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Latest headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: January 8, 2016

andy lambertJanuary 8, 2016
People in Kansas and several other states feeling a series of earthquakes over the past two days. Experts say the quakes centered in Oklahoma were large enough to have caused moderate damage but it doesn’t appear any of them did.
A Republican state legislator says he regrets sharing a Facebook posting with a derogatory comment about President Barack Obama. Representative John Bradford of Lansing says the posting, which mocked Hispanics who speak accented English, was “in bad taste.”  It included a man in a sombrero and an altered photo of the president.
Ford County considers an English-only policy for county workers. The policy makes an exception for situations where employees are working with people who are not proficient in English, and they can speak any language they want when they’re on break. Workers who don’t comply could be disciplined, up to and including being fired. County commissioners have tabled the proposal for now in order to get more info.
Miami County leaders tell the state they’re frustrated by the safety problems plaguing Osawatomie State Hospital. That state mental hospital recently lost Medicare funding in the aftermath of a federal inspector’s report that outlined a series of issues, including the reported rape of a staffer by a patient. State officials deny allegations of “systemic failure” at the hospital.
A man arrested in a series of robberies that led to a lockdown at Kansas State reaches a deal with prosecutors. He entered a no contest plea. Two other people entered guilty pleas in the case and a fourth will go to trial.
Wichita State and Fort Hays State are discussing opening a specialized school for medical training in Dodge City. The talks are in the early stages but representatives of both schools have met with Dodge City officials to tour the area.

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