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Today in Kansas Report Headlines: September 17, 2016

andy lambertSeptember 17, 2015
A man is in jail in Goodland, facing attempted first-degree murder charges. Steven Sandoval is being held on $650,000 bond.

Charges, now formally filed against a Kansas City man who led police on a high speed chase in Sherman County over the weekend. He was arrested after crashing the car he was driving and trying to run away, but a search dog found him. In addition to charges from the chase itself, that man faces assault and drug counts, as well as outstanding warrants from other counties.
The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week over the legality of Wichita’s voter-approved marijuana possession ordinance. Among the issues the court will consider is whether the ordinance, which lessens criminal penalties for possessing a small amount of pot, conflicts with state law and was filed properly.
Some state lawmakers are considering allowing a form of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act amid the looming closure of a hospital in southeast Kansas. Senate Vice President Jeff King said Tuesday that Kansas should consider a state-centric approach to addressing poor residents’ health care needs. Republican House leaders have refused to debate bills regarding an expansion.
State officials with regulatory authority over Kansas’ underground water resources are still looking for an individual or group that’s willing to enter into a voluntary conservation program meant to extend the life of the Ogallala Aquifer. State ag secretary Jackie McClaskey says persuading water right holders to engage in Water Conservation Areas is critical.
Authorities say a 39-year-old Texas man was shot and killed during an altercation with an acquaintance in western Kansas. An Ellsworth Correctional Facility employee is jailed on $1 million bond in the killing and has been placed on administrative leave.
A Kansas State University researcher who was fired after accusing his colleagues of misrepresenting data in an academic journal has lost a bid for whistleblower protection. Authorities at the National Science Foundation said Joseph Craine didn’t qualify based on allegations of retaliation from his superiors. Their investigation also uncovered evidence that two professors who sought Craine’s firing referred to him in profane terms in emails that the school withheld.
An analysis of state records shows there haven’t been a ton of same-sex couples looking to tie the knot in Kansas. 160 marriage licenses have been issued to gay couples in Sedgwick County, 60 in Douglas County, two of the biggest in the state. 48 partners of same-sex workers have been added to the state employee’s insurance program.

 

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