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Posted on November 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

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KANSAS-TEACHER EVALUATIONS

TOPEKA — Kansas teachers and administrators are working with state Department of Education to develop an evaluation system to measure their performance. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Kansas Education Evaluation Protocol is a pilot program in place in about two dozen districts.

SUPREME COURT-INSANITY DEFENSE

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has refused to consider whether a criminal defendant has a constitutional right to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. The justices on Monday rejected an appeal from convicted killer John Joseph Delling of Idaho, one of four states that bar defendants from claiming that they were legally insane, or unable to appreciate that what they did was wrong. The other states are Kansas, Montana and Utah.

KU MEDIA CENTER

LAWRENCE — Just about every day, Cal Butcher says, someone pokes his or her head into the room on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union with the one bright green wall and asks what's going on in there. The answer: Nobody knows exactly what yet. By Matt Erickson, Lawrence Journal-World.

BUSINESS:

PRECISION CASTPARTS-SYNCHRONOUS AEROSPACE

PORTLAND, Ore. — Defense contractor Precision Castparts Corp. said on Monday that it has agreed to buy Synchronous Aerospace Group, which makes mechanical assemblies for commercial and military planes. Precision Castparts said it was paying an undisclosed amount in the cash deal. It said the deal should close by the end of December and would add immediately to earnings. Synchronous makes flight controls, wing ribs, bulkheads, and other airplane parts. It employs about 700 people in Santa Ana, Calif., where it has its headquarters, and in Kent, Wash., Wichita, Kan., and Tulsa, Okla.

ALSO:

— CHRISTMAS EVE KILLING — A Topeka man is will serve 33 years in federal prison without parole for shooting a liquor store clerk on Christmas Eve 2011.

— ESCAPED PRISONER-CASE — A prisoner who walked away from a halfway house in Leavenworth has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of escape from custody.

— ATV FATAL — Authorities have identified the Johnson County high school senior killed in a weekend ATV accident in eastern Kansas.

— SUPREME COURT-INSANITY DEFENSE — The Supreme Court is refusing to consider whether a criminal defendant has a constitutional right to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

— EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT-WESLEYAN — Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina will offer the state's first four-year degree in emergency management, beginning this spring.

— RESTAURANT FIRE — The state fire marshal is expected to be in a small central Kansas town Monday to determine the cause of a blaze that destroyed a family restaurant.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-SAN JOSE ST-KANSAS

LAWRENCE — After romping to victory in the CBE Classic, No. 12 Kansas returns to Allen Fieldhouse to take on San Jose State. The Jayhawks have been impressive since a loss to Michigan State in the Champions Classic. Starts 7 p.m. CST. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. With hometown lead on losing team.

FBC--T25-TEXAS-QUARTERBACK

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas coach Mack Brown says Case McCoy will start at quarterback this week for the No. 23 Longhorns at No. 7 Kansas State. Starter David Ash is listed as questionable after a rib injury in last week's loss to TCU. Ash had three turnovers in the first half in one of his worst games of the season By Sports Writer Jim Vertuno.

AP Photos TXJP105, TXJP104.

FBC--BIG 12-BOWLS

The Big 12's first season with West Virginia and TCU has been a roaring success. The Mountaineers and Horned Frogs are bowl eligible — and so is everyone else save for Kansas. By Sports Writer Luke Meredith.

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