Winter Storm…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: February 3, 2016

andy lambertFebruary 3, 2016
Central and western Kansas dig out from a massive snowstorm that brought more than a foot of snow in spots and closed hundreds of miles of highways. The snow and high winds led many people to get off the road long before the highways were actually shut down. That storm system pushed into Nebraska and Iowa.
Hearings are underway on a bill that would allow low-risk juvenile offenders in Kansas to live in community-based programs instead of being locked up. Judges are among those testifying in support of changes which would also create a team to review cases with the input of families and educators.
Supporters and opponents weigh in a proposal to give the Department of Children and Families the power to cross-check lottery winnings against a list of people getting welfare. The bill would require anyone who wins more than $10,000 to verify their income and resources to see if they’re eligible for poverty programs.
Kansas legislators are among those in about 12 states considering measures that would prohibit counties and municipalities from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials. The two bills are the latest in a series of anti-sanctuary city measures following the killing of a woman by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt says there will be questions about how Kansas Supreme Court justices are chosen until voters decide the issue. He’s spoken to Republican lawmakers who are trying to build support for changing the process for selecting justices. Supporters claim the current system keeps partisan politics out of the process.
Federal agents raid a lodge in the Flint Hills looking for evidence of illegal hunting. They seized cameras, phones, photos, guns, ledgers, waterfowl and other items from Eagle Head Outfitters Lodge in Grenola. No charges have been filed.





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