Today In Kansas Report – Jan. 8, 2020

Jackson SchneiderJanuary 8, 2020

A Kanas school district is settling a civil lawsuit.  A suit against the Shawnee Mission School District stemmed from the alleged sexual assault of a female student by a male classmate at Westridge Middle School in May 2017.  District officials reached an agreement with the student’s family in April 2019. A 165-thousand-dollar settlement was approved by a federal judge this week.

Police are investigating after gunfire was reported near a Kansas high school.  The incident took place last night in a neighborhood just south of Wichita Heights High School.  Authorities say two school resource officers had escorted a teenage boy off school property during a high school basketball game, and the teen then allegedly got into a disturbance with people in another vehicle near the campus.  At least three houses were damaged by the gunfire, but no one was injured in the incident.

New details are being revealed in an explosion that damaged a Kansas aviation business.  The Sedgwick County Fire Department says that the cause of last month’s explosion at Textron’s Beechcraft plant number three is still unknown.  Fifteen employees were injured in the blast, which damaged a large oven that is used to mold airplane equipment.  Textron officials originally thought a small pipe had exploded during the incident.

The Kansas Supreme Court will meet in special session later this month to swear in a new justice.  Evelyn Wilson will be sworn in on Friday, January 24th. She will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Lee Johnson. Wilson currently serves as chief judge of the 3rd Judicial District, which is composed of Shawnee County. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gov. Laura Kelly on December 16. Wilson has served as a district judge in the 3rd Judicial District since 2004 and as chief judge since 2014. She is a graduate of Bethany College and Washburn University School of Law. She practiced law in northwest Kansas and Topeka before becoming a judge.

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran has been confirmed as the 12th chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. The Senator said he has always relied on veterans to help drive policy decisions in Washington, and he will continue to look to those who have served for ideas and solutions to improve the lives of their fellow service members. “As chairman, I am committed to ensuring our veterans have the right resources at the right time to achieve success after service,” he said. Moran has served as a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee since he was elected to the Senate in 2011.

A Kansas hunter is in the record books. According to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism bow hunter Brian Butcher harvested a whitetail buck in Chase County last October that he knew was something special. It wasn’t until the buck’s rack was measured by Boone and Crockett Club certified measurers on Friday, Jan. 3rd, that Butcher confirmed just how special the deer was. If it stands at  Butcher’s buck measuring 321 3/8 inches, will rank fourth in the world of non-typical whitetails. Boone and Crockett’s top two non-typical whitetails were found dead in Missouri and Ohio and scored 333 7/8 inches and 328 2/8 inches, respectively. The largest hunter-harvested non-typical whitetail was taken by bow hunter Luke Brewster in Illinois in 2018 and scored 327 7/8 inches. The current Kansas state record firearm non-typical whitetail was taken in 1987 by Joseph Waters in Shawnee County and scored 280 4/8 inches. The current Kansas state record archery non-typical whitetail was shot by Dale Larson in 1998 in Pottawatomie County and scored 264 1/8 inches.

A reward is being offered in a case involving the death of a tiny monkey at a Kansas zoo. An organization called “In Defense of Animals” is offering a $2,000 reward for information “leading to the conviction of the culprits” behind a September 3rd break-in at the Wright Park Zoo in Dodge City, which caused the death of a male capuchin monkey named Vern.

There was no drastic change in gas prices after Iran fired missiles into two Iraq bases where U.S. troops are stationed Tuesday.  Crude oil prices spiked briefly in trading Wednesday morning, before returning to levels just a little higher than on Tuesday.  Industry analysts say the price at the pump will probably rise five to ten cents a gallon in the coming days  But they say a big run-up in prices isn’t likely unless there’s a serious escalation in military action.

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