Kansas State University is again being recognized as the top university value in Kansas by Money magazine. It’s the fourth year in a row that K-State is the highest-ranking Kansas school on Money’s list, which was developed to find schools that successfully combine quality and affordability. The magazine rates schools on factors dealing with quality of education, affordability and student outcomes. K-State’s average starting salary of $51,600 for new graduates leads all Kansas schools on Money’s list. In fact, per the university’s latest post-graduation survey, 96% of new K-State graduates are employed or continuing their education six months after their graduation.
A homeless woman who was found strangled and unconscious in a Hutchinson alley almost two weeks ago is dead. Authorities say 29-year-old Lora Beth Stratton had been on life support at a Wichita hospital since August 24th before she expired Wednesday evening. Twenty-two-year-old Granville Ervin was charged with aggravated battery and obstruction in the case. Reno County officials yesterday moved to add an additional charge of attempted premeditated first-degree murder in the case. Ervin’s wife, 22-year-old Delshay Visonhaler, reportedly also faces charges.
A $45 million bond issue to fund security, safety and facility upgrades at Great Bend schools is a no-go. That’s the word from local Board of Education members, who say the measure failed to garner sufficient votes during yesterday’s count. Proponents say the two-question spending plan would have bolstered safety and security at local elementary and middle schools. The money would also have funded a third gym and locker room at Great Bend’s middle school.
The Kansas Wildlife Exhibit’s new bobcat has a new name. Officials say “Rufus” came to the Wichita facility from the Milford Nature Center after his mother was hit and killed by a passing vehicle. “Bobby,” a wildcat who died earlier this year at Wichita’s Central Riverside Park, reportedly came to the Wichita facility under similar circumstances.
A Kansas family is whole again after a panicked service dog ran away from the scene of a rollover crash involving its owner two days ago. Officials say the accident happened in Lenexa on Wednesday. The service dog, named Georgia, was riding with its owner when their vehicle was T-boned by a truck, knocking the first vehicle on its roof. When the dust settled, the service dog was nowhere to be found. That all changed yesterday morning when a volunteer calling Georgia’s name up and down a nearby road apparently caught the errant canine’s attention, prompting her to run out from under a parked car. Apart from some scrapes and a case of heat exhaustion, Georgia is reportedly safe and sound, and back at work.
A large pet turtle which went missing three years ago has been reunited with its family. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Three years ago the turtle escaped from his owner in Salina. On Thursday a concerned citizen spotted it crossing a busy road in east Salina and stopped to make sure it didn’t get run over. A pair of passing state troopers stopped to assist. Lucky enough the owner had placed an ID tag on the shell. Turtle and owner now re-united, and the owner was amazed and delighted to find out that his turtle had been found and was still alive.
Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of a cross country event which helped serve as the inspiration for today’s interstate road system. In the summer of 1919, a young Lieutenant Colonel named Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in the first Army transcontinental motor convoy.The expedition consisted of 81 motorized Army vehicles. It was manned by 24 officers and 258 enlisted men. The border to border trek began on July 7th in Washigton D.C., and ended on September 7th in San Francisco, California.