Weather officials say a dry winter has left much of Kansas back in the grip of some level of drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor data finds nearly 75 percent of Kansas experiencing some drought as of late last week. That compares with barely 2 percent just three months ago. Only northern sections of Kansas and eastern sections south of Kansas City are not in some form of drought.
Governor Brownback has until Friday to act on the school funding bill that cleared both chambers of the state legislature. It’s a direct response to the state Supreme Court’s ruling on equitable school funding. The proposal redistributes $86 million of state aid that’s been promised for next school year, but it’s unclear if that’ll be enough to satisfy the court.
Kansas lawmakers plan to discuss two marijuana bills when the Legislature reconvenes April 27th. The state legislature is considering ways to reduce the impact of marijuana offenses on the state’s prison population and offer medical hemp treatment to some patients.
A jail inmate in Johnson County facing rape and attempted murder charges, found dead in his cell. He was being housed alone. A full investigation into what happened is underway.
Investigators believe a Lawrence house fire that killed a man was purposely set. The man’s body was found inside his home after the fire last week. The cause of death is still under wraps.
Sentencing will be this summer for a Wichita man convicted of federal prostitution-related charges connected to a sting operation targeting massage parlors. A federal jury him of one count each of attempting to entice a person to cross state lines to engage in prostitution, using a telephone in furtherance of prostitution and money laundering.