Attorneys for the state hope to persuade the Kansas Supreme Court to accept recent technical changes made by legislators in school funding. The court plans to hear arguments today on whether the changes are fair enough to poor districts that the justices can abandon a threat to shut down public schools. The court ordered lawmakers in February to improve funding for poor districts. The changes leave aid for most unchanged.
A Kansas prosecutor is looking into allegations of misuse of public funds against a top federal elections official when he was a county election commissioner in the state. Brian Newby left Kansas for a job as executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in November. Johnson County says it has concerns about his conduct when he was an official there.
Kansas is suspending its work on a plan for reducing carbon emissions from power plants to comply with federal regulations meant to combat climate change. Governor Brownback has signed legislation approved by the legislature to put the work on hold because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in February that stayed the federal rules until legal challenges are resolved.
Douglas County commissioners are asking a judge to stop a family from dumping junk at an old schoolhouse property south of Lawrence. The petition filed in Douglas County District Court requests a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction. The property includes a rural schoolhouse that was built in 1890.
A police detective in Kansas City, Kansas is dead, and a man who’d been sought for questioning in that was later wounded and arrested after a shootout with police in Missouri. Police say the detective was helping respond to a report of a suspicious person near the Kansas Speedway, and died after arriving at the hospital.