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The video that went viral showed Liberal High School junior Courtney Widener arriving at the April 20 prom with her 22-year-old brother, Senior Airman Casey Widener.

VIDEO: Kansas School Apologizes to Airman in Prom Dispute

KSAL StaffApril 30, 2013

A Kansas high school principal who barred a member of the Air Force from escorting his sister to prom has apologized to him in an attempt to quell a firestorm that's been fueled by a YouTube video of the debacle and the girl's heartfelt letter to the newspaper. A policy change allowing exceptions to the age limitation will be presented at Monday's upcoming school board meeting, Deputy Superintend...

Officer Chuck Huen was shot in late September.

Injured Salina Police Officer Back on Duty

KSAL StaffApril 30, 2013

A Salina Police Officer who was shot in the eye last fall is back on duty. Salina Police say that Officer Chuck Huen is back on the job, after passing several qualifications. Officer Huen was shot in late September when he and four other officers entered a home to investigate a possible stolen car and/or domestic incident. The man inside the house later killed himself in the basement. Huen was ...

A truck is stolen Monday afternoon.

Dually Truck Stolen

KSAL StaffApril 30, 2013

A truck is stolen Monday afternoon. Salina Police are investigating after a 1988 GMC truck was stolen from the 100 block of S.10th Street. The owner told police he may have left the keys in his red, 1-ton flatbed dually pick-up that was stolen sometime between 4pm and 4:45pm on Monday. The vehicle was parked on the street. It is valued at $1,000. ...

The Saline County Sheriff's Office is investigating four, small fires that were sparked overnight.

Arson Suspected in 4 Fires

KSAL StaffApril 30, 2013

The Saline County Sheriff's Office is investigating four, small fires that were sparked overnight. According to Sheriff Glen Kochanowski, Rural Fire District #5 responded to four, separate fires that occurred between Monday night at 11pm and 12:55am Tuesday morning. Deputies say a round bale of hay was destroyed by fire in the 2000 block of S. Niles Road at 11pm last night. Total loss is $100. ...

Salina Police are actively looking for a missing woman.

UPDATE: Police Seek Missing Woman

KSAL StaffApril 30, 2013

Salina Police are actively looking for a missing woman. Lt. Scott Siemsen says 27-year-old Kristin Tyler was last seen on April 25th. "We're following up on several leads," he said. "Information we're gaining from acquaintances of hers." Tyler's mother contacted police after her daughter did not return home last week. The two share a house in north Salina. Police say she may be driving a dark ...

A volunteer Reno County firefighter is charged with 14 felony counts of arson after investigators alleged he set more than a dozen grass fires last fall.

Volunteer Firefighter Charged With Arson

KSAL StaffApril 30, 2013

A volunteer Reno County firefighter is charged with 14 felony counts of arson after investigators alleged he set more than a dozen grass fires last fall. Nineteen-year-old Cody A. Knox of Arlington was arrested on a warrant Friday and charged with setting 14 fires in Reno County fields in October and November of last year. He was released on $7,500 bond and is scheduled to make his first court ap...

Copper Thieves Hit 31 Westar Substations

KSAL StaffApril 30, 2013

Westar Energy officials who were already dealing with $200,000 in damage done at a substation during the weekend say thieves also hit two other substations. The utility discovered damage Monday at substations near Valley Center and in Wichita. Westar Manager Doug VenJohn says thieves have hit 31 substations in April. There were only 15 similar thefts all of last year. Westar crews were at six di...

Cessna Offering More Voluntary Buyouts

KSAL StaffApril 30, 2013

Cessna Aircraft is offering voluntary retirement buyouts for its hourly employees. The Wichita Eagle reports that Wichita based aircraft company aims to get about 180 workers represented by the Machinists union to take the voluntary retirement offer. Cessna employs 8,200, including 5,800 in Wichita. The company has said it needs to cut employment figures because of sluggish demand for light busi...

KU Campus Earns Historic Designation

KSAL StaffApril 30, 2013

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - University of Kansas leaders are hailing the designation of the Lawrence campus as a new listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The historic district of the campus covers the period from 1863 to 1951 and includes Watson Library, the World War II Memorial Campanile and The Hill overlooking Memorial Stadium. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said in a statement ...

Saline County Commissioners believe that the best option for juvenile offenders in Saline County is to house them out of county, at least through the end of the year.

Juvenile Center to Remain Closed Through End of Year

KSAL StaffApril 29, 2013

Saline County Commissioners believe that the best option for juvenile offenders in Saline County is to house them out of county, at least through the end of the year. Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski closed the juvenile detention center this week, citing safety concerns for both inmates and staff. He said that the move was prompted by overcrowding, and a need for additional staff to keep co...

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