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Scammers hitting NW Kansas…and other headlines: May 9, 2016

andy lambertMay 9, 2016

Scammers are targeting people over the phone in Northwest Kansas. Someone will call, demand $1000 in prepaid visa cards to pay an outstanding fine and cancel a warrant. Law enforcement says that’s not the way the law works, and don’t give any info or send money.

The Kansas Supreme Court plans to hear arguments this week on whether legislators satisfied a mandate to improve funding for poor school districts with its latest education funding law. Lawmakers made technical changes in how state aid is distributed without affecting most districts’ share or boosting overall state spending. Four school districts suing the state argue the changes aren’t adequate.

Power outages and hail dents appear to be the extent of the damage from a string of storms that pushed across the western half of the state Sunday afternoon and evening. That same storm system dumped a foot of snow on parts of Wyoming.

There are now charges against three people accused of stealing bronze urns from two cemeteries in Kansas City, Kansas. Operators of Maple Hill Cemetery said someone had taken several hundred of the urns from graves. Chapel Hill Cemetery also is listed in court documents as reporting stolen urns. The charges against the two men and a woman involve theft claims from December to mid-April.

In Wichita, police are looking for the person who’s broken into a music, movie, & game store on four occasions, and three of those times he didn’t take anything. He was caught on camera wearing red pajama bottoms.

A Christian group that promotes marriage as young as 13 won’t be able to use a Salvation Army camp in Wichita for a retreat for parents seeking marital partners for their children. The group called “Let Them Marry” wanted to have the retreat at Camp Hiawatha in November, but the Salvation Army said no. Under Kansas law, no one under the age of 15 can marry.

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