Saturday events

Democrats to meet Saturday
The Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast will be held Saturday morning, Jan. 21, at The Dotte Spot Bar and Grill, 8123 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. The speakers will be State Sen. Pat Pettey, D-6th Dist., and State Rep. Stan Frownfelter, D-37th Dist. Sen. Pettey is the chair of the Wyandotte County legislative delegation. Rep. Frownfelter was recently elected Democratic assistant leader in the Kansas House. The breakfast buffet for the meeting, held every third Saturday, begins at 8:15 a.m., and the program will be at 9:15 a.m. It is open to Democrats. The cost of the breakfast is $10, or $6 for students and those on limited incomes. There is a $2 charge for coffee for those who are not purchasing breakfast. This month, the breakfast will be serving pastries, fruit, juices and coffee.


Eagle Days planned at Wyandotte County Lake Park

Eagle Days will be held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21 and 22, at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road. Events will be held at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library at the lake, and also at the James P. Davis Hall there. There will be opportunities to view eagles and other waterfowl, including indoor viewing and possibly, outdoor viewing. Other activities are planned. The family event is free and open to the public. Hours on Saturday include 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Schlagle Library, 4051 West Drive; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Davis Hall. Hours on Sunday are noon to 4 p.m. at Schlagle Library and noon to 4 p.m. at Davis Hall. For more information visit http://wyandottedaily.com/?s=eagle.

Quilting program offered
A quilting program will be offered from 9 am. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the West Wyandotte Library, Conference Room C, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kan. Those attending will learn the basics of making a quilt, learning new skills or work on skills they already have. The program is for ages 11 and older, unless approved by the instructor. For more information or registration, call 913-596-5800.

4-H event planned
A Wyandotte County 4-H Project Fair is planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Interested youth and families may visit booths that will offer information about ways youth can experience hands-on learning activities.

First-degree murder charge filed in July shooting case

A first-degree murder charge was filed today against Maurice Wayne Hall, 34, in connection with a homicide on July 25, 2016, at 400 Troup Ave.

Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree filed the charge in the case.

Tyrone Wilson died in the shooting. Wilson was standing in front of a building, talking to several other people, when he was shot, according to the district attorney’s spokesman.

Hall was taken into custody without incident on Jan. 18, the spokesman stated. His bond was set at $250,000.

After losing court case today, KNEA says it will continue to challenge Kansas due process law

The Kansas National Education Association lost a court challenge today in the Kansas Supreme Court.

The KNEA challenged a state law in 2014 that limited due process for teachers. The basis of the challenge was the KNEA’s contention that more than one subject was addressed in the bill, which also contained provisions on appropriations, and that only one subject is allowed per bill.

The Supreme Court stated in its ruling today that the bill did not address two or more dissimilar subjects without any connection or relationship. The appropriations part of the bill included provisions on education funding, so all of the bill related to education, according to the court.

In a news release today, the KNEA stated that it will continue to challenge the Kansas law that took away due process rights from teachers.

The KNEA stated in the news release:

“In 2014, HB 2506 was passed in the dark of night and contained policy attacks against educators. One such attack was a provision stripping non-probationary teachers of their right to due process hearings in cases of dismissal from employment.

Today’s decision by the Supreme Court of Kansas focused on the question of whether this policy attack was permissible under the state’s one-subject rule. That rule states, “no bill shall contain more than one subject, except appropriation bills and bills for revision or codification of statutes.” The court found that HB 2506 was an education bill and that all provisions within the bill were related to education. In no way should today’s decision be viewed as reflective of the court’s opinion regarding the underlying due process protections formerly afforded non-probationary teachers.

“KNEA will continue to pursue all avenues including potential legal remedies as well as legislative action to restore statutory due process rights for non-probationary teachers in Kansas. We believe that this fundamental right enables professional educators to advocate fully for their students without fear of punitive reprisal. Further, due process protection serves to make teaching in Kansas an attractive proposition along with fair compensation and benefits, a stable KPERS system, and the right to have a say in their own working conditions through collective bargaining.”