80% of winter wheat planted and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: 10/21/15

andy lambertOctober 21, 2015
Kansas farmers have almost finished planting their winter wheat. More than 80 percent of the 2016 crop is in the ground now. The National Agricultural Statistics Service also says 85 percent of this year’s corn has been cut and 51 percent of the soybeans are harvested.
State officials say a new power plant for the Kansas Statehouse and nearby office buildings will cost more than officials had previously estimated. The previous estimate was $13 million and is now $16.3 million. The state plans to build the new plant on the site of a parking lot north of the Statehouse.
Records show that Kansas’ budget director used his state email during a holiday break last year. That’s raising questions about his claim that he used a personal account to email lobbyists during that time because he didn’t have access to his official state account. The Wichita Eagle has obtained records showing that Shawn Sullivan had access to his official state account just before Christmas when he used his private account to email a draft of the governor’s budget and tax plan to two lobbyists.
Jury selection is underway in the murder trial of a Wellington woman. Lindsey Blansett is accused of stabbing her 10-year-old son Caleb to death at their home last December. A judge ruled in May that the woman was mentally competent to stand trial.
Efforts to reform the juvenile justice system in Kansas are gaining new momentum. A series of community meetings are being held in the coming days in Overland Park, Ottawa, Kansas City, Wichita and Garden City. Officials are hoping to end the practice of sending low and moderate risk youths to prison or out-of-home placements. They want to shift funding to local rehab programs.
The chairman of the Sedgwick County Commission may face a recall vote. An immigration group says it will seek a vote to remove Richard Ranzau over his call to prohibit people in the U.S. illegally from participating in a federal nutrition program in Kansas.





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