Federal workplace safety officials are investigating an oil field fire that injured five people, two of them critically. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the accident near Sharon Springs happened while workers were performing a drill stem test. The medical conditions of the victims, who according to OSHA were affiliated with Wichita-based Murfin Drilling, aren’t public yet.
A former assistant professor at Emporia State University refiles a federal discrimination lawsuit against the university and several administrators. His wife has filed a separate lawsuit claiming the school discriminated against her. The two, who are black, claim in lawsuits that the school discriminated against them after they complained about a racial incident in April of last year while they worked in the School of Library and Information Management.
The Kansas Senate’s top Republican is doubling down on her comments saying she and other lawmakers worry that the governor won’t fix the state’s budget long-term as he pursues a federal job. Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita and other lawmakers are frustrated by Gov. Brownback’s decision to wait until January to address the budget shortfall instead of cutting spending through executive action. Kansas faces a nearly $350 million budget shortfall for the current fiscal year and a $580 million shortfall the next.
A former employee at a bank in Great Bend admits in court to stealing nearly $74-thousand from the job. Prosecutors claim he used a key and security code to clean out one of Landmark National Bank’s ATMs back in May. He’ll be sentenced in February.
In Reno County, a judge rules the case against a woman accused of having sex with a prison inmate can proceed. The defense argued her miranda rights were violated when evidence against her was exaggerated by prosecutors during questioning. She worked for a company providing meals at the prison.