Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: January 12, 2017

andy lambertJanuary 12, 2017
An aide to Governor Brownback is suggesting that the Kansas Senate’s top GOP leader supports “unfair” tax increases and “punishing” spending cuts to balance the state budget. The governor’s spokeswoman responded to criticism of the governor’s proposals from Senate President Susan Wagle and three other GOP leaders in the chamber.
Sentencing is set for March for a man convicted of severely beating a two-year old girl who wouldn’t eat. He’s in jail in Brown County on $500-thousand bond. The beating happened in August, but the girl couldn’t leave the hospital until December. That man initially denied hitting the child, but after more evidence surfaced he admitted to slamming her on the floor and punching her in the head.
A man from Colby recovers after running a stop sign, running his pickup truck across both the east- and west-bound lanes of I-70. He then hit an electrical box, and was taken to the hospital. That man didn’t have a seat belt on at the time.
The family of a Kansas lawmaker’s 10-year-old son killed last summer on what was billed as the world’s tallest water slide reaches a settlement with the park’s owner. The deal has been filed in the Johnson County District Court but the terms haven’t been released. A spokeswoman for Schlitterbahn confirmed the settlement but wouldn’t go into details.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says it is taking steps to reduce the state’s backlog of Medicaid applications for residents of nursing homes, including more advanced payments and a hotline to help facilities. The state has a backlog of nearly 2,700 applicants. Providers testified about the problems before the House Health and Human Services Committee.




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