SECRETARY OF STATE-KANSAS
Schodorf releases income tax return info
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Democratic challenger to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has released the past three years of personal income tax information and is challenging her opponent to do the same.
Jean Schodorf released her return transcripts on Wednesday in a bid to force Kobach to prove his claim that he spends only an average of 4.9 hours per week on his private law practice. Critics contend Kobach spends too much time outside Kansas as the architect of anti-immigration laws across the nation.
Kobach says he has already made public how much time he averages in his private law practice and calls Schodorf's move a political stunt.
Schodorf's returns listed total annual income ranging from $51,128 to 136,098. Her federal income taxes ranged between $2,374 and $18,234 during those three years.
Judge won't challenge state panel's findings
(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com)
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas judge says he won't challenge a state panel's recommendation that he be disciplined for violating judicial conduct rules.
The Commission on Judicial Qualifications found in July that Sedgwick County District Judge Timothy Henderson made inappropriate and offensive comments in the presence of female attorneys.
The state panel helps the Kansas Supreme Court in judicial disciplinary matters. It is recommending Henderson's punishment be a public reprimand by the state's highest court.
The Wichita Eagle reports Henderson's attorney says the judge isn't admitting to the state panel's findings. He says the judge wants to get back to doing his job.
Henderson was reassigned from the juvenile court to the civil court department in May.
CHILD PORN SENTENCE
Lawrence man sentenced for child porn crimes
(Information in the following story is from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com)
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A Lawrence man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years for multiple child pornography crimes.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson says 46-year-old Michael J. Limburg was sentenced Tuesday for 10 counts of promoting sexual performances and four counts of possessing child pornography.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that investigators found images of child pornography on computer disks belonging to Limburg. A forensic examination of Limburg's computer also turned up numerous searches for terms associated with child pornography.
Autopsy determines Kansas man died in hit-and-run
OSAGE CITY, Kan. (AP) - Osage County officials say a 20-year-old man whose body was found along a highway during the weekend died in a hit-and-run.
Sheriff Laurie Dunn said Tuesday an autopsy confirmed that Timothy Kemble of Carbondale was hit by a car before his body was found Sunday morning along U.S. 56.
WIBW-TV reports authorities are still searching for the vehicle that hit Kemble and are asking anyone with information to call 1-877-OS-CRIME.
Kansas town to begin rebuilding its downtown
(Information in the following story is from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com)
ANTHONY, Kan. (AP) - A south-central Kansas community that lost a downtown block to a fire five years ago is preparing to start rebuilding.
The Hutchinson News reports a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Thursday morning for the $3.5 million redevelopment project in Anthony.
Several businesses were destroyed on July 8, 2009, by a gas explosion and massive fire that burned for hours. The fire began when a truck broke through pavement in an alley, severing a gas line that then exploded.
Demolition began a year later, and a special sales tax was levied in the downtown area to fund the reconstruction.
The project calls for a building a two-story, 41,000-square-foot shell with nearly a dozen storefronts, which will then be up to individual property owners to complete.
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