JEWISH CENTER REOPENS
Jewish center where 2 were killed reopens
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - A Jewish Community Center in Kansas where two people were shot to death on Sunday has reopened.
The center in Overland Park opened its doors early Wednesday, three days after a man shot and killed a doctor and his grandson in the parking lot. The 73-year-old suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., then allegedly drove to a nearby Village Shalom senior living center and shot and killed a third woman.
Cross, a known white supremacy, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and capital murder.
The Kansas City Star reports people were in line waiting for the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City to reopen. The center has become a hub of activity for all people. It has about 8,500 members; 45 percent are not Jewish.
Professors endorse proposed social media policy
(Information in the following story is from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com)
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - More than 80 distinguished professors have endorsed a new proposed social media policy for Kansas universities.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports the professors, from several universities, sent a letter to the Kansas Board of Regents saying the proposed policy "exemplifies the role of scholarship for public intellectuals in a democracy."
The new policy was proposed by a work group formed by the regents. It proposed a strictly advisory social media policy for university faculty and staff.
That would replace a policy that allows university administrators to discipline or fire employees who they believe have improperly used social media.
Opponents said the policy was too broad and restrained free speech.
The regents passed the current policy in December after a University of Kansas professor posted an anti-NRA tweet on Twitter.
2 Oklahoma women die in Kansas Turnpike accident
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Two women from Oklahoma died when their car collided with a pickup truck driven by a man going the wrong way on the Kansas Turnpike.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says the accident occurred Tuesday night on Interstate 35 in Wichita.
The patrol says the driver, 65-year-old Donald Fifer of Haysville, was driving south in the northbound lanes when his truck hit a vehicle head-on, struck a guardrail and overturned before starting on fire. He was hospitalized in Wichita.
The driver of the second vehicle, 38-year-old Lori Uchiyama, of Blackwell, Okla., and her passenger, 33-year-old Elizabeth Goodno, of Ponca City, Okla., were killed.
Investigators are trying to determine why Fifer was driving the wrong way.
The accident closed the turnpike for several hours.
Kan. employers face sentencing over illegal worker
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Wichita man will soon learn his punishment for harboring a Chinese teenage girl who was working illegally at his restaurant.
A notation Tuesday in U.S. District Court has moved up the sentencing for 33-year-old Yong "Tony" Lin to April 28. He has pleaded guilty to harboring an immigrant who was unlawfully in the United States.
His 29-year-old wife, Zhuo Mei "Mandy" Weng, has pleaded guilty to hiding the crime. She will be sentenced on the same date before U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten.
Both had originally been set for sentencing May 7.
The case stems from a tip that a minor teenager being housed with other employees at an apartment was working at Lin's World Buffet Grill.
Kansas to mandate some health coverage on autism
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to sign legislation that will require health insurance plans to provide coverage for some services for children with autism, starting next year.
Brownback scheduled a Wednesday morning signing ceremony at the satellite University of Kansas campus in Overland Park. Local legislators and parents have been vocal supporters of efforts to ensure that health plans cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism in young children.
The bill would require group health plans for companies with 51 or more employees to provide coverage for services for children under 12, starting next year. Other health plans would be required to provide coverage starting in 2016.
Some children could receive coverage for up to 1,300 hours a year of therapy known as applied behavior analysis.
AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
New Kansas African American Museum on hold
(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com)
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Plans for a new Kansas African American Museum in Wichita are on hold while supporters raise money and develop the museum's mission.
The museum's board of directors has returned 1.2 acres of land the city leased to the museum for $1 a year in 2005.
The museum's executive director, Mark McCormick, says plans for the museum are postponed for up to five years to allow supporters to raise money.
The Wichita Eagle reports the current museum is housed in the Calvary Baptist Church, which was built in 1917. It is one of the few surviving buildings in Wichita's black business district.
Supporters hope to someday move the museum to downtown Wichita and expand its mission, which currently focuses mostly on black history in Wichita.
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