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Thomas County Attorney throws out petition to recall sheriff…plus other headlines: December 29, 2015

andy lambertDecember 29, 2015
Thomas County attorney Kevin Berens throws out a petition to recall Sheriff Rod Taylor. The petition argued the sheriff has “willfully engaged in misconduct while in office, willfully neglected to perform duties enjoined on him by law and demonstrated mental impairment such that he lacks the capacity to serve as Sheriff.” Berens says that’s not specific enough. Supporters of the recall effort are considering their options.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death of a convicted cop killer. That man died Christmas Eve after being found unconscious in his cell at El Dorado Correctional Facility. He was serving a life sentence for killing a Topeka officer during a traffic stop last year.
Governor Brownback says he’s not second-guessing a new state law that would require the state’s college campuses to allow concealed weapons. Public colleges and universities were given until 2017 to come into compliance with that law. The University of Kansas’ chancellor and 70 of that school’s distinguished professors publicly have spoken out against the law, along with a number of professors at K-State as well.
The police chief in Derby says his department will outfit its four school resource officers with body cameras as part of a pilot project. It’ll cost just over $7,000 for the cameras, and he anticipates the school resource officers will be equipped by March. That pilot project is expected to last a year.
The top Kansas news story of 2015 is the budget shortfall that forced lawmakers to approve sales and cigarette taxes. A survey of Associated Press member reporters and editors rates the Kansas City Royals World Series title the second biggest state story of the year, followed by the state gradually extending rights to gay couples after a series of court rulings.
A judge puts off the next trial of a former lottery official accused of fixing two games in Kansas. The former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association has already been convicted in one trial in Iowa and another was scheduled next month. That’s now being pushed back to July.
The bad weather hitting Kansas and the rest of the Midwest forced cancellation of last night’s Wichita State basketball game. The New Mexico State team’s flight to Kansas was canceled. They’re trying to get the game in tonight.

 

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