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WICHITA — On the eve of a federal trial, a Kansas military school's attorney said Monday that issues have been resolved regarding a lawsuit filed by 11 former cadets who claimed the school's practice of giving higher-ranking cadets the power to discipline younger ones encourages physical and mental abuse. No details were immediately released. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 470 words, photo.
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TOPEKA — Kansas education officials are preparing new regulations aimed at helping school districts hire instructors to meet the growing demand for technical education. The proposed changes, being written by the state Department of Education, would create rules for private-sector professionals to receive licenses to teach skills in public schools. Individuals receiving the licenses could then teach on a full- or part-time basis once their expertise — either through industry certification or career experience — is verified. By John Milburn. SENT: 470 words.
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GOVERNMENT LAWSUIT-SPRINT WIRETAPS
SAN FRANCISCO — Federal officials filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that Sprint Communications Inc. overbilled government agencies $21 million for wiretap services. The lawsuit filed federal court in San Francisco alleges that that subsidiary of Sprint Corp. collected unallowable expenses from the FBI, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and other government agencies while carrying out court-ordered wiretaps and other electronic intercepts of its customers. By Paul Elias. SENT: 290 words.
TOPEKA — Washburn University has begun an ambitious renovation project that will centralize the school's various administrative services, making it easier for students to manage things such as financial aid and admissions, university officials said. The $17 million project has begun at Margaret Mulvane Morgan Memorial Hall, with workers removing a tower and clock faces that have become landmarks on the university campus. Demolition is set to start next week at the hall's northwest corner, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. SENT: 300 words.
LAWRENCE — Robert L. Rankin, a University of Kansas linguistics professor who died recently, will be remembered for his efforts to document the Kaw language, leaders of the Kaw Nation of Oklahoma said. "If it wasn't for his work, we wouldn't have our language," said Jim Pepper Henry, a Kaw tribal member who is now director and CEO of the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art in Phoenix. "... You can't put a price on something like that." SENT: 350 words.
— WICHITA-EISENHOWER AIRPORT — Officials in Wichita are weighing whether to rename Mid-Continent Airport for one of Kansas' most famous citizens.
— CRASH-STOLEN POSSESSIONS — Authorities in central Kansas say a 20-year-old man survived a crash on an icy highway, only to have his car and his possessions stolen from the accident scene.
— OBIT-FESTIVAL QUEEN — The first woman to be crowned queen of a south-central Kansas town's annual fall festival has died in Oklahoma at age 102.
— CAL-MAINE ACQUISITION — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. says it has completed its purchase of the remaining half of Delta Egg Farm LLC.
— FREE DENTAL CLINIC — The Kansas Dental Foundation says a free dental clinic in Dodge City served more than 1,100 patients during the weekend.
— VIDEOTAPING TEEN-POLICE — A Topeka teenager known for videotaping police officers while they work has pleaded not guilty to three recent citations.
— KCK-HOMICIDE — Authorities in Kansas City, Kan., are searching for a 21-year-old Shawnee man charged in another man's shooting death.
— RIVERLESS FESTIVAL-BULL RIDING — Bull riding will be back at this summer's Riverless Festival in Phillipsburg.
LAWRENCE — Joel Embiid will sit out the final two regular-season games for No. 8 Kansas so that he can rest a lower back strain that has already caused him to miss a game, and it's possible the freshman center could be out through the Big 12 tournament. Jayhawks coach Bill Self said Monday that Embiid re-aggravated the injury and that experts have told the team's training staff that the best remedy is simply rest. An MRI exam taken on his lower back came back negative. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 400 words, photos.
BKC--KANSAS ST-OKLAHOMA ST
STILLWATER, Okla. — Monday night's game between the Big 12 rivals. By Cliff Brunt. 750 words, photos.
BKC--BIG 12-UP FOR GRABS
There are only two certainties in the Big 12: Kansas is going to finish in first place and TCU will finish last. For nearly everyone else, the final week of the season represents a chance to either improve their seed for the upcoming NCAA tournament or convince the selection committee that they deserve a bid. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 650 words, photos.
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