Kansas says its tax collections fell nearly $45 million short of expectations in September. The department says tax collections were $521 million last month and 7.9 percent below the official projection of $566 million. So far this fiscal year collections have fallen nearly 5 percent shy of estimates, as has been the case in 32 of the 45 months since the legislature slashed tax rates.
A federal judge says professional racecar driver Scott Tucker and others deceived payday loan consumers and owe the Federal Trade Commission about $1.2 billion. The commission brought charges against that man from Leawood and others on claims that their payday loan operations charged exorbitant interest rates. Tucker claimed his businesses operated on Indian reservations and therefore were shielded by tribal immunity.
Several Kansas school districts get ‘creepy clown’ threats, with photos and text online suggesting clowns plan to attack students. A student was arrested for a clown threat against Wichita Public Schools, followed by a clown scare involving three students at Maize South High School who posted a photo of a clown in front of the school. That was determined to just be a prank. Creepy clown reports have been circulating nationwide.
After complaints of nepotism, Haskell Indian Nations University names an interim dean of students to replace the son of the university’s president. Haskell officials announced Melissa Holder, an American Indian Studies faculty member, will take over the job that had been held by the school president’s son.
Voting rights advocates and Kansas Democrats ramp up voter registration drives after courts ruled people in the state can sign up with a federal form or motor vehicle offices without showing citizenship papers. The head of the state Republican party says the group isn’t worried about recruiting voters because of how high its numbers already are. 45 percent of registered voters in Kansas are signed up as Republicans.