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Headlines for Sunday, February 7, 2016

Here's a look at Kansas news headlines from the Associated Press, as compiled by the KPR News Team.
Here's a look at Kansas news headlines from the Associated Press, as compiled by the KPR News Team.

Gastrointestinal Illness Hits University of Kansas Hospital

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) _ A suburban Kansas City hospital has reported 18 cases of a gastrointestinal illness, and at least one of the cases has been preliminarily identified as norovirus. The University of Kansas Hospital's Marillac Campus this week reported 18 cases of a gastrointestinal illness, with 10 cases among patients and eight cases among staff. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  


Fight Over Kansas Judge Selection Continues

 TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A legislative dispute over how Kansas Supreme Court justices are selected is a political struggle centering on Republican Governor Sam Brownback. The governor and his allies contend their goal in seeking change is to make the judicial selection process more democratic. His critics say they're fighting to preserve the court system's independence.  


Kansas House Education Chair Opposes School District Cuts

 TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The chairman of the Kansas House education committee says his panel won't vote on a school consolidation measure.  Rep. Ron Highland, R-Wamego, told The Topeka Capital-Journal http://bit.ly/1RdVXvS  yesterday he doesn't intend to move forward this year with a House measure introduced by Lansing Republican Rep. John Bradford. The measure would pare down the number of Kansas school districts to around one per county.  The Kansas Association of School Boards estimated the number of districts would drop from 286 statewide to 132.   A hearing in Highland's committee on Wednesday attracted 41 opponents to the bill.  


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