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Governor authorizes pay raise for correction officers…and other headlines: August 18, 2017

andy lambertAugust 18, 2017
Uniformed officers working in Kansas state prisons will soon be making more money. This comes after an announcement from Governor Brownback at the El Dorado Correctional Facility, where a ten percent raise is on the horizon. Officers at other state prisons will get a 5% bump. El Dorado leads the other prisons in the state with a 46% turnover rate, which Department of Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood says is a big reason guards there will get higher wages. The raises kick in immediately.
The former city attorney for Manhattan pleads guilty to federal child pornography charges. Prosecutors say 55-year-old Bill Raymond, of Andover, pleaded guilty to three counts of transporting child pornography and one count of possession child pornography. Raymond was Manhattan’s city attorney from 2012 to 2015. He previously was an assistant county counselor in Sedgwick County.
The man accused of leading police on a chase across the line from Edwards to Pawnee County is dead. Officers tried to pull the vehicle over on US-56, but the driver sped up and later started shooting out of his window, hitting a Pawnee County patrol car. After the suspect’s vehicle ran into a ditch the driver put a gun to his head while his female passenger got out. That man later shot himself.
Lawrence officials say contamination cleanup at a former fertilizer plant will cost more than expected. The city is preparing to hire an outside contractor to help with the cleanup at the former Farmland Industries fertilizer plant. The $8.6 million trust fund transferred to the city to pay for the remediation of nitrogen-contaminated groundwater is decreasing. The city took ownership of the plant in 2010.

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