The Kansas Corporation Commission grants several requests to intervene in the proposed $12.2 billion merger between Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy. Requests from Occidental Chemicals, Midwest Energy and two local chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers were granted earlier this week. Great Plains and Westar hope to finalize the merger next year.
A federal judge has thrown out the indictment against a former Bel Aire police officer accused of making a false statement during a federal investigation. The move is at the request of prosecutors and comes just days before Robert McCaslin was set to go to trial.
Authorities dismiss child pornography charges against a former teacher in Garden City but the investigation continues. Finney County authorities said that three counts of sexual exploitation of a child filed in January against that man were dismissed. The assistant county attorney says if the ongoing investigation leads to more evidence, authorities wouldn’t be able to pursue those charges if they are prosecuting the original case.
Governor Brownback comes out in favor of rolling back a 4 percent cut to KanCare reimbursement rates if the state increases the tax on hospitals. Attempts to get that provider fee increased at the end of last legislative session weren’t successful, leading to the cuts at the first of July.
150 law enforcement agencies across Kansas team up for a crackdown on drunk driving. That will run through Labor Day.