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Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press

Police have arrested a third person in relation to the October 1st shooting of five people in downtown Lawrence. Three of the victims died in the incident. A 20-year-old man has been charged with first degree murder.

Researchers recently unlocked the genetic code of the plant to help locate the specific genes that control self-pollination. (Photo by Amy Mayer, Harvest Public Media)

Sunflowers are a global commodity crop and the demand is growing. Researchers say genome mapping is likely to create better hybrid seeds.

This year’s budget was built on last year’s enrollment numbers, but around 1,000 fewer students came to Kansas State University this fall. 

Last year, the Obama administration proposed a rule to help small livestock farmers. It was supposed to go into effect this week. The USDA has now announced that it won't. 

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press

Kansas City, Missouri police have released a man who was considered a person of interest after three sisters who disappeared in August from their Kansas foster home were found safe. Police released him Tuesday morning after Tonganoxie officials said they didn't have enough evidence to charge him with a crime.

The chairman of the Kansas State Board of Education, Jim Porter, says the drop in scores is something to watch.

KVC Kansas recently opened a short-term crisis center in Hays with room for 20 foster care children. (photo credit: KVC Kansas)

KVC Kansas, one of the private contractors managing cases in the state foster care system, is now opening short-term crisis centers to house children while they await more permanent placements.

Lawrence Police Captain Adam Heffley speaking to reporters. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Neither of the men face charges related to the three deaths.

People in rural communities may be at higher risk of kidney, ovarian and bladder cancer due to nitrate levels in water, a study from the Environmental Working Group says.

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press

Lawrence police have arrested two Topeka men charged in a shooting that killed three people and wounded two others in downtown Lawrence on October 1st.

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