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Murder Suspect Killed By KBI Agents

KSAL StaffOctober 17, 2013

The Kansas Attorney General's Office says a man wanted in connection with two slayings has been killed in a shooting with authorities. Thirty five year old Kevin Robert Welsh of Toronto, Kan., was being sought after the shootings earlier this month in Greenwood County, near the southeast Kansas town of Eureka. The attorney general's office says in a release that Welsh was wounded in a shooting w...

Court Skeptical of Reversal in Sheriff’s Killing

KSAL StaffOctober 16, 2013

The Supreme Court doesn't seem likely to agree with a Kansas court that overturned the conviction of a man who admitted killing a sheriff. The justices Wednesday seemed skeptical of a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that said Scott Cheever's rights were violated at his trial for the 2005 shooting death of Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels. Cheever was sentenced to die for the killing. The convic...

Brownback Names KC-Area Attorney as Chief Counsel

KSAL StaffOctober 16, 2013

A Kansas City-area attorney will be joining Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's staff next month as his chief counsel. Brownback announced Wednesday that he had named Brant Laue to the job. Laue will replace Caleb Stegall, named by Brownback to the state Court of Appeals and confirmed by the Kansas Senate last month. The governor's office said Laue will become chief counsel Nov. 4, but Stegall will rema...

Kansas Board, Legislators Discuss Education Issues

KSAL StaffOctober 16, 2013

Kansas legislators and the State Board of Education have concluded a rare meeting to discuss the status of public education and what common ground they can find on key issues. Wednesday's meeting at the Statehouse included the 10-member state board and members of the House and Senate education committees. Most of the discussion focused on how Kansas can wring more efficiency out of the dollars it...

Kansas Regulators To Review Consumer Agency Charges

KSAL StaffOctober 16, 2013

Kansas regulators plan to review charges imposed on utilities by a state agency that represents residential customers and small businesses to finance its work. The Kansas Corporation Commission opened an informal inquiry Tuesday after chairman Mark Sievers raised questions about the Citizens' Utility Ratepayers Board. The KCC still approved $109,000 worth of charges from CURB to the utiliti...

Last Chance To See Penguins

KSAL StaffOctober 16, 2013

The final days of the popular live penguin exhibit at Rolling Hills Zoo are this Saturday and Sunday. To celebrate "Penguin Landing", Rolling Hills Zoo is throwing a “Bye Bye Birdie Party” both days. Visitors can come and sign the four giant Bye Bye Birdie going away cards, visit the penguins one last time, make a penguin craft to help remember them by, and take advantage of clearance price...

$11K Reward Offered for Info on SE Kan. Murders

KSAL StaffOctober 16, 2013

There's been a boost in the reward for information on a man being sought in two shooting deaths in southeast Kansas. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation told The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1hWqkBk ) the reward for information leading to the arrest of 35-year-old Kevin R. Welsh has been increased to $11,000. Welsh is not been charged but he is a suspect in the fatal shootings earlier this month ...

Mini Bike, Go Kart Stolen

KSAL StaffOctober 16, 2013

Salina Police are investigating a residential burglary and theft that dates back to last month. According to Lt. Scott Siemsen, someone forced open a detached shed at a home in the 400 block of N. 13th, sometime between September 1st and September 30th and stole a Honda CR 50r mini bike valued at $250. Police say a 2-seater go kart was also taken. The crime was not reported to police until Octo...

Tiller Documentary Coming To Wichita

KSAL StaffOctober 16, 2013

A documentary about slain abortion provider Dr. George Tiller is being screened in Wichita, where Tiller was murdered. Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, co-directors and co-producers, of the film, "After Tiller," are bringing the movie to Wichita in November. They say they hope the movie will spur civic discourse about abortion. The movie focuses on four doctors who were Tiller's colleagues and wh...

Board Offering Technical Ed Funding Plans

KSAL StaffOctober 16, 2013

State education officials are offering two plans for Kansas legislator to consider that would increase state funding for career and technical education programs. The plans, depending on which formula legislators adopt, would increase education spending for the state's 286 school districts by between $9 million and $12 million. Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis said the figures were det...

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