Published Online: February 19, 2013

BC-KS--Kansas Digest, KS

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KANSAS-SCHOOL FUNDING

TOPEKA, Kan. — A Senate committee has endorsed a proposal to amend the Kansas Constitution to give only the Legislature the authority to determine funding for public schools, rather than the courts. The voice vote Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee sends the measure to the GOP-controlled Senate for debate. Republicans outnumber Democrats 32-8. By John Milburn.

KANSAS-GUN LAWS

TOPEKA, Kan. — Gun rights advocates in Kansas are pushing state lawmakers to enact measures aimed at countering potential moves by the federal government to restrict access to firearms. They packed the room Tuesday at the House Federal and State Affairs Committee and heard testimony in support of a bill declaring that the federal government has no power to regulate firearms, ammunition or gun accessories manufactured and sold only in Kansas. By John Hanna.

KANSAS-ABORTION

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Senate takes up a bill that would prohibit doctors from terminating a pregnancy solely because a woman doesn't want a baby of a certain gender. By John Hanna.

CHILD INTERNET PROTECTIONS

TOPEKA, Kan. — A bill aimed at preventing children from seeing obscene or harmful images while using the Internet in schools and public libraries is coming up for debate in the Kansas Senate. Senators planned to discuss the measure Tuesday, only a day after their Education Committee endorsed it. By John Milburn.

BEECHCRAFT-BANKRUPTCY

WICHITA, Kan. — Kansas plane maker Beechcraft Corp., formerly Hawker Beechcraft, has emerged from bankruptcy protection as a slimmed-down company. The renamed company's formal announcement Tuesday comes just two weeks after its reorganization plan was approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York. The plan became effective Friday. By Roxana Hegeman.

FUNERAL PROTESTS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Legislation that would expand a ban on protesting, picketing and other disturbances at all funerals, memorial services and burials in Florida, rather than just those involving military honor details, is on a fast track after final committee approval Tuesday. Florida's existing law, a federal statute and similar legislation in other states are largely a response to military funeral protests by a church based in Topeka, Kan. By Bill Kaczor.

FARMS

WICHITA, Kan. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture releases its annual count of farms and acreages in U.S. with a state-by-state breakdown. Developing from 2 p.m. CST release. By Roxana Hegeman.

ALSO:

— FATHER PLEADS — The day his second trial was to begin, a Topeka man pleaded guilty to charges in the death of his 7-month-old son.

— LAWYER SENTENCING — A former Topeka lawyer has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for stealing more than $500,000 from his clients' trust funds.

— CHILD ABUSE DEATH-ESCAPE — Police have arrested the brother of a man who briefly escaped from jail while facing sentencing for killing his girlfriend's young son.

— SLAVERY LESSON — Lawrence school district officials have told an 8th grade teacher to change a lesson on slavery that included having some of the students wear mock shackles.

— EDUCATION-CLIMATE CHANGE — A bill introduced in the Kansas House would require the state's schools to provide evidence in classrooms questioning the existence of climate change.

— FOOD DRIVE — Kansas leaders have kicked off a month-long food drive with the goal of bringing in 50,000 meals for needy families in the state.

— ELECTIONS-PETITION CIRCULATORS — Kansas is closer to ending a constitutionally questionable ban on out-of-state residents circulating petitions to put candidates on the ballot or gain recognition for political parties.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-ROLLING KANSAS

LAWRENCE, Kan. — No. 9 Kansas is rolling again after a three-game losing streak, winning its last two games by more than 20 points each. But both of those came in Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks' raucous home environment. On Wednesday night, they'll have to prove they can do it on the road when they visit No. 14 Oklahoma State in a battle for first place in the Big 12. By Dave Skretta

The AP-Kansas City


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