Headlines for Saturday, November 5, 2022 – Kansas Public Radio

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McPherson College Receives Record $500 Million Donation

McPHERSON, Kan. (AP/KPR) – An anonymous donor is pledging up to $500 million to McPherson College.  In making the announcement Friday, McPherson College President Michael Schneider said the donation marks the single largest gift to a small liberal arts college in U.S. history.  The donation is a double-match estate commitment; if the college raises $250 illion by June 30th, it will receive the donor’s entire pledged $500 million, for a total of $750 million in donations.  Plans for the funds include the college’s student debt project, a new Kansas Center for Rural and Community Health a new Center for Engineering, Design, and Mobility, and three building projects.  McPherson College is holding a groundbreaking ceremonty Saturday for one of those projects: a new Campus Commons Student Center.


Five Arrested in Alleged Attack of Off-Duty Lawrence Police Officer

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KPR) – Lawrence police are investigating an alleged attack of an off-duty policeman ending in the arrest of four adults and one juvenile.  In a press release, the Lawrence Police Department reports that the officer was hit in the head with a crowbar early Friday morning.  As he lay injured, he heard gunshots but was not hit.  A car in the area was stopped and five people were arrested.  A gun and other evidence was recovered after being thrown from the vehicle.  The Lawrence Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident.  Potential charges include attempted murder.


Mailer on Abortion, Kansas Supreme Court Described as Deceptive

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A mailer to voters across Kansas suggests that removing state Supreme Court justices in Tuesday’s election would protect access to abortion.  In fact, abortion rights advocates want to keep them on the bench. The return address on the mailer says it is from VMCF Inc. Six of the Kansas Supreme Court’s justices are on the ballot Tuesday for yes-or-no votes on whether they stay on the court for another six years.


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