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Student removed from Wichita NW High for having gun

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 21:12

WICHITA, Kan, (KSNW) – A student at Northwest High School was removed from campus Thursday for allegedly possessing a gun. The incident occurred before 4 p.m.

Parents of Northwest Students were sent a Parentlink Message from school officials letting them know of the incident, and that the gun was unloaded.

USD 259 spokesperson Susan Arensman said Thursday’s incident was not related to an incident on Tuesday where threats were made on social media.

The statement from Northwest officials said, “Today we had a student in possession of an unloaded bun at school. The discovery was an isolated incident and there were no threats made and no one was hurt.”

Arensman said the student with the weapon was taken into custody by the school resource officer.

Read the complete statement issued by the school below.

“Faculty and Staff – a parentlink message below was sent out today at 4 p.m. Today we had a student in possession of an unloaded gun at school. There were no threats made and this incident is not related to the social media threat on Tuesday. At no time was there any danger to staff or students. I realize this has been a tough week with these more severe incidents but I am proud that staff and students speak up and bring these concerns to the immediate attention to security and administration to keep everyone safe.”

“Good Afternoon, Northwest Parents. The safety of our students and staff is a top priority here at Northwest. Today we had a student in possession of an unloaded gun at school. The discovery was an isolated incident and there were no threats made and no one was hurt. At no time was anyone in danger. Our SRO got involved and took the student into police custody. We followed all district safety protocols in this matter to ensure the safety of students and staff.

“The situation was discovered because we had students and staff who brought concerns to our attention. Our students and staff know about ‘see something, say something’. I appreciate the trust our students and staff have to report concerns to administration and security to keep everyone safe.

“Parents, please discuss with your child the far reaching and serious consequences of bringing inappropriate things to school. The Wichita Public Schools has a ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy in regards to weapons. Students and parents are required to sign off during enrollment about their understanding of this policy. We take these matters seriously and will not tolerate anything that could potentially harm students or put them in fear.”

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City of Wichita granted Star bond for multi-sport stadium

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 19:13

The City of Wichita is getting some support in building a multi-sports complex that city officials say will bring millions to the local economy

The state has approved what’s called STAR bonds to help fund the project.

It’s ear 29th and Greenwich at what is now the multi-field Stryker soccer complex.

Since that land was donated to the City of Wichita in the late 1990’s, council member Pete Meitzner says it’s been the vision of the city to create a sports complex that would draw thousands for athletics and tournaments.

With the new star bond, it’s now becoming a reality.

“We will now be on a regional and even a national stage for youth multi-sports tournaments going forward,” says Meitzner.

Meitzner says they’ve already invested 11 million dollars to get the complex where it is now. They now plan to expand and improve what is already there. It will be a complex for just about every sport.

“We are going to take all of those grass current fields, they are all going to be turfed in, lighted.”

More than that, in the large vacant field Meitzner says they plan to build a large multi-sport stadium, with better facilities and concession.

Tymber Lee from the Wichita sports forum says their recently built facility brought in more than 1 million people last year alone.

He says another new facility, and the massive upgrades, are building on what businesses are hoping to cash in on.

“We probably get a call a week from the retailers and restaurants around the area saying, ‘Hey what is your schedule? Because we want to know when all those outside people are coming in to Wichita.’”

By comparing to other large cities with similar facilities, Meitzner says the city is projected to draw at least 150,000 people a year, and they’ll really be cashing in.

He says they expect the city to bring in 15 to 22 million dollars annually.

“It is just going to be one fantastic environment,” says Meitzner.




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Fredonia man arrested after growing cannabis to control seizures

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 18:55

FREDONIA, Kan. (KSNW) – There are questions about a marijuana bust in southeast Kansas after a man is facing several felony charges related to his use of cannabis oil.

Larry Burgess says he knows it’s illegal to use marijuana or any of its byproducts in Kansas, but says it’s the only thing that keeps him from debilitating seizures.

Burgess, who lives in Fredonia in Wilson County, was preparing dinner for his family Tuesday evening when his home became surrounded by Wilson County Sheriff’s deputies with weapons drawn, he says.

“They seized my cannabis medication and other items I had here for the cannabis use,” said Burgess.

