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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.
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.
— STOLEN STEAKS — A Topeka man is under arrest after allegedly swiping $150 worth of steaks from a grocery store, then trying to sell them at a nearby hookah bar.
— MISSING MAN-MINE PIT — A 911 call to Pittsburg police has prompted a search of an old strip mining pit in southeast Kansas for a man whose whereabouts are unknown.
— FATAL ROBBERY — Police in Wichita say a 16-year-old boy shot to death by a convenience store clerk on Thanksgiving also robbed the business a week earlier.
— 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.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is making a change at quarterback, turning from banged-up starter David Ash to Case McCoy to lead the No. 23 Longhorns in their season finale at No. 7 Kansas State. McCoy, who hasn't started since the last game of the 2011 regular season, relieved Ash in a 20-13 loss to TCU on Thanksgiving. By Sports Writer Jim Vertuno.
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The health of the Big 12 has been a topic of debate since Nebraska and Colorado kicked off a four-team exodus a few years back. Judging by the results in 2012, the league is stronger than ever. By Sports Writer Luke Meredith.
AP Photos IAMP118, TXJP112, TXMO118.
— BKC--T25-SAN JOSE ST-KANSAS. Monday night's game at Lawrence. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. With hometown lead on losing team.
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