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Weekend wrecks cause injuries, plus other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report

andy lambertNovember 23, 2015

An 18-year old from Oakley, taken to the hospital after hitting a guardrail and flipping his truck. Brady Bencken was headed east on I-70 early Sunday, trying to pass another vehicle when he lost control. The truck landed on its top in a ditch, about 3 miles west of Grainfield. He did not have a seat belt on.

Later Sunday, a man from Colorado had to go to the hospital when he lost control of his car on 70 East about 4 miles west of Grinnell, spinning in the median and then backing squarely into the driver’s side door of a car headed west. The couple from Oklahoma in that other vehicle didn’t need medical attention.

At KU, a professor is on paid leave after using a racial slur during a class discussion about race. The university is investigating a discrimination complaint against an assistant professor of communication studies. That woman says she was notified Friday morning that five people filed a discrimination complaint against her. She says she “didn’t intend to offend anyone.”

A group of black leaders are calling for expanding Medicaid, repealing restrictive voting laws, reforming criminal sentencing and putting more restrictions on payday lenders. That agenda comes after a group called the Kansas Black Leadership Council came together for the first time to adopt a unified, statewide political agenda for the upcoming legislative session and the elections to follow.

Charges are expected in the fatal stabbing of a woman in northeast Kansas. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Potawatomi Tribal Police responded to the stabbing over the weekend near Mayetta. They arrested a man in the case shortly after that.

A high school math teacher from Dodge City is the 2016 Kansas Teacher of the Year. Justin Coffey gets $4,000, free enrollment to several Kansas universities for life and other prizes. Coffey was one of eight finalists statewide.

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