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Sales tax to pay for new American Royal exhibit…and other headlines: October 26, 2016

andy lambertOctober 26, 2016
The new home in Kansas for the American Royal horse and livestock exhibition is being planned as a $160 million project. The development announced by American Royal officials and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback includes arenas, a museum and an agricultural education center. The state is committing to authorizing $80 million in bonds backed by sales tax revenues. Officials also hope the project attracts a new hotel.
A former Haskell Indian Nations University student claims in a lawsuit that she was expelled after reporting being raped by two football players in a residence hall. The lawsuit filed in federal court is the second at the school claiming retaliation. An employee also sued earlier this month, arguing that she was demoted from her job as a counselor after trying to help that student.
Law enforcement from coast to coast, involved in an investigation leading to charges against a beverage distributor in Wichita. The head of Jayhawk Beverage Distributors faces ID theft and fraud charges, and is also accused of selling liquor without a license. Investigators recovered about $70-thousand of contraband and evidence from the company warehouse in Wichita.
Sentencing is now on hold for the teenager convicted of starting the fire that killed his mom and sister. The state supreme court rejected the prosecution’s bid to block a new mental evaluation for that teenager. They’d also pushed to have the 17-year old moved to the adult jail from juvy.
K-State’s economics club says the cost of being a student there keeps going up faster than the rate of inflation. The student price index rose by 2 percent this year, outpacing inflation by more than half a percent. That student index covers costs like housing, tuition, groceries, gas, and textbooks.

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