Kan. governor touts Sporting KC soccer victory
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Wearing a light blue Sporting Kansas City scarf, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said he's proud of the state's first team to win a major professional sports championship.
Brownback said Thursday that winning the Major League Soccer title put the Kansas City region firmly in the center of the United States soccer map.
Sporting KC defeated Real Salt Lake on penalty kicks to claim its second MLS title.
The governor says there could be more soccer on the way with Sporting KC's owners working with U.S. Soccer to bring a national training and coaching development center to the area.
Brownback says he is also still waiting for his honey and taffy that was promised in a friendly wager with Utah's Governor Gary Herbert on the outcome of the MLS championship game.
KANSAS-PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP
Federal judge to hear Kan. proof of citizenship case
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A federal judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by Kansas and Arizona seeking to force modifications in a national voter registration form so the states can fully enforce proof-of-citizenship requirements.
U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren will take up the request for a preliminary injunction Friday in Wichita. The states want an order requiring the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to change the national voter registration form before next year's midterm elections.
The states want the federal form to include instructions requiring Kansas and Arizona residents to provide a birth certificate, passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote.
The Justice Department says such a change places an additional obstacle for eligible voters and would affect nationwide policy by setting a precedent.
Kan. educators planning to fingerprint teachers
(Information in the following story is from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas State Board of Education is drafting a plan that would require all teachers in the state to submit fingerprints and undergo extensive background checks, but some school districts are concerned about requiring more costs from their educators.
Education Board attorney Scott Gordon says some districts already require fingerprint checks as a condition of employment, but those can't legally be transferred to the state. The Lawrence Journal-World reports state-required checks would mean new fingerprints would have to be completed - often at the expense of the teachers.
The state board in September called for new rules as part of an effort to strengthen enforcement of state laws and regulations prohibiting anyone who has committed certain crimes from receiving or renewing a teaching license.
Kansas land purchases delayed by council
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Purchases of two large parcels of land in northeast and southeast Kansas have been placed on hold over concerns about the timing of the sales and lack of legislative input.
The state finance council delayed its decision Thursday after several legislators on the council said some of their colleagues questioned the purchases for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
One of the parcels is located near Tuttle Creek Reservoir in Pottawatomie County and is adjacent to land already owned by the state. The second is located in Cherokee County near the Oklahoma border, also near land already owned by the state.
Legislators say they will take up the land purchases soon after the 2014 session begins in January to get more answers.
2 scientists from China charged in Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Two scientists from China have been charged with trying to steal seed samples from a company's research facility in Kansas.
The office of the U.S. Attorney for Kansas said Thursday that 47-year-old Weiqiang Zhang of Manhattan, and 63-year-old Wengui Yan of Stuttgart, Arkansas are each charged with one count of conspiracy to steal trade secrets.
The company they're accused of trying to steal the seed samples from wasn't identified in court records. The federal complaint says Zhang worked as an agricultural seed breeder for the company since 2008. Yan worked or the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a rice geneticist at the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Arkansas.
They each face up to 10 years in prison and fines.
Online court records don't list lawyers for either defendant.
SHAWNEE COUNTY-CHILD EXPLOITATION
Topeka man sentenced in child exploitation case
(Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Shawnee County jury has found a 39-year-old Topeka man guilty on dozens of counts of sexually exploiting children.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Jason Hachmeister was convicted Thursday on 105 counts of sexual exploitation of children. He was found not guilty on three counts of the same charge.
Hachmeister's trial began Monday.
Prosecutors said Hachmeister possessed 108 illegal photographs of children in sexually explicit conduct. Defense attorney Jim Chappas said Shawnee County prosecutors failed to prove Hachmeister had committed the crimes.
Hachmeister also is charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the 2011 strangulation death of his mother, Sheila Hachmeister, at the home the two shared.
His trial in that case is scheduled to begin January 21st.
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