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October 22, 2016: Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report

andy lambertOctober 22, 2015

The Kansas Court of Appeals will have all of its judges hear a legal challenge to a ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure to speed up the court’s review. Oral arguments in the case will be December 9. The law was supposed to take effect in July but a Shawnee County judge blocked it and Attorney General Derek Schmidt appealed.

A pet food company is cutting jobs in Topeka. Hill’s Pet Nutrition says it will eliminate 44 information technology jobs and move the work to centers owned by Colgate-Palmolive in New Jersey, Mexico City and India. Hill’s has 900 workers in Topeka and Emporia.

Attorneys for convicted killer Floyd Bledsoe say they have evidence proving someone else killed the man’s 14-year-old sister-in-law in 1999. They’re asking a judge to vacate Bledsoe’s murder conviction. The lawyers say DNA evidence shows two other men had contact with Arfmann’s body but Bledsoe didn’t. He’s serving a life sentence.

An immigrant who changed the legal name of his identity theft victim to his own has been spared federal prison. A judge sentenced that 82-year old to the one night he spent in jail when he was arrested. The man used the other person’s identity to collect federal benefits and get a driver’s license and a passport.

A watchdog group says larger businesses have been the primary beneficiaries of a Kansas economic incentive program. The group Good Jobs First says most of the money spent on the state’s Promoting Employment Across Kansas program from 2010 to 2014 went to companies with more than 100 employees or at least 10 locations. The program allows companies to retain 95 percent of their state payroll withholding tax for up to seven years.

Investigators in Wichita are trying to figure out who dumped one rabbit each on the driveways of 22 different homes on the city’s east side. It appears they’d been shot. Wichita animal control is looking into it, but they’re admittedly stumped as to who may have been behind it, and what the motive would’ve been.

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