September 24, 2015: Today in Kansas Report

andy lambertSeptember 24, 2015
To settle a private-party lawsuit, a judge has dismissed felony charges against a southeast Kansas mayor and six current or former city council members who were accused of misusing public funds. A prosecutor says a grand jury indicted the officials, including Galena Mayor Dale Oglesby, “without proper guidance.”
Gov. Brownback meets for the first time with members of a newly formed council that will make recommendations on how the state should approach poverty and other social issues. Several members listed concerns they have about issues such as prison recidivism, the chain of welfare from generation to generation and where money dedicated to providing social services is being spent.
A Kansas doctor and his wife convicted of a moneymaking conspiracy that prosecutors have linked to 68 overdose deaths will return to a federal courtroom this week for re-sentencing. Stephen and Linda Schneider of Haysville couple were convicted in 2010 of conspiracy to commit health care fraud resulting in those deaths and unlawfully prescribing drugs, among other things.

Guilty is the verdict in the second-degree murder trial of a healthcare worker in Douglas County who admitted to killing a client with cerebral palsy. The defense insisted it was an assisted suicide, while the prosecution argued that man was killed for insurance money.
A state geologist says a limit on the injection of saltwater into the ground by oil producers coincided with less-intense earthquakes in south-central Kansas. About 125 earthquakes shook Kansas in 2014.
The former recreation director for Osawatomie has admitted embezzling more than $125,000 from the city. Federal prosecutors said 53-year-old Ron Maring admitted to writing checks on the Recreation Commission’s account to himself and to American Legion Baseball and used the money for personal expenses. He’ll be sentenced in December.





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