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Regents See Possible Attack On Tenure

KSAL StaffOctober 18, 2013

Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan says the state's higher education system may face a legislative attack on tenure for professors. Logan raised the issue during a board meeting Thursday and suggested issuing a statement supporting tenure. The board didn't act. Logan said he's heard talk of legislators trying to change tenure rules, though no proposal has become public. Conservative Re...

Budget Crisis Exposes Deepening GOP Rift

KSAL StaffOctober 18, 2013

The finger-pointing is well underway within the Republican Party. Senators, governors and strategists from the GOP's establishment are lashing out at tea partyers and congressional conservatives. It was their unyielding demands that triggered the 16-day partial government shutdown and sent the party's popularity plunging to record lows. The open criticism is a stark reversal from just three year...

Funds sought for new Kansas State Fair barn

KSAL StaffOctober 17, 2013

Kansas State Fair officials say a nearly 50-year-old barn and show ring is showing its age and needs to be replaced. The Hutchinson News reports the officials plan to ask the Legislature for money for the project. A contractor estimates that it would cost between $4.7 million and $5.5 million to demolish the building, known as the Expo Center, and replace it with one of similar size. Built in 19...

Registered sex offender charged with Kansas rape

KSAL StaffOctober 17, 2013

A Wichita man who appears on the national sex offender registry is charged with raping a 13-year-old girl. The Wichita Eagle reports a complaint filed in Sedgwick County District Court charges 40-year-old Terrill L. Andrews with having unlawful sexual intercourse with the girl late last week. Police reported receiving a call Saturday from a woman saying the 13-year-old had been "forcibly raped" ...

Race car beaten with a sledgehammer at Hays track

KSAL StaffOctober 17, 2013

Authorities in northwest Kansas are looking for whoever took a sledgehammer to a race car at the RPM Speedway in Hays. The Hays Daily News reports that the damage apparently happened Saturday as driver Chadd Brown was watching the final three races with relatives. Brown had left his modified dirt-track racer on an open trailer in the overflow pit area northeast of the track. Brown says a track o...

Kansas Federal Sites Resume Operations

KSAL StaffOctober 17, 2013

The end of the partial federal shutdown means Kansas National Historic Sites will reopen, the military is resuming normal training schedules and checks are being issued to participants in a special nutrition program. Across Kansas Thursday, federal employees were returning to their posts, including the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene. Army units also were resuming normal tr...

Kansas Military Units Resuming Functions

KSAL StaffOctober 17, 2013

Soldiers at Fort Riley will be able to resume normal training and education functions as the flow of federal money resumes to the nation's military. Activities had been curtailed for more than two weeks during the partial federal government shutdown. Maj. Martin O'Donnell, spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, says Thursday that soldiers would begin returning to regular activi...

Study Begins On K-4 In Saline County

KSAL StaffOctober 17, 2013

The Kansas Department of Transportation is initiating a study of the K-4 Corridor in Saline County from I-135, east to the east side of Gypsum. According to KDOT, the goal of the study is to identify areas where improvements could be made to improve safety and ease of travel along this corridor. Over the next several weeks KDOT and their consultant, Alfred Benesch & Company, will seek to dete...

Kansas Begins Reissuing WIC Checks

KSAL StaffOctober 17, 2013

With the partial government shutdown over, Kansas officials have begun issuing assistance checks again to women participating in a nutrition program. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says Thursday that local clinics could start issuing assistance checks for use in November and December. Payments were halted Oct. 9 for the Women, Infant and Children program because of uncertainty...

Douglas County Tinkers with Agritourism Plan

KSAL StaffOctober 17, 2013

Douglas County officials are considering changes to a new policy that was designed to promote tourism in agricultural areas. County commissioners voted Wednesday to ask the Lawrence-Douglas County Commission to draft changes to the "agritourism" zoning codes. The commission also imposed a moratorium on new agritourism permits until April 30, 2014. The Lawrence Journal-World reports the zoning co...

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