Sedgwick County commissioners are officially asking the Kansas Legislature to ban immigrants living in the U.S. illegally from getting in-state tuition or help from a federal nutrition program. The resolution passed 3-2 Wednesday after nearly two hours of public debate. Commissioners supporting the resolution claim they are seeking a clear directive from Kansas government on issues related to those in the country illegally. The resolution is not binding.
The U.S. Army says imprisoned transgender soldier Chelsea Manning was briefly hospitalized this week, though details are elusive. An Army spokemsan says the 28-year-old was taken to a hospital near Fort Leavenworth and later returned to prison at the military base, where Manning is being monitored. It’s unclear just why Manning was taken to the hospital. Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for sending classified information to WikiLeaks.
Two women suing K-State for not investigating complaints that they were raped off-campus are getting support from the federal government. The Department of Justice and Education Department say in a court brief that the school is incorrect in its conclusion that it’s not responsible for what happens at frat houses off-campus. The women’s suit accuses the school of violating Title IX by not looking into their sexual assault claim.
The Kansas Supreme Court is turning its attention to whether the state is spending enough money overall on its schools. The justices issued a brief order this week setting oral arguments on that issue for Sept. 21. The scheduling order comes just a week after the Supreme Court signed off on a new education funding law that boosts state aid to poor school districts, ending a threat that the state’s public schools would be shut down.
Construction officially begins on a new facility that will allow easier loading of cargo between trains and trucks in central Kansas. The Great Bend Transload Facility will be just west of the airport and is expected to open by the end of the year. The transportation department will contribute $3 million to the $6.8 million project. A company based in Oklahoma City will operate the facility.