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Paul Branson II, 47, presentation editor of the St. Joseph News-Press, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at his parents’ home in Osawatomie, Kan. He was there recovering from a serious motorcycle accident when he collapsed. Attempts to revive him by family members and EMTs were unsuccessful.
He was the elder son of Paul and RoseMary Branson’s two children. He married Dr. Joann (Jodi) (Beckman) Branson, in 1993.
The Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government honored four Johnson County area residents with 2014 Friend of Open Government awards in Overland Park Monday.
The awards were presented at the close of a Kansas Open Records and Kansas Open Meetings Act training co-sponsored by the Kansas Attorney General's Office, the Sunshine Coalition and the Kansas Press Association.
This year’s recipients include Rep. John Rubin, Shawnee; Robert and Adlynn Harte, Leawood, and Karen Dillon, a former Kansas City Star reporter and producer for KSHB TV in Kansas City.
PARSONS — District Judge Robert Fleming today rescinded an order he entered in May sealing court records in the legal proceedings against a defendant in a November 2013 quadruple murder here.
The judge had entered a blanket order sealing documents in the case against David Cornell Bennett Jr., who is charged in the deaths of a Parsons mother and her three children ages 9, 6 and 4.
Randy Brown, executive director of the Sunshine Coalition since 2005, died Wednesday in Wichita.
Brown, a founding board member and two-time past president of the coalition, was until 2013 a senior fellow and faculty member in the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University. He had been on the faculty since 2001.
The effort to help collect a photo of every soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War has led to 29 pictures collected out of 265 sought.
A lead pipe to the head will get your attention.
One day in 1961, Justice Department aide John Seigenthaler was brutally attacked with a pipe by Ku Klux Klansmen as he rushed to protect Freedom Riders arriving in Montgomery, Ala. The Klansmen left John in the street to die.
But John survived, going on to a rich career as a journalist and a passionate First Amendment advocate who would laugh about how Attorney General Bobby Kennedy thanked him for “using his head.” John died at 86 Friday morning in Nashville.
Effective July 1, the law on probable cause affidavits for arrest warrants and search warrants has changed.
This change follows several years of effort by the Kansas Press Association and media organizations. For more than 30 years, those records have been presumed closed and could only be opened by an order of the court.
The National Newspaper Association strongly objected this week to the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement that it would close or consolidate more than 80 mail processing facilities after January and lower service standards for Periodicals and First-Class mail.
“The problem we’re trying to solve is that there are rich teams and there are poor teams. Then there’s fifty feet of crap, and then there’s us. It’s an unfair game. And now we’ve been gutted. We’re like organ donors for the rich. Boston’s taken our kidneys, Yankees have taken our heart. And you guys just sit around talking the same old “good body” nonsense like we’re selling jeans. Like we’re looking for Fabio. We’ve got to think differently. We are the last dog at the bowl. You see what happens to the runt of the litter? He dies.”
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