Burgess said he had one plant at his home. He extracted the oil from the plant and put it into capsules to treat his non-epileptic seizures. He said without it, his seizures quickly returned as they did when he was taken into custody.

“I had two seizures, the first one they took me to the hospital, the second one the following morning,” Burgess said, “I wasn’t able to get any medical help for my seizure. It was pretty scary to be honest.”

Burgess and his wife, Shannon, know the drug is illegal in Kansas, and they knew they were taking a risk.

Marijuana (AP Photo/Jim Mone,File)

“It was a chance decision that we took as a family and we were willing to take the chances so I could live a productive life,” Larry said.

The couple had been going to Colorado every three to four months to buy marijuana, and said they plan to move there when their son is done with high school. But, they said they decided to grow the marijuana plant at home when the trips became too expensive.

“Instead of trying to deal with unsavory characters or actual criminals, I decided to start making it myself,” Burgess said.

The couple say they were honest with the community, but now admit that may have led to the arrest.

“No matter what happens, I will have this on my record and will be considered a criminal,” said Burgess.

Burgess heads to court next Thursday to face six counts, including possession and manufacture of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, and possession of paraphernalia.

KSN reached out to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office about the case and was told, “It is still under investigation. There will be no further comment at this time.”

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Garden City raises age to buy tobacco to 21

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 18:50

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – A new law in Garden City will make it harder for teenagers to get cigarettes through their 18-year-old friends.

Garden City officials this week voted to raise the town’s smoking age from 18 to 21.

For Garden City High School senior Garrett Kipp, raising the age to buy and possess tobacco was personal.

“My grandma, very young age, died,” Kipp said. “Smoking tobacco, three packs a day, so I didn’t really get to meet her fully, because she died before I was even born, so that kind of sparked it.”

As a result, Kipp and seven other students organized a movement to make it harder for young people to get tobacco products and crafted legislation to make it law.

“A lot of us were like yeah, this is great, because it’s going to overall benefit the health of the community,” Kipp said.

According to health officials, other cities that adopted similar laws saw a 46 percent decrease in teen smoking.

“It has been done elsewhere,” said Donna Gerstner with Livewell Finney County. “It has been demonstrated, so this is not something that we’re just trying here in Kansas. We obviously, when we try things, we want to make sure that there’s some background to it.”

But, state law still says anyone over the age of 18 can buy tobacco in nearby communities, including Holcomb.

“At some point, we would like to get that adopted in the entire county,” Gerstner said.

City officials say there is no grandfather clause in the new ordinance. Current 18-, 19- and 20-year-old residents will risk paying a $25 fine for using tobacco. That means current smokers who are under 21 will be provided some help in quitting.

“We realize that quitting tobacco is not easy, and we’re there for them with the usage of the quit line and counseling and that type of thing,” said Gerstner.

Garden City is the 15th Kansas city to raise the age to 21. Under the new law, underage smokers may be fined $25. Anyone selling or giving tobacco to underage users would be subject to a fine of $200.

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‘Celebration of Life’ planned for 14-month-old boy in Russell County case

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 18:05

RUSSELL, Kan. (KSNW) — On Tuesday, KSN learned the Russell Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigations were investigating a possible case of child abuse. While the investigation is ongoing, family and friends of Gabriel Usoro plan to celebrate his life tonight.

At 7 p.m., they will meet at BL&T Tire Shop in Russell.

From there, they’ll be going around the city hanging blue and green ribbons. They’ll also be placing mason jars in businesses for donations.

There will also be shirts available to purchase, to help the family with funeral expenses.

Family members invite the public to tonight’s event. It’s their way of celebrating Gabriel’s life.

“He’s in a much better place,” said Tonya Denning, a cousin of Gabriel. ” He will never be forgotten, always and forever, he will be in our hearts, and he didn’t deserve this.”

KSN’s Amanda Aguilar will be at tonight’s event, where she’ll be talking to more friends and family. She’ll have an update on KSN News at 10.

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Airport attack caught on camera

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:38

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSHB) – A passenger flying into Kansas City International Airport is facing a citation after attacking an American Airlines pilot.

Surveillance video shows the passenger and a pilot getting off an American Airlines flight just after 6:00 p.m on April 12.

The passenger, Edward Foster, puts his phone in front of the pilot who swats it away.

