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KANSAS DEATH PENALTY
TOPEKA — Members of the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty are taking their message to a House committee in efforts to derail a bill that would shorten the time allowed for capital punishment convictions to be appealed. By John Milburn. UPCOMING: 400 words.
LAWRENCE — The university of Kansas is partnering with a Massachusetts company to recruit international students to the university. Shorelight Education, based in Cambridge, Mass., will recruit international students into the university's new Academic Accelerator Program. UPCOMING: 350 words.
FINNEY COUNTY-TAX PASSES
GARDEN CITY — Finney County voters approved extending a quarter-cent sales tax, with most of the revenue intended for a new county building. Unofficial results showed the issue passed Tuesday by 56.5 percent to 43.5 percent. The county plans to use the sales tax revenue to construct a Correction Services Center, at a cost not to exceed $6.6 million. UPCOMING: 250 words.
MISSOURI RIVER FLOODING-LAWSUIT
OMAHA — A group of landowners and cities along the Missouri River plan to announce a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of failing to properly compensate them for damage caused by the historic 2011 flood. This lawsuit takes a different approach than a landowner lawsuit that was announced last year and never filed. UPCOMING: 500 words.
UNION STATION-CASH SURPLUS
KANSAS CITY — After years of struggles, Kansas City's Union Station appears to be on solid financial footing. Station officials say the downtown Kansas City landmark ended 2013 with a $1.8 million cash surplus — the fourth year in a row with a seven-digit surplus. UPCOMING: 300 words.
— NUNS-NEWMAN GIFT — The order of nuns who founded Newman University in Wichita has given $2.5 million to the university.
— UNION STATION-CASH SURPLUS — After years of struggles, Kansas City's Union Station appears to be on solid financial footing.
— ANIMAL SHELTER DONATION — A 93-year-old Hutchinson woman who died in May left a lasting legacy to her city's animal shelter.
— CAPTAIN PHILLIPS — The man portrayed by actor Tom Hanks in the Oscar-nominated movie "Captain Phillips" is scheduled to give a lecture in Hutchinson later this year.
— TOPEKA FAMILY-UKRAINE ADOPTIONS — A Topeka couple trying to bring their four adopted children home from Ukraine remain stuck in the capital city of Kiev, awaiting passports from the new government.
— FLU VACCINE-UNINSURED — The Sedgwick County Health Department has run out of flu vaccine for uninsured adults.
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