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Westar says copper thieves likely severely hurt

Westar Says Copper Thieves Likely Severely Hurt

KSAL StaffApril 29, 2013

Kansas utility company officials say someone who caused a power outage and more than $150,000 in wire loss and damage by breaking into a substation could possibly be blind, deaf and seriously burned. KWCH-TV reports Westar crews who went to check on a Wichita substation at 5:45 a.m. Saturday found grounding cables and copper wire missing and noticed the chain link fence was cut. Westar says whoe...

Two men led law enforcement officers on a chase that spanned several counties in two states before the getaway vehicle got stuck in the mud in northeast Kansas.

2 Suspects Lead Officers on Chase in 2 States

KSAL StaffApril 28, 2013

Two men led law enforcement officers on a chase that spanned several counties in two states before the getaway vehicle got stuck in the mud in northeast Kansas. WIBW reports the Kansas Highway Patrol was called around 3 p.m. Saturday to help in the chase that began in Buchanan County, Mo. The suspects were wanted in that state for stolen vehicles and weapons charges. The chase went through Atchi...

Business Students Lend Know-How to Kansas Nonprofits

KSAL StaffApril 28, 2013

Graduate students at the University of Kansas School of Business are wrapping of the first year of a new program to help solve management problems for nonprofit groups. The Lawrence Journal-World reports the business school launched the Kansas Impact Project last fall. First-year students in the MBA program formed five teams, each studying the business problems of a nonprofit group and coming u...

Sheriff Plans to Close Juvenile Detention Facility

KSAL StaffApril 28, 2013

Saline County commissioners have confirmed that Sheriff Glen Kochanowski has told them he plans to close the county's juvenile detention facility early this week. Commission chairman Randy Duncan told the Salina Journal it's unclear whether the sheriff has the authority to close the center. He says Kochanowski called each commissioner individually Friday to inform them of his decision. Duncan sa...

A student pilot safely lands an airplane despite a landing gear malfunction.

Student Pilot Safely Lands Malfunctioning Airplane

KSAL StaffApril 28, 2013

A student pilot safely lands an airplane despite a landing gear malfunction. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a single engine Piper airplane was coming in for a landing Saturday afternoon at the Manhattan Regional Airport. The nose gear failed to deploy, and the nose touched down. Troopers say that the airplane's propellor was bent in the incident, and the underbelly of the aircraft was ...

A rare silent movie made in 1920 with a cast of more than 300 Kiowa and Comanche people was being shown to the public for only the second time since it was filmed nine decades ago.

Rare Movie Shown to Public For Only 2nd Time

KSAL StaffApril 27, 2013

A rare silent movie made in 1920 with a cast of more than 300 Kiowa and Comanche people was being shown to the public for only the second time since it was filmed nine decades ago. The Wichita Eagle reports there was only one copy of the movie, The Daughter of the Dawn, which was filmed on highly flammable and easily decomposable silver nitrate film. It was being shown Saturday in Larned as part ...

Sex Offender Sweep Finds 38 Not in Compliance

KSAL StaffApril 27, 2013

A Sedgwick County effort to account for hundreds of registered sex offenders found 38 of them had provided authorities with incorrect information about their whereabouts or moved without reporting it to law enforcement. The Wichita Eagle reports this week's sweep included 572 Wichita-area registered offenders. Of those who provided incorrect information, some had never lived at the address they p...

Military Tanker Makes Emergency Landing

KSAL StaffApril 27, 2013

A military refueling tanker is forced to make an emergency landing after pilots had to shut one of the plane's four engines down while practicing maneuvers in Kansas. The Wichita Eagle reports the KC-135 was attempting to return to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita on Friday afternoon when the engine problem occurred. The plane was fully loaded with fuel when it was forced to make an emergency...

Brownback Says Higher Education Deserves to Avoid Cuts

KSAL StaffApril 26, 2013

Gov. Sam Brownback says he's asked the Kansas higher education system to take on additional work, and it deserves to avoid cuts in state funding. The Republican governor on Friday wrapped up a week of touring state university and college campuses with a visit to Washburn University in Topeka. Brownback has used his tour to highlight the importance of higher education and campaign for his pro...

President Obama has formally declared a major disaster from the February snowstorms in Kansas.

Obama Signs Disaster Declaration For Kansas Snows

KSAL StaffApril 26, 2013

President Obama has formally declared a major disaster from the February snowstorms in Kansas. The official disaster designation announced Friday makes federal funding available to supplement state and local recovery efforts. It covers the period of Feb. 20 23, when back-to-back storm systems dumped record amounts of snow in parts of Kansas. The money can be used by state and local governments a...

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