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Task force seeks answers to earthquake increase

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A three-member task force appointed by Governor Sam Brownback to explore whether man-made activity has caused a rise in earthquakes across southern Kansas isn't making much progress, mainly because of a lack of data and disagreement among scientists about what's causing the ground to shake.

The group met Wednesday with about 85 stakeholders to discuss whether hydraulic fracturing or other activities have contributed to the rise in temblors.

The Wichita Eagle reports 56 earthquakes have been recorded in the state in the past seven months, mostly in the south-central part of the state where oil production has boomed in the past few years.

Oil and gas producers urged the task force to avoid jumping to conclusions about whether hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is causing the earthquakes.


Kansas high court criticizes Brownback

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Supreme Court has criticized Governor Sam Brownback for signing a judicial budget that ties funding to policy changes.

The bill allocates $2 million more from the state general fund to the judicial branch. Chief Justice Lawton Nuss has said that more than $8 million would be needed.

The high court said in a statement Friday that measure "weakens the centralized authority of the Kansas unified court system in exchange for money to pay our employees and keep courts open. And the money it provides still may fall short of even doing that."

Under the new law, the chief judges of individual district courts also will have the authority to decide how to spend their budgets.

The Wichita Eagle reports Brownback's office didn't comment on the statement.


Funeral held for 2 shooting victims

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - About 3,000 people attended services for a doctor and his 14-year-old grandson killed in shootings at a Jewish center in suburban Kansas City.

Services for 69-year-old William Corporon and his grandson, Reat Underwood, were Friday at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood.

Reat, a freshman at Blue Valley High School, and his grandfather were killed Sunday outside the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park. A third person, 53-year-old Terri LaManno was killed a short time later at the nearby Village Shalom senior living center. Her funeral was Thursday.

Frazier Cross, a 73-year-old a white supremacist from southwest Missouri, is charged with capital murder and first-degree murder.

The Kansas City Star reports Mindy Corporon said during the service memories of her son will help her through life.


Crash kills 2 in western Kansas

HAYS, Kan. (AP) - Two people have been killed in a two-vehicle crash in western Kansas.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that 40-year-old Jesse Pfannenstiel of Woodston, and 26-year-old Justin Kennedy of Greensburg, died in the crash. The patrol says the crash occurred Friday night when the vehicles they were in collided at an intersection in rural Ellis County.

The patrol says the victims were wearing seatbelts.


Topeka site offering compressed natural gas

(Information in the following story is from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Topeka business has started publicly offering compressed natural gas to some drivers.

Questar Fueling's, compressed natural gas filling station has been open since October, but opened Thursday to most of the public.

Compressed natural gas is chemically the same as the natural gas used for other purposes, but Dennis Brown, CNG specialist for Kansas Gas Service, says it's delivered at a higher pressure and takes up less volume, which means a truck tank can fit more fuel.

Mayor Larry Wolgast told The Topeka Capital-Journal the city and Questar worked together to bring one of the relatively few natural gas stations in Kansas to the area.


Hearing to consider voting policies in 4 states

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Civil rights groups are planning a hearing to consider how to improve elections administration and expand access to voting in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

A coalition calling itself the National Commission on Voting Rights will hear hours of testimony Monday at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

The group is holding similar events around the country to learn about "challenges, successes and opportunities" for reform in all aspects of policies related to voting. The information will be consolidated into reports that will be shared with members of Congress and state activists.

Community leaders, elections officials and voting rights advocates are expected to be among those who testify on issues ranging from the locations of polling places to how to improve voting access for individuals with disabilities.


Kansas wins 8 of 20 track events at Relays

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas received strong performances from both the men's and women's teams at the Kansas Relays on Saturday while winning eight of the 20 track events, the women's long jump and had two of its graduates win in other events.

Kansas' Lindsay Vollmer, the defending NCAA champion in the heptathlon, claimed the 100-meter hurdles, while Diamond Dixon was part of the winning 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams. Dixon won a gold medal as a member of the 4x400-meter team at the 2012 London Olympics.

For the first time in the 87-year history of the Kansas Relays, the meet was not held at Memorial Stadium, which is also the home of the football team. Instead, the event moved to the brand-new Rock Chalk Park, a $39 million facility that is still partly under construction but will host the Jayhawks' track and field, softball and women's soccer teams.

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