State fiscal forecast carries some optimism…and other headlines: November 3, 2017

Kansas sees its budget picture improve because of a new fiscal forecast for state government, though legislators doubt the higher projected revenues will be enough to cover a court-mandated increase in spending on public schools. The state’s economic forecasting group boosted projections for tax collections by a total of nearly $225 million through June 2019.
An incident near the Kansas State University campus involving a black man’s car being scrawled with racist graffiti is being investigated as a possible hate crime. The FBI’s local field office and civil rights division have opened an investigation. The vehicle was parked near campus when it was defaced with racial slurs and other comments written in washable yellow paint. The university says the car’s owner isn’t a student there.
A former civilian employee at the Fort Leavenworth hospital gets 20 years in federal prison for setting a female supervisor on fire and attacking her with a razor and scissors. He was also ordered to pay $3.4 million in restitution to the victim of that attack, which happened in September of last year.
A man in Salina is accused of stealing an ATV and leading police on a chase with it. He ran off the road and into a ravine, where a police dog found him shortly afterward. The ATV was damaged on the front as well as the undercarriage.
The man whose wife’s remains were found in a storage unit where he was staying with his two kids had to be taken out of court after a screaming rant against authorities. He yelled that Johnson County was trying to take his kids after his wife killed herself. He has not been charged in her death.

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