Supremacist appears in court on murder charges

Frazier Glenn Cross

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - An avowed white supremacist has made his first appearance in court on charges he killed three people in a shooting spree at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.

Frazier Glenn Cross was wearing a dark, quilted, sleeveless vest and crossed his arms as he appeared by video feed Tuesday in Johnson County court. He spoke only when answering routine questions from the judge, and requested a court-appointed lawyer.

He's charged with murder in the shootings of a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., and a woman at a nearby retirement complex.

Cross is being held on $10 million bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for April 24. Federal prosecutors are preparing a hate-crimes case that could result in charges later.

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Bob Dole To Tour Several Kansas Towns

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole says he's looking forward to visiting friends across Kansas next week.

Dole represented Kansas in Congress from 1960 until 1996. He will celebrate his 91s birthday in July.

He says he planned the trip through Kansas next Monday through Wednesday to see old friends and meet new ones and to enjoy a few homemade cookies along the way.

He plans to visit Olathe, Paola and Ottawa on Monday. On Tuesday, he'll be in Lawrence to speak at the Dole Institute of Politics, and then will visit Holton, Hiawatha and Troy. He'll wrap up his tour Wednesday in Atchison and Leavenworth.

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KU Student Diagnosed With Tuberculosis

ASSOCIATED PRESS - University of Kansas officials say a student with tuberculosis is expected to make a full recovery.

The university sent an email Monday confirming the case of the disease.

The university says fewer than 50 other individuals who may have been exposed to the infected person have been contacted and will be tested for infections.

Tuberculosis is spread through the air from person to person, when an infected individual is in an enclosed space for a prolonged time.

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Kansas wind energy faces obstacles despite gains

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Despite recent gains in wind energy production in Kansas, experts worry that troubling signs loom in the future of the industry in the state.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that pressures to eliminate production tax credits and repeal the Kansas renewable energy standards threaten to slow future growth.

The concerns were highlighted in a report from the American Wind Energy Association released Thursday.

The report found that Kansas has doubled its capacity to generate power from wind turbines in the past two years. It accounts for nearly 20 percent of all electricity generated in Kansas, up from 11 percent in 2012.

But opponents to the tax credits and energy standards argue they subsidize the wind industry unfairly, placing a burden on utilities and ratepayers.

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Analysis: Kansas poised to end K-12 teacher tenure

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is all but certain to resist pressure to veto a proposal that would end tenure for public school teachers, approved by the Legislature as part of a court-mandated education funding plan.

Brownback must act on the bill before April 26. Signing the anti-tenure proposal into law could complicate Brownback's re-election by energizing thousands of angry educators to work against him. He's avoided public statements about the measure's merits.

But Brownback, his aides and high-ranking Republican allies in the Legislature already have explained why they believe the measure should become law.

Top GOP legislators argue that the anti-tenure policy is not as harsh as it has been portrayed and will help remove bad teachers from classrooms. Brownback and his staff have noted that the measure is part of broader legislation increasing aid to poor school districts, and the whole thing probably would have to be sacrificed to save tenure.

Lawmakers face a July 1 deadline, imposed by the Kansas Supreme Court, which gives them little time to start over.

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Kansas officials developing 50-year water plan

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Kansas officials working on a 50-year water plan say regional conservation efforts and the Missouri River are likely to be included.

A six-member team developing the plan discussed the work Friday with reporters after a daylong meeting with about 150 state and local officials and members of the general public in Manhattan.

Gov. Sam Brownback called in October for a 50-year water plan.

Team members said the plan is likely to suggest regional management of conservation efforts because there's a desire to maintain local control. They also said there's a sense that Kansas is not fully utilizing the Missouri River on its northeast border.

Officials have had more than 140 meetings with 8,000 people around the state since October. The team expects to finish a first draft its plan in May.

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