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Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: November 2, 2015

andy lambertNovember 2, 2015

A woman from Winona recovers after crashing her car in Logan County. It’s believed 36-year old Jennifer Collins lost control of her car on the wet surface of County Road 160, with the car sliding into the ditch and tumping over on its side after hitting an embankment. Three others weren’t hurt.

New, more pessimistic revenue projections are expected in the coming week, renewing concerns about another budget deficit. Economists, legislative researchers, and state officials are scheduled to put out new revenue projections by the end of the week. The budget director says the Brownback administration intends to use targeted spending cuts and shuffling money from various accounts to cover any shortfall.

Kansas lawmakers will study instituting a statewide policy requiring law enforcement officers to wear body cameras. A hearing on the topic is set for this week in a joint committee on corrections and juvenile justice oversight. A similar proposal failed to gain traction last spring, largely because of disagreement over how to pay for the cameras and rules about storing and accessing the tapings.

A new multi-million-dollar forensic science lab opens today at Washburn University in Topeka. The KBI will use that $55-million, four-story building. It replaces an old lab that was in the basement for a renovated junior high school. In addition to KBI’s work, the lab will also host Washburn’s forensic science classes.

Higher hunting and fishing license fees kick in January 1st. The Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism approved the increases in mid-October, boosting the cost for a resident annual hunting or fishing license from $18 to $25. There are also early bird and combination discounts.

Law enforcement in Reno County finds a white falcon that was missing for three days. A man from Illinois was in Hutchinson for a bird-handlers convention when he reported it missing Wednesday. Despite driving around all over the county in the days after the bird vanished, it turned up less than 100 yards away from where it flew off. The two were reunited over the weekend.

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