Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: January 7, 2016

andy lambertJanuary 7, 2016
A federal judge has set a May trial date for an abortion opponent accused of sending a letter to a Wichita doctor saying someone might place an explosive under her car. An order schedules a three-day trial for May 3 in Wichita. The Justice Department sued that woman for sending the letter to a doctor who had been training to offer abortions.
The Kansas Court of Appeals revives a lawsuit claiming the state’s child protection agency is liable in the death of an El Dorado toddler. It has reversed a lower court decision tossing out the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the child’s father. He argues the state could have prevented the death of the 18-month-old at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend in 2012.
The KBI and Geary County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a jail inmate. The man who authorities claim tried to kill himself at the county jail on New Year’s Eve died this week when he was taken off life support at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The sheriff says that man was in jail for failing to appear on a warrant.
A state education official says using a private vendor for state tests would increase costs. The issue came up after a legislative panel released a draft of its public school recommendations. Among those was a recommendation that the state seek a test provider without ties to federal or state government and that it pay for all students to take the ACT.
KDOT is moving 16 engineering jobs to Lawrence. The change is designed to slow down the number of engineers leaving the agency. The transportation secretary hopes the move will also help the agency recruit engineering interns from KU.
Kansas is starting a new program to provide volunteer mentors for welfare recipients and officials say they plan to expand the program this summer to help foster kids. First lady Mary Brownback is the first person to volunteer. The state hopes to match 1,100 cash recipients with mentors within a year.





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