The majority leader of the state Senate is drafting a proposal to tack on an extra fee to utility bills to raise money for public schools. Jim Denning’s tax would add $3 a month to water, electric, and natural gas bills at home, with a $10-per-month charge for businesses. The state Supreme Court has ruled education funding isn’t adequate, but the state’s budget shortfalls sit at roughly $889 million through June of 2019.
Law enforcement and school district officials in Manhattan investigate after a student brough a gun to Manhattan High. A statement from the principal says there was no ammo in the gun, on the student, or in his backpack or car. Police were called and the student, arrested.
Charges are pending in Lyon County where someone left a guinea pig in a mailbox. Sheriff’s deputies located the person who left the animal, and there could be animal cruelty charges. The animal is said to be just fine.
An application to inject wastewater from oil and natural gas operations into a well near a fault zone and a national park is getting opposition. The proposal calls for 5,000 barrels of wastewater each day to be pumped into a well in Morris County.
The governor proposes $24 million in spending for armed guarads and metal detectors at state hospitals in order to keep guns out. A law will let people bring in concealed guns starting in July unless the buildings have extra security.
The head of Emporia State’s Center for Early Childhood Education resigns as the facility is investigated for possible child abuse. The Department for Children & Families is looking into it. In addition to providing early childhood services to children of students and faculty, the center is also used in training for students going into the field.