Today in Kansas Report: October 2, 2015

andy lambertOctober 2, 2015
Kansas collected $31 million less in taxes than anticipated last month, which could tighten the state’s budget picture. That’s a 5.5 percent shortfall. Since the fiscal year began in July, tax collections have been $67 million short of expectations, or about 4.7 percent
A same-sex couple from Lawrence wants the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to issue a birth certificate listing both women as the parents of their baby boy. The two got married in California two years ago and one of them gave birth last month at a hospital near Kansas City, which declined to list both women as parents on the birth certificate. The couple filed an “emergency petition,” and a judge directed the state health department to issue a birth certificate listing both women as the parents. The department refused and claimed it wasn’t notified of the petition.
Kansas lawmakers are trying to figure out how to respond to new federal rules aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants. Lawmakers expressed frustration with the regulations at the first meeting of a committee in charge of reviewing any plan for complying with rules from the EPA. Kansas is expected to hand over its initial plan next September and the state attorney general plans to sue over it.
A man charged with capital murder in the rape and killing of a 36-year-old woman last November appears in court in Wichita. The court will now decide if there’s enough evidence for him to stand trial in the murder of that woman, who was also set on fire during the attack. Prosecutors claim DNA ties him to the attack.
A homeless woman who was initially sentenced to life in prison in the killing of a Topeka homeless advocate is expected to be released soon. Her first-degree murder and kidnapping convictions from 2006 wer overturned and she pleaded no contest last month to less severe charges, was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison. She’d already been locked up longer than that, so she’s being released for time served.





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