Police say Foster pushed the pilot, causing him to trip backward over his luggage, leaving lacerations on his legs and a bruise on his forearm.

Foster told police the pilot, who did not fly the plane they arrived on that day, was blocking the aisle and being disrespectful to the other passengers on board.

Foster faces a municipal assault charge and is due in court May 16.

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Over 30 reports of slashed tires in Garden City

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 15:53
A map of Garden City, Kan. showing the multiple locations where criminal damage was done to vehicles. (Courtesy Garden City Police Department)

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – Officers of the Garden City Police Department began an investigation on April 15 into multiple reports of criminal damage to vehicles that had recently occurred in Garden City.

The investigation revealed 34 cases of tires being slashed.

Through the cooperation of nearly 25 victims and witnesses, officers identified three juvenile suspects.

The total estimated loss from the damage to the vehicles was $9942.00.

The investigation is ongoing.

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The Latest: Prosecutor to seek death in deputy murder case

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 15:51

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

An Oklahoma prosecutor plans to seek the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting a sheriff’s deputy.

Logan County District Attorney Laura Thomas says she will seek the ultimate punishment because 45-year-old Nathan LeForce is a threat to society and that the crime he’s accused of is particularly heinous and cruel.

LeForce was charged Thursday with first-degree murder, larceny of a vehicle and armed robbery.

Logan County Deputy David Wade died Tuesday after he was shot while serving an eviction notice near Mulhall, about 50 miles north of Oklahoma City.


2:40 p.m.

A man suspected of fatally shooting an Oklahoma deputy is now charged with first-degree murder.

Online court records show 45-year-old Nathan LeForce was charged Thursday in Logan County with murder, larceny of a vehicle and armed robbery.

Court records don’t list an attorney for him, and he remains jailed.

LeForce is charged in Tuesday’s shooting of Logan County deputy David Wade, who was serving an eviction notice at a home near Mulhall, about 50 miles north of Oklahoma City.

Authorities say LeForce took Wade’s patrol vehicle and drove to a convenience store, where he stole a car that was found abandoned near Guthrie. LeForce was later found and arrested near Guthrie.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said earlier Thursday that the gun used in the shooting has not been found.


10 a.m.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says the gun used in the fatal shooting of a deputy has not been found.

The OSBI said Thursday that a search team is looking for the gun used in Tuesday’s shooting of Logan County deputy David Wade.

Wade was shot several times, including in the face, as he served an eviction notice near Mulhall, about 50 miles north of Oklahoma City.

Authorities later arrested 45-year-old Nathan LeForce near Guthrie in connection with the shooting. LeForce remains jailed but has not been formally charged.

The OSBI says the search team includes its agents, Logan County deputies, Payne County deputies, Cashion police, state troopers and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents.

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IS group claims Champs-Elysees attack on police officers

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 15:45

PARIS (AP) — An attacker with an automatic weapon opened fire on police on Paris’ iconic Champs-Elysees Thursday night, killing one officer and seriously wounding two others before police shot and killed him. The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press that the attacker targeted officers guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station at the center of the sparkling shopping boulevard popular with tourists. She said he appeared to be acting alone.

Police and soldiers sealed off the area, ordering tourists back into hotels and blocking people from approaching the scene.

The attack came three days before the first round of balloting in France’s tense presidential election. Security has been especially high since Tuesday, when police said they thwarted a terror attack by arresting two men.

The Paris prosecutor’s office said counterterrorism investigators are involved in the probe of Thursday’s attack. Two police officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss the investigation, said the attacker had been flagged as an extremist. They had no other details about him.

The claim of responsibility several hours after the attack came unusually swiftly for the IS group, which has been losing territory in Iraq and Syria.

In a statement from its Amaq news agency, the group gave a pseudonym for the shooter, Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki, indicating he was Belgian. Soon after the Arabic language statement, the group sent one out in French, describing it as an attack “in the heart of Paris.”

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said on BFM television that a man came out of a car and opened fire on a police vehicle. He said officers were “deliberately” targeted.

Speaking in Washington during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, U.S. President Donald Trump said the shooting “looks like another terrorist attack” and sent condolences to France.

Emergency vehicles blocked the wide avenue lined with shops that cuts across central Paris between the Arc de Triomphe and the Tuileries Gardens, normally packed with cars and tourists. Subway stations were closed off.

