WICHITA CLUB SHOOTING
Police seek help in fatal Wichita club shooting
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita police say a 23-year-old woman who died after being shot at a private club was an innocent bystander.
Kelsey Shaw was shot early Sunday as she waited to get into an after-hours party at the bike club. She died later at a Wichita hospital.
Wichita police spokesman Lt. Todd Ojile, says someone fired shots from the street as several people were waiting to get into the club. Police have few witnesses because people were distracted by a disturbance involving two people who had just been thrown out of the club.
Janet Radig, president of the neighborhood association, told KWCH-TV that residents have complained to police, city officials and the club owners about noise, littering and other problems with patrons but nothing has been done.
1 dead in officer-involved shooting in NW Kansas
OBERLIN, Kan. (AP) - Authorities say a person is dead after being shot by law enforcement officers in northwest Kansas.
The shooting occurred Monday in Oberlin, when an officer and a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper were investigating possible criminal activity.
Police say the suspect turned and fired at officers while fleeing. They returned fire, killing the suspect.
Other details have not been released.
KAKE-TV reports the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation, with help from Oberlin Police, the Decatur County Sheriff's Office and the highway patrol.
Patrol: man shot himself during police chase
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas Highway Patrol says a St. Joseph man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a chase in northeast Kansas.
The patrol says 29-year-old Jack Ryan Kelley fled from police Friday in Hiawatha, Kan. They say after his vehicle crashed, Kelley ran from the scene and then shot himself. He died later at a Kansas City hospital.
Hiawatha police chief John Defore says police found suspected illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia at the Hiawatha home where Kelley was found before the chase began. A 6-year-old boy at the home was taken into police custody.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Kelley was a suspect in a Feb. 28 home invasion in St. Joseph, as well as other crimes in Andrew County.
$5 million for more for Wichita school repair
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita school officials say an elementary school that was damaged by a fire last summer suffered substantially more damage than originally believed.
To address the problem, the district's school board on Monday approved $5 million more in repairs and other expenses for College Hill Elementary School. The district had previously approved spending $750,000 for repairs.
The district says it found previously unknown structural damage at the school after the fire.
The $5 million will go toward repairing the roof, windows and mechanical systems. Officials said insurance will reimburse the district for most expenses above its $250,000 deductible. The district also will spend $500,000 in capital outlay funds on repairs and upgrades.
The building is expected to be ready for students to return when the next school year begins.
SCHOOL FUNDING FIGHT-IMPACT
Poorer districts to benefit most from court ruling
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas school districts with the lowest property valuations stand to benefit the most from any new money approved by legislators in response to last week's state Supreme Court ruling.
A deputy commissioner from the Kansas Department of Education tells Democratic legislators Tuesday most of those districts would use any additional money from the state to reduce property taxes, while still spending roughly the same amount on education.
The education department estimates lawmakers need to spend $129 million to fully comply with Friday's ruling, which found portions of the state's school funding formula were unconstitutional.
The department says poorer districts receive a higher percentage of state aid to offset the lack of property valuation. However, large districts like Wichita, Topeka and Olathe also qualify for significant aid amounts.
State considering new plan for highway project
(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com)
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Department of Transportation is considering a new highway project that would save an historic rock formation near Dodge City.
Transportation officials say the new plan for widening U.S. 50 between Dodge City and Cimarron would add at least $15 million to the $69 million project. But it would save the Point of Rocks in Ford County.
The department's first plan included cutting away parts of the Point of Rocks, which is a landmark along the Santa Fe and Great Western trails. It is topped by a metal sign featuring a silhouette of cowboys on their horses.
Opposition to removing the historic site arose after the first plan was announced. The Wichita Eagle reports the new plan would reroute the highway around the hilltop.
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