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School bus-pickup collision east of Goodland and other Today in Kansas Report headlines: November 20, 2015

andy lambertNovember 20, 2015

Road conditions are not believed to have been a factor in a crash between a Goodland school bus and a pickup. It happened at Roads 23 and 64, east of Goodland. The drivers of both vehicles and the lone student aboard the school bus were taken to the hospital and are expected to be just fine.

KU student government is trying to impeach three leaders. A student government committee is pushing for their departure, based in part on what members see as an inadequate response to diversity demands. The three leaders say they want to stay in the Student Senate, and have issued a joint statement outlining 11 proposals for increasing diversity within student government.

A mental health center in Great Bend is denying allegations that it knew its former executive director was a serial sexual predator who had inappropriate contact with clients and staff for almost 30 years. That comes in the Center for Counseling and Consultation’s response to a federal lawsuit brought by two women who say the board allowed its ex-executive director to resign last year after an investigation into sexual harassment complaints. The center says it can’t be held liable for acts of managerial employees contrary to its own good-faith efforts to comply with federal law.

Bankers in rural regions of ten central states including Kansas are predicting that the economy in their areas will slow in the months ahead. The economic index for the region slipped to 43.7 in November from last month’s 44.4, with a score below 50 indicating pessimism. low crop and commodity prices and manufacturing slowdowns are all believed to be weighing down the economy. The strength of the U.S. dollar is also hurting exports.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is working to have two disposal wells shut down and volume reduced at 23 others after a magnitude 4.7 earthquake rattled northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas early Thursday. The quake was centered about 8 miles southwest of Cherokee, Oklahoma. There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries from the quake, which was felt more than 300 miles away.

Gov. Brownback says he intends for water preservation to be part of his legacy as governor. He told about 600 participants in the state’s annual water conference that it’s time to make changes to extend the life of the Ogallala Aquifer and to rehabilitate silted reservoirs to preserve the state’s water. He says wells that enable irrigation of crops, withdrawal for business use and pumping for the drinking supply were depleting the aquifer at an unsustainable rate.

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