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September 14, 2015 headlines from the Today in Kansas Report

andy lambertSeptember 14, 2015

Everybody’s alright after a crash on country roads just off K-23 in Sheridan County. It appears Weston Bainter from Hoxie pulled out in front of a vehicle driven by Clayton Yoder from Hill City, and in the process was hit. No reports of serious injury.

Supporters of the stalled casino project in Pittsburg are urging backers of the project to go to commission meetings in the county whose lawsuit started the delay. Cherokee County and Castle Rock sued after their casino project wasn’t picked, causing construction in Crawford County to be put on hold. A member of the Cherokee County Commission insists they won’t be swayed by the effort.

Gov. Sam Brownback tells the Associated Press work on a new formula for funding public schools in Kansas should center on how districts spend their money, along with incentives to shift dollars into classroom instruction and push for merit pay for teachers. Many critics including educators argue the state’s spending isn’t adequate, no matter how district divvy up the dollars.

The investigation continues in Great Bend, where a man was found shot to death Friday night. Police took a suspect into custody, and it’s believed the whole thing started with an argument.

A Hutchinson man gets two years and five months in prison after admitting in court to leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car in June of last year. He wanted to withdraw his guilty plea, along with admitting to having marijuana in the car, but the judge refused to let him do that. When he was arrested, that man was already on probation for another case of leading officers on a chase in 2013.

Some scary moments on I-135 near Netwton over the weekend. Someone called about a reckless driver, and police found a woman going just 7 miles an hour. She refused to pull over, and that’s when one of the officers realized she was having a medical emergency. He jumped into her car and put it in park. Turns out, she was a diabetic suffering from low blood sugar and was repeatedly passing out behind the wheel. Nobody hurt.

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