Winter Storm and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: November 18, 2015

andy lambertNovember 18, 2015
More than a foot of snow, recorded in parts of Northwest Kansas as a result of the storm that rolled through yesterday. The snow and high winds not only shut down I-70 from WaKeeney to Denver, but also parts of K-25 and US 36 as well. The forecast calls for highs well above freezing today and tomorrow to help with melting.
The chairman of a Kansas legislative committee has raised questions about whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve as foster parents for abused and neglected children. Sen. Forrest Knox had the Special Committee on Foster Care Adequacy hear testimony on “family structure considerations” in placing children in foster care. The executive director of the group Equality Kansas called the hearing “reprehensible.”
At the University of Kansas, student leaders who are facing an attempt to oust them have outlined proposals for increasing diversity within student government. Those include increasing the number of student senators to increase the Senate’s diversity, and creating an election fund to help students who want to run for office. The measures also include raising a student fee to increase diversity programs.
Federal prosecutors want more than a dozen guns seized from the Kansas home of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols destroyed rather than turned over to his ex-wife. Prosecutors are concerned the rifles, handguns and shotguns would be sold and used in copycat crimes, given their owner’s notoriety. Nichols argued in July that the 13 weapons should be transferred to his ex-wife because he owes child support. The guns were not involved in the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people.
Developers of a proposed $2 billion transmission line that would carry wind-generated electricity from Kansas through Missouri and Illinois to Indiana say they are returning their attention to Missouri after Illinois regulators approved the project. Clean Line Energy will try again to persuade Missouri regulators to approve the 780-mile Grain Belt Express transmission line.





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