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Headlines for Saturday, August 2, 2014


Wolf Missed KS Income Taxes in 2000

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A spokesman for U.S. Senate challenger Milton Wolf has acknowledged he initially failed to pay Kansas income taxes in 2000, resulting in a state warrant before the bill was paid off.  Roberts' campaign raised the issue in a campaign mailer this week, just days before Tuesday's primary.  Wolf campaign spokesman Ben Hartman yesterday (FRI) said Wolf failed to pay $2,135 in taxes because he was working for his uncle's medical products company in Texas, and it didn't withhold taxes after Wolf moved to Kansas.  A warrant to pay the bill was issued in 2002, and Hartman said Wolf and his wife took extra jobs to pay it off in 2003.  Hartman says attention to the case shows Roberts is desperate.  Roberts spokesman Leroy Towns said voters should know.


Jenkins Faces Tea Party Challenger in Kansas 2nd

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas congresswoman Lynn Jenkins faces a Republican primary tea party challenger who accuses her voting to allow the indefinite detention of American citizens.  Joshua Joel Tucker of Pittsburg also said Friday that the House's GOP leaders aren't doing enough to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama.  Jenkins is seeking her fourth, two-year term representing the 2nd District of eastern Kansas. The primary is Tuesday, and the winner will face Democrat and Lawrence attorney Margie Wakefield in the November election.  The congresswoman defends her vote for 2011 legislation authorizing the military detention of terrorism suspects, saying Tucker and other critics are wrong in contending it allows U.S. citizens to be held indefinitely.  Campaign manager Lee Modesitt says Jenkins is working hard to make sure Kansans' voices are heard.


PAC says Kansas Farmers Funding Huelskamp Attacks

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A political action committee that has spent more than $260,000 on ads criticizing Kansas congressman Tim Huelskamp says all the money is coming from concerned Kansas farmers.  A spokesman for the group Now or Never said in an emailed statement yesterday (FRI) that no Washington lobbyists or special interest groups have been involved in its efforts in the state's 1st Congressional District.  The Republican congressman faces a primary challenge Tuesday from Clyde farmer Alan LaPolice.  Huelskamp said Friday he has written to the U.S. House clerk requesting an investigation of the PAC. He wants it prosecuted for using the House seal on a flier criticizing him for being removed from the House Agriculture Committee.  The PAC says Huelskamp's complaint shows his disconnection from Kansas voters and the needs of his constituents.


County Weighs Mandatory Electronics Recycling

PRATT, Kan. (AP) — Officials in a south-central Kansas county are considering whether to require mandatory recycling of old computers and other electronic devices.  The Pratt Tribune reports the Pratt County landfill is approaching its daily 20-ton capacity, with up to 17 tons a day being dumped there.  The County Commission this week discussed whether residents should have to take so-called "e-waste" to the county's recycling center, as an alternative to expanding the landfill. Pratt County residents already have the option of leaving electronics at the recycling center without charge.  Commissioners noted that it's more convenient for residents to haul all items to the landfill. But Commissioner Gina Borho says even if there's never 100 percent compliance with a recycling rule, it's still worth trying.


Foster Dad in Hot Car Death Accused of Drug Use

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Kansas foster father was high on marijuana when he left a 10-month-old girl in a hot car, where she died.  The details of the case surfaced during a bond hearing yesterday (FRI) for Seth Jackson. He's charged with first-degree murder in the July 24th death.  Police say the girl was in the sweltering car for more than two hours in Wichita, where temperatures were 90 degrees.  KWCH reported that Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett cited the marijuana use in court as the reason for raising Jackson's bond to $250,000.  Bennett told the court Jackson had gone to his drug dealer's house and bought marijuana. Prosecutors believe he then intended to smoke marijuana. But they have said there's nothing to indicate the girl's death was intentional.

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