- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Kansas. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Kansas City bureau at 816-421-4844 or [email protected] Bill Draper is on the desk.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

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TOPEKA - Defense attorneys have finished making their case that a convicted murderer should be sentenced to life in prison and not executed for kidnaping, raping and killing an 8-year-old Topeka girl. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports clinical psychologist June Cooley of Atlanta testified Monday that Billy Frank Davis Jr. has bipolar disorder with psychotic features and post-traumatic stress disorder. She says his symptoms worsened when he stopped using his prescription medication and began drinking alcohol and using cocaine. UPCOMING: 350 words by 6 p.m.


KANSAS CITY - American Civil Liberties Union officials say they have begun a new and more aggressive effort to intervene in Missouri and Kansas over highly public issues like same-sex marriage, privacy and police policy. The ACLU’s Missouri chapter has been actively involved in the protests in Ferguson over Michael Brown’s shooting death by a Ferguson police officer. It has sued on behalf of a reporter arrested during a protest and argued for protections for street demonstrators. SENT: 237 words.

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TOPEKA - Two new programs in Topeka will provide court and dental services to some people in Topeka who are suffering from mental illness, beginning in January. An alternative sentencing court run through the Topeka Municipal Court will allow mentally ill people who committed relatively minor crimes to be released from a jail earlier than scheduled if they comply with a treatment plan. The program also will offer employment, housing and substance abuse help. SENT: 352 words.


LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas Endowment has reached a $1.2 billion fundraising goal two years early but officials say the effort will continue. The endowment’s Far Above campaign met its goal last week after it received a $58 million gift from the estate of Madison and Lila Self, the largest individual gift in the university’s history. That brought the total raised so far to $1.218 million. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.


WICHITA - The acquisition of a Wichita radio station by Envision is an example of how CEO Michael Monteferrante, almost two years into the job, is trying to expand the nonprofit’s mission of providing services and support to people who are visually impaired. On Friday Envision closed on the purchase of KFTI, a 100,000-watt radio station at 92.3 on FM, from Journal Broadcast Group. By Jerry Siebenmark, The Wichita Eagle. SENT: 1,036 words.


- BOY KILLED - A south-central Kansas woman has been taken into custody on suspicion that she killed her 10-year-old son.

- CATTLE THEFT INVESTIGATIONS - The state of Kansas is creating a new investigative unit to combat an increase in cattle theft.

- CHRISTMAS PARTY-SHOOTING - Wichita police say two people are in custody after a weekend shooting that killed a 24-year-old man and injured another man.

- SPORTING KC-YOUTH ACADEMY - Sporting Kansas City is considering building a youth academy program in Garden City, Kansas.

- KANSAS-WEIRD WEATHER - Kansas weather is often unpredictable but Sunday was a particularly odd day in the state.

- FORCED METH DEATH - The owner of a Wichita auto shop will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of killing a man by injecting him with a lethal dose of methamphetamine.

- TEEN KILLED-DRIVE-BY - Police say a 16-year-old boy wounded in a drive-by shooting has died from his injuries.

- CHRISTMAS PARTY-SHOOTING - Wichita police say a man has died after a shooting outside of a company’s Christmas party.


Nothing scheduled at this hour.


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