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Rollover accident injures Goodland woman…and other headlines: January 11, 2016

andy lambertJanuary 11, 2016

A woman from Goodland, taken to the hospital after rolling her car on County Road 20, just south of I-70. It’s believed she lost control and overcorrected, with her car rolling one time in a ditch before coming to rest on its roof. 55-year old Crystal Ragels did have her seat belt on.

On the opening day of the state legislative session, top Democrats are predicting that Republican lawmakers will try to extend a new law for funding public schools that’s been criticized by many educators. The Legislature last year junked a per-pupil formula for distributing state aid to school districts, replacing it with “block grants.” The new law expires in July 2017.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is asking state lawmakers to support a $7.50 increase in vehicle title fees to hire an extra 75 troopers to address a sharp decline in manpower.
More than a third of the counties in Kansas reportedly have no Highway Patrol presence, while 29 are served by only one trooper.

A top Army official says the latest delay in opening the new hospital at Fort Riley is attributed to 357 safety issues. The problems were identified during pre-final inspections and include things like fire doors not meeting code. The project was initially fast-tracked for completion in 2012 but has run into numerous delays. The hospital commander claims staff is training there now and 90 percent of the furniture and equipment has arrived.

A man from Missouri admits in court in Kansas that he tried to kill a worker at a homeless sheleter in Lawrence. He pled guilty to attempted first degree murder, telling the court he used a steak knife from the kitchen to try to stab that employee. He faces up to 54 years in prison when he’s sentenced next month.

46 years after President Eisenhower left the white house, a new elementary school named after him opens in his hometown. Fourth- and fifth-graders are now taking classes at Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary in Abilene. That name was considered for a different school in the sixties, but that building ultimately was named after JFK because of a tradition there of naming schools after presidents who’d been assassinated.

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