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Today in Kansas Report Headlines: October 5, 2015

andy lambertOctober 5, 2015

It’s a normal day at Northwest Tech in Goodland, where classes were called off Friday because of an unspecified threat against a member of the staff. In light of the situation in Oregon, school leaders didn’t want to take any chances but an investigation determined there was no probable cause for criminal charges.

A Wichita attorney is the new Kansas Democratic Party chairman after delegates from across the state elected him on a unanimous vote. Lee Kinch is a longtime party activist and will replace Larry Meeker, who resigned in August after he was quoted saying the party in Kansas needed to emphasize that it’s more conservative than many nationally-known Democrats.

Lawyers for Kansas school districts suing the state over its school funding formula want the Kansas Supreme Court to lift its stay on a ruling that found the new strategy wasn’t constitutional. The state argues the lower court didn’t properly evaluate the case, and that student performance isn’t suffering despite budget cuts to schools.

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments this week in a trio of murder cases from Kansas, including the convictions of the Carr brothers from Sedgwick County. The Kansas Supreme Court upheld their convictions but tossed out the death sentence, which led the state to appeal to the nation’s highest court. The two were convicted of robbing, attacking, and murdering five people in Wichita in 2000.

A deadly shooting in Coldwater Friday night is not believed to be random. Police have a suspect in mind, but not in custody, and admitted Sunday the trail ran cold.

Investigators are still looking into an accident that left a man dead in Jackson County. The driver of a dump truck apparently ran off the road and deep into a cornfield. He was found, dead, after not showing up on time to his destination.

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