Governor delivers State-of-the-State address…and other headlines: January 11, 2017

andy lambertJanuary 11, 2017
Governor Brownback is calling on lawmakers to pass school choice measures and reiterating his support for merit pay for teachers. The governor expressed his support for initiatives favored by fellow conservatives in his annual State of the State address. A teachers’ union lobbyist accuses the governor of pushing ideas that have failed in other states.
The new head of the Kansas House Appropriations Committee says tapping the $320 million investment fund should be considered in a bid to close the budget gap. The ideas from Rep. Troy Waymaster of Bunker Hill include either getting a loan from that fund or cleaning it out altogether. Kansas faces a projected $342 million shortfall in the current budget.
The woman accused of killing a mother in Wichita and kidnapping her six-day old daughter to Texas has been served with extradition papers to bring her back to Kansas. She admitted in a jailhouse interview in Dallas to killing that woman, and had reportedly faked a pregnancy leading up to the murder.
A Wichita lawyer says he wants to run in a potential special election to replace Rep. Mike Pompeo. George Bruce announced his candidacy for the 4th Congressional District seat at the Petroleum Club of Wichita. He has worked as an attorney at Martin Pringle Attorneys at Law since 1989. This is Bruce’s first run for public office. Pompeo is Donald Trump’s pick to head up the CIA.
An assistant professor at KU is claiming in a federal lawsuit that she faced anti-German discrimination and a hostile work environment on campus. The suit claims her students wrote anonymous critical evaluations including anti-German comments, including accusing her of being a Nazi sympathizer. She claims the comments were what eventually led to her being told she wouldn’t be retained after this school year. No comment from the school.




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