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Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: December 21, 2016

andy lambertDecember 21, 2016
Guilty, the plea in court from an Arizona man who’d been accused of using a stolen identity in a bid to buy a Dodge Challenger Hellcat at a dealership in Wichita. That car is worth nearly $53-thousand. He admitted to using a stolen identity for the credit check on the loan, and it was only when workers found mistakes in the paperwork that they got suspicious. He’ll be sentenced in March.
State officials are considering converting the juvenile prison in Larned into a new unit for holding sex offenders indefinitely after they leave prison. The corrections department plans to end juvenile operations there in March. The sex offenders that would go in this building are currently in the state mental hospital in Larned, which has battled issues with overcrowding.
The Health and Human Services Committee in the Kansas House will hold hearings on expanding Medicaid in the new session, according to the committee chair. He’s not personally in favor of expanding it, but will debate the topic. Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer has said expansion will be “dead” once Donald Trump takes over the White House.
The date has been set for the governor’s annual State of the State address. It’ll be January 10th, 5 o’clock in a joint session of the Legislature, one day after the 2017 session begins. While the state’s money troubles are expected to be at the center of the session this year, it’s unclear if Governor Brownback’s speech will address that.
Kansas-based AMC Entertainment will be the biggest movie theater company in the U.S. after it completes it’s purchase of Carmike Cinemas. The deal is worth $1.2 billion and got the green light from federal regulators, although there are some stipulations. AMC has to unload its stake in a theater advertising company and sell off 24 theaters to a competing cinema company.

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