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Kansas fisherman awaits DNA testing to confirm he broke record for biggest trout

 Josh McCullough of Spring Hill holding his potential record setting rainbow trout.

Josh McCullough of Spring Hill holding his potential record setting rainbow trout.

DE SOTO, Kan. — Josh McCullough had always talked about catching a big fish, and catching a big fish is what he did.

McCullough pulled in the potential record-setting rainbow trout Feb. 23 at Kill Creek Lake in Johnson County, Kan.

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Supreme Court of Kansas rules funding structure to school districts is unconstitutional

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the way the state funds its public schools is unconstitutional.

In the lawsuit known as Gannon vs. the State of Kansas filed in 2010, a coalition of school districts and individuals claim the cuts enacted since the economic downturn violate the state’s constitutional requirement that the legislature provides adequate funds for public schools.

The plaintiffs included school districts in Wichita, Hutchinson, Dodge City, and Kansas City, Kan. along with 31 individuals that are either students or their guardians.

While the court ruled that the individuals did not have the standings to file the suit, the districts did rule that “the State created unconstitutional, wealth-based disparities by withholding capital outlay state aid payments to which certain school districts were otherwise entitled.”

KU celebrates 10th straight Big 12 crown with emphatic win over Texas Tech

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Tarik Black pulled a Big 12 championship T-shirt over his broad shoulders, slipped a title hat on his head, and then gave Andrew Wiggins and the rest of his teammates a hug.

In the background stood the trophies, all 10 of them, brought onto the court at Allen Fieldhouse — a perfect ending to Black’s nearly perfect senior night.

The transfer from Memphis scored 19 points on 9-for-9 shooting, more than making up for the loss of injured center Joel Embiid, and led the eighth-ranked Jayhawks to an 82-57 victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday night.

“Wow, did he play good tonight,” Kansas coach Bill Self said.

Black matched the school record for field goal attempts without a miss held by C.J. Giles (2005) and Mark Randall (1990). The only shots he missed came at the free throw line.

Senior Night for the Kansas Jayhawks

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Wednesday is Senior Night at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence for the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.

Senior forward Tarik Black, guard Niko Roberts, and forward Justin Wesley will all be honored during the game.

Lawrence schools remain open despite below freezing temperatures

LAWRENCE, Kan. –  With nearly 200 schools closed due to the below freezing temperatures, it was business as usual at the Lawrence School District on Monday. Some parents were concerned that their children were expected to brave the slick streets and freezing temperatures getting to school.

The Leibold’s disagree about the decision to remain open in this weather. They have three children in the district. One in the elementary school who walks to school and two in high school who drive.

“So I do have them on the roads and that does make me nervous but I think the school is out for their best interest by getting them educated,” said mother of three, Mandy Leibold.

Leibold’s husband, Terry Leibold, worries that the school district is more interested in not going over the maximum number of school days rather than the safety of the students.

KU’s Embiid to miss final two regular season games

LAWRENCE, Kan. — After re-injuring his back during a Saturday night loss at Oklahoma State, Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid will miss the Jayhawks’ final two regular season games, according to head coach Bill Self.

“I would, right now, think that’s what we will go to, is give him a little bit of time,” Self said. “But I don’t know how long that will be, and certainly I don’t think it’s anything that will affect postseason.”

Embiid fell to the floor in obvious pain after being fouled in the second-half against the Cowboys. He finished the contest with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Earlier this season, Embiid missed a home game against TCU because of back problems. This latest injury has been described as a re-aggravation of a lower back strain.

Double fatality accident near Lawrence

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Police are investigating a double fatality accident which occurred late Saturday night.

Rodney Strickell, 53 of Wellsville, and Dylan Strickell, 17, of Lawrence, were traveling together in a vehicle heading southbound on Douglas County Road 1061, when police say their vehicle failed to stop at the intersection atU56. A second vehicle was traveling eastbound on U56, and struck the Strickell’s vehicle on the passenger side door.

Both vehicles ended up in the southeast ditch. The Strickell’s vehicle came to rest on its top facing the southwest, and the other vehicle came to rest right-side up with its wheels facing east.

Both Rodney and Dylan Strickell died in the crash. It is unknown what caused the car to continue through the intersection, however it is possible weather may have been a factor.