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Kansas House and Senate hold joint meeting to discuss education…and other headlines: June 17, 2016

andy lambertJune 17, 2016

Kansas legislators are reviewing past state Supreme Court decisions on school funding as they start considering how to respond to a ruling last month directing them to make additional changes to help poor school districts. The House and Senate Judiciary committees convened a joint meeting to discuss both potential education funding fixes and proposals to change the state constitution to cut the court’s power over school finance issues in the future.

A Kansas judge is standing by his earlier ruling that Secretary of State Kris Kobach has no legal right to bar people who register to vote using a federal form from voting in local and state elections. That Shawnee County District Judge rejected Kobach’s request to reconsider his January decision after the executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission required proof-of-citizenship on the national form for residents of Kansas, Georgia and Alabama.

In Sedgwick County, a man faces charges after a small octopus was found wedged in the throat of his girlfriend’s toddler. The complaint claims that man was negligent, and the 2-year old put the octopus in his mouth. The boy’s mom claims she found the man doing CPR on her son, who did survive.

A sweltering heat wave is expanding as temperatures approach near record-setting levels. Kansas is one of 12 states placed under a Heat Advisory yesterday, and the high temperatures continue for most of the state through the weekend.

Items connected to a 1920s shootout between a notorious gangster and two law enforcement officers have been donated to the Wichita/Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Eddie Adams fatally shot Wichita Police detective Charles Hoffman Nov. 23, 1921. Officer Charles Bowman was also fatally hit by gunfire before Adams was killed by detective D.C. Stuckey. Stuckey’s gun and other items that he carried with him will be made public for first time.

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