Melting is the order of business today in Northwest Kansas after a winter storm blew through, dropping snow and bringing high winds as well. Portions of many roads, including Interstate 70, had to be shut down last night because of the weather.
Jurors have convicted an eastern Kansas man in the fatal shootings of three adults and a toddler in 2013. Kyle Flack was found guilty on Wednesday of capital murder for the deaths of 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey and her 18-month-old daughter, Lana, whose body was found in a suitcase in a creek. Flack also was convicted in the deaths of Bailey’s boyfriend and his roommate, who lived in a rural farmhouse where Flack sometimes stayed. He could face the death penalty when sentenced next week.
Kansas legislative committees have approved school funding plans that try to satisfy a state Supreme Court order without a big increase in spending. The plans approved Wednesday by House and Senate committees are similar. Both redistribute about $83 million of the state’s $4 billion-plus in annual aid to its 286 school districts.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration can continue to pursue a Wyandotte County project that has caused tension in the GOP-dominated legislature. The House has voted against overriding the governor’s veto on a provision in a budget bill that would have stalled all so-called STAR Bond projects in Wyandotte County. Senators voted 30-8 to override his veto last week.
Planned Parenthood has begun offering medication abortions at its clinic in Wichita. It is the second facility in the city to provide those services since abortion provider George Tiller was shot to death in 2009.
Hundreds of firefighters are containing a wildfire that has burned at least 38,000 rural acres in Oklahoma and Kansas. The fire started Tuesday night in Woods County, Oklahoma. Gusty winds blew the fire into Barber and Comanche counties in western Kansas.
A pilot and his passenger are OK after landing a small plane on a road near Galva in McPherson County. The pilot decided on an emergency landing when he spotted signs of mechanical trouble after taking off from Eisenhower Airport in Wichita.