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Governor’s team discontinues quarterly economic report…and other headlines: September 26, 2016

andy lambertSeptember 26, 2016

Governor Brownback’s economic advisory council has discontinued a quarterly report that had been developed to ensure a timely analysis of the administration’s economic policies. The Council of Economic Advisors, which is chaired by the governor, won’t compile and distribute a review of economic markers picked by the administration and championed as an accountability test of the administration’s economic vision. Some of the governor’s critics argue the report is being scrapped because his plans aren’t working.

While the Kansas Board of Regents has yet to formally approve how the process to replace University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will proceed, the search process may be closed to the public. She’s been chancellor since 2009 and announced last week she’s stepping down next summer. Gray-Little was also hired after a closed search, and the Regents are also doing a closed search for the next president of Kansas State University.

In Topeka, a 2-year-old girl is dead from an apparent animal attack and two dogs have been seized. Officers responded to a report of a missing child over the weekend and when they went to the home, officers found the child dead in the yard. Police have sent the case to the district attorney’s office for review.

A man from Colorado dies in a traffic crash on I-70 near Grinnell. He apparently lost control, ran into the median and the big rig tumped over on its side. The highway patrol says he didn’t have a seat belt on.

The federal government considers barring Kansas and other states that get family planning grants from putting their own restrictions on where the money can go. That’s aimed directly at 13 states that have tried to take funding away from Planned Parenthood. Public comment is open until October 7th.

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