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Feds allow Kansas to withhold test data

(Information in the following story is from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal,

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Federal education officials have granted a request from Kansas to not release assessment test results that experts say are invalid because of technical problems and cyberattacks.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports only generalized information about how Kansas students did on certain test items will be made public. The decision means parents, teachers and administrators won't be able to see how specific students, schools or districts performed in math and reading assessments.

Kansas State Board of Education chairwoman Jana Shaver says there were so many problems it was not feasible or fair to release the data.

The Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas department administers the tests. It says problems affected up to one-third of this year's math tests and two-thirds of the English tests.


Kansas judges question why Democrat can't withdraw

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Several Kansas Supreme Court justices are questioning why a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate who wants his name off the ballot should be prevented from doing so by the state's chief election officer.

The court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that has national implications because it could affect the battle for control of the Senate.

Democrat Chad Taylor's withdrawal could help independent candidate Greg Orman's chances to unseat vulnerable Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts.

Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach ruled that Taylor's name must remain on the ballot because he didn't comply with state election law.

Taylor has not explained why he withdrew, but several justices asked whether it was sufficient for the Democrat to simply cite the relevant law in his withdrawal letter.


Ex-bondsman convicted of forcing women to have sex

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - An ex-Kansas bail bondsman has been convicted of six counts for coercing women he bailed out of jail to have sex with him.

A Reno County jury on Tuesday convicted 66-year-old Dwight Jurgens on six of nine counts in a human trafficking case.

He was found guilty on two counts of aggravated human trafficking, two counts of rape and two counts of attempted aggravated human trafficking. He was acquitted of criminal sodomy and two counts of aggravated human trafficking.

Sentencing was scheduled for Oct. 24.

Prosecutors alleged Jurgens told four women he would revoke their bonds if they didn't have sex with him. The crimes occurred while Jurgens was a bonding agent for TNT Bonding.

Defense attorney Dam Kepfield said he anticipates that the verdict will be appealed.


Pittsburg State labs stalled by project delay

(Information in the following story is from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe,

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) - More than 1,000 Pittsburg State University students are unable to take laboratory classes so far this semester because of delays in a renovation project.

Crews have been working to replace heating, air-conditioning and exhaust systems at Heckert-Wells Hall. The project was supposed to be completed by Aug. 29.

University officials say Corvus, a subcontractor doing mechanical work, walked off the job the Friday of Labor Day weekend and never returned. Pittsburg State officials say it's unclear why the workers left.

The Joplin Globe reports two mechanical contractors have taken over the project. It is now expected to be completed by Sept. 29. In response, faculty members are working to design their lab classes so the material is compressed into a shorter time frame.


Businessman considering making Lyons course public

(Information in the following story is from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News,

LYONS, Kan. (AP) - A Rice County businessman is considering buying a nine-hole private golf course in Lyons and making it public.

Gene Zaid, founder of JACAM Chemicals, said discussions about the Town and Country Club are in its preliminary stages. He has asked the Lyons City Council for breaks on city water rights for irrigation at the club. Any deal on the course would not involve the chemical company.

The Hutchinson News reports that the Lyons City Council will take up a formal resolution on the water rate request next week but it voted last week to waive fees on half the annual irrigation costs for the course, with a cap of $6,500.

The 40-acre private course is a 2,902-yard, par-35 course, with an appraised value of $174,540.


Dole resuming Kansas homecoming tour

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole returns to Kansas next week for the latest of several planned trips to his home state this year.

The 91-year-old Russell native lives in Washington, D.C., and is making the homecoming tour to greet longtime friends and supporters throughout the state. He spends an hour at each stop, chatting with fans and old acquaintances.

Next week's trip is Dole's eighth of the year and will take him to southwest Kansas. The tour begins the evening of Sept. 22 in Dodge City, with stops in Kinsley, Greensburg, Ashland, Meade and Liberal the following day.

On Sept. 24, Dole will visit Hugoton, Elkhart, Johnson City and Ulysses. He plans to conclude the tour Sept. 25 with stops in Satanta and Cimarron.

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