Kansas capital case rulings prompt legislative ire
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Supreme Court decisions overturning two brothers' death sentences for a robbery, rape and killing spree in Wichita are likely to fuel another push by conservative Republicans to change how the justices are picked.
Senate Majority Leader and Nickerson Republican Terry Bruce says the judicial selection process will be an issue when legislators reconvene in January.
Bruce said the rulings in the cases of Jonathan and Reginald Carr were no surprise because many members of the GOP-dominated Legislature believe the justices have shown an "activist" streak.
The Supreme Court last week voided the Carr brothers' death sentences and returned the case to Sedgwick County District Court for more proceedings. The court has yet to uphold any death sentence imposed under the state's current capital punishment law enacted in 1994.
Orman says he's true GOP foe in Kansas Senate race
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A northeast Kansas businessman says his vigorous campaign for the U.S. Senate as an independent candidate makes him the true alternative to Republican incumbent Pat Roberts.
Greg Orman of Olathe said Monday during a Statehouse news conference that his supporters gathered signatures from more than 10,000 registered voters to get him on the November general election ballot. He needs 5,000 valid signatures to qualify and plans to submit them Tuesday.
Orman said his ability to gather signatures and raise campaign funds shows he's more viable as a candidate than Democratic hopeful Chad Taylor.
Taylor campaign manager Brandon Naylor says Orman has no solid political base.
Roberts faces tea party challenger Milton Wolf in the Aug. 5 GOP primary. Taylor faces Lawrence attorney Patrick Wiesner in the Democratic contest.
Kansas inmate sentenced for attacking prosecutor
(Information in the following story is from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com)
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas inmate has been sentenced to more than 21 years in prison for attacking a county prosecutor in a Reno County courtroom.
The Hutchinson News reports the sentence imposed Monday on Michael Sherman, of Hutchinson, will run consecutive to the nearly 14 years he is already serving for molesting a 4-month-old baby.
Sherman apologized in court to Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder for the July 2013 assault but indicated he'll appeal the sentence and his conviction for attempted first-degree murder.
The attack occurred as Sherman was being sentenced for aggravated criminal sodomy. Sherman leaped from his chair and put Schroeder in a headlock before others in the courtroom pulled him away.
Sherman testified last month that he wanted to "go after" Schroeder but did not intend to kill him.
KANSAS ABORTION CLINIC-CLOSED
Kansas City, Kansas, abortion clinic closed
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - One of four remaining clinics that provide abortions in Kansas has closed amid a hostile political climate and financial challenges.
Its outgoing manager said Monday the decision was also prompted by a "lack of gratitude" from a young generation of women who take its abortion services for granted.
The Aid For Women clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, disclosed on its website that the clinic closed Saturday. Patients are being referred to two clinics in suburban Kansas City and one in Wichita.
Clinic manager Jeff Pederson says he is tired of it all and that closing the clinic is the most politically expedient thing he could do.
He says enough abortion clinics are still open to absorb the patients. But he says it's just a matter of time before another one closes.
Wichita man accused in collision that killed 3
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita police have released the names of three people killed in a hit-and-run weekend crash.
The victims were identified Monday as 21-year-old Emily Phillips, of McPherson, and Jake Hallacy and Zachery Taylor, both 26 and from Valley Center.
All three were passengers in a car that police say was struck around 2 a.m. Sunday by a speeding SUV that ran a red light at a west Wichita intersection. The car's driver remained in a hospital Monday, and a fourth passenger was treated and released.
Police said the SUV's 31-year-old driver ran from the scene but was later arrested at a Wichita home. He was being held on suspicion of three counts of second-degree murder and other charges.
Authorities said there was no sign that the man had used his brakes.
Police say someone passing fake money in Salina
(Information in the following story is from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com)
SALINA, Kan. (AP) - Salina police say several businesses have reported receiving counterfeit $20 and $100 bills over the weekend.
Police Capt. Mike Sweeney says four fake $100 bills were used to purchase a prepaid Visa card at a convenience store between 10:50 p.m. and 10:55 p.m.
He says two counterfeit $20 bills were used at the same store Sunday afternoon.
The Salina Journal reports a different store reported receiving three counterfeit $20 bills on Saturday, while another took in two fake $20 bills on Sunday.
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