Local and state talking points


K-State chooses not to renew contract with Konza researcher

The K-State Division of Biology will not renew the contract of Gene Towne, research assistant and Konza Prairie biological station fire chief, according to the Topeka Capital Journal.

Towne’s contract will end on Oct. 31 when his annual contract is up for renewal. In April, Towne was co-author of a research report that suggested burning grasslands for ecological purposes could be done in winter and fall, in addition to the typical April and spring timeframe historically recommended by K-State.

In an interview with the Journal, John Blair, associate director of the department of biology, said Towne’s contract was not being renewed due to budget issues and his handling of the research project.

Man shot by police officers in Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri police officers shot and killed a man after he pointed a gun at them on Saturday, police officials told the Kansas City Star.

According to the Star, shots were reported at approximately 9 p.m. in multiple locations near 44th Street in Kansas City. Police arrived at a location near N.E. Greenfield after receiving reports of a suicidal person. Upon arrival, the man pointed a gun at the officers, who opened fire in response.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and police chief Darryl Forté told the Kansas City Star that no officers were injured in the incident.

Russians order soldiers to return

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the 17,600 Russian soldiers near the Ukrainian border to withdraw from the border Sunday, according to CNN, citing state-run media.

The troops are withdrawing because exercises in the region near the border have ended, according to Russian news agency RIA Novoski and CNN.

The withdraw of the troops has not been confirmed by the U.N. yet, according to CNN.

Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.