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Kansas lawmaker thanks supporters after son’s death…and other headlines: August 17, 2016

andy lambertAugust 17, 2016
A Kansas lawmaker whose 10-year-old son was killed on the world’s tallest waterslide is thanking supporters and hoping something like that never happens again. Scott Schwab says in a statement supplied by his lawyer that “words will never convey the appreciation” his family has for the outpouring since his son died earlier this month while riding the 168-foot tall “Verruckt” ride at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas.
Plaintiffs in the ongoing Kansas school finance lawsuit tell the state Supreme Court that reading and math test scores in Kansas show the state is failing to fund its public schools adequately. Attorneys for the state counter that funding is at record levels and all schools are meeting state accreditation standards, and a court order for additional funding would be “a flagrant violation of the separation of powers.”
Three Kansas men who are under investigation in last month’s shooting of a police officer in southern Illinois appear in court on charges accusing them of plotting to kill three other men. The three met in Saline County District Court with the judge who will handle their cases.
A retired Wichita police officer accused of embezzlement has agreed to change his plea in a federal case stemming from a $56,400 contract to train law enforcement agencies on responses to armed engagement. A court notice shows Kevin Vaughn of Wichita is scheduled for a change of plea hearing Aug. 23.
A federal judge agrees to appoint a special master to determine if a private prison violated attorney-client privilege by recording meetings between inmates and their lawyers. Some criminal defense attorneys claim Corrections Corporation of America not only recorded the confidential conversations in the prison at Leavenworth but then passed some of them on to prosecutors.

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