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Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: December 9, 2015

andy lambertDecember 9, 2015

An Oskaloosa man sent to prison for killing his sister-in-law in 1999 is going free. A judge overturned the conviction weeks after a report said DNA evidence implicated the man’s brother instead. He won’t be tried, though – that man killed himself and left behind letters admitting he had killed that 14-year old.

Governor Brownback says he favors an audit of the state’s foster care and adoption programs. Several same-sex couples claim the DCF treated them unfairly, including removing children from lesbian foster parents who wanted to adopt. The governor disagreed with calls for Phyllis Gilmore to be removed as head of the DCF, saying she has strong experience and the background for the job.

A Kansas economist says farm incomes in the state are down at least 20 percent. That follows a government forecast last month that net farm incomes across the U.S. will drop about 40 percent to $55.9 billion this year due to lower crop prices and a softer livestock market.

It’s still unclear why a woman from Montezuma, Kansas was in a lane of traffic on I-10 in Phoenix. She was hit by a tractor-trailer and then four other cars. Investigators shut down that road for more than six hours while investigating the case.

Dozens of professors at the University of Kansas are formally speaking out against a state law allowing concealed guns on campus. They’re joining their counterparts at Kansas State, who’ve also gone on record as saying universities should be able to restrict firearms. State law requires Kansas universities to allow concealed weapons beginning in July 2017.

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