Headlines for Sunday, May 23, 2021
Judge: Asst. U.S. Attorney in Kansas Commits Misconduct
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a federal prosecutor in Kansas with a history of questionable conduct committed misconduct in a drug case. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled last week that Terra Morehead did not provide important evidence to the defense in a drug case. The judge reduced the defendant's sentence from 20 years to nine years because of Morehead's actions. Morehead was the prosecutor when Lamont McIntyre was wrongly convicted in a double murder and spent 23 years in prison before he was released. She recently was moved from criminal to civil cases in the U.S. Attorney's Kansas City, Kansas, office.
Flood Damage Extensive in Small Kansas Town of Natoma
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A preliminary estimates says more than half of the homes in the small town of Natoma were damaged by flash flooding during last weekend's heavy rains. The Wichita Eagle reports the town in north-central Kansas of about 350 residents has about 250 homes. Mayor Rick Dunlap says about 120 homes had moderate to severe damage and another 15 are probably a total loss. About 22 businesses also had water damage, and one is possibly a total loss. Heavy rain caused Paradise Creek to flood on May 16th. Water levels reached as high as 2 feet in some homes.
Pro-Palestine Demonstrators Turn Out in KC for Second Weekend
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KPR) - More than 200 people turned out in Kansas City for the second weekend in a row, rallying in support of Palestine. Yesterday's (SAT) demonstration occurred one day after a cease-fire went into effect between Israel and Hamass. About 75 people gathered earlier this week for a vigil to honor those killed in Gaza during this month's fighting. A few hundred people gathered in Kansas City last weekend, as rallies took place in many cities across the country.
Report: Kansas Juvenile Justice Funds Could Run Out by 2024
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Legislative researchers say a Kansas fund intended to help keep young people out of prison could be out of money by 2024 if spending and projected funding remains the same. The Evidence-based Programs Fund is part of a 2016 law designed to shift the focus in juvenile justice from incarceration to rehabilitation. The money is intended for programs that help troubled juveniles and reduce the population in juvenile correctional facilities. The fund accumulated a $42 million reserve by this year, and Governor Laura Kelly sought permission to use the money for other state needs. Lawmakers approved withdrawing $21 million. A Kelly spokesman said it's unlikely the fund will be depleted.