Former Saint Francis school leader donates to district and other headlines: December 24, 2015

andy lambertDecember 24, 2015
The former superintendent in Saint Francis donates the money to open a fund for the district. Carl Werner gave $100,000 to set up the St. Francis Education Foundation Fund, with the interest going to benefit the operations of the school district.
The Kansas Supreme Court has unanimously struck down a law meant to reduce its administrative influence over lower courts. That sets up a showdown with lawmakers who are threatening to defund the state’s entire judiciary system if the law is overturned. The high court ruled Wednesday that the 2014 law changing how chief judges are selected is unconstitutional.
A former magistrate judge in Kansas faces federal charges accusing him of defrauding a judge’s association out of about $24,000. Bill Lyerla was indicted on wire fraud charges, pled not guilty and paid $5,000 bail. Lyerla resigned after he was suspended last year from the 11th Judicial District, which serves Cherokee, Labette and Crawford counties.
Inspector say a Kansas mental hospital that lost federal funding failed to supervise care, perform safety checks and protect suicidal patients. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report cites a rape at the Osawatomie State Hospital in October as an example of problems that prompted the federal government to cut off funding Monday. Kansas now has to pay for care at the facility, which is one of only two of its kind in the state.
A Barton County jury has convicted a former Kansas state trooper in a domestic violence case. Darrin Hirsh was accused of threatening his wife with a gun and threatening his children. Hirsh’s trial started last week and ended Tuesday.
The executive director of the Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association has been quietly removed from his post after 28 years. Records obtained by The Associated Press show Charles Strutt was put on indefinite leave in October after a jackpot-fixing investigation involving his organization widened. A prosecutor said this week that the lottery agency’s former security chief fixed two prizes in Kansas.
Westar Energy has contracted with a company to build a 280-megawatt wind farm in Ford County. Infinity Wind Power of California will build the farm and then turn it over to Westar. Officials say the project will bring 200 construction jobs. They hope to have the farm completed late next year or early in 2017.





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