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Kansas high court satisfied with education funding package…and other headlines: June 29, 2016

andy lambertJune 29, 2016

The Kansas Supreme Court signs off on a new education funding package that increases state aid to poorer school districts. The justices issued a brief order saying the legislature “has currently satisfied” the court’s previous orders on education funding by approving the package last week. That decision ends a threat that the state’s public schools would be shut down after Thursday.

Kansas regulators cut the amount Westar Energy can bring in for transmission, which will save customers about $18 million over the next 12 months. The Kansas Corporation Commission explains this is the result of a complaint it filed last year with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, alleging that Westar had over-earned on its transmission costs. The change will save an average household about $1.50 a month.

Lawsuits claiming Emporia State discriminated against two minority assistant professors are continuing in federal court. Some of the original defendants and claims were dismissed. The university and seven officials are now defendants. The original black plaintiff claims the school retaliated against him and his wife after they reported finding a racial slur on campus last year. An Asian man who taught in the same department argues he was retaliated against after asking for pay equal to two other staffers.

Governor Brownback says he’s disappointed and frustrated to learn the state’s backlog of unprocessed Medicaid applications is four times as large as initially thought. The state and a contractor are pointing fingers at each other over who’s really to blame for that. The number of unprocessed claims was thought to be around 3,500 until Topeka acknowledged this month the actual number is about 15,000.

A man from Overland Park is accused of stealing a shuttle van at Kansas City International Airport, and then trying to take off in a jet at the downtown airport to fly to Miami. He got into the cockpit of an Embraer Phenom 300 that was preparing for takeoff but couldn’t figure out how to fly it and was arrested.

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