Formal charges are pending against a man accused of taking part in human trafficking. He was arrested in Saint Francis and is being held on an unrelated charge in Sherman County. The case is still being investigated by a number of agencies, including Saint Francis police, the KBI, and the Cheyenne and Sherman County Sheriff’s offices.
A government report shows Kansas farmers are planning to plant a whole lot more corn this year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says Kansas growers intend to plant 4.8 million acres of corn. That is a 16 percent jump from a year ago.
A Franklin County jury recommends that convicted killer Kyle Flack get the death penalty. Flack was found guilty last week in the 2013 killings of three adults and a toddler at a farm where he sometimes stayed. A judge will review the recommendation before a formal sentencing hearing in May.
Westar Energy customers will get some money back under a settlement between the utility and state regulators. Millions will be returned to customers through a decrease in the “Transmission Delivery Charge” on their bills. The exact amount hasn’t been determined but last year it was $14 million. Customers won’t see the decrease right away.
Efforts are underway to calculate the damage from the wildfire in Barber County that has been mostly contained. The Kansas Department of Agriculture says damage to livestock, fencing, water systems and stockpiled hay will be in the millions of dollars.
People are getting ready to mark 85 years since the central Kansas plane crash that killed Notre Dame football legend Knute Rockne and seven other people. On Saturday, buses will take people to a monument at the crash site near the small town of Bazaar. A ceremony will include a flyover and a moment of silence.