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Headlines for Saturday, October 18, 2014


Insurance Candidate Criticizes Medicare Proposal

WICHITA, Kan. (AP)  The Democratic nominee for Kansas insurance commissioner is deriding a proposed multi-state health care compact that would give the state control of Medicare within its borders.  Dennis Anderson spoke yesterday (FRI) at a candidate forum in Wichita with Republican nominee Ken Selzer, who is backing the plan as a way to get Medicare out of the federal government. Anderson says he hasn't found any senior citizens who are unhappy with the way their Medicare is handled now.  Selzer says the proposed compact has built-in safeguards and would bring decision-making closer to home.  Anderson and Selzer are vying to succeed incumbent Republican insurance commissioner Sandy Praeger, who is not seeking re-election.  Yesterday's (FRI) forum was hosted by the Kansas Assocation of Insurance Agents.


GOP Ryan Stumps for Roberts

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP)  Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is urging Kansans to back Republican Senator Pat Roberts in a surprisingly tight re-election race.  Appearing yesterday (FRI) at a hotel in Overland Park, Ryan is the latest in a string of high-profile Republicans to stump for the 78-year-old incumbent senator.  Attention on the race intensified when the Democratic candidate dropped out, improving candidate Greg Orman's odds.  


National Guard Member Honored for Heroism

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A Kansas National Guard member will be honored next week for helping save a woman from a burning house in Wichita two years ago.  Technical Sergeant Shawn Rucker will receive the Airman's Medal from Major General Lee Tafanelli, the Kansas adjutant general.  The ceremony will take place Monday at McConnell Air Force Base.  Rucker serves with the Guard's 184th Intelligence Wing.  Officials say he was driving hom the night on November 24, 2012, when he noticed a large plume of smoke and followed it to a house partly engulfed in flames.  Two people were on the porch, but a woman was still inside.  Rucker and one of the homeowners found her asleep in the basement and carried her to safety.  The Airman's Medal is awarded for heroic, dangerous actions that don't involve combat.


Intruder Grabs Child in Wichita Home

NEWTON, Kan. (AP)  A Kansas man is accused of breaking into a home and grabbing a 3-year-old child before police wrestled the intruder away.  The Hutchinson News reports the incident happened around 11 p.m. Thursday in Newton.  Authorities said police received several calls about a man trying to force his way into at least four homes along a Newton street.  Police began searching the area and heard screaming from inside one house.  An officer confronted the intruder, who had taken the toddler from a bedroom while talking about harming the family.  The suspect and the officer were both injured in a scuffle.  The intruder was taken into custody for a mental health assessment. 

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