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Some lawmakers pushing for tax increase…and other headlines: October 17, 2016

andy lambertOctober 17, 2016
Democrats and moderate Republicans are pushing the Kansas Legislature to consider a big tax increase next year as they campaign against Governor Brownback’s fiscal policies. The goals they’re presenting to voters include increasing funding to public schools, undoing cuts in higher education and protecting highway funding. Following through would force lawmakers to raise taxes by potentially hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
Visitors will someday be able to walk through a natural wonder in western Kansas that has been privately owned for decades. The Nature Conservancy of Kansas has a deal to buy a 330-acre tract that holds 250 acres of rising rock formations. The area known as Little Jerusalem is similar to the Badlands in South Dakota. It’s between Scott City and Oakley, and is the largest rock formation in Kansas.
Early results from a survey of law enforcement agencies conducted by the Kansas attorney general suggest legal Colorado marijuana is having a big impact on Kansas, but it may not be all negative. Attorney General Derek Schmidt received responses from 390 law enforcement agencies and district attorneys in the state indicating that less marijuana is being confiscated, but it’s more potent than pot smuggled in from Mexico.
A man wanted on child abuse charges in Ellsworth County makes an initial court appearance after being arrested in Utah. He’d been on the lam since May of 2015, but was caught there last month and arrived at the Ellsworth County jail Friday.
A second inmate at the prison at Hutchinson admits in court to helping sneak cellphones in. He’ll be sentenced next mont. Another inmate and a worker have already entered guilty pleas and been sentenced. Investigators started looking into the case when an inmate offered a guard money to bring in contraband, and the guard went to his boss about it.

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