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October 16, 2015: Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report

andy lambertOctober 16, 2015
A state appeals court ruling in favor of a former Pizza Hut tycoon could put Kansas on the hook to refund millions of dollars he was forced to pay two years ago. The Kansas Court of Appeals says a lower tax court blatantly ignored state regulations when it ordered Gene Bicknell to pay $42 million in taxes and penalties for the sale of NPC International in 2006. A $42-million payout could affect state finances because the state’s taken in about $42 million less in revenue than expected.
A third consecutive overall index drop in a monthly bankers survey suggests an economic slowdown is ahead for rural parts of Kansas and other Midwest and Plains states. The Rural Mainstreet Index sank to 44.4 this month from 49 in September and 50 in August.
Two Mormon church leaders from Kansas have been killed in a Colorado plane crash. Jared Langston of Holyrood and Benjamin Bates of Lyons died Tuesday when their plane went down in a field near Greeley. Federal investigators are examining the wreckage to determine why the crash happened.
Geologists have recorded more than 20 small earthquakes in southern Kansas in the past week. A cluster occurred between last Friday night and late Sunday afternoon. They were centered southeast of Harper and east of Caldwell. Most were around magnitude 2 but at least a couple of the quakes were magnitude 3.
The University of Kansas is opening an office to coordinate the university’s sexual assault prevention efforts. The center will be in addition to the office which investigates reports of sexual violence and other discrimination on campus and recommends disciplinary action. There’s no new state funding for the new office.

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