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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The new leader at the Kansas Department for Children and Families is promising a thorough review of a state foster care system that's faced months of scrutiny. Secretary Gina Meier-Humme was hired Dec. 1 to lead the agency. She met Tuesday with a legislative task force studying weaknesses in Kansas' foster care system. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the meeting touched on several issues, including how to better prevent deaths of children in contact with the agency.

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) - The Johnson County District Attorney says an off-duty police officer who shot and killed an armed man who was threatening customers at the Costco in Lenexa will not face any charges. District Attorney Steve Howe said Wednesday that Kansas City, Kansas, police Capt. Michael Howell acted courageously during the confrontation on Nov. 26. He shot Ronald Hunt, who was waving a weapon and threatening customers in the store.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - GE Aviation plans to add new jet engine work to its Strother Field plant in Cowley County. Company spokesman Rick Kennedy said starting in January, GE's CF34-8E jet engine will be built at the plant halfway between Winfield and Arkansas City. He says the new work will stabilize the employee count at the plant, which employs about 720 people.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A University of Kansas graduate is giving the school $2 million to endow a scholarship in the School of Law and a research fund in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The university announced the gift from William Bradley Jr. to the KU Endowment on Wednesday. The money will provide $1 million for the Bradley Family Scholarship for law school students. The other $1 million will endow the Bradley Family Research Excellence Fund in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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