AP-KS–Kansas News Coverage Advisory, KS

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Kansas. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to News Editor Chris Clark at 800-852-4844 or 816-421-4844 or cclark@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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UPCOMING TODAY:

COURTS-KANSAS HARD 50

TOPEKA — Justices of the Kansas Supreme Court are hearing the latest appeal regarding the state’s “Hard 50” prison sentence and whether a convicted murder’s sentence should be set aside. The case of Matthew Astorga on Monday’s docket is the second appeal before the justices since legislator rewrote the “Hard 50” law this fall. UPCOMING: 500 words. By John Milburn.

DRUG TESTS-HAIR

TOPEKA — A Topeka high school has been randomly testing students’ hair to determine if the students have been using drugs. Hayden High has been testing students for drug use for more than a year. Under the program, the school takes hair samples from a pool of randomly selected students once a month. UPCOMING: 300 words.

INFANT MORTALITY

WICHITA — According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the overall Kansas resident rate was 6.3 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2012. One statistic that has especially troubled Kansas health care providers is the historically high rates of mortality for black infants. It’s still about three times higher than whites, even though all of the rates have declined over the last 20 years. There are also differences in rates between rural and urban counties. UPCOMING: 900 words. Member Exchange from Wichita Eagle.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL FIRE — Fire officials are investigating the cause of a house fire in Wichita that killed an elderly man.

— MISSING KU STUDENT — Lawrence police are searching for a 23-year-old University of Kansas student from Peru who hasn’t been seen since early Saturday.

— HANDWRITING STANDARDS — Kansas State Board of Education members will decide this week whether the state’s new handwriting standards will encourage schools to make sure that fifth- and sixth-graders can write legibly in cursive.

— KANSAS STATE-COMMENCEMENT — More than 1,800 students will receive their degrees from Kansas State University later this week.

— AP MEMBER HONOR — The Hutchinson News was named the 2013 David R. Bradley Member of the Year Sunday, honoring both the paper’s contributions to The Associated Press cooperative and its efforts to cover the impact of the health care overhaul on Kansans.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Kansas and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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