Floyd to head NWS office in Goodland…and other headlines: January 28, 2016

andy lambertJanuary 28, 2016
Dave Floyd has been named the new head of the National Weather Service office in Goodland. He’s been in that office in a different capacity since 2002, and with the weather service in one role or another since 1994.
The University of Kansas has unblocked limited information about two fraternities placed on probation for hazing. But the Lawrence Journal-World reports that most of the information it sought when it requested documents from the school in October is still blacked out. The paper raised concerns in December about the redactions with an open records appeal.
Construction of a new power plant for the Kansas Statehouse and nearby state buildings is being delayed. The confirmation from Governor Sam Brownback’s office comes after bipartisan criticism of how the project is being financed. A Senate committee also postponed a confirmation hearing for Brownback’s interim secretary of administration.
A prison worker pleads no contest to smuggling methamphetamine. Court documents say she was arrested in June 2014 after she was searched at the Lansing Correctional Facility and found to be carrying about 14 bags containing meth. Prosecutors claim the bags were hidden in a “girdle-type undergarment” she wore, with large bandages wrapped around her midsection to hide them. One of the bags held about 14 grams of meth. That woman allegedly told investigators she had brought drugs into the prison several times.
A judge will hear arguments next month on Sedgwick County’s bid to dismiss a Wichita mathematician’s lawsuit. Beth Clarkson wants tapes from voting machines to check the error rate during the November 2014 election. The county says the tapes aren’t subject to the state’s open records law.
Kansas health officials suspect norovirus has sickened dozens of people who attended the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park earlier this month. They say more than 100 people have reported symptoms of the highly contagious gastrointestinal illness.
The Kansas Lottery is asking lawmakers for permission to sell tickets from vending machines. Lottery officials believe eliminating a ban on electronic ticket-dispensing machines will boost sales and generate money for the state.





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