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NW Tech dorms lose water…and other headlines: December 15, 2015

andy lambertDecember 15, 2015

Some students at Northwest Tech in Goodland found themselves without water. The school opened up the showers in the fitness center and worked with the Red Cross to get drinking water in while work started to get the water back on in the dorms.

The woman accused in the death of her 7-year old stepson in Wyandotte County makes her first court appearance. Her husband is in custody on the same charges. Prosecutors claim the child was killed and his body, fed to pigs. Tests to identify the human remains that were found on their property are still ongoing.

An attorney for the first prisoner sentenced to death in Kansas in more than three decades is asking the state’s highest court to throw out his sentence. That lawyer says a failed courtroom attack on her client in 2008 should have had the judge disband that jury, which later sentenced the man to death for killing a Pittsburg State student in 1996.

A child who suffered permanent brain damage and blindness when he was beaten as a baby has been awarded $109 million. A Jackson County judge is ordering the man who’s doing a nine-year prison term for the attack to pay him the money. That man is entitled to oil royalties, and that’s where the money presumably will come from to pay the damages.

A police officer from Dodge City is among the men cited for illegal deer hunting. The city’s police chief didn’t name the officer, who hasn’t had any disciplinary action taken against him. He could get a fine or six months in jail, and lose hunting privileges for a year if convicted.

The Kansas Board of Regents is considering adding a notation to the transcript of any student who is expelled for sexual assault. Presidents of the state’s six universities support the idea and regents could vote on it sometime early next year.

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