Kansas gov. orders flags to be flown at half-staff
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Thursday and Friday to honor three people shot to death at two Jewish sites in Overland Park.
Dr. William Corporon and his grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, were shot and killed Sunday outside of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. A third victim, Terri Lamanno, was shot moments later at the Village Shalom, a Jewish retirement complex.
Memorial services for the three victims are scheduled on Thursday and Friday.
A suspect, 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross, faces a state charge of capital murder for the deaths Corporon and Underwood and another count of first-degree premeditated murder for the death Lamanno. Federal prosecutors are gathering evidence to determine if other charges will be filed.
Kansas to mandate some health coverage on autism
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation aimed at providing health insurance coverage of services for hundreds of children with autism, starting next year.
Brownback had a signing ceremony Wednesday at the satellite University of Kansas campus in Overland Park, the home for an autism research center. Local legislators and parents who supported requiring health coverage for the treatment of childhood autism see the new law as a first step.
The law will require group health plans for companies with 51 or more employees to provide coverage for services for children under 12, starting next year. Other health plans would be required to provide coverage starting in 2016.
Some children could receive coverage for up to 1,300 hours a year of specialized behavioral therapy.
Roberts, Wolf report Senate fundraising totals
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts continues to maintain his fundraising advantage over fellow Republican Dr. Milton Wolf in their Kansas primary race.
According to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission, Roberts raised more than $534,000 from Jan. 1 through March 31, aided by nearly $260,000 from political action committees.
Wolf's campaign says it raised more than $318,000 during the same period, and that all but $5,050 was contributed by individual donors. Roberts raised $274,000 from individual donors.
Roberts has raised nearly $4 million in his campaign for a fourth term in the Senate. Wolf has raised $587,000, including $30,000 in personal loans to his campaign.
City clerk gets probation for stealing from town
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The former city clerk of a tiny southeast Kansas community has been spared prison but ordered to repay the almost $60,000 she embezzled from her town and church.
Sixty-seven-year-old Diana Cox of Havana told the court she was ashamed and apologized before U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten handed down a sentence for two years of supervised release. Marten cited her age and lack of criminal history.
Cox pleaded guilty in January to one count each of bank fraud and wire fraud.
She admitted stealing about $14,700 from the town of Havana, which has a population of just over 100. She also admitted stealing nearly $45,000 from Cross Point Baptist Church in Caney, where she served as treasurer.
The prosecutor says the whole town was hurt by the thefts.
Professors endorse proposed social media policy
(Information in the following story is from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com)
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - More than 80 distinguished professors have endorsed a new proposed social media policy for Kansas universities.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports the professors, from several universities, sent a letter to the Kansas Board of Regents saying the proposed policy "exemplifies the role of scholarship for public intellectuals in a democracy."
The new policy was proposed by a work group formed by the regents. It proposed a strictly advisory social media policy for university faculty and staff.
That would replace a policy that allows university administrators to discipline or fire employees who they believe have improperly used social media.
Opponents said the policy was too broad and restrained free speech.
The regents passed the current policy in December after a University of Kansas professor posted an anti-NRA tweet on Twitter.
AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
New Kansas African American Museum on hold
(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com . Not for online use in Wichita market)
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Plans for a new Kansas African American Museum in Wichita are on hold while supporters raise money and develop the museum's mission.
The museum's board of directors has returned 1.2 acres of land the city leased to the museum for $1 a year in 2005.
The museum's executive director, Mark McCormick, says plans for the museum are postponed for up to five years to allow supporters to raise money.
The Wichita Eagle reports the current museum is housed in the Calvary Baptist Church, which was built in 1917. It is one of the few surviving buildings in Wichita's black business district.
Supporters hope to someday move the museum to downtown Wichita and expand its mission, which currently focuses mostly on black history in Wichita.
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