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Program to get children out of juvenile detention centers stalled…and other headlines: January 24, 2017

andy lambertJanuary 24, 2017
A Kansas lawmaker says a program focused on getting more children out of juvenile detention centers and into foster care is falling behind schedule. Republican Rep. Russ Jennings claims the Juvenile Justice Reform Act missed the first implementation deadline due to technical and outlier issues. Jennings is still confident JJRA will eventually find better places for children to receive rehabilitation. The bill is supposed to go into effect by 2019.
Abortion opponents are expressing optimism that the president’s early months in office will advance their cause as they mark the 44th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion across the nation. Long-time abortion rights advocates fear new restrictions. Hundreds of people converged on the Kansas Statehouse for an annual Rally for Life ahead of the movement’s annual march Friday in Washington.
Police in Wichita are asking for help in finding a brown-and-white pit bull suspected of seriously hurting a 4-year-old boy. That boy was hospitalized with more than 50 cuts after the attack that took place Monday while he was playing outside. Police say that when an adult came out of the house to help the boy, the dog attacked the child a second time. Investigators don’t believe the boy’s injuries are life-threatening.
The Kansas Department of Revenue plans to send out about 380-thousand corrected 1099-G forms in the mail. The department discovered yesterday that some of the forms had wrong numbers on them, so to make sure everybody’s numbers are right they’re sending everybody who got one an updated 1099-G. The agency believes the information sent to the IRS was correct all along.
A 70-year-old man who told investigators after robbing a bank in KCK that he’d rather be imprisoned than with his wife admits in court to carrying out the holdup. He pleaded guilty yesterday and faces up to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced. Prosecutors believe that man gave a bank teller a note in September demanding cash and warning he was armed. He grabbed nearly $3,000, then sat in the lobby and told a guard he was the “guy he was looking for.”

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