WICHITA KILLINGS-CAPITAL CASE
Kansas court overturns brothers' death sentences
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Supreme Court has overturned the death sentences of two brothers convicted of capital murder in the shooting deaths of four people whose bodies were found in a snow-covered Wichita soccer field in 2000.
The state Supreme Court on Friday also struck down three of the four capital murder conviction each against Jonathan and Reginald Carr. But it upheld one capital murder conviction each.
Their cases will return to Sedgwick County District Court for further hearings and a new sentencing.
The court's majority overturned the death sentences because, it said, the presiding judge failed to have separate proceedings for each brother.
In overturning most of the capital convictions, the majority said the instructions to jurors were flawed.
BABY DEATH-HOT CAR
Baby dies after being left in hot car in Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Police say a 10-month-old girl has died after being left in a hot car outside a house in south Wichita.
Officers found the girl unresponsive inside the car Thursday evening. She was pronounced dead a short time later.
Police say the child was in the car for about two hours. She was the foster child of two men. The car was parked outside their home. Police took the men in for questioning.
The National Weather Service says the high temperature was 90 degrees on Thursday.
Police were expected to release more information on the case at a briefing Friday morning.
2 Minnesotans killed in Kansas crash
MCPHERSON, Kan. (AP) - Two Minnesota residents have been killed in a two-vehicle crash in central Kansas.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says 69-year-old Kay Dianne Pautz and 70-year-old Gary Walter Pautz died in the accident north of McPherson on Thursday. Both victims were from Alexandria, Minnesota.
The patrol says the accident occurred when another car tried to pass the car the victims were in, causing their car to strike the rear of the passing vehicle and then swerve and rollover.
Lawsuit by Topeka parks employees moves forward
(Information in the following story is from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Shawnee County judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by 10 former parks and recreation employees against the city of Topeka will go to trial.
The employees sued in May 2012 after they were fired from the department and then hired to become Shawnee County employees. They contend the city didn't follow a requirement that employees who lose their jobs in such circumstances should receive severance pay.
Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca Crotty last week denied both sides' efforts to have the case decided in their favor without a trial.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Crotty learned Tuesday the two sides were trying to reach a settlement.
Crotty indicated a pretrial hearing next Tuesday will instead be a status conference, with pretrial hearing and trial dates set then.
IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-OKLAHOMA PROTEST
Group to protest housing of immigrants
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - A nonprofit organization based in Kansas that focuses on immigrant rights says it plans to travel to Oklahoma and protest the housing of unaccompanied minors at Fort Sill.
A delegation from Sunflower Community Action is traveling from Wichita to Lawton on Friday to protest the housing of the children.
The group says the children continue to be detained under questionable conditions.
Hundreds of teenagers from Central America have been housed at a troop barracks at the southwest Oklahoma Army post after detention centers near the border were overwhelmed with an influx of young people crossing the border.
Members of Oklahoma's all-Republican congressional delegation are urging President Barack Obama to reconsider using Fort Sill to the house unaccompanied minors.
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