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News Minute: Here is the latest Kansas news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas is acknowledging that it illegally diverted specialized fees to help cover general government spending as part of a 2009 budget fix to settle a lawsuit filed by a legislative leader. Former Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal said Wednesday that the settlement is a victory for businesses and individuals who pay fees to cover the costs of state regulation. The settlement involves the diversion of nearly $3.1 million in fees.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators expect to consider proposals next year to make it easier for people wrongly convicted of major crimes to win compensation from the state. Lawmakers say they expect a debate following the release last week of a 41-year-old man who spent 23 years in prison for a double murder he always said he never committed. The Innocence Project says Kansas is one of 18 states without a compensation law.

ULYSSES, Kan. (AP) - For the second time in a month, authorities are investigating the death of a toddler in Grant County. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says Grant County sheriff deputies and Ulysses police were called after a family member took a 1-year-old girl to a Ulysses hospital on Sunday. The KBI is also investigating the death of 13-month-old Jaxon Silva of Ulysses, who died Oct. 6.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Kansas State University officials say they are developing a plan to cut $12 million because of a drop in enrollment. Fall enrollment at the university fell by nearly 1,000 students _ or 4.1 percent _ compared to last fall. It was the first time in 15 years Kansas State enrollment fell below 23,000 students.

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