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Wichita trying to keep Cargill…and other headlines: June 7, 2016

andy lambertJune 7, 2016

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that a deal to keep agribusiness giant Cargill operations in Wichita includes nearly $10 million in tax breaks over a 10-year period from state and local governments. The documents come from an open records request and show the incentive package includes tax abatements and sales tax exemptions from state, county, city and school districts, but no outright cash incentives.

A new synthetic drug that can be bought online and could be connected to at least 50 deaths nationwide has several states scrambling to contain it, with Kansas law enforcement agencies seeking an emergency ban. At least three other states _ Ohio, Wyoming and Georgia _ already have taken action to ban U-47700 after it was connected to overdoses. The drug is eight times more potent than morphine.

Top Democrats in the Kansas Legislature are urging their colleagues to force GOP Governor Sam Brownback to call a special session on education funding. They argue lawmakers need to boost aid to poor school districts to keep all public schools from being shut down. Legislators can force Brownback to call a special session if two-thirds of them sign statements demanding one.

Sentencing is set for July 22nd for a Hutchinson woman who admitted in court to killing her former lover and leaving her body in a creek bed in rural Reno County. She pled guilty to second-degree intentional murder for strangling a woman. The plea agreement changed the original charge of premeditated first-degree murder.

An internet fiber cable cut that crippled the University of Kansas earlier this spring could cost more than a million dollars to repair, and the school’s IT department wants to learn how to prevent such an outage in the future. The University Senate says money needs to be set aside to build a backup system after construction crews accidentally cut through a critical section of fiber March 29.

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