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Winter Storm to impact entire state…and other headlines: January 13, 2017

andy lambertJanuary 13, 2017
Meteorologists expect an ice storm impacting most of Kansas this weekend to be one of the worst in the past decade. An inch or more of ice accumulation is expected in some parts of the state thanks to sleet and freezing rain, with the worst of it coming between Saturday morning and Sunday night. In addition to travel concerns, ice also poses challenges for utility companies as the added weight coupled with wind can destabilize power lines, not to mention the danger of falling branches.
The jury convicts a woman of embezzling about $700-thousand from the Central National Bank branch in Burlington, Kansas. She was charged with embezzlement, false tax return and money laundering counts, among others. Prosecutors claimed she told auditors in 2014 that the missing money had been shipped to the Federal Reserve when in actuality, she’d taken it.
A state official says Kansas should no longer be considered a “low-debt” state. The Kansas Development Finance Authority’s Senior Vice President Jim MacMurray made the comment while presenting a report on state debt to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The report shows that since July 2010, the amount of debt to be paid off with state tax dollars has increased 40 percent to nearly $4.5 billion.
A family in Reno County is suing their neighbors, contending a wildfire in March 2015 contributed to a family member’s death. A woman and her children filed the wrongful death lawsuit against a couple and a caretaker on their property. They claim the patriarch of the household died of complications from smoke inhalation since he was confined to a wheelchair and couldn’t get away.
The University of Kansas is receiving a $100,000 estate gift from a family in Scandia that will fund the Spencer Museum of Art, a nursing scholarship and the Dole Institute of Politics. Marynell Reece made plans for the estate gift before she died last July. She studied journalism at KU and graduated in 1942.

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