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Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: December 9, 2016

andy lambertDecember 9, 2016
An appeals court rules a convicted child pornography convict behind bars in Kansas has to empty his union retirement account and apply that money he tried to hide from the court to provide restitution to the victims. The ruling from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel upholds a federal judge’s ruling.
Kansas welfare officials plan to have state staff do all annual foster home inspections by midway through next year. The Kansas Department for Children and Families updated lawmakers on its efforts to respond to a highly-critical audit. DCF has been working to take away annual inspections of foster homes from agency contractors, citing potential conflicts of interest.
Kansas plans to retire a computer mainframe used by four state agencies and contract with a private company to take care of the work. The state has agreed to a five-year contract worth nearly $14 million with a company from Illinois. They’ll replace an IBM mainframe as recommended last year in a state efficiency review. The Kansas Organization of State Employees says state IT workers are concerned they could lose their jobs.
Police arrest a teenager, suspected of starting a string of arson fires in Topeka. The 17-year old faces nine counts of arson and aggravated arson. He’s been ordered to stay in jail. The fires didn’t kill anyone, but did injure a firefighter. He’s expected to survive.
It’s still unclear what caused a grain bin to collapse in White City, dumping about 250-thousand bushels of corn onto the ground. The elevator was only about half full at the time. Nobody hurt in that collapse in Morris County. Authorities are investigating while staff cleans up the mess.

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