Judge sides with Kansas doctor in abortion case
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A judge has overturned a Kansas board's revocation of a doctor's license over referrals of young patients for late-term abortions.
Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis (tys) said the State Board of Healing Arts failed to show that mental health exams provided by Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus in 2003 were inadequate. In an order made public Monday, Theis ordered the board to reconsider its sanctions.
The board revoked Neuhaus' license to provide charity care in 2012 over her exams of 11 patients, ages 10 to 18.
Neuhaus provided second opinions that the late Dr. George Tiller needed under Kansas law to legally terminate the pregnancies. The board concluded Neuhaus failed to meet accepted standards of care because her records didn't document adequate exams.
SCHOOL FUNDING FIGHT
Kansas lawmakers reviewing school funding ruling
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators are starting work on school funding issues after a state Supreme Court ruling, and Attorney General Derek Schmidt is telling them they have many options.
Schmidt was briefing House Republicans on Monday. He said the high court left legislators with some discretion in addressing constitutional flaws in the state's school funding system.
The court ruled Friday that the state must boost aid to poor school districts and gave legislators until July 1 to address the problems. It also ordered more lower-court hearings on whether the state is spending enough money overall.
The state Department of Education said boosting aid to poor districts could cost $129 million a year.
House Speaker Ray Merrick said the chamber's budget-writing Appropriations Committee will handle school funding legislation.
GAS PLANT PLANNED
Company plans gas processing plant in Kansas
(Information in the following story is from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com)
HAVEN, Kan. (AP) - A Texas company plans to build a new multimillion-dollar natural gas processing plant in south-central Kansas.
Houston-based Next Generation Processing expects to start building the Tenawa Gas Processing plant near Haven this month. It is expected to employ 12 to 15 people.
The Hutchinson News reports the new plant uses a process that cools the natural gas flowing through an interstate pipeline and extracts the resulting liquids. Those liquids are processed into different components and sold to various industries.
Company officials say the plant will process 1.3 billion cubic feet of gas a day.
The plant's location near Haven is a junction of three different pipelines that bring gas from the Oklahoma Panhandle, northern Oklahoma and Texas.
Woman shot to death outside Wichita bikers' club
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Police in Wichita say they're getting little help from witnesses to a fatal shooting outside an after-hours club over the weekend.
KAKE-TV reports police have identified the victim as 23-year-old Kelsey Shaw. Investigators don't believe she was a target of the shooting just after 3 a.m. Sunday.
Police said Shaw and two other people were in line outside the private club run by a biker group when a disturbance broke out nearby. Several shots were fired from the street toward the building, one of them hitting Shaw in the back of the head.
Two people had been kicked out of the club earlier, but it's unclear if there's any connection to the shooting.
Woman gets $25,000 fine for selling fake goods
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A federal judge spared a Wichita businesswoman from prison, but imposed a $25,000 fine for selling fake luxury goods.
U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren has sentenced Glenda Sue Morgan to five years of probation and ordered her to make payments of not less than $500 a month toward the fine. She pleaded guilty in October on one count of trafficking in goods bearing counterfeit designer labels such as Prada and Chanel at her shop, called The Fabulous Store.
Morgan tearfully apologized to the court before sentencing.
The judge said he was deeply troubled by the fact Morgan apparently didn't learn from a prior encounter with law enforcement in which no criminal charges were filed.
Investigators seized 400 replica items with a retail value of $14,000 from Morgan's shop.
Police: Man used 7-year-old son in burglary
SALINA, Kan. (AP) - A central Kansas man is accused of enlisting an unusual accomplice in a home burglary: his 7-year-old son.
KSAL-AM reports the break-in happened Friday afternoon at a home in Salina.
Police responding to a report of a burglary in progress arrested the 32-year-old father as he emerged from the house with an electronic cable in his hand and his son by his side. Investigators allege the father helped the little boy enter the home through a basement window so the child could unlock a door and let him in.
The boy was released to his mother. Charges against the father are pending.
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