Several thousand people in the Dodge City area are still without power after that ice storm coated the region during the weekend. The Victory Electric Cooperative out of Dodge City says about 5,000 customers and “maybe closer to 10,000” outages had been reported by noon yesterday. The conditions caused most schools around Dodge City as well as Dodge City Community College to call off classes today.
The new speaker of the Kansas House gets praise from both sides of the aisle in his first weeks in the job for what fellow lawmakers say is a collaborative style. Ron Ryckman Jr. rose quickly when fellow conservative Republicans had firm control of the House. He’s now the top Republican in a chamber that’s shifted to center after voters showed their discontent with the governor’s fiscal policies by voting out 19 GOP incumbents, most of whom were allies of Governor Brownback.
Winfield police are investigate the shooting death of a 33-year-old woman. Police say officers were called to a home late in the weekend and found the body of a woman. Her husband, arrested and booked into the Cowley County Jail facing a possible second-degree murder charge.
The family of a man in Topeka who died while under supervision of the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth contends in a federal lawsuit that he died because of improper medical care. The lawsuit says that man collapsed in his cell in December 2014 and died in February 2015. The family claims a prison doctor said that inmate didn’t need any more treatment but his condition deteriorated and he was hospitalized for nearly three weeks before dying.
A statement from first district congressman Dr. Roger Marshall says the House and Senate are pressing forward with repealing the Affordable Care Act, but not going into specifics about a replacement. The statement only promises protections for those with pre-existing conditions and allowing people to stay on their parents’ plan until age 26. Republicans have pushed to repeal the Affordable Care Act since it cleared congress in 2009, and current GOP lawmakers will meet later this month in Philadelphia to discuss a replacement.