SCHOOL FUNDING FIGHT-GOP LEADERS
Kansas GOP leaders pleased by schools ruling
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Governor Sam Brownback and other Republican leaders in Kansas say a state Supreme Court ruling on public schools funding is reasonable.
Brownback said Friday he was pleased with the court's ruling in a lawsuit filed by parents and school districts. The court found that the state is spending too little on schools.
The court ordered legislators to boost two types of aid by July 1st. It returned the case to a lower court for more hearing on how much the state must spend overall to provide an adequate education for every child.
But Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the Legislature has multiple options for complying with the court's July 1st deadlines. Schmidt said he was pleased that the justices didn't impose a specific target for the state's overall spending.
SCHOOL FUNDING FIGHT-REACTION
Lawyer suing Kansas sees schools ruling as victory
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - An attorney for Kansas parents and school districts suing the state over education funding says the state Supreme Court's ruling in the case is a victory for children.
Newton attorney John Robb said Friday he's pleased with the high court's ruling. The justices ordered the Legislature to boost two kinds of aid to school districts by July 1st.
It returned the case to Shawnee County District Court for more hearings on how much the state must spend overall to provide for all children have an adequate education.
Robb said the guidelines the Supreme Court set for reviewing total funding are in line with what the parents and school districts had suggested at trial.
But Governor Sam Brownback and other Republican leaders also said they were pleased by the decision.
Rash of fires hits rural NW Kansas county
(Information in the following story is from: The Hays (Kan.) Daily News, http://www.hdnews.net)
HAYS, Kan. (AP) - An investigator from the Kansas fire marshal's office will help investigate an outbreak of fires in a rural northwestern county.
The Hays Daily News reports the Ellis County Rural Fire Department responded Thursday night to five fires in four hours outside the Hays city limits.
Rural Fire Director Dick Klaus said the first call involved a burning pile of trees. That was followed by the burning of a camping trailer, four-wheeler and personal water craft.
Crews also responded to a horse trailer and bales on fire; a fire at a storage shed; and the burning of a trailer house used for storage.
Klaus said he wasn't sure there was enough evidence left at any of the scenes to determine a cause.
Man guilty of trying to kill firefighters, police
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) - A northeast Kansas man has been found guilty of setting a house fire and trying to kill emergency personnel who pulled him from the burning building.
The Kansas City Star reports a Johnson County jury on Friday convicted 59-year-old William Outhet Junior of arson and attempted first-degree murder.
Police and firefighters reported hearing several loud booming sounds when they arrived at Outhet's Olathe (oh-LAY'-thuh) home on February 1st, 2013. Prosecutors later charged Outhet with firing shots as the responders arrived.
No emergency responders were injured, but firefighters found Outhet unconscious inside the home with a shotgun across his chest. Investigators also said the fire had been intentionally set and that other firearms were positioned around the house.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 1st.
LIBRARY BOOK RETURNED
Cookbook returned to library after 21-plus years
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - More than two decades after a cookbook was checked out of a Kansas library, it's just now been returned.
6NewsLawrence reports a copy of "The Versatile Grain and the Elegant Bean: A Celebration of the World's Most Healthful Foods" was placed in a Lawrence Public Library return box one night this week. The book had been checked out on September 24th, 1992.
Library official Kristin Soper speculates the borrower misplaced the volume and came across it just recently. The maximum late fee in 1992 was $3; it's now $4.50.
"The Versatile Grain and the Elegant Bean" contains more than 300 recipes from around the world. Reviewers noted in 1992 that its publication coincided with growing U.S. interest in healthy cooking.
Royals RHP Hochevar having season-ending surgery
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline the pitcher for the season.
Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow during a two-inning scoreless outing Monday against the Chicago White Sox. An MRI on Tuesday revealed the severity of the injury and it was confirmed Thursday by another doctor.
The Royals said Friday that Hochevar would have the surgery to replace a ligament in his elbow.
The 30-year-old Hochevar went 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and two saves in 58 relief appearances last season. He was switched to the bullpen last year after going 38-59 with a 5.44 ERA in 128 career starts.
Hochevar was the first player picked in the 2006 draft. He will make $5.21 million this year and is eligible for free agency after this season.
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