73 apply for 24 licenses to sell medical pot

in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Most people who have applied to sell medical marijuana in the Kansas City area won’t be granted licenses this year.

The Kansas City Star reported that the director of Missouri’s new medical marijuana program Lyndall Fraker said the Kansas City-area congressional district will get 24 licenses, but 73 have applied.

In contrast, the mostly rural 6th Congressional district north of Kansas City has only 17 applications.

The state will start vetting applications to grow, manufacture or sell medical marijuana products on Aug. 3 and make decisions by the end of December. Fraker said an independent third party with no stake in any of the license applications will be in charge of scoring them to determine who gets a license. The scorers won’t see the names of the applicants.

Superintendent says he didn’t know nurse

in sex case

was fired before

DE SOTO, Kan. | The superintendent of a suburban Kansas City school district said he wasn’t aware that a school nurse who’s charged with two counts of unlawful sexual relations with a minor had faced similar accusations at a previous job.

The Kansas City Star reported that De Soto, Kansas, Superintendent Frank Harwood said Tuesday that Richard Finazzo wouldn’t have been hired if the district “had any idea” of the suspicions. Charging documents say Finazzo resigned from De Soto High School in October while under suspicion for the same conduct that led to his firing two years ago from the nearby Gardner-Edgerton High School.

Prosecutors said Finazzo has claimed he was the victim of a “double standard” that wouldn’t apply to female nurses. The Gardner-Edgerton district didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment from The Star or The Associated Press.

University employees told private data is

on stolen laptop

LINCOLN, Neb. | University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials said personal and financial information on more than 900 current and former employees were contained in a laptop computer stolen from a university consultant who was vacationing in Rome.

They work or worked for the university’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The university’s offered them a year of identity theft protection.

The consultant helps manage the institute’s employee retirement benefits. The names, Social Security numbers, home and email addresses and financial account information on the laptop were password-protected but not encrypted, which would have provided extra security.

Jury convicts boy who pointed gun at teacher,

pulled trigger

DAVENPORT, Iowa | A 13-year-old eastern Iowa student was found guilty on three charges after he pointed a gun at a teacher and pulled the trigger, but the jury declined to convict him of attempted murder.

The Quad-City Times reported jurors in Davenport convicted the boy Wednesday of carrying weapons on school grounds, assault while using or displaying a dangerous weapon, and assault with intent to commit serious injury. Jury deliberations began Tuesday.

Prosecutors said the boy pointed a loaded .22-caliber handgun at a teacher in a North Scott Junior High School classroom in Eldridge on Aug. 31. It didn’t fire when he pulled the trigger because the safety was engaged. The teacher and a guidance counselor grabbed the gun from him.

The boy, who was 12 at the time, was tried as a youthful offender in adult court and charged with attempted murder and weapons crimes.

— From AP reports