Monday, March 2, 2015
Local & State News
Candidacies for Kansas Legislature may hinge on education, religious issues

The August primary election will revive debate over job protection for teachers and religious freedom as well as focus on how lawmakers should serve their constituents.

The deadline to file as a candidate was noon Monday. Several south-central Kansas lawmakers will face primary challengers who say they are frustrated with Topeka.

Sedgwick County races

Sedgwick County Commission

District 4

South-central Kansas candidates for state House seats

Here are some of the area races for the Kansas House.

Central Wichita

Missouri state trooper struck near St. Louis

A Missouri state trooper is hospitalized after being injured during a traffic stop near St. Louis.

The Highway Patrol says 32-year-old trooper Jeremy Potocki was struck around 8:30 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 55 in south St. Louis County. A patrol spokesperson said Potocki suffered moderate injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Woman, 91, signs deal to move from house near KU campus

Georgia Bell, 91 and feisty, has finally agreed to clear out of the way of a multimillion-dollar student housing project near the University of Kansas campus.

For two years, Bell refused to sell her home to the project’s Chicago developer, even when the company said it would build the five-story complex around her, leaving her only access a flight of old, uneven concrete steps that she can’t climb.

Missouri, Kansas dog breeders criticized by animal welfare group

Missouri topped a list released this week by the animal welfare group the Humane Society of the United States as home to “problem puppy mills.”

Kansas came in second.

Act by July 1 on school funding or court could, Kansas AG tells legislators

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt made it emphatically clear to Republican lawmakers Monday that they must act to fix inequities in school funding before July 1 – or a district court could take action for them.

The state Supreme Court’s decision in a school-funding lawsuit Friday requires the Legislature to equalize local option budget and capital outlay funds for school districts, Schmidt said. The court ruled these funding sources, which draw from local property tax dollars, create unconstitutional disparities between districts.

Fix for K-12 funding isn’t expected to affect state funds for higher education, says senator

The state’s higher-education budget should not be affected by the Legislature’s efforts to fix inequities in K-12 funding, according to the senator who chairs the subcommittee overseeing both budgets.

Sen. Tom Arpke, R-Salina, chair of the Senate Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education, convened a short meeting to add in a proviso that the committee acknowledges the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Gannon v. State of Kansas.

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