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Winter weather headlines the Today in Kansas Report: January 16, 2017

andy lambertJanuary 16, 2017
Much of Kansas continues dealing with the effects of a winter storm that brought freezing rain and sleet to much of the state, along with snow in parts of Kansas today. Early estimates suggest as much as 3/4 of an inch of ice formed over the weekend from the sleet and freezing rain.
A crash in Norton County leaves a teenager from Brewster dead. The driver from Weskan was southwest on K-383 when he skidded off the road at K-60, hit an embankment and rolled. He’s in the hospital now in Kearney, Nebraska, while his passenger died at the hospital in Norton.
Some state lawmakers are working to undo the law that will allow concealed handguns in public hospitals and colleges. It’s set to kick in July 1, but the proposal would exempt those types of buildings from the legislation. State reps from both sides of the aisle are involved in the push to undo concealed carry on campus.
Election officials in Kansas have been found to have thrown out thousands of ballots in November because there wasn’t any record that the voters who cast them were registered. Local officials are now speaking up about concerns about several instances of lost voter registrations from people who filled them out online and at motor vehicle offices. The names never showed up in poll books despite the voters having date-stamped computer screenshots proving they registered.
One person is in custody after a weekend car chase. Sheriff’s deupties in Ford and Hodgeman Counties chased the driver down mostly county roads before using spike strips and finally ending the pursuit in a backyard in Jetmore. Details are still under wraps.
Kansas works on new guidelines for handling situations where wildlife is being kept as a pet after game wardens shot and killed a family’s pet  deer. Officials claim they were concerned about the deer potentially hurting people or spreading disease so that’s why they shot it. While it’s illegal to keep a wild animal as a pet, the secretary of the Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism says the situation should have  been handled better.

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