Report: Kansas K-12 spending short of requirements
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A state Department of Education report shows that Kansas legislators have authorized school spending for the next two years that is more than $650 million below what is required by law.
The report was included as part of the State Board of Education's June meeting agenda but discussion was omitted after additional time was devoted to academic standards.
Deputy Commissioner of Education Dale Dennis' report shows the difference between what the state is required by law to spend on public schools and what was authorized for fiscal years 2014, which begins July 1, and again in 2015.
The figures have been known for some time and a district court has ordered legislators to make up the differences in spending. The Kansas Supreme Court is reviewing that order.
Wichita approves delay on concealed guns law
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The city of Wichita won't allow people with permits to bring concealed firearms into public buildings until at least early next year.
A Kansas law taking effect July 1 allows people with concealed-carry permits to take weapons into public buildings unless the buildings have adequate security in place.
But cities and counties can exempt their buildings for six months. KFDI-FM reports the Wichita City Council voted 5-2 on Tuesday for such an exemption.
Wichita officials say the delay will allow time to study the security needs for the more than 280 city-owned buildings and properties.
The county commission in surrounding Sedgwick County is also considering a six-month exemption.
VETERINARY STUDENT-FATAL CRASH
Sentence in crash that killed 2 will be appealed
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - A prosecutor says he'll appeal the probation given to Kansas State University graduate student for a head-on crash that killed two people.
KMAN-AM reports Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson filed notice Tuesday that he'll seek prison time for 24-year-old Miles Theurer.
The veterinary medicine student pleaded no contest in May to two counts of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol.
Theurer was driving a pickup truck that crashed into a car the morning of May 14, 2012. The collision killed the car's occupants, Michael Stanley and Elizabeth Young.
A Riley County judge on Monday sentenced Theurer to 60 days in jail followed by 36 months of probation. But Wilkerson says that under Kansas law, Theurer's conviction carries a presumptive sentence of 38 to 43 months in prison.
Man goes on joyride on forklift in Wichita, 1 hurt
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita police say a man broke into a business and injured an employee while recklessly driving a forklift.
The man fled after the incident early Tuesday at Bodycote Thermal Processing in south Wichita. He has not been captured.
Police say three employees returning to the business from a break found the man sitting on a forklift. When they asked him to leave, he began driving the forklift around the warehouse, intentionally hitting several objects.
One employee suffered a broken leg and cuts when he was pinned by the forklift. Police say he is in fair condition Tuesday at a Wichita hospital.
Lt. Doug Nolte says the man didn't say anything while he was driving the forklift. He had no known ties to the business or its employees.
Topeka jewelry store owner arrested
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Topeka jewelry store owner has been arrested on charges that include possessing stolen property.
WIBWNewsNow reports that the owner was arrested and booked into the Shawnee County Jail last week. He was later released.
Topeka Police Capt. Brian Desch says the department is investigating the owner for charges including conspiracy to possess stolen property, conspiracy to commit burglary, regulation of pawn brokers and criminal solicitation to commit burglary.
The Shawnee County prosecutor's office says it's investigating the matter but that no formal charges had been filed as of Tuesday.
Kan. nursing board to celebrate 100th anniversary
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas State Board of Nursing plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding with a meeting and reception next month.
The events are scheduled July 1 at the Landon State Office Building, east of the Statehouse in Topeka.
The board currently licenses about 62,000 nurses. The Legislature created it in 1913 to regulate nursing, and the board had its first meeting that year.
The board's 11 members are appointed by the governor to 4-year terms, with three non-nurse members.
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