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Shooting in Colby Tuesday…and other headlines: May 11, 2016

andy lambertMay 11, 2016

The investigation underway into a shooting on Grant Street in Colby. In the hours after the incident, law enforcement stayed tight-lipped about exactly what happened.

Newton County authorities are searching for a teenage boy who allegedly shot at a Newton school bus. Harvey County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Melissa Flavin says the bus was headed to Walton Elementary School to pick up students Tuesday when at least one shot was fired at the vehicle. No one was injured. The sheriff’s office says no bullet holes were found on the bus.

A Kansas man who spent 15 years in prison for a rape and murder to which his brother confessed several times, including in suicide notes, has filed a lawsuit alleging he was framed by investigators. Floyd Bledsoe was convicted in the death of 14-year-old Camille Arfmann, but was released last year after DNA evidence linked his brother to the crime.

Salina residents approve a sales tax increase designed for city improvements. Unofficial results of the mail-in election showed the tax passed by a 54 to 46 percent margin. The vote repeals an existing 0.4 percent special sales tax and increases it for businesses in Salina to 0.75 percent. It will be effective Oct. 1. The city’s total sales tax will be 8.75 percent.

The top school administrator in Kansas City, Kansas, says the state needs balanced tax policy to fix funding for its public schools. The Kansas Supreme Court, hearing arguments yesterday on education funding changes made by legislators this year. Speakers criticized legislative changes in education funding but also said boosting aid while cutting other parts of the budget would be only a short-term solution.

The government is expecting a bountiful winter wheat harvest this year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service forecast winter wheat production to be up 4 percent from a year ago. Kansas farmers are expected to harvest 352.6 million bushels.

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