Kansas regulators OK permit expansion for Seaboard
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - State regulators have approved a massive expansion at Seaboard Foods' hog feeding operation in western Kansas.
The state is permitting up to 396,000 animals despite concerns from the Sierra Club and others about whether the depleted Ogallala Aquifer underlying it has enough water to treat the waste from that many hogs.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment signed off on a wastewater permit for the facility on Feb. 26. Its approval was not made public until Tuesday, when the Sierra Club issued a news release criticizing approval of a 50 percent expansion at Seaboard's Ladder Creek facility in Greeley County.
The Sierra Club cites a recent Kansas Geological Survey report that the aquifer at the site is "effectively exhausted."
Ex-AG Kline asks US Supreme Court to review case
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Kansas Supreme Court's indefinite suspension of his law license.
In a filing Monday, Kline's lawyers contend the Kansas court selectively applied rules governing attorney conduct in deciding the ethics case arising from his investigations of abortion providers.
The Kansas Supreme Court sanctioned Kline's law license in October 2013. The court found that as attorney general and later as Johnson County prosecutor, Kline repeatedly misled or allowed subordinates to mislead others, including a Kansas City-area grand jury, to further his investigations.
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.
Witness: Man told authorities victim fired 1st
OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) - A detective has testified that a man accused of killing four people at a Kansas farm said one of the victims took the first shot at another victim after a fight over rent.
Franklin County Sheriff's Det. Jeremi Thompson testified Tuesday at a hearing for Kyle Flack, who's charged with capital murder and other charges in the killings last spring. The bodies of Andrew Stout, Steven White and Kaylie Bailey were discovered at Stout's farm in Ottawa. The body of Bailey's 18-month-old daughter was found later.
Thompson testified that Flack told investigators Stout shot White before handing the shotgun to Flack, who fired at White again, killing him.
The testimony came as prosecutors sought to have Flack's comments entered as evidence. The judge ruled the comments are admissible.
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.
A police spokesman 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.
Kansas county settles lawsuit over inmate beating
(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com)
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas county commission has agreed to settle a lawsuit by relatives of mentally ill jail inmate severely beaten by a sheriff's deputy.
The Wichita Eagle reports the Sedgwick County Commission on Tuesday approved a $300,000 settlement with relatives of the late Edgar Richard Jr. The family had been seeking $4.5 million in a federal lawsuit that was scheduled to go to trial March 25.
Richard was 59 years old and had a history of psychotic behavior when he was jailed in 2008 awaiting trial on a probation violation.
A deputy who was later fired punched Richard 15 to 20 times in the face on Feb. 15, 2008, breaking his jaw and knocking out several teeth. Richard ended up in a nursing home and died of cancer in 2010.
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