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WICHITA KILLINGS-CAPITAL CASE

Kansas court to rule in brothers' capital cases

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Supreme Court is preparing to rule on the death sentences and capital murder convictions of two brothers in connection with the shooting deaths of four people in Wichita.

The court said it would release decisions Friday morning on the appeals of Jonathan and Reginald Carr. They are facing lethal injection for the December 2000 slayings of three men and a woman in a snow-covered soccer field.

The brothers were convicted of dozens of criminal charges in connection with the spree.

They also were convicted of a fifth killing that occurred just days before the soccer-field murders.

The Carr brothers are among seven condemned murderers in Kansas, but the Supreme Court has yet to uphold such a death sentence since Kansas re-established capital punishment in 1994.

KANSAS-SENATE RACE

Kansas senator touts agriculture policy expertise

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts has the support of major farm groups and is touting his expertise in agriculture policy as he campaigns for re-election in the nation's leading wheat-producing state.

But Republican primary challenger Milton Wolf's campaign is accusing the three-term incumbent of waging what it calls "geographical warfare" with a radio ad running in western Kansas.

Roberts has endorsements from the Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Livestock Association. He serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee and is a former House Agriculture Committee chairman.

The tea-party backed Wolf is a Leawood radiologist but grew up on a farm in Rice County.

Roberts' ad in western Kansas suggests Wolf doesn't understand agriculture and lives "right next to Missouri." Wolf said Roberts is trying to divide eastern and western Kansas residents.

MO-AG DEPARTMENT THEFT

Kansas woman sentenced in theft from co-workers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas woman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison without parole for stealing from her co-workers at a U.S. Department Agriculture office in Kansas City, Missouri.

The U.S. Attorney's office announced in a news release that 50-year-old Paula Steen, of Overland Park, Kansas, also was ordered to pay $96,012 in restitution.

Steen, a former IT specialist, pleaded guilty in December. She admitted that stole from her co-workers over a four-year period, including charging $57,693 on credit accounts of a co-worker who is legally blind. Steen also did not repay loans of $48,171 from another co-worker and transferred $16,096 from another co-worker's credit union account to her creditors and bank account.

She also tried to open a joint credit card account with a co-worker without his authorization.

BOMBARDIER LAYOFFS

Bombardier restructuring cuts 1,800 jobs globally

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Airplane maker Bombardier Inc. is cutting 1,800 jobs across facilities worldwide as it restructures operations.

Spokeswoman Isabelle Rondeau with the Montreal-based company said Thursday that Bombardier plans to reorganize the company into four business segments before Jan. 1.

Bombardier says production-related jobs will not be affected. It plans a 15 percent reduction in what the company calls "indirect functions," such as human resources, finance and communications.

Rondeau said it is too early to say what the impact will be on the company's Learjet plant in Wichita or any other of its facilities.

The four business segments will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Pierre Beaudoin.

In January, Bombardier announced a workforce reduction of about 1,700 employees and contractors at facilities in the United States and Canada, including 550 in Wichita.

SPRINT-CEO PAY

Proxy adviser says Sprint CEO was paid too much

NEW YORK (AP) - Advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services is telling shareholders to protest Sprint Corp. CEO Dan Hesse's $49 million 2013 pay package, saying it's excessive and not tied to performance.

Hesse got a special $18.7 million stock award in connection with Softbank Corp. of Japan buying 70 percent of Sprint last year. ISS says that helped put his pay package above three times the median pay for a CEO of a comparable company.

Shareholders will vote on approving the executive pay package on Aug. 6. The vote is only advisory, but boards take "no" votes seriously.

Sprint, which is based in Overland Park, Kansas, had no immediate comment on the ISS report.

KU-$16 MILLION GIFT

$16 million grant to KU for new Slawson Hall

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The University of Kansas says a $16 million gift will help build a hall in the university's planned Earth, Energy and Environment Center.

The university announced the gift Thursday from the family of Donald Slawson, a Wichita resident who died July 7. He graduated from the university in 1955 and founded Slawson Exploration, becoming a leader in the oil and gas exploration industry.

The university said in a news release the gift will fund Slawson Hall, which will provide space for collaboration among researchers in several earth science and energy fields. Part of Slawson Hall will be used to provide real-world applications of discoveries made at the university.

Slawson was twice appointed to the National Petroleum Council, and also served two terms on the Kansas Board of Regents.

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