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Murder-suicide ruled in Rawlins County deaths…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: February 7, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiFebruary 7, 2019

The deaths of a Rawlins County man and his son have been ruled a murder – suicide. Last Friday afternoon 74-year-old Gary E. Withers was found on a farm property in rural Rawlins County, near the Thomas County line in the area of Rexford, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Soon after, approximately one half mile away, and outside the home on the property belonging to Gary Withers, deputies discovered 41-year-old Daniel “Danny” E. Withers deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Evidence suggests that Danny Withers shot his father, Gary Withers, and then shot himself. An investigation is ongoing.

A statewide silver alert issued for a missing 66-year-old Nebraska man who was last seen in Kansas has been canceled. According to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Rick Kubes has been located deceased. Kubes had been last seen Sunday morning in Clay Center before he left to return to his home in Auburn, Nebraska.

Authorities believe a man being sought in connection with a sexual assault in Hays is in Colorado. 23-year-old Tre Miekale Carrasco is believed to be in the Denver area. He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman near the Fort Hays State University Campus last weekend. Carrasco is to be considered armed and dangerous.

Lawmakers are considering a bill to legalize medical marijuana in Kansas.  A measure to legalize the drug for medicinal purposes was proposed yesterday in the state House of Representatives.  If the Veterans First Medical Cannabis Bill becomes law, Kansas would join 33 other states who have legalized medical marijuana.

Governor Laura Kelly is encouraging the legislature to remember the priorities of working families and focus on funding education and ending the school finance litigation once and for all. The governor’s office says she has introduced a bill to address the Kansas Supreme Court ruling and fix inflation in the school funding formula. Kelly also proposed a structurally balanced budget that begins to repair the mismanagement of state agencies and the severe damage done to the state’s finances by the failed tax experiment.

The Kansas community affectionately known as “Little Sweden” is getting some big recognition. U.S. Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, and U.S. Representative Roger Marshall introduced a resolution in the United States House and Senate celebrating Lindsborg, Kansas on the 150th anniversary of its establishment, commending the people who have made Lindsborg the town full of rich culture it is today and honoring the immigrants of the Varmland province of Sweden for settling in Lindsborg. Lindsborg, located in McPherson County, was established on February 20, 1869.

A school that has been educating young men in Kansas for 131 years is closing its doors. St. John’s Military School will close its doors at the end of the current academic school year. The school, located in Salina, has been open since 1888. The school cited rising costs, lower enrollment, and legal cases for the closure.

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