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Earthquakes…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: November 9, 2015

andy lambertNovember 9, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a series of earthquakes along the Oklahoma-Kansas border – including magnitude 4.2 and 4.1 temblors near Medford. The 4.2 was recorded nine miles northwest of Medford, the same area where a 4.1 magnitude quake turned up seven hours earlier. The latter quake was felt as far away as Oberlin, about 400 miles from the epicenter.

Reaction comes from both sides of the aisle after the Kansas budget director announced another round of budget cuts to deal with new, less lucrative revenue projections. The state is reducing spending by $128 million, including a $48 million hit to KDOT’s budget. The children’s initiative fund, the job creation fund, unused university scholarship money, and Medicaid will also be cut. Opponents of the governor say this is evidence his experiment isn’t working, while supporters argue the state would be even worse off otherwise.

Kansas school administrators want lawmakers to again consider raising the cap on the amount retired workers can earn to help alleviate staffing shortages. lawmakers during the last legislative session changed a program called Working After Retirement.

Property taxes are expected to increase this year for patrons of most Kansas school districts. The projected increases come as the Kansas Supreme Court considers whether public schools are underfunded. Homeowners in most of the state’s districts saw their bills for supporting schools shrink last school year after an influx of court-ordered aid to schools.

A woman from Lawrence faces charges after fleeing to Europe with her 9-year-old and 11-year-old daughters. She faces two counts of aggravated interference with parental custody. She and the girls were last seen October 26th in Lawrence.

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