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Government Shutdown Prompts Fort Riley Closures

KSAL StaffOctober 2, 2013

Fort Riley civilian employees received notices of furloughs Tuesday following a government shutdown effective 12:01 a.m. Eastern Oct. 1. Furloughs will affect hundreds of civilian workers across a broad spectrum of services at Fort Riley. Effects of the shutdown will vary across the post. “Annual funding for the federal government expired on September 30, 2013,” Fort Riley Garrison Commander ...

Hellmer Reappointed Chief Judge

KSAL StaffOctober 2, 2013

Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss announced today that the Supreme Court has reappointed Jerome P. Hellmer to a two-year term as Chief Judge of the 28th Judicial District, effective January 1, 2014. Judge Hellmer has served as a district judge since 1996 in the 28th Judicial District. He presides over cases in Saline and Ottawa Counties. Chief Judge Hellmer said, “I am honored to have the opportun...

Man Killed When Semi Hits Truck

KSAL StaffOctober 2, 2013

A 65-year-old man has died after his pickup truck was hit by a tractor-trailer that was trying to pass on a northeast Kansas highway. The Kansas Highway Patrol says Larry Roger Mueller, of Hanover, was eastbound on U.S. 36 when the semi tried to pass his pickup. The semi couldn't complete the pass and moved back into the right lane, hitting Mueller's truck. The accident occurred near Washington,...

Imagine A World With A Cure

KSAL StaffOctober 1, 2013

A special awareness event will kick off Salina Breast Cancer Awareness Month Thursday evening. Early detection of breast cancer in its most curable stages and new treatments have greatly increased the odds for survival. In recognition of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Tammy Walker Cancer Center at Salina Regional Health Center and Salina Downtown, Inc., will host a breast awareness e...

Kansas National Guard Hit By Federal Shutdown

KSAL StaffOctober 1, 2013

Seven-hundred Kansas National Guard personnel are being sent home as the impact of the federal government shutdown takes hold. Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, adjutant general of the Kansas National Guard, says Tuesday that the furloughs affect about one-third of the Guard's federal employees. The soldiers perform a variety of administrative, maintenance and unit readiness functions. Many of the employ...

Man’s Body Found in South-Central Kansas

KSAL StaffOctober 1, 2013

Authorities are investigating after a man's body was found in a ditch near the Sedgwick County town of Kechi. KAKE reports that a man walking his dog found the body in a ditch Monday morning. Lt. Dave Mattingly of the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office says the man has been identified as 23-year-old Deandre Freeman Jr. He said it's too early to tell how Freeman died, but the death is being investi...

Patience Urged On Kansas Health Exchange

KSAL StaffOctober 1, 2013

A Kansas Insurance Department official is advising consumers in her state to be patient in trying to buy health coverage through a new online insurance marketplace. Linda Sheppard said Tuesday that glitches with the rollout of major new technology wouldn't be unusual, even without the partial shutdown of the federal government. Sheppard is the Insurance Department's health policy director. The...

Sheriff’s Office Recovers Stolen Car

KSAL StaffOctober 1, 2013

A vehicle left on Interstate-70 is ravaged by thieves. Saline County Sheriff's Deputies recovered a stolen car, after someone destroyed the interior and stole all four tires and wheels from a 2011 Chevy Impala. Ronald Amaker of Junction City left his car on the shoulder of eastbound I-70, Saturday afternoon after a flat tire. He told deputies he could not afford a tow at the time and planned to...

Billboards Of Scout Sculpture Taken Down

KSAL StaffOctober 1, 2013

Two artist-created billboards showing a rifleman pointing at an iconic Kansas City sculpture of an American Indian on horseback have been taken down. The billboards from artist A. Bitterman drew complaints after they went up last week in the Crossroads Arts District near downtown. They were supposed to remain on display until Oct. 21 but were removed Monday. Kansas City Indian Center outreach ...

Woman Allegedly Leaves a 5,3,1-Year Old Alone

KSAL StaffOctober 1, 2013

A Salina mother is facing a charge of endangering a child after she allegedly left 3 children alone at home to run an errand. According to Lt. Scott Siemsen, officers were called to the Kwik Shop at the corner of Crawford and Fairdale after a 5-year-old girl walked in to look for her mother just after 11pm Monday night. The clerk contacted police, who took the girl home across the street to the ...

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