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Governor signs school aid bill…and other headlines: April 8, 2016

andy lambertApril 8, 2016
Governor Brownback has signed a school aid bill. Lawmakers passed the proposal in hopes of heading off the Kansas Supreme Court’s threat to shut down schools statewide if lawmakers don’t fix education funding problems by June 30. Critics say the bill doesn’t solve the problems the high court identified.
The League of Women Voters of Kansas has joined a federal lawsuit challenging a state law that requires people to show proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote. The ACLU sued last fall on behalf of anyone who has unsuccessfully tried to register since the citizenship requirement took effect in 2013. The groups say about 23,000 Kansas residents have been prevented from registering.
The lawyer for a northeast Kansas man charged in a fatal crash says she can no longer represent him. Sherman Jenkins’ preliminary hearing was halted when attorney Donna Asher backed out. She didn’t say publicly what the conflict is. Police were chasing Jenkins in February when his pickup truck crashed into a car in Topeka, killing passenger Mia Holden. He’s charged with murder.
Investigators in Kansas City, Kansas, are trying to identify human remains found by a mushroom hunter on Wednesday. They say it appears to be a man in his 20s who was wearing a Puka shell necklace with a shark’s tooth. He’d been dead for some time, perhaps as long as a year.
Hearings for two teenagers accused of plotting an attack at Hutchinson High School will remain open to the public. A judge ruled after attorneys for the two boys filed motions to have documents in the case sealed and the proceedings closed. Prosecutors say the boys conspired to make pipe bombs.
Topeka school officials are showing off a new gymnasium that doubles as a tornado shelter. It’s the first of 11 shelters the district is building with money from a $143 million bond issue voters approved two years ago.

 

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