TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate has passed a budget for the judicial branch, but only after bundling it with bills that would reduce the state Supreme Court's authority over judicial districts. Senate Vice President Jeff King says the bill passed yesterday is a compromise that will prevent judicial furloughs. The measure funds the courts, increases docket fees on some litigation and allows some judicial positions to remain open for 120 days.
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) - The fourth and final suspect in the death of a Kansas man has been sentenced to prison. Twenty-nine-year-old Nathan Whitney was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for the October 2011 death of 21-year-old Ryan Bailey in Pittsburg. Three other men pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and other charges and received longer sentences than Whitney.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Federal prosecutors are seeking more time to file a key motion in their case against a Wichita man accused of plotting a an airport suicide bombing. Terry Loewen was arrested in December after allegedly trying to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at Mid-Continent Airport. Prosecutors have requested an extension to file a motion under the Classified Information Procedures Act, which lays out the handling of national security material.
EDGERTON, Kan. (AP) - A northeast Kansas sheriff is alerting the public to a hoax phone call demanding ransom to spare the life of a loved one. The Johnson County sheriff's office says deputies were contacted this week by a resident who was on the phone with someone claiming to be holding the resident's brother hostage. Deputies found that the caller's phone number had been used in similar scams in other parts of the country.
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