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Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed Dan Biles, Shawnee, to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday. Biles, best known for his work for state agencies, represented the State Board of Education in a 1999 lawsuit that eventually forced the state to phase in an $892 million increase in school funding over the past four years. He’ll replace Chief Justice Kay McFarland, who is retiring Monday after more than 31 years on the court. Biles was joined by his family: from left Sydney, 12, Allison, 19, Claire, 10; and his wife, Amy McCart, who is assistant research professor at KU in the Department of Special Education.

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