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Headlines for Sunday, December 22, 2019

One Killed, Another Wounded in Leawood Shooting

LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — Police in northeastern Kansas are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and another injured. Leawood police say officers were called around 8 p.m. Friday to an apartment complex parking lot for reports of shots fired. The Kansas City Star reports that short time later, two people showed up at a local hospital with gunshot wounds. Police say one of the victims, a man, died of his wounds. The other victim was taken to an area trauma center. Their names had not been released by midday Saturday, and no arrests had been reported. It was the Kansas City suburb's first homicide of the year.


Olathe Police: 68-year-old Woman Found Stabbed to Death

OLATHE, Kansas (AP) — Police in suburban Kansas City, Kansas, say a 68-year-old woman has been found stabbed to death in an Olathe neighborhood. Olathe police say in a news release that officers responding to an armed disturbance just before noon Friday found the woman suffering from a stab wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not yet been released. Police say another woman -- a 38-year-old who knew the victim -- was also found at the scene and taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. No arrests or charges had been announced by midday Saturday.


Survey of Kansas, Plains, Western Bankers Shows Waning Rural Economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey of bankers indicates a waning economy in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, and weak farm income is hurting producers' ability to borrow money from banks. The Rural Mainstreet survey shows its overall index fell to to 50.2 this month from 54.2 in November. Any score above 50 suggests a growing economy, while a score below 50 indicates a shrinking economy. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey and says federal agriculture crop support payments and somewhat higher grain prices kept the overall index from falling into negative territory. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa,
Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.


Kansas Town Accused of Retaliation in Newspaper Action

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A growing community near Kansas City has decided this week to stop publishing its legal notices in its hometown newspaper. Some City Council members in Gardner, Kansas, describe the move as cost cutting, but the city is acting after several officials publicly criticized the coverage the city was receiving. The council changed its newspaper of record following a staff report that the city would likely lower its costs 75% by going with another weekly publication. But critics see it as retaliation. Longtime Publisher Rhonda Humble says, “They're trying to shut me up.” The newspaper stands to lose thousands of dollars a year.


Judges Sue Kansas Lawmakers to Boost Courts' Funding

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Six trial-court judges in Kansas have filed a lawsuit against the state Legislature in hopes of forcing it to increase funding for the court system. The judges filed the lawsuit Friday directly with the Kansas Supreme Court. The lawsuit alleges that state lawmakers have chronically underfinanced the judicial branch. The judges asked the state's highest court to force legislators to consider funding “independent of unrelated political agendas." The Supreme Court itself has already proposed an $18 million increase in the court system's budget. Much of the proposed funds would go toward increasing pay for both judges and court staff.


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