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LAWRENCE-DEATH

Lawrence police investigating woman's death

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Lawrence police and state authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found at a house.

Police say officers found the woman's body at a home Saturday afternoon, but that the woman hasn't been positively identified.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Lawrence police are investigating the death, which police consider a homicide.

Police say no additional information would be released Sunday.

CHILD DEATH-LAWSUIT

Judge dismisses lawsuit accusing state agency

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

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Sedgwick County judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing a state agency of failing to protect a toddler before she was killed.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/UvEhBe ) that Sedgwick County District Judge William Woolley ruled recently there can be no claim of negligence against the state Department for Children and Families in the case of 18-month-old Jayla Haag.

The child died in 2012 with injuries that included brain swelling, bleeding around her eyes and teeth that had been forcibly removed. The lawsuit claimed DCF was informed that Jayla was being abused and did nothing to protect her.

DCF spokeswoman Theresa Freed said the agency appreciates the judge's "careful consideration of this case."

Randy Rathbun, the attorney who brought the lawsuit on behalf of Jayla Haag's father, says he'll appeal.

CHILD DEATH-LAWSUIT

Judge dismisses lawsuit accusing state agency

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

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Sedgwick County judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing a state agency of failing to protect a toddler before she was killed.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/UvEhBe ) that Sedgwick County District Judge William Woolley ruled recently there can be no claim of negligence against the state Department for Children and Families in the case of 18-month-old Jayla Haag.

The child died in 2012 with injuries that included brain swelling, bleeding around her eyes and teeth that had been forcibly removed. The lawsuit claimed DCF was informed that Jayla was being abused and did nothing to protect her.

DCF spokeswoman Theresa Freed said the agency appreciates the judge's "careful consideration of this case."

Randy Rathbun, the attorney who brought the lawsuit on behalf of Jayla Haag's father, says he'll appeal.

FATAL ACCIDENT

Police say 3 dead in Wichita crash

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita police say three people have been killed in a two-car crash in Wichita.

Police say the two-car accident occurred early Sunday in west Wichita and that three people were thrown from one vehicle and were killed. The fatality victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people were injured in the crash.

Sgt. Jim Merrick told KAKE-TV (http://bit.ly/UvDMal) that a white Ford Expedition heading eastbound ran a red light striking the side of the car carrying five people.

The victim's names haven't been released.

KANSAS AVIATION-CHINA

Chinese delegates sign memo with Wichita

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

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita has announced plans to work with a city in China to develop aviation business opportunities.

Delegates from Xi'an (shee-ahn), China, visited with Wichita officials on Thursday to sign a memorandum of understanding that the two cities will develop economic and trade opportunities centered on aviation. They're expected to work on education, training, airport management and other aspects of the aviation business.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/Uyktgq ) the deal comes as the Chinese government considers opening the country to general aviation.

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer says the relationship will benefit Wichita because the Chinese will think first about Wichita companies before companies in other parts of the world.

KANSAS STATE-RESEARCH

K-State considers $150 million research facility

(Information in the following story is from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com )

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas State University is considering a $150 million research facility that would focus on food and complement the planned National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility adjacent to the university.

K-State President Kirk Schulz has requested $5 million in state funding for next year to begin planning the Food Systems Research and Education Facility.

The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/1ocLEcE ) reports the proposal was discussed briefly Tuesday at a Kansas Board of Regents budget session. Schulz says the project might be years down the road, but he wants to get legislators and other state officials familiar with the request.

The 200,000-square-foot facility would focus on the food supply, including developing higher-yielding crops and more intensive cropping systems, along with improved processing and distribution.

FOUR KILLED-RECORDS

Judge rescinds order sealing murder case records

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

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A judge has rescinded an order sealing court records in the case against a man charged in a quadruple murder in southeast Kansas.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/WIigks ) that 11th Judicial District Judge Robert Fleming on Friday rescinded the order he entered in May sealing court records in the legal proceedings against David Cornell Bennett Jr. Bennett's charged in the deaths of a Parsons mother and her three children.

Fleming ruled his previous order didn't meet the requirements of a 1981 Kansas Supreme Court case that said records could be sealed on the basis of "clear and convincing evidence" to ensure a fair trial.

Fleming says he'll lift the seals Aug. 4, giving attorneys time to submit motions requesting sealing of documents that comply with the high court's decision.

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