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Tuttle Creek Recovering After Record Low Level

KSAL StaffMay 6, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says recent precipitation brought Tuttle Creek Lake back to its normal elevation. Brian McNulty, the corps' operation manager, says the lake was at its normal elevation of 1075 feet by the end of the day Friday. That's more than 10 feet above the lake's level last fall. Last summer, water levels dropped because of lack of moisture. By July, the lake got so low th...

Man Dies After Jumping in Pond Following Chase

KSAL StaffMay 6, 2013

A man has died after jumping into a suburban Wichita pond after leading police on a car chase. A Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor says that the unidentified man entered a local car dealership around 9:16 p.m. and was flashing some knives. The person who called 911 told dispatchers the man left the building, got into a vehicle and drove away with police in pursuit. The dispatcher says the man ...

Thousands of Kansas Youths Involved in Crashes

KSAL StaffMay 6, 2013

While seat belt usage drops off dramatically after toddlerhood, new research shows older children are involved in thousands of traffic crashes each year in Kansas. Kansas State University civil engineers worked with the Kansas Department of Transportation and a research program to analyze crash data. They found that children from 4 to 13 years of age were involved in 50,155 crashes in the state f...

Airbus program to fly students over Wichita

Airbus program to fly students over Wichita

KSAL StaffMay 6, 2013

A group of middle school students will get a chance to fly over Wichita this week to mark the conclusion of a mentoring program. The program, called Flying Challenge, culminates Thursday at the National Center for Aviation Training. The agenda that includes flights over Wichita, a robotics lab, a paint lab and a radio controlled airplane demonstration. Flying Challenge is sponsored by the Airbus...

Drought might force Wichita to idle fountains

Drought might force Wichita to idle fountains

KSAL StaffMay 6, 2013

A drought-induced water shortage could force Wichita officials to idle the city's $3.5 million WaterWalk Waltzing Waters fountain system and other fountains throughout the city this summer. City Manager Robert Layton says water use across all city operations is under review. The Wichita Eagle reports city officials are preparing a water conservation plan for residential and commercial users to co...

A Colorado man has died after accidentally being shot with a .22 magnum by a friend who lives in the Wichita suburb of Park City.

Denver Man Dead After Accidental Shooting in Kansas

KSAL StaffMay 4, 2013

A Colorado man has died after accidentally being shot with a .22 magnum by a friend who lives in the Wichita suburb of Park City. The Wichita Eagle reports Eloy Portillo-Meza was pronounced dead around 12:30 a.m. Saturday at Wesley Medical Center. He was rushed there in critical condition after the shooting at 9 p.m. Friday. Police say a friend who lives in the home thought he had unloaded the g...

A northeast Kansas man is likely facing a $7,000 bill for a 35-mile air ambulance ride after police say he faked injuries that prompted the emergency flight.

Police Say Man Faked Injuries, Took Medical Flight

KSAL StaffMay 4, 2013

A northeast Kansas man is likely facing a $7,000 bill for a 35-mile air ambulance ride after police say he faked injuries that prompted the emergency flight. The Topeka Capital Journal reports the Eskridge man claimed to have been pistol-whipped during a disturbance Friday morning at the Topeka home of his wife's sister. Police say the man told officers he tried to diffuse an altercation between...

A former Kansas volunteer firefighter who is accused of setting more than a dozen fires late last year has hired an attorney and will appear in court next month.

Volunteer Firefighter Gets Attorney in Arson Case

KSAL StaffMay 4, 2013

A former Kansas volunteer firefighter who is accused of setting more than a dozen fires late last year has hired an attorney and will appear in court next month. The Hutchinson News reports Hutchinson attorney Rick Roberts entered an appearance Friday on behalf of 19-year-old Arlington resident Cody Knox. The former Reno County volunteer firefighter is accused of using a lighter to set 14 fires i...

KS Legislators Near End of Education Bills

KSAL StaffMay 4, 2013

Legislators are expected to make quick work of remaining education issues when the Kansas Legislature returns May 8 to finish the 2013 session, including a proposal sought by Gov. Sam Brownback to improve elementary reading scores. The plan calls for testing first-graders on their skills and holding them back if they aren't reading at grade level. Students could be retested and parents would have...

Salina Police Officer Back on Job After Losing Eye

KSAL StaffMay 4, 2013

A Salina police officer who lost an eye last year in a shooting thought his career was over before he learned of many others in his profession who suffered similar wounds but were able to eventually get back to work. The Salina Journal reports Chuck Huen was hurt in a Sept. 27 confrontation with a 19-year-old man who barricaded himself in a basement and fired several shots at officers. A bullet t...

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