Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach says he’s working on the transition team for the Trump administration. Kobach says he doesn’t expect a role in the cabinet but he’s open to it, as well. He plans to advise Trump on policy matters heading up to the inauguration in January. Kobach had a similar role on immigration policy during the campaign.
Governor Brownback says a sluggish economy, not discontent with his fiscal policies, led to the ouster of 11 GOP legislators on an otherwise huge night for Republicans across the country Tuesday. Democrats gained 12 seats in the Kansas House and picked up an open Senate seat. Conservatives also failed in a bid to oust a handful of Kansas Supreme Court justices.
A top Kansas education official says results of this year’s state assessment tests were essentially flat, but he expects to see improvements in the future. The education commissioner reported on the results to members of the Kansas State Board of Education. He says more students performed at the highest level in reading and math than last year, but there also were more students performing at the lowest level. Just over 41 percent of students in third through 10th grades met or exceeded grade-level reading expectations.
A man from Hutchinson is now in jail after missing a court date in a child sex case. He faces life in prison without parole for 25 years under Jessica’s Law if convicted, as he’s accused of molesting a 9-year old from late last year to early 2016.
In Garden City, a teenager goes to the hospital after falling off a moving car. He’d hopped up on the hood of a friend’s car at a fast food joint and told him to drive him around the drive-thru. During the ride he slid off the hood and fell on the ground, hitting his head.