Slick conditions cause weekend accidents on I-70…and other headlines: December 19, 2016

andy lambertDecember 19, 2016
The six Kansas electors feel obligated to follow the state’s popular vote and cast their votes for Donald Trump. Those Republicans are also defending the Electoral College as an important way to make sure most of the U.S. isn’t ignored when it comes to choosing the president. So-called faithless electors, who switch their vote, have never changed the outcome.
The two women hospitalized after a Friday wreck in Thomas County did have their seat belts on at the time, according to the KHP. The driver lost control on the slick roads and rolled in the median. Two others were hurt in similar wrecks on a strech of I-70 between Colby and Oakley, and several others crashed too but without injuries.
Nobody hurt in Russell County, where several train cars derailed near Dorrance. The locomotive was loaded up with coal at the time. Union Pacific suspects it’s a malfunction and not a serious accident, although the railroad is still looking into it.
A judge has scheduled a preliminary hearing in February for two men charged with raping and kidnapping a Johnson County deputy. They’re accused of abducting the woman in October from outside a county jail in Olathe. Authorities claim she was sexually assaulted before her attackers released her in Missouri.
KU students will face roughly a 3 percent increase in room and board costs under a proposal approved by the Kansas Board of Regents. The increase puts the cost of living on campus at just shy of $10,100 a year, factoring in the rent for the dorms and a typical plan in the dining hall.
The National Weather Service confirms Saturday night’s cold snap shattered many low temperature records. Dodge City, Garden City, Medicine Lodge and Hays all set new records. The coldest reading came in Garden City, which checked in early Sunday morning at -19.




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