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Average value of Kansas dry land is up…and other headlines: March 1, 2017

andy lambertMarch 1, 2017
The Department of Revenue says the average value of dry land statewide is up $31 to $184 an acre. Doniphan County saw the biggest increase, climbing $128 to $1018, while Grant County’s average fell $2 to $57 an acre. The valuations are set based on an eight-year rolling average of commodity prices, and these valuations are based on the higher prices from 2008 to 2015.
Court documents claim a woman accused of killing a mother in Wichita and kidnapping her baby was in contact with that woman the day before and the day of the incident. The charges in the case include first-degree murder, kidnapping and aggravated interference with parental custody. The 6-day old baby was found, unhurt, in Texas.
A federal judge sides with immigration agents in a lawsuit filed by a Kenyan man who claims he was violently attacked at the Sedgwick County jail for refusing to be fingerprinted before deportation. The judge in the case reversed her previous ruling that had granted a trial for that college student who overstayed his visa.
The FBI confirms for the first time it’s investigating last week’s shootings at a bar in Olathe as a hate crime. Witnesses claim the shooter yelled at two of the victims to “get out of [his] country” before opening fire. One man died, two more were hurt. The shooter was captured a few hours later in Missouri.
Kansas finishes 28th overall in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the best states in the nation. It took into account education, crime, health care, infrastructure, economy, government, and opportunity. The government category is where Kansas took the biggest hit, finishing ahead of only Nevada and New Jersey.

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