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NCAA fines Wichita State baseball program, takes away wins

Wichita State’s baseball program was placed on probation by the NCAA after it found that 21 players received impermissible benefits over a two-year period according to the Little Apple Post.

The NCAA decided to vacate all of the program’s wins from the 2011-13 seasons, including its 2013 NCAA tournament appearance. Additionally, the program was fined $5,000.

The school self reported the violations last year after baseball coach Todd Butler discovered players had purchased $7,000 in apparel at steep discounts.

The incidents occurred under former coach Gene Stephenson who was fired in June 2013 after 36 years with the program.

Kansas senator to serve on Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran was appointed to serve as a member of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on Thursday according to the Little Apple Post. The committee is responsible for appropriating funds for the department of defense including the Navy, Air Force and Army.

Moran said his inclusion in the committee would give the soldiers of Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, airmen of McConnell Air Force Base and Forbes Field and Kansans in the National Guard and Reserves a strong voice in Washington, D.C.

Troops deployed in Africa return to Fort Riley

Military personnel from the 2nd Battalion, 16th infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Infantry Division will return to Fort Riley following an eight-month deployment to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa according to the Little Apple Post.

The soldiers, who formed a task force in Djibouti and took part in an Asymmetric Warfare Group at Camp Lemmonier, completed 52 security missions and trained almost 6,700 service members from four partner nations.

The first soldiers arrived at Fort Riley last Tuesday. The remaining members of the “Rangers” battalion will return in the next few weeks.

House panel eases off plan to delay school aid funds

The Appropriations Committee voted to delay only $20 million of the $45 million delay to school aid funds proposed by Gov. Sam Brownback according to the Little Apple Post.

Brownback had hoped to avoid a mid-February cash crunch by delaying $45 million in payments to schools for building repairs and equipment until June.

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