Supremacist appears in court on murder charges
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - An avowed white supremacist has made his first appearance in court on charges he killed three people in a shooting spree at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.
Frazier Glenn Cross was wearing a dark, quilted, sleeveless vest and crossed his arms as he appeared by video feed Tuesday in Johnson County court. He spoke only when answering routine questions from the judge, and requested a court-appointed lawyer.
He's charged with murder in the shootings of a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., and a woman at a nearby retirement complex.
Cross is being held on $10 million bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for April 24. Federal prosecutors are preparing a hate-crimes case that could result in charges later.
Funerals scheduled for 3 killed at Jewish sites
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Funeral arrangements for three people killed at two Jewish community sites near Kansas City on Sunday are scheduled for later this week.
WDAF-TV (http://bit.ly/1t70nYd ) reports a private memorial service for 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood and his grandfather, 69-year-old William Lewis Corporon, will be at 3 p.m. Friday in the main sanctuary of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan.
Visitation for 53-year-old Terri LaManno will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Peter's Church in Kansas City, Mo. Mass of Christian Burial will be at the church at 10 a.m. Thursday, with interment afterword.
Underwood and Corporon were killed outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City on Sunday afternoon, while LaManno was shot outside Village Shalom, a nearby Jewish retirement complex.
Holder to deliver remarks in Overland Park
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department says Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Overland Park, Kan., on Thursday to pay tribute to the victims in the shootings at Jewish community sites.
The interfaith memorial ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. EDT.
The white supremacist charged in shootings Sunday that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City made his first court appearance Tuesday.
2ND DISTRICT RACE
Jenkins leads fundraising in Kansas 2nd District
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins continues to enjoy a sizable fundraising advantage over the Democrat challenging her re-election in the 2nd District of eastern Kansas.
A report filed by the Jenkins campaign Tuesday showed that the GOP incumbent had more than $1.76 million in campaign cash on hand at the end of March. Democratic challenger and Lawrence attorney Margie Wakefield had about $205,000.
Jenkins raised about $249,000 in contributions during the first three months of this year, including $140,000 from political action committees. Wakefield raised about $140,000, including $23,500 from PACs.
Wakefield said the momentum of her campaign is building and it will have enough money to defeat Jenkins. The incumbent's campaign contends her fundraising shows Jenkins is better aligned with the district.
Jenkins is seeking her fourth, two-year term.
KANSAS PRESS-HALL OF FAME
Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame inductees
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Former Harris Enterprises executive John Lee and former newspaper publisher and Wichita State University educator Les Anderson have been inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame.
Lee is a former chief executive officer of Harris Enterprises, a newspaper group headquartered in Hutchinson, and a former editor and later publisher of The Hays Daily News.
Anderson, who died in 2011, was former publisher of the Ark Valley News in Valley Center and a longtime WSU professor of journalism. The two were inducted Friday at the annual meeting of the Kansas Press Association in Manhattan. The meeting also included recognition for reporters and editors for community service, investigative reporting and career accomplishments.
Other honors presented:
Ron Keefover, former public information officer for the Kansas Court System and current president of the Sunshine Coalition, received the Gaston Outstanding Mentor Award for service to the Kansas newspaper industry as an advocate for open courts and open government.
Miriam Pepper, a vice president and editorial page editor of The Kansas City Star, received the Clyde M. Reed Jr. Master Editor Award.
Tim Carpenter and Celia Llopis-Jepsen, reporters for The Topeka Capital-Journal, received the Victor Murdock Award for reporting excellence.
The staff of The Wichita Eagle received the Boyd Community Service Award for its program to help organize free attendance for approximately 250 children at sports camps they would have been unable to afford.
Loud boom startles area of south-central Kansas
(Information in the following story is from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com )
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - A loud boom that startled some residents in south-central Kansas was caused when damaged fireworks that were being destroyed exploded.
Steve Showalter, owner of Showalter Fireworks, says employees placed three or four damaged fireworks in a burn pit early Tuesday, and they all went off at the same time.
The Hutchinson News reports (http://bit.ly/1n9CoGd ) the boom from about a pound of black powder in the fireworks caused houses to shake and set off residential alarms, prompting several 911 calls to Hutchinson police and other agencies.
Showalter says his business has used the same method to destroy damaged fireworks for years and no one was ever in danger. He says the lack of wind and high humidity were good conditions for carrying the sound from the explosion.
Memorial set for former Kan. social services chief
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday for Robert C. Harder, a former Kansas legislator who helped create the agency that became the state Department for Children and Families and served as its top administrator for two decades.
An obituary supplied by the family said Harder died Saturday at the age of 84 at his home at Brewster Place from an inoperable brain tumor.
His memorial service is Wednesday afternoon at First United Methodist Church in Topeka.
Harder served six years in the Kansas House before joining then-Democratic Gov. Robert Docking's administration in 1967.
He helped set up the state social services agency and was its secretary until 1987, the longest tenure of any state Cabinet secretary. He served in the Cabinets of five governors from both political parties.
Court upholds 260-year sentence for Kansas man
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the 260-year prison sentence of a convicted child sexual predator who used a 9-year-old Kansas girl to produce pornography.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the sentence imposed on Philip Andra Grigsby, of Marquette, is justified.
U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten sentenced him in 2013. Grigsby had pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting a child, possessing child porn and illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
Investigators were led to Grigsby after child pornography found on an Australian man's computer was traced to Kansas. Investigators identified the victim after noticing the name of a middle school on a physical fitness certificate.
Authorities found more than 400 images and five movies on Grigsby's computer that showed the girl's abuse.
LIBRARY DIRECTOR FIRED
Arkansas City library fires director
ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - The Arkansas City Public Library is looking for a new director.
The library's Board of Trustees on Monday night approved the firing of Cece Rettiger, who had been on the job since last November.
The Arkansas City Traveler reports (http://bit.ly/1l3tgPa ) the board made the decision after a closed meeting. Board members said they couldn't publicly discuss a personnel matter.
The firing is effective immediately and no interim director has been appointed.
Rettiger said Monday night that she was shocked and "devastated" by the board's decision.
She was hired to replace Dalene McDonald, who resigned last June.
SALINA WEAPONS THEFT
Large cache of weapons stolen in Salina
SALINA, Kan. (AP) - Salina police are looking for about 140 guns, 10 knives and several rounds of ammunition stolen from a sporting goods store.
Police Capt. Mike Sweeney says the theft occurred sometime over the weekend of April 12-14 at Cleve's Marine & Sporting Goods store.
KSAL reports (http://bit.ly/1hIthdC ) the thieves apparently entered through a garage door and then disabled the building's alarm system.
Sweeney says store employees were still taking inventory Tuesday but he estimated a total loss of at least $50,000.
HEALTH CARE COMPACT
Praeger, Kansas groups urge health compact veto
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Republican Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and several health care organizations are urging Gov. Sam Brownback to veto legislation that would allow Kansas to join a multistate health care compact.
Praeger, who is not seeking re-election, says Tuesday that there are too many unknowns about the compact and what impact it may have on federal health programs in Kansas, including Medicare for senior citizens.
The compact measure would allow member states to set their own health care policies while retaining federal health care dollars but only if Congress approves. The compact would allow participating states to exempt themselves from other federal rules in addition to the health overhaul's regulations.
Brownback received the bill from legislative staff on Monday and has until April 24 to act on the measure.
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