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TOPEKA-STUDENT DATA LEAK

Some confidential student data available in Topeka

(Information in the following story is from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Some educators in the Topeka school district have had illegal access to data that identifies students from low-income families, which is legally protected as confidential, according to a newspaper report.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported this week that principals and other educators were able to see the data through the district's student information platform called PowerSchool. The data is used to determine which students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.

Although Superintendent Julie Ford assured the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday that the problem had been fixed, the Capital-Journal reports that was not the case, after a person who is not legally allowed to review the data provided samples to the newspaper.

On Wednesday, the district shut down a data-exporting function in PowerSchool that was allowing the leak.

PEDESTRIAN KILLED-INTERSTATE

Man dies after being hit on interstate in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Topeka police say a man died after he was hit by a semi-trailer truck on Interstate 70 in western Topeka.

Police say the man was struck about 6:30 a.m. Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No further information was immediately available.

Eastbound traffic on the interstate was restricted to one lane for about three hours before the interstate was reopened.

BONDSMAN-SEX CHARGES

Trial date set for Kansas bondsman on sex crimes

(Information in the following story is from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com)

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - The often-delayed trial for a Kansas bail bondsman accused of coercing women he bailed out of jail to have sex with him is now scheduled for Sept. 9.

Sixty-six-year-year-old Dwight Jurgens is accused of two counts of aggravated human trafficking, four counts of attempted aggravated human trafficking, aggravated criminal sodomy and rape.

The Hutchinson News reports prosecutors allege Jurgens told four women he bailed out of jail that he would revoke their bonds if they didn't have sex with him. The alleged crimes occurred between 2010 and September 2012. He was a bonding agent for TNT Bonding.

Jurgens pleaded innocent in June 2013. His trial has been delayed several times, including in June after he suffered a heart attack.

IN COLD BLOOD-RECORDS

'In Cold Blood' files case returns to court

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Attorneys sparring over investigation materials from the 1959 "In Cold Blood" murders in southwest Kansas are headed to court.

A motions hearing was scheduled Thursday in Shawnee County District Court to discuss what evidence the attorneys will exchange.

At issue are case files kept at the home of a deceased Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent who was part of the probe into the killings of Herb and Bonnie Clutter and two of their children at their farmhouse in Holcomb. The murder case became the subject of Truman Capote's novel "In Cold Blood."

The state argues the late agent's family doesn't own the case files. The state wants the materials returned and their sale, publication or distribution prohibited.

HOME HEALTH SERVICES-KANSAS

Kansas fights labor rule for home health workers

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Gov. Sam Brownback plans to outline how his administration is fighting a planned federal labor rule that aims to protect domestic service workers.

The governor scheduled a news conference Thursday at the Independent Living Resource Center in Wichita to talk about the issue.

Kansas contends the new rule that takes effect next year would hurt Kansans who receive home-based services that allow them to continue to live in their own homes. The state says it would increase the cost of services.

The state has asked U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez for an exemption for disabled and elderly Kansans who direct their own care.

The federal agency says the rule is designed to ensure domestic service workers are protected by federal wage and overtime rules.

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