Kansas lawmakers respond to impeachment inquiry…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: September 25, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiSeptember 25, 2019

Kansas’ elected officials are reacting to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of a formal House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.  Republican First District Congressman Roger Marshall says Democrats will stop at nothing to impeach the President.   Republican Fourth District Congressman Ron Estes said he believes starting an impeachment inquiry is irresponsible, and he is looking forward to reading the transcript of President Trump’s phone call with the leader of the Ukraine. Kansas Republican Congressman Steve Watkins says Democrats are trying to impeach a President they know they can’t beat.

Several students were injured after a school lock down in Lawrence.  Police were called to Liberty Memorial Central Middle School yesterday morning after students alerted administrators about a possible gun brought to campus by a child.  Administrators questioned the child and the school was placed on lockdown as a precaution.  Several students suffered minor injuries after some parents helped them out of the building through a broken window. No weapons were found during a search of the campus.

Police responded to a threat at a Southwest Kansas school Tuesday afternoon. The Garden City Police Department responded to Horace Good Middle School after a student’s parents reported the threat. They say upon investigation, officers determined the threat was made by a 13-year-old student two weeks ago after he and another student were involved in a verbal altercation at the school. The threat wasn’t reported until Tuesday when another altercation happened between the same two students.

A bomb threat was reported at a Kansas post office. Police were called Tuesday to a Wichita post office after someone phoned in the threat. The post office was evacuated and no devices were found during a search of the building.

A Kansas woman has been found guilty of Medicaid fraud and committing a computer crime. According to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, 53-year-old  Ena Louise Mathis pleaded guilty in Leavenworth County District Court to one felony count of Medicaid fraud and one felony count of committing a computer crime. The case stemmed from an  investigation which revealed Mathis submitted false claims to the Medicaid program to pay for in-home assistance for a Medicaid beneficiary during times when the beneficiary was in a hospital or a resident in a nursing facility. In total, Mathis falsely billed the Medicaid program for $6,425 over an interactive computer system used by the Medicaid program.

Reno County will soon have a new sheriff.  Randy Henderson announced this week that he will retire as Reno County sheriff on December 27th.  Henderson, who spent more than four decades in law enforcement, says plans to spend more time with his 98-year-old mother and attend more of his grandchildren’s games and school-related events.  The Reno County Republican Party will appoint Henderson’s replacement.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Wichita State University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). The designation, which applies through academic year 2024, is in recognition of the WSU College of Engineering’s graduate certificate in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity. Such designations are awarded in support of the National Cyber Strategy, adopted in September 2018, which address the role of higher education in addressing a critical shortage of professionals with cybersecurity skills.

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