Investigators still aren’t sure what caused a man from Goodland to run off I-70 near Edson Friday afternoon, through the median, crossing the eastbound lanes and hitting a fence and a tree. Records show the vehicle rolled twice and rested on its roof. The driver was taken to the hospital in Colby.
Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern is being investigated for helping his mother get a ballot to vote there even though she lives in a nursing home in Johnson County. The state’s director of elections says that may not be illegal anyway, since the law lets someone vote in a county they don’t live in as long as they intend to go back. She sold her house in Lawrence more than a year before the election.
A government report shows Kansas had fewer farms and ranches last year and fewer acres used for agriculture. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports the 59,600 farms counted in the state in 2016 was down 800 farms from the previous year. All of those losses came in operations that had less than $100,000 in agricultural sales.
The Kansas Legislature approves a big increase in personal income taxes to help balance the state budget in a move that defies Governor Brownback. The state Senate approved the bill designed to generate more than $1 billion over two years. The House had already approved the proposal, so the bill now goes to the governor’s desk. He has strongly criticized the bill but stopped short of promising a veto.
Cleanup continues after a grain car tipped off the tracks near an elevator in Emporia. In turn, that dumped grain all around. Investigators weren’t immediately sure what caused the trian to go off the tracks.