The gunfire sent scores of tourists fleeing into side streets.

“They were running, running,” said 55-year-old Badi Ftaïti, who lives in the area. “Some were crying. There were tens, maybe even hundreds of them.”

Security forces are more widespread in Paris since deadly Islamic extremist attacks in recent years, and France remains under a state of emergency.

French President Francois Hollande held an emergency meeting with the prime minister Thursday night and planned to convene the defense council Friday morning.

The incident recalled two recent attacks on soldiers providing security at prominent locations around Paris: one at the Louvre museum in February and one at Orly airport last month.

A witness identified only as Ines told French television station BFM that she heard a shooting and saw a man’s body on the ground before police quickly evacuated the area where she works in a shop.

A French television station hosting a televised event with the 11 candidates running for president briefly interrupted its broadcast to report the shootings.

None of the candidates immediately commented.


Associated Press Writers Angela Charlton and Raphael Satter contributed to this report.

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Jurors deliberate northeast Kansas sexual assault case

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:59

HOLTON, Kan. (AP) – Jurors are deliberating the case against a northeast Kansas man charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in a rural cemetery.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 22-year-old Jacob Ewing also is charged with sexually assaulting five women, with the allegations dividing the small Kansas town of Holton. Ewing has entered not guilty pleas in all the cases.

The first case to go to trial involves the teen, who testified that Ewing sodomized her in 2014 while she pleaded for him to stop. A defense witness testified that the girl later bragged about the experience.

Jurors began their deliberations Thursday after hearing closing arguments. Ewing faces charges of aggravated indecent liberties and aggravated criminal sodomy with a child under 14 years old.

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Boil water advisory rescinded for Moundridge

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:58

MOUNDRIDGE, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has rescinded a boil water advisory for the City of Moundridge located in McPherson County. The advisory was issued because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

As a result of the issue, Moundridge public schools were canceled on Wednesday.

Public water suppliers in Kansas take all measures necessary to notify customers quickly after a system failure or shutdown. Regardless of whether it is the supplier or KDHE that announces a boil water advisory, KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

Laboratory testing samples collected from the City of Moundridge indicate no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

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KBI: 14-month-old boy in Russell County case dies

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:48

RUSSELL, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said a 14-month-old boy has died and an autopsy is being conducted today.

On Tuesday, KSN News confirmed the Russell Police Department, and the KBI were investigating a case of child abuse. The boy was being treated at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

No other details were immediately released by authorities.

KSN continues to ask questions.

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Tennessee teacher arrested after Amber Alert

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 13:10

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (KSNW and WKRN) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Tad Cummins is under arrest and Elizabeth Thomas has been safely recovered.

The vehicle used by Tad Cummins was found in Siskiyou County in northern California late Wednesday night.

Cummins, 55, is accused of kidnapping Thomas, 15, on March 13 in Columbia, Tennessee. They were captured on surveillance two days later at a Walmart in Oklahoma City.

Court papers filed recently in the girl’s disappearance say she was afraid of the teacher and thought she would face repercussions at school if she resisted him.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is expected to give additional details in a news conference Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

PHOTOS | AMBER Alert for Elizabeth Thomas

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— TBI (@TBInvestigation) April 20, 2017

MEDIA: We will offer a news conference at TBI Headquarters in Nashville at 3PM Central. Gathering as many details as possible to share.

— TBI (@TBInvestigation) April 20, 2017

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Starbucks barista has meltdown over Unicorn Frappuccino

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:04

SEATTLE (AP) — A Starbucks barista has taken to social media hoping to make orders for the coffee chain’s much buzzed about Unicorn Frappuccino disappear.

Starbucks’ entry into the unicorn food craze was released Wednesday and its popularity was too much for 19-year-old Colorado barista Braden Burson. He posted a video (now-deleted) on Twitter after his shift complaining that it was difficult to keep up with orders for the drink and he’s “never been so stressed out” in his life.

The Unicorn Frappuccino is a sweet and sour pink and blue cream swirl topped with what Starbucks calls “fairy powder.” Burson says in the video that a day of making the treat left him with sticky hands and residue from the drink stuck to his clothes and in his hair.

Burson tells The Associated Press that he didn’t think his rant would get this much publicity and he didn’t intend to “downgrade” the drink.

“It’s a great drink. But it is difficult to make when there are like 20 fraps all at once both front and drive thru,” he wrote in a Facebook message.

Starbucks said in a statement Thursday that the popular reception of the drink has “exceeded everyone’s expectations.” It added that it is reaching out to Burson “to talk about his experience and how to make it better.”

Burson said he hadn’t heard from the company as of midday Thursday.

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Flood watches in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:01

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The National Weather Services has issued flood watches in portions of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri has strong storms with heavy rain approach the region.

The flood watches will be in effect from Thursday night through late Friday and early Saturday in northeast Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas, southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri.

The weather service says two to four inches of rain is expected in the area, with locally heavier amounts of six to seven inches possible, especially in northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. Large hail is also possible with the storms.

The storms are expected to move west to east and out of the region by early Saturday.

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Wichita police getting new uniforms

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:43
Wichita police officers show off the new uniforms they will soon be wearing.

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Out with the tan and in with the navy blue. On Thursday, Wichita police announced that they will be switching to new uniforms.

The department said they will be rolling out the new blue uniforms over the next two years. They hope to complete the transition by March 31, 2019.

The department said a committee of patrol officers helped make the decision on the new uniforms.

“We started out with a blank slate. What uniforms are available nationwide? What are other departments doing? How did they transition?” said Capt. Brian White, Wichita Police Department. “Our initial part was to identify what uniforms officers might be interested in.”

Police said the uniforms provide a better fit, have better fabric options, and are offered at a better price.

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Kansas Lottery giving away $100,000 in Powerball tickets

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:16

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Lottery is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Powerball by giving away 25,000 Powerball tickets.

Starting at 5 a.m. April 21, any player who purchases at least $10 of Powerball on a single ticket will automatically receive a free $4 Quick Pick Powerball ticket.

With 25,000 free tickets at $4 each, the Kansas Lottery is calling the ticket giveaway a “$100,000 Blowout!”

The Powerball jackpot for Saturday, April 22, is an estimated $90 million with a cash option of $56 million.

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Police investigate death of woman found in car

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 09:39

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – The death of a woman whose body was found in a vehicle in Kansas City, Kansas, is being investigated as a homicide.

Police said in a news release that officers found the woman dead from an apparent gunshot wound Wednesday night while responding to a shooting call. The woman’s name wasn’t immediately released, pending notification of relatives. Police said only that she was in her 30s.

Authorities are urging anyone with information to call a tips hotline.

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Reno County wildfires ruled suspicious

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 09:22

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – The Hutchinson Fire Department in conjunction with Reno County Fire District #3 and the Reno County Sheriff’s Department said the wildfires March 4 and 5 in Reno County are all suspicious in nature.

Officials said the Jupiter Hills fire on March 4 was started along the road at 43rd and Jupiter Hills. Another fire that day at 17th and Faubion was also started along the road. Officials did not locate the sources of ignition.

On March 5, a fire was started by a firework, known as a Ground Bloom, a half mile west of 82nd and Monroe. The Ground Bloom is known for emitting a heavy shower of sparks from eight to 16 inches in length.

The last fire that day was reported north and west of the original fire in the 9500 block of Hendricks. Several witness state there was no smoke in the area shortly before the fire was reported.  Fire officials doubt that fire rekindled from a previous fire.

The Reno County Sheriff’s Department along with investigators from the Hutchinson Fire Department have followed up on leads with no suspects. If anyone has information on the fires, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers of Reno County at 620-694-2666 or 1-800-222-8477.

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Kansas officials hope new fiscal forecast is more optimistic

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 08:55

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas is preparing to issue a new fiscal forecast for state government that officials hope is more optimistic and makes fixing serious budget problems easier.

The forecasting group was meeting Thursday to revise a pessimistic forecast issued in November. The previous forecast left the state with projected budget shortfalls that total nearly $1 billion through June 2019.

Since that November forecast, the state’s tax collections have exceeded expectations by $57 million and given the state a 1.4 percent revenue surplus for its current fiscal year.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators will use the new numbers in budgeting. If the forecast is more optimistic about tax collections, the budget gaps will shrink.

The forecasting group includes legislative researchers, university economists, Department of Revenue officials and Brownback budget staffers.

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