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Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: September 20, 2016

andy lambertSeptember 20, 2016
The union representing workers at state mental hospitals says employees have complained that upper management blocked ‘exceptional’ ratings on their performance reviews. Those workers claim immediate supervisors gave them the high grades, only to have them overruled at the state level. The director of the Department for Aging & Disability Services insists he didn’t tell anyone to low-ball evaluation scores.
The state suspends the license of Busy Bees Children’s Academy, a daycare in Junction City. An inspection revealed a number of problems, and the next day the woman running the daycare was arrested for several crimes including domestic battery, aggravated assault, and drug possession.
Attempted 2nd degree murder is just the first of the charges filed against a man in Salina. He’s accused of punching, kicking, and trying to strangle a woman as well as repeatedly threatening to kill her. She eventually got away and called police.
Sentencing is set for next month for a man convicted of threatening to kill two police officers in Hutchinson. He’d already been convicted of kidnapping in the same incident and sentenced to 18 years in prison on that case. Prosecutors claim when officers came to free that woman he was holding, he told police he’d kill them if he ever got out of jail.
Members of President Eisenhower dropped their objections to the design of a memorial to him in Washington. That comes after the design was changed to put more emphasis on his home state in Kansas. That memorial was approved by Congress 17 years ago but the project has been held up by complaints about the design. Supporters hope to have it completed by 2019.

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