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Goodland teen dies in Oklahoma crash…and other headlines: October 31, 2016

andy lambertOctober 31, 2016
A teenager from Goodland is dead after a crash in Oklahoma. The case is being blamed on distracted driving, and not wearing a seatbelt according to investigators. It’s believed Laramie Farris ran her truck off the road, hit a bridge abutment and a culvert, rolling twice and ejecting her.
Three people, found dead in front of a home in Harvey County outside of Newton. Someone driving by saw the bodies and called police. An 18-month old was also found at the home, but not hurt.
Two men are charged with beating and robbing an 82-year-old Catholic priest in Wyandotte County. The charges include aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and burglary. It’s unclear if the two suspects have lawyers.
State officials consider lowering the rate of return for public employee pension investments. For three decades, KPERS has expected an 8 percent return on investments. A lower expected return would leave taxpayers or workers on the hook for the difference. The board of the retirement system might make a final decision by mid-November. If not, it’ll likely be January.
A city in south central Kansas settles a lawsuit involving a the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city of Kingman settled the case which also involved the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The settlement stems from a case filed in federal court a year ago. In the settlement, the city denies violating the law but authorizes payments to two people in Kingman who use wheelchairs.
The student senate at KU is forming a group designed to explore issues religious minorities face on the campus in Lawrence. That committee will then come up with recommendations to improve the experience for those students.

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