Headlines for Sunday, September 6, 2015
KPRS Audit Results Revealed
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A new state audit says a handful of Kansas teachers may be earning retirement benefits for the work they do as officers of their state and local unions. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that auditors said the practice technically should not be allowed. One Republican legislator called it fraud within the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. But others said the practice is merely a technical error caused by vague instructions from the state. Of the samples audited, seven cases are being questioned.
Judges Challenge New Law
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Four district court judges are challenging the constitutionality of a new state law that threatens the budget of the judicial branch. The lawsuit was filed Friday in Shawnee County District Court on behalf of judges from the counties of Douglas, Kingman, Labette, and Riley.
Repairs Sought for Aging Willard Bridge
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Shawnee County officials have been working to make sure that state and federal officials are aware of efforts to replace a decaying bridge. The latest effort was from Shawnee County Commissioner Bob Archer, who spoke with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner about the $24.7 million project to replace Willard Bridge while Boehner was attending a recent fundraiser for U.S. Representative. Lynn Jenkins. The Topeka Capital-Journal said the bridge, built in 1955, has structural issues, including decay. The county has lowered the weight limit to deal with the decay. The commission also approved a letter requesting that the Kansas Department of Transportation float up to $10 million to help replace the bridge and has written to Jenkins and Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts requesting their help get federal assistance.
Youth Charged in Lawrence Murder
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ A judge has found sufficient evidence for a Lawrence man to stand trial in the stabbing and bludgeoning death of a woman. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that 19-year-old Rontarus Washington Junior was bound over for trial Friday in the November killing of 19-year-old Justina Altamirano Mosso. Washington is jailed in Douglas County on a first-degree murder charge. He was arrested in January in Greenville, Mississippi.
Man Charged in Hit and Run Fatality
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A 33-year-old man has been charged in a deadly hit-and-run accident last Tuesday in Kansas City, Kansas. The Star reports that Lucious Moore is jailed in Wyandotte County on one count of leaving the scene of an injury accident. It wasn't immediately known if Moore had an attorney.
Deputies Cleared in Canton Shooting
CANTON, Kan. (AP) _ Authorities have determined that a deputy was justified in shooting a central Kansas man. McPherson County Attorney Torrance Parkins announced Friday the results of a review of the March 31st shooting. The prosecutor's office said in a news release that deputies went to the suspect's home near Canton after receiving a report of a battery. A deputy fired multiple shots after the suspect refused several orders to drop a shotgun pointed in the direction of another deputy. The suspect was struck in the pelvis and survived. Neither deputy was injured. Both deputies were wearing personal body cameras that recorded the shooting. The footage was reviewed as part of the investigation.