Bob Dole receives Congressional Gold Medal…and other headlines: September 18, 2017

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas has officially been awarded one of the highest civilian honors in the U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed a bill awarding Dole the Congressional Gold Medal. Dole, who is 94, was honored for his long political career and his Army service in World War II, when he was severely injured during combat in Italy.
A new report from the Kansas Association of School Boards draws a link between cuts in education funding and declining student success outcomes. The report finds Kansas narrowly hanging on to its 10th rank nationwide. Every state ahead of Kansas in performance also spends more per student. The report also puts Kansas’ high school graduation rate at 20th in the nation, but not improving at the same pace as other states.
One person is dead after a collision between a train and a vehicle in Wichita over the weekend. Police are investigating the crash that happened Saturday evening around 8:30 in the southeastern part of the city.
A Mexican national gets 11.5 years in federal prison after admitting in court to selling guns and methamphetamine to undercover investigators in KCK. They bought meth from him several times for $500 an ounce, as well as guns made by Beretta, Browning, and Smith & Wesson. Among the firearms – a .380 pistol with a built-in laser.
Kansas Wesleyan University and Saint Francis Community Services in Salina are forming a partnership to increase the number of social workers in the state. Leaders of the two organizations announced Friday that they will develop a bachelor’s degree program in social work. Saint Francis will underwrite the initial hiring of a director for the program at Wesleyan. The university plans to pursue accreditation for the program.

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