Today in Kansas Report: November 25, 2015
Kansas is urging the state Supreme Court to let the governor and lawmakers decide if schools are getting enough money. Lawyers for the state have filed their response to a lawsuit by school districts challenging a new funding law that scraps the per-student formula for distributing aid in favor of predictable grants.
Six-hundred people in Franklin County will soon be getting notices that they’ll be questioned as possible jurors in a quadruple murder case. Lawyers could take almost two weeks to choose a jury for the February trial of Kyle Flack, who is accused of killing four people near Ottawa in 2013.
A Wichita man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for killing another man in what he says was a case of self-defense. Justin Rourke pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Roman Padilla during a June dispute over the ownership of a dog.
Kansas City Power & Light is appealing a September ruling by Kansas regulators reducing the percentage of annual profit the utility is allowed to return to stockholders. The Kansas Corporation Commission made the ruling in September when it approved a $40 million rate hike request instead of the $67 million the utility was seeking.
Leavenworth County historians are trying to reclaim more of the county’s photo history dating back to the pioneer days. The historical society has recovered and scanned thousands of glass-plate negatives that a Chicago man bought in the 1960s and later sold to a California museum. It needs to raise $1 million to buy, store and display thousands of other images.
The Lawrence school board says it will begin the search for a new superintendent right away. Rick Doll announced Monday night he’s resigning in June after leading the city’s public schools since 2009. Doll is taking a job with the Kansas Educational Leadership Institute at Kansas State.