his successful re-election campaign that Kansas could have the income cuts he's championed without sacrificing essential services, including good highways. Even a few of the Legislature's most austerity minded members were taken aback by plans to delay some yet-unidentified road and bridge projects.
Johnson County Man Charged in KCK Shooting Death
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 25-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of a man in Kansas City, Kansas. The Wyandotte County prosecutor's office announced Saturday in a news release that Andrew Farish, of the Johnson County town of Westwood, faces one count of second-degree murder in the death of Gerardo Jimenez. Police found the body of the 35-year-old Kansas City, Kansas man on Friday in a home in the Rosedale area of the city. Farish was arrested later Friday in Kansas City, Missouri, and is jailed there on $1 million bond pending extradition. It's not immediately clear if he has an attorney. Farish also was charged Saturday with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded guilty in 2008 in Wyandotte County to a felony robbery charge.
Bourbon County Man Dies in ATV Crash
FORT SCOTT, Kan. (AP) — A 25-year-old man has died in an all-terrain vehicle crash in southeast Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the crash happened Saturday morning when a Honda ATV read-ended a Sport Trac ATV less than five miles west of Fort Scott. The Honda flipped, injuring Billy Gale Minor, of the small Bourbon County town of Bronson. Minor was rushed to a Joplin, Missouri, hospital, where he was pronounced dead several hours later.
Dallas Cowboy's Attorney Denies Charges
DALLAS (AP) — Joseph Randle's attorney denies that the Dallas running back threatened his former girlfriend or pulled a gun during an incident that led to his arrest on a marijuana possession charge that was later dropped. Randle was arrested on the drug charge at a hotel in Wichita, Kansas, on Tuesday after the 22-year-old mother of Randle's child called 911 to report a domestic disturbance. Dalia Jacobs filed for a protective order the next day, claiming Randle pointed a gun at a vehicle with their son and Jacobs' friend inside. Attorney Gary Ayers said in a statement Saturday that Randle believes Jacobs' allegations "have no merit." The marijuana charge against Randle was dropped Friday, but police say the investigation continues.
KU Data Helps Map Greenland's Ice Sheet
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Data and equipment developed by University of Kansas researchers helped scientists create the first comprehensive map of the Greenland ice sheet. Prasad Gogineni, the director of a Kansas-based foundation, says the map is important because Greenland's ice sheet has been losing mass in the last two decades and the losses are expected to continue. Gogineni is a Kansas engineering professor and director of the National Science Foundation Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets. He says the data and ultra-sensitive radar equipment developed by the center documented deep and ancient channels of ice for the map. The Lawrence Journal-World reports an accurate history can help determine how fast the sea level will rise so coastlines and cities can anticipate higher water.