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Kansas lawmakers bucking Supreme Court ruling on education: June 1, 2016

andy lambertJune 1, 2016

Another supporter of Governor Brownback’s economic proposals isn’t seeking re-election. State Senator Ralph Ostmeyer voted for the governor’s income tax cuts, and told a newspaper in 2012 he didn’t believe those would put the state in a bind. Ostmeyer’s announcement came just a day before today’s deadline for candidates to file for office, and cited a desire to spend more time with family.

A Republican leader in the Kansas Senate says talk among legislators about defying a recent state Supreme Court ruling on education funding is serious. Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce claims the justices have “gone out of their way to pick a fight.” The court last week rejected changes made by legislators earlier this year and said the school finance system still isn’t fair to poor districts.

The gunman who held Finney County’s chief judge and his wife hostage over a child custody matter surrenders. The two were released and weren’t hurt. That standoff started early yesterday when the man forced his way into Finney County Chief Judge Wendell Wurst’s home and confronted the couple at gunpoint. The standoff ended peacefully several hours later.

A woman in Overland Park admits she stole tens of thousands of dollars of stolen clothing and merchandise she was peddling out of her nearly $1 million home. She pled guilty to a felony theft count yesterday. Prosecutors claim she stole between $25,000 and $100,000. Bauer was charged last year after police found stolen merchandise in her home during a search prompted by her Facebook posting, advertising more than 1,000 pieces of “high-end” women’s clothing.

A 16-year-old girl in Saline County gets sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison in the fatal stabbing of her younger sister. That girl pleaded no contest in March to amended charges of second-degree murder, felony theft, and two counts of interference with law enforcement. Prosecutors claimed she stabbed her 13-year-old sister to death in August 2014.

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