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Lawmakers stay the course after Supreme Court rules on education funding…and other headlines: March 3, 2017

andy lambertMarch 3, 2017
The Kansas Legislature’s top leaders say a state Supreme Court ruling on education funding won’t require lawmakers to change course on drafting a new school finance law. Both the Senate President and House Speaker say their chambers of the Legislature already were working on a new school funding law before the court’s decision. The high court ruled the state didn’t spend enough money to ensure an adequate education for every student.
Attempted first degree murder is the charge in Kansas against a man already facing murder charges from Mississippi. He’s accused of shooting the cashier at a convenience store in Pratt Wednesday. That man also faces charges out of New Mexico, and is being held on $5 million bond.
An Army veteran is accused of pretending to be blind in order to collect $63-thousand in benefits. A federal indictment handed up charges that man and his wife from Turon with conspiracy and theft of government funds charges.
The man who was shot standing up for two others at a bar in Kansas as the suspected gunment hollered “get out of my country”, is now out of the hospital. His first stop after being discharged – the same restaurant and bar where the attack happened. He & another man were injured, another, killed in the attack.
Ethanol producer ICM says it’s planning a $175 million bio-refinery in Colwich. That would create 50 new permanent jobs, in addition to the construction workers. Following 10 years of proposed tax abatments, the plant is expected to generate $1.8 million in new revenue for the city.

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