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Governor signs school legislation to end threat of shutdown…and other headlines: June 28, 2016

andy lambertJune 28, 2016

Governor Brownback has signed legislation that would increase aid to poor school districts to meet a court mandate and end a threat that the state’s public schools might shut down. The bill increases poor districts’ state funding $38 million for the 2016-17 school year by diverting funds from other parts of the state budget.

Parts of Kansas clean up following rounds of severe storms late Monday. That same storm system blew over a semi-truck near Burlington, Colorado. Portions of the state remain in an unstable weather pattern, with a chance of more storms throughout the week.

A government snapshot shows farmers have now harvested about 58 percent of their winter wheat crop in Kansas. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says harvest this year is well ahead of both the 37 percent cut statewide at this time a year ago as well as the five-year average of 50 percent for this date. Southeast Kansas has cut 91 percent of its wheat, with the south-central Kansas harvest now 74 percent finished. Central Kansas has cut 78 percent. Harvest in northwest Kansas is roughly 13 percent complete.

A woman’s death near Assaria is being investigated as a homicide. One of her relatives found the body and notified the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, who in turn called in the KBI to look into the case. Investigators aren’t saying what led them to consider the case a homicide.

Former Sen. Bob Dole is using his new Twitter account to take a swipe at a Republican congressman who’s facing a primary challenge in his home state of Kansas. Dole criticized incumbent Rep. Tim Huelskamp for what he called “misleading attacks” on his challenger in the Aug. 2 primary, obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Roger Marshall.

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