Kan. board dumps multistate group for KU on tests
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas State School Board has decided to have the University of Kansas develop new standardized tests for public school students in math, English and other subjects.
The board's decision Tuesday ends active participation by Kansas in a multistate group, the Washington state-based Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which has been developing tests.
The vote was 8-2 to have the tests developed by the University of Kansas after the board split 5-5 on having the consortium develop them.
Kansas Department of Education officials recommended going with the consortium. It could have its tests in place in spring 2015, a year before the Kansas center.
But the cost of going with the consortium was estimated at $19 million over three years, compared to $16 million for the University of Kansas.
Big blue Kansas Statehouse crane coming down
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A giant blue crane that has been a big part of the renovation of the Kansas Statehouse for more than three years is coming down.
Project Manager Jim Rinner said Tuesday that general contractor JE Dunn Construction expects the crane to be dismantled by the end of the week.
Workers are using an equally large red crane to take down the blue crane.
The towering blue crane was used to carry building materials to the Capitol roof and dome, including massive steel beams used to support scaffolding. The steel beams have been removed, and the scaffolding is coming down.
The $330 million renovation project began in 2001. State officials are planning a ceremony marking its completion to coincide with the Jan. 29 anniversary of Kansas statehood.
Kan. court denies Kline rehearing request
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Supreme Court has denied former Attorney General Phill Kline's request for a rehearing to consider modifying a ruling that indefinitely suspended his law license.
The denial was signed Tuesday by Justice Dan Biles on behalf of the court. Kline's attorney Tom Condit filed the motion with the court last week.
Condit, who didn't immediately return messages seeking comment, argued that investigators in Kline's case were biased and facts about the former attorney general's investigations into abortions were misrepresented.
The Supreme Court in October agreed with a state disciplinary panel that said Kline repeatedly misled or allowed subordinates to mislead others, including a Kansas City-area grand jury, during his investigations. The unanimous decision came after disputes between Kline, a Republican, and critics of his tactics.
KCP&L seeking rate increase
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City Power & Light is seeking to raise electric rates for its Kansas customers.
KCP&L has asked the Kansas Corporation Commission to approve the rate hike, which the utility says would help pay its share of a $1.2 billion environmental upgrade for the coal-fired La Cygne power plant in Kansas.
If approved by the KCC, the increase would raise Kansas customers' rates 2.3 percent or $12.1 million a year. The Kansas City Star reports a typical residential customer would be charged an additional $2.35 month.
The KCC has eight months to consider the request.
KCP&L's Missouri customers also will see their rates go up to pay for the plant's environmental work, but under Missouri rules a rate hike can't be requested until the upgrade is completed.
Organization to honor fallen at Fort Riley
FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) - A national organization is coming to Fort Riley to lay a wreath at the post cemetery to honor fallen soldiers.
The event Saturday is part of the Wreaths Across America program that attempts to honor soldiers and families of those in uniform, as well as educate children about the role of the military to protect freedom.
Wreaths Across America placed 406,000 wreaths at graves at 815 locations across the United State and national veterans' cemeteries in foreign countries. The first ceremony took place in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery.
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