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Kansas Juvenile Corrections Merges with Adult System

KSAL StaffJuly 1, 2013

The administration of the juvenile justice system in Kansas is merging into the adult correctional system. Gov. Sam Brownback contends the Juvenile Justice Authority will be better managed under the Department of Corrections and says money going toward administration of the JJA could instead be diverted into programs for offenders. The Department of Corrections says in a release that the merger ...

Cash and Cell Phone Stolen in Robbery

KSAL StaffJuly 1, 2013

A man and woman refuse medical treatment after being pistol whipped. According to Lt. Scott Siemsen, officers were called to a house in the 400 block of Baker on Saturday night after two suspects allegedly came in and used a handgun to injure two residence in their early 20's - before leaving with a cell phone and $50 cash. Police say a female was struck on top of the head and suffered a small c...

Swimmer Drowns at Cheney Reservoir

KSAL StaffJuly 1, 2013

A 19-year-old Wichita man has drowned while trying to help a friend at Cheney Reservoir in south-central Kansas. Reno County sheriff's deputy Lee Johnson announced on the agency's Facebook page that the victim was Marcus Hutton. The posting said that the drowning was reported around 5 p.m. Saturday near the lake's yacht club. Witnesses told authorities that they were swimming when one of Hutton'...

Federal judge refuses to block Kansas abortion rules

Federal judge refuses to block Kansas abortion rules

KSAL StaffJuly 1, 2013

A federal judge in Kansas has refused to temporarily block a new state law requiring that abortion provider websites link to a state site with information the providers dispute. But U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Vratil's ruling Sunday came after a state judge ruled Friday that Kansas couldn't enforce the same website requirement for now. The rule was to take effect Monday. Vratil's decision ...

Rossville Man Killed In ATV Accident Near Delia

KSAL StaffJune 29, 2013

A 21-year-old man has been killed in an all-terrain vehicle near the northeast Kansas town of Delia. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 21-year-old Adrian C. Barber of Rossville was injured Saturday morning. Barber then was transported to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, where he was pronounced dead. Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse said in a news release that the accident remains unde...

Topeka put on its first craft brewery festival

KSAL StaffJune 29, 2013

Beer enthusiasts attending Topeka's first craft brewery festival had pales, wheats, lagers and fruity seasonal brews to pick from. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that about 900 people turned out Saturday to sample 122 beers from 38 American craft brewers. Downtown Topeka Inc. president and CEO Vince Frye said the event was so successful, that the organization already has decided to hold anot...

Westar Energy Plan Would Raise Residential Rates

KSAL StaffJune 29, 2013

Westar Energy is proposing raising the rates on residential and small business customers and lowering the rates for large businesses. Small businesses would pay 6 to 9 percent more under Westar Energy's latest plan. Big businesses that buy lots of power would pay 6 to 15 percent less. Westar officials say industrial users and other large-volume customers are now paying more than their share. Th...

Grass fires close road in south-central Kansas

KSAL StaffJune 29, 2013

Multiple grass fires have closed a road near the south-central Kansas town of Partridge. The fires were burning Saturday between Partridge and Abbyville. The Hutchinson News reports that some of the fires have threatened homes, but no structures have burned. No one is injured. ...

A second suspect in a marijuana bust at a northeast Kansas airport has pleaded guilty. Colorado resident Lance Thompson was one of five people arrested in April when a small airplane from Colorado carrying about 42 pounds of marijuana landed at Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison. Some of the suspects were on the plane, the others in a vehicle waiting to meet it. KAIR-AM reports Thompson pleaded guilty Thursday in Atchison County District Court to possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. Other charges were dropped in exchange for the plea. Another defendant, Daniel Brown, pleaded guilty earlier. The others are still facing court proceedings. Police put the value of the marijuana at more than $100,000. Thompson faces sentencing in August.

Suspect Pleads Guilty In Kansas Airport Drug Bust

KSAL StaffJune 28, 2013

A second suspect in a marijuana bust at a northeast Kansas airport has pleaded guilty. Colorado resident Lance Thompson was one of five people arrested in April when a small airplane from Colorado carrying about 42 pounds of marijuana landed at Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison. Some of the suspects were on the plane, the others in a vehicle waiting to meet it. KAIR-AM reports Thompson pleaded ...

On Kansas Farm, Wheat Harvest Is Family Time

KSAL StaffJune 28, 2013

Anyone inclined to grumble about mowing the lawn in the steamy Kansas heat might consider the example of the Kent Winter family. The Wichita Eagle reports the family of 10 - parents Kent and Susan and their eight children - have been working from sunrise until late at night to bring in their wheat crop. They grow about 800 acres of wheat in Andale, located northwest of Wichita in Sedgwick County...

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