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Trego County Sheriff seeking help from public in armed robbery case…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: January 10, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiJanuary 10, 2019

The Trego County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help if catching a man accused of an armed robbery in Wakeeney. The agency says a man “presented a firearm to the clerk and stole prescription narcotics” from a pharmacy. The suspect fled in a dark gray Ford-F-150 pickup.

Riley County Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a rape suspect. The agency has released a video on social media showing a man suspected of a rape that occurred in Aggieville in Manhattan just after midnight on New Year’s Eve.

A Kansas Republican lawmaker is considering a run for the U.S. Senate.  Senate President Susan Wagle is planning to form an exploratory committee as she weighs a possible senate run in 2020.  Current Kansas U.S. Senator Pat Roberts announced last week that he will not seek re-election next year.

Columbus Day could soon be renamed in Kansas.  State representatives Dennis Highberger and Ponka-We Victors have filed legislation calling for Columbus Day to be renamed to Indigenous Peoples Day.  South Dakota, Vermont, Hawaii and Alaska already have laws observing Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October.

A Kansas legislator is tired of springing forward and falling back. A bill aimed at putting an end to Daylight Saving Time in Kansas has also been filed. Rep. Kristey Williams drafted the bill after a constituent brought it to her attention.

An Ellsworth County School District is looking to save $600,000 for needed improvements. Officials at USD 112 Central Plains in Holyrood say among other things closing Central Plains Middle School is being considered.

Fort Hays State University and Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland have signed an agreement to work together. The agreement will facilitate the seamless transfer of students from Northwest Tech to Fort Hays State. The university will honor course credit earned under the approved programs for graduates with a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Five degree option for a Bachelor of Science in health studies and two options for a B.S. in technology leadership are covered. The degree options for the health studies program are gerontology; grant writing and social entrepreneurship; health promotion; leadership; and sociology of medicine and aging. Under the technology leadership program, students can seek the B.S. in business and industry or career and technical education.

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