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October sentencing for man caught with meth in Colby…and other headlines: August 22, 2017

andy lambertAugust 22, 2017
Sentencing is set for October for a man from Georgia, convicted of transporting nearly 11 pounds of meth. He was stopped last August in Colby for not using a turn signal and that’s when police found the drugs. That man faces up to 17 years in prison.
The trial begins in the religious discrimination suit against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office. A former employee testified that she was confused and embarrassed by her firing in 2013 after being told that her lack of church attendance was a key reason. That woman claims her grandmother was the one who told her she’d been fired, and that chief Kobach deputy Eric Rucker had told the grandmother that church was the reason. He disputes that.
City Attorney Bob Suelter is named interim city administrator in Great Bend, days after Howard Partington abruptly retired. Police Chief Cliff Couch remains suspended. He’s been on leave with pay after being accused of making “false or reckless” statements about unethical conduct by Partington. Couch claims the whole thing stems from his voicing concerns about police morale. The city council adjourned last night’s meeting without touching the issue, upsetting many in attendance.
Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer’s legislative voting record gives insight into the course of policy action he is likely to sustain if he wins the governor’s race. Colyer generally has avoided hefty policy pronouncements in recent weeks. He launched his state Legislature career by sponsoring a bill equating the legal status of a fetus at all stages of gestation to that of a living human being.
A lowland gorilla at the Topeka Zoo has died after tests revealed she had late-stage ovarian cancer, four days after undergoing surgery for constipation. The zoo said in a statement that surgeons who were determining the extent of the gorilla’s cancer found that it had spread, prompting their decision not to wake her up after surgery. That gorilla was 49.

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