A man who was on the run for six years gets 27 years in prison and has to forfeit $13 million from drug trafficking in Kansas. He’d already entered guily pleas to drug and money laundering charges, in light of evidence from prosecutors that he’d gotten more than 100 kilos of cocaine. He was arrested in Cyprus in April, six years after he vanished while awaiting sentencing.
Kansas looks to play a big role in the Trump administration, now that Mike Pompeo has been nominated by the president-elect to head up the Central Intelligence Agency. That does still require confirmation by the U.S. Sentate. Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been advising Donald Trump on immigration matters, while Senator Jerry Moran is denying earlier reports that he’d been asked to join the administration as Ag Secretary.
The baby taken from an apartment in Wichita where her mother was found shot to death is safe. The child was tracked down in Dallas, and two people are in custody. Police aren’t giving many more details because the investigation is ongoing.
A man from Salina and several experts are working to restore a Cold War submarine that can go down 8,000 feet. That man bought a Pisces VI sub last December and transported it home from Wisconsin. With the help of 10 experts he hopes to have it launched in two years for scientific and film.
A student at KU is among 32 people nationwide being named Rhodes Scholars for 2017. That student from Bel Aire will be studying refugees and forced migrations. The scholarships cover expenses for up to three years of study at the University of Oxford starting in October of next year. Nearly 900 people applied for the scholarships this year.