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Kansas farmers and ranchers get tax break to rebuild fencing after wildfires…and other headlines: March 23, 2017

andy lambertMarch 23, 2017
Folks in Kansas are getting a sales tax break to rebuild fences on agricultural land after the biggest wildfire in state history burned through more than 1,000 square miles. Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill yesterday that would allow people to buy supplies to rebuild their fences without paying sales tax.
Kansas legislators are trying to avoid the kind of moves with funding for public employee pensions that previously clouded the retirement system’s long-term financial health. But lawmakers are wrestling with serious state budget problems and aren’t sure if the state can afford its full annual commitments. Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed freezing annual pension contributions to balance the state budget through June 2019.
A judge throws out a lawsuit against the University of Kansas by parents of two former rowers who claim they were sexually assaulted by a football player in a dorm. The Douglas County District Judge ruled, among other things, that the former rowers have left the university and no longer face an immediate threat of harm. An attorney for the families says they will appeal.
A former worker at a youth center on Fort Leavenworth gets seven years and seven months in prison for sexually abusing a 13-year old girl. Prosecutros claimed he propositioned the girl at that youth center in 2014, and her mom went to police after finding conversations between the two on her daughter’s cell phone.
Kansas-based America’s JobLink announces its computer system was hacked, putting personal information from job applicants in up to ten states at risk. The firm found a hacker exploited a vulnerability to get job seeker’s names, social security numbers, and dates of birth. An outside company is now working to determine how many people were affected and let them know.

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