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Veterans benefits delayed…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: October 23, 2015

andy lambertOctober 23, 2015

Workers at a state agency are having trouble processing benefits claims for Kansas veterans because they’ve been locked out of a computer program. The Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs says claims have to be faxed or mailed, which can take weeks. The trouble comes as the agency prepares for a flood of claims at the end of the month.

A longtime Kansas State University employee is suing the school and alleging discrimination. That man is an Iranian-born Muslim who says he was dismissed last year after a concerted effort by top university officials to get rid of him. He’d been at Kansas State for more than 40 years and was in line for a promotion to associate vice president.

A college administrator from Texas will be the new president of Emporia State University. Allison Garrett will come to Kansas from Abilene Christian University, where she’s been executive vice president for three years.

A former worker at a company which owns assisted living centers in Kansas and Missouri has been sentenced to three years in prison for stealing from the company. A judge has also ordered that man from Augusta to repay more than $1.2 million. He was in charge of buying equipment for Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America. His wife will be sentenced Monday as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Police are investigating after they say a man wearing only underwear approached a group of 5th grade students in Valley Center. Officials at Valley Center Intermediate School say the man approached the students Wednesday when they were outside during a physical education class and asked them to leave with him. The students notified teachers, who informed school administrators and police.

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