Dec 05, 2019 9:01 PM

Large Santa stolen from historic Missouri mansion

Posted Dec 05, 2019 9:01 PM

Photo courtesy Independence PD

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A Grinch has stolen a large Santa Claus from the porch of a historic mansion in the Kansas City area.

Police in Independence say the jolly old elf was snatched Tuesday or Wednesday from the Vaile Mansion. Built in 1881, the three-story Gothic-like structure is open to the public as a museum.

Police say the Santa belongs to a Parks and Recreation employee and has “much sentimental value.''

In effort to track down leads, police posted pictures showing the missing Santa posed next to a giant reindeer and beside a fireplace.

Several dozen people responded to the post with outrage. One poster predicted that the thief would be ‘’on Santa's naughty list this year.''

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Dec 05, 2019 9:01 PM
New law school approved for Washburn University

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Washburn University School of Law will be getting a new home.

Washburn's Board of Regents on Wednesday approved the plan for a $33 million building on the Topeka campus.

The university will begin working on the plans immediately. A completion date is not yet set.

The current law school building dates back to 1968. The new building is part of Washburn's "150 Forward" campaign.

The $13 million in private donations raised for the building is the largest amount for a single project in Washburn history.

Washburn President Jerry Farley said declining enrollments nationwide prompted the school to project for 300 to 325 students, rather than 450.

Farley says the biggest advantage of the new building will be technological upgrades that were not financially feasible in the current building.

The current law building will be used for other university programs and offices.