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    Parsons man sentenced to 15 years on meth charges

    PARSONS – (October 21, 2016) – A Parsons man was sentenced today to fifteen years in prison for distributing methamphetamine, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

    Steven Chrisshawn Bell, 33, was sentenced to 180 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections by Judge Robert J. Fleming in Labette County District Court for two charges. Bell pleaded no contest in September to one count of distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school property that occurred in Cherokee County in April for which he received a prison sentence of 96 months. Bell also pleaded no contest to the same charge in August related to an incident that occurred in Labette County in February for which he received a prison sentence of 84 months. Judge Fleming ordered that those sentences are to run consecutively to one another.

    The charges stemmed from investigations by the Pittsburg Police Department, the Parsons Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Assistant Attorney General Steve Wilhoft of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the cases.

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:41:34 Z

  • Kansas Bar Association News

    New website provides free legal assistance for low-income Kansans

    New website provides free legal assistance for low-income Kansans

    Kansas is now part of a national network to provide free legal assistance to income-eligible individuals. In conjunction with a new program that is hosted by the American Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association has launched The service is geared to expand legal services for those who cannot afford an attorney. Users will have to meet eligibility guidelines applicable to each state.

    Civil legal questions (up to three per year) are submitted online and users will receive an answer via email. The site is accessible from any internet connection and open to receive questions at any time or day of the week. All questions asked on ABA Free Legal Answers are protected by attorney-client privilege.

    The free virtual legal advice clinic model was first launched in Tennessee and eventually adopted by the American Bar Association to take nationwide. The program is supported by a long list of organizations and is a project of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. Next week is the ABA’s national week long celebration of Pro Bono.

    In addition to providing legal advice, the program provides attorneys with an opportunity to give back through pro bono. As former attorney General Eric Holder states, “We are bound by a responsibility to use our unique skills and training - not just to advance cases, but to serve a cause; and to help our nation fulfill its founding promise of equal justice under law...The obligation of pro bono service must become a part of the DNA of both the legal profession and of every lawyer."

    Marilyn Harp, member of the KBA Access to Justice Committee and Executive Director of Kansas Legal Services, said

    “Many Kansans do not have access to information about how laws apply to their own lives.  We appreciate the work of the Kansas Bar Association and volunteer attorneys who are working to expand this valuable new approach in Kansas. The resource is a good companion to the forms and education currently available on the Kansas Legal Services website (  Making free legal answers available virtually nationwide will be helpful to a great many people.”  


    Meg Wickham, Director of Member & Communication Services

    Direct: (785) 861-8817

    Main: (785) 234-5696


    About the Kansas Bar Association

    Founded in 1882, the Kansas Bar Association is a voluntary professional association comprised of 7,000 members, including lawyers, judges, law students, and paralegals. The KBA is dedicated to advancing the professionalism of its members, encouraging public understanding of the law, and promoting the effective administration of our system of justice.


    Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:10:57 GMT

  • Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services News

    New KBEMS Licensing Portal is UP and running

    Check it out here: Licensing Portal.

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:24:55 +0000

  • Kansas Department of Commerce News Flash

    Kansas Energy Conference Has Successful Year

    195 Attendees and 51 Exhibitors

    Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:14:57 -0600

  • Kansas Department of Corrections News

    Barton celebrates inmate success at Ellsworth Correctional Facility

    Barton Community College honored 130 inmates at Ellsworth Correctional Facility (ECF) Tuesday during ECF's 12th annual Learning Celebration.

  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment News

    Boil Water Advisory Rescinded for Wallace Co. RWD No. 1

    TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has rescinded a boil water advisory for the Wallace Co. Rural Water District (RWD) No. 1 public water supply. The advisory was issued because of a positive bacteriological sample detected in the distribution system.

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:52:38 -0500

  • NetWork Kansas News

    Fort Hays State to be new host of NetWork Kansas’ Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

    NetWork Kansas will have a new host next spring for its fourth Kansas’ Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge -- Fort Hays State University. The statewide competition will be Monday, April 24, 2017, in FHSU’s Memorial Union.

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:00:00 Z

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