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TOPEKA — Kansas is replacing some of the nation's strongest science standards for public schools with weaker, multistate guidelines, according to an educational think tank that regularly reviews states' academic standards. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute's report on the new standards drafted by 26 states and the National Research Council was released Thursday, two days after the Kansas State Board of Education voted to adopt them. Kansas helped develop the standards, and educators and officials have praised them as a major improvement, partly because they emphasize hands-on projects and integrating math, technology and engineering in lessons. By John Hanna.
WICHITA — The winter wheat harvest has gotten a tentative, slow start in south-central Kansas. Well, sort of. A few Kiowa growers have actually cut a little bit of wheat, but it will likely be late this weekend or early next week before the harvest in the state begins in earnest. By Roxana Hegeman.
TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation making additional cuts to Kansas income taxes over the next five years. The Republican governor made the measure official during a ceremony Thursday at a construction site in Overland Park. Another event was planned later in Wichita. By John Milburn.
TOPEKA — A woman whose husband was convicted of killing a Kansas woman is no longer facing charges of trying to help him avoid arrest after the murder. Charges were dismissed Wednesday against Rebecca Hollister, 58, of Topeka, who was charged in March with aiding Roger Hollister, who died in March while serving a life sentence for killing Patricia Kimmi, 58, of rural Horton.
TOPEKA — When librarian Ethel Edwards looks around the media center at Scott Dual-Language Magnet, she sees about 14,000 books — a solid collection of award-winning literature and other reading — but not nearly enough material in Spanish. "The books are interfiled," said Edwards, walking along the shelves and pointing out the titles. By Celia Llopis-Jepsen, The Topeka Capital-Journal.
— CHILD SHOT — Wichita police say a 4-year-old boy is in stable condition at St. Francis Hospital after he was shot while sleeping in his home.
— PORN CASE-ATTORNEY — A Topeka man who faces more than 100 child pornography charges will get a new attorney.
— HOLCOMB-CONCEALED CARRY — Holcomb city officials have voted to delay implementing a new state law that allows concealed weapons in public buildings.
— DEA BEATING-LAWSUIT — A federal judge has rejected claims by a former Kansas City, Kan., police detective that he was punished for refusing to conceal a motorist's beating by federal agents.
— KANSAS LAWMAN-DEMOLITION — The charred home of a former Kansas lawman convicted of killing his wife and setting fire to their house could be demolished before the end of the month.
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