Kansas Officials Consider Tougher Fines for Water Overuse
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are considering tougher penalties for people who chronically exceed water supply consumption limits or don't report how much water is pumped from wells. Susan Metzger, assistant secretary of the state Department of Agriculture, talked about changing penalties Thursday before an interim legislative committee. She said the $250 fine for not reporting water use wasn't much of a deterrent. She said overdrawing water for a year gets a written notice. Metzger said the department hasn't determined how much penalties would rise, or when it would take effect. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports talk of harsher penalties comes as western Kansas continues to deplete the underground Ogallala Aquifer. The agriculture department says irrigation accounts for 85 percent of water consumed in Kansas on average.
Airplane Parts Company to Expand, Add 200 Jobs in Wichita
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A French-based airplane parts manufacturer has broken ground on a new addition as it prepares to move its North American headquarters to Wichita. Governor Sam Brownback joined Figeac-Aero officials yesterday (FRI) for the groundbreaking on a 70,000- square-foot expansion and a new structure at its northeast Wichita manufacturing plant. It plans to hire 200 more workers in the next five years. The estimated project cost is more than $20 million. It is expected to be completed by 2016. In Wichita, the company manufactures parts for Airbus, Bombardier, Triumph, Gulfstream, Embraer and Spirit AeroSystems. The Wichita Eagle reports the city and Sedgwick County have each approved $250,000 loans to the company. The city also approved a five-year property tax abatement and industrial revenue bonds to abate sales taxes for the project.
Kansas Man Dies After Stun Gun Shooting
OSAGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death of a Topeka man who collapsed after sheriff's deputies used stun guns on him during a domestic dispute. The Osage County Sheriff's Office says Kenneth Schick died during the confrontation early Tuesday at a home in the county. Deputies who went to the home encountered a domestic dispute that included a hostage situation. The sheriff's news release said deputies used stun guns and a disabling spray to gain control of Schick. He was taken to a Topeka hospital, where he died. The cause of