TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas' Senate majority leader says he'll push next year to alter the state's "Hard 50" law so that the default sentence for premeditated first-degree murder would be at least 50 years in prison, rather than at least 25. The current law leaves it juries to decide whether someone should face at least 50 years behind bars. But Sen. Terry Bruce says he wants judges to have to decide whether a sentence should be less than the "Hard 50."
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. (AP) - Baker University has named a top Gallaudet University administrator to be its next president. The private university in northeast Kansas said today that Lynne Murray will succeed Pat Long, who is retiring next year. Murray is currently Gallaudet's vice president of development and alumni and international relations. The Washington, D.C., school is the nation's leading university for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) - A Manhattan man died after he was hit by rocks during blasting at a quarry near Junction City. The Geary County sheriff's office says 63-year-old Stephen Hetzler died yesterday at the Bayer Rock Quarry. Investigators say he apparently was standing too close to the detonation area and was hit by at least one large rock.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Some Douglass County property owners will soon need to pay more for federal flood insurance because the government is phasing out subsidized coverage in special hazard areas. The increase will affect 168 owners in Douglass County whose property mostly along the Kansas and Wakarusa rivers. A federal official briefed county commissioners about the change yesterday.
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