S&P Global Ratings has downgraded Kansas’ credit rating because of the state’s ongoing budget problems. The rating agency said Tuesday it has dropped its rating for Kansas to AA-, from “AA.” State Budget Director Shawn Sullivan says the S&P report cites a continued underfunding of the state’s pension system. Illinois, New Jersey and Kentucky are now the only states with worse ratings than Kansas.
Police in Lawrence, Kansas, say a 9-month-old girl’s stepfather is accused of abandoning the infant in a trash bin earlier this month. The Kansas City Star reports that 27-year-old Marquis Jamall Young is charged in an arrest warrant with attempted first-degree murder and child abuse. The child was found early July 7 in the trash receptacle at the apartment complex. She’s been released from the hospital.
A man was sentenced to life in prison without parole for 31 years for crimes he committed in Kansas while fleeing from Oklahoma. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Alejandro Arturo Garcia was sentenced Tuesday for attempted capital murder and other crimes. Authorities allege he and two other people fled after shooting a police officer in northern Oklahoma in May 2015. The officer survived his injuries.
The majority of Kansas delegates vote for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention, in line with the results of the state’s caucuses. 23 votes for the Vermont Senator, 14 for nominee Hillary Clinton. Delegates are bound to vote in line with the results of the caucus unless they’re formally released.
Freedom ends quickly for a man in Dickinson County, who snuck out of the jail through an exercise yard Monday night. Officers believe he then stole a vehicle in Abilene, leading officials on a chase before he crashed it and ran off. He was recaptured yesterday, although officials aren’t saying much about how they were able to locate and arrest him.