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Kidnapping Suspect Found Dead In Kansas Jail

KSAL StaffAugust 14, 2013

A 23-year-old man accused of leaving a Missouri home with a 15-year-old girl he was legally prohibited from contacting has been found dead in a Kansas jail cell. The Wyandotte County sheriff's office says Tuesday's death of 23-year-old Elijah McPike appeared to be a suicide. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday. Kansas City, Kan., police arrested McPike on Friday night and found the teen he ...

Kansas Officials Seek To Calm Data Concerns

KSAL StaffAugust 14, 2013

Kansas education officials are seeking to calm concerns about the student data that is being collected as the state switches to new education standards. Two Kansas State Department of Education officials answered questions during Tuesday's board meeting. The questions are coming amid the switch to the Common Core educational standards. The new standards replace a hodgepodge of educational goals ...

Abilene Company Agrees To $90,660 EPA Penalty

KSAL StaffAugust 14, 2013

An Abilene company agrees to pay a penalty in relation to violations of the Clean Air Act. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Abilene Products Co., Inc., has agreed to pay a $15,290 civil penalty to settle alleged violations at its fertilizer facility. As part of its settlement agreement the company will spend an additional $75,370 to complete a supplemental environmental project. ...

Classes Kick Off 2013-2014 School Year

KSAL StaffAugust 14, 2013

Area students are back at school today, and USD 305 Superintendent Bill Hall, stopped into KSAL with a look around the district. Hall, now beginning his third year at the helm of Salina schools, tells KSAL News that he spoke to his staff last week about building relationships with students. "I shared with them the absolute importance of developing relationships with students this very first day,...

Salina Sunday Liquor Sales Delayed

KSAL StaffAugust 14, 2013

Sunday liquor sales in Salina are delayed until the fall. Back in June, the Salina City Commission unanimously passed a law allowing Sunday liquor sales. The law was scheduled to go into effect this month. It goes into effect 61 days after final, or second publication. But, it was only published once. Now, though, it has been published twice. The new effective date is now October 22nd. The firs...

Back to School Thief

KSAL StaffAugust 14, 2013

Criminals in Salina are doing some back to school thieving in preparation for the new academic year. Between Sunday night and Monday morning, Linsey Dennis, 29, became the victim of a burglary. There were signs of forced entry into Dennis' apartment on the 700 block of Fairdale and an array of missing items. Among the missing items were a laptop, 32 inch flat screen TV,  a cable modem, a Sony s...

Theft In A Parking Lot

KSAL StaffAugust 14, 2013

A trailer was stolen yesterday right off of the hitch of a woman's truck in the parking lot of Roadway Inn on 1846 N Ninth. Victim, Stephanie Wennstedt, 55, was traveling through Salina from Missouri on her way to Colorado when she had her 10 ft. trailer containing a 2011 Polaris 4-wheeler and a snow plow stolen. The total loss in stolen property was estimated at $13,500 in the report filed by p...

Nearly Century-Old KU Building Demolished

KSAL StaffAugust 14, 2013

The University of Kansas has demolished its nearly century-old University Relations building on the far northeast end of campus. Over the years, the house-like structure also had served as a high school, a faculty lounge and offices for the KU Endowment. But the university's deputy director for Construction and Design Management, Paul Graves, says the building had become structurally unsound ...

A law taking effect Monday allows people with concealed-carry permits to bring their guns into public buildings.

Board Of Regents Wants Concealed Carry Study

KSAL StaffAugust 14, 2013

The Kansas Board of Regents wants an in-depth study of a new law that loosens restrictions on carrying concealed weapons into public buildings. The regents indicated they would pursue the study during their annual retreat Tuesday. The new law allows licensed concealed carry on public college campuses. But the regents have taken an immediate six-month exemption for universities, and could later s...

KDOT Spent $18.5 Million Clearing Roads

KSAL StaffAugust 14, 2013

The Kansas Department of Transportation says it spent more than $18.5 million clearing and salting highways during the past winter. KDOT included its winter storm expenses in a quarterly summary of operations posted online Tuesday. The figure for clearing snow and spreading salt to prevent ice buildup was for the 2013 fiscal year, which ended June 30. It was a big jump from fiscal 2012, which sa...

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