September 25, 2015: Headlines from Today in Kansas Report

andy lambertSeptember 25, 2015
A man from Goodland is dead after a crash on US 83 in Decatur County. 60-year old Roger Enfield went left of center, collided with a semi, and his pickup caught fire. The driver of the big rig is in the hospital.
A federal judge has resentenced a Kansas doctor and his wife who were convicted in a moneymaking conspiracy linked to 68 drug overdose deaths. Stephen and Linda Schneider were convicted in 2010. He received 30 years, she received 33 – sentences that the judge reinstated Thursday for the Haysville couple.
The Missouri man convicted of killing three people outside of two Jewish sites in Kansas is seeking a new trial. Frazier Glenn Miller’s motion for a new trial cites the denial of his request for a change of venue, inability to consult with standby lawyers and not being allowed to present all of his evidence. He will be sentenced Nov. 10 and a jury has recommended he receive the death penalty.
A hospital in southeastern Kansas says it lost almost $14 million in 2013 and 2014 as a result of the state’s decision not to expand Medicaid. Via Christi Hospital has joined a coalition of health care organizations pushing Gov. Sam Brownback and the state Legislature to expand Medicaid during next year’s session.
Kansas regulators have given final approval to raise Westar Energy’s rates by $78 million annually. It means most households in the territory of the state’s largest utility will pay an extra $5 to $7 more a month starting in November. Westar says the hike will cover costs to improvements at power plants.
A group focused on making Pittsburg more walking- and cycling-friendly is suggesting that it focus on $2.9 million in priority projects over ten years. The PedNet Coalition’s director of consulting says that an eighth of a percent sales tax would general $430,000 to $450,000 a year and that the city also could pursue grants.




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