Good morning everyone:
Last week was marked by some sad news out of western Kansas when state Rep. Russ Jennings of Lakin announced he wouldn't seek reelection next year because of a cancer diagnosis. The reaction to the news was overwhelming on social media. His contributions — especially in the area of corrections and criminal justice — won't be forgotten at the statehouse. He has friends who are hurting now and are pulling hard for him in the fight ahead. Here's the rest of the news for the week, including the significant stories we published and other news you . . .