For the second straight day, crews are examining tornado damage in Kansas. Initial reports indicated more than 20 homes, damaged or destroyed near Chapman as tornado sliced through Dickinson County. There could be more significant storms in the pipeline as well, as the Storm Prediction Center says more bad weather is headed for the central part of the U.S. for the remainder of the week, including a risk for tornadoes. Forecasters believe unstable air could cause tornadoes to form in southern Nebraska and northern Kansas in the late afternoon and early evening. Very large hail could form, too.
A top Kansas legislator is drafting a letter to federal officials promising resistance to the new directive on accommodating transgender students in public schools. House Speaker Ray Merrick circulated a copy to fellow House members to give them a chance to sign on. The letter questions whether the Obama Administration can direct public schools to allow transgender students to use facilities associated with their gender identities.
A federal judge opts not to stay an order requiring Kansas to add thousands of Kansans to voting rolls for federal elections, despite them not offering proof of citizenship when registering to vote at motor vehicle offices. The judge in the case opted instead to extend the temporary stay of her order for two more weeks.
The woman already accused of embezzling more than $300,000 from engineering firm Black & Veatch is now charged with stealing $1.2 million while on the job at Garmin International in Olathe. An indictment includes 23 new counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. That woman was already charged with embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Black & Veatch.