Four Inmates Removed from Topeka Prison
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Federal officials have removed four female inmates serving federal sentences from the state-operated Topeka Correctional Facility. The Federal Bureau of Prisons arrived Thursday to take the prisoners away. The action comes after the U.S. Department of Justice released a report in September concluding there was widespread sexual abuse of inmates at the Topeka prison. The Topeka prison is the only state prison for women in Kansas.
Court Upholds Conviction in Security Guard Shooting
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a Wichita man for the shooting death of a security guard who tried to break up a fight between gang members. The court yesterday rejected an appeal from Kamaronte Jones, who was convicted in the 2007 killing of Keith Peters. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that when a fight between Bloods and Crips members broke out inside a private home, Peters intervened and was shot by Jones.
State Fair Reports Boost in Attendence, Sales
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State Fair collected 14 percent more in ticket sales this year than last year as attendance increased. Fair officials reported the $200,000 boost in gate receipts Thursday as they set the 2014 budget.
Washburn Officials Downplay TB Risk
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Washburn University officials say they are not concerned about a possble tuberculosis outbreak on campus after a student tested positive for the disease last week. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the male student is taking classes from home while he recovers. Washburn's director of student health says students, faculty, and staff who may have had contact with the student are being notified by e-mail. They will be offered TB blood tests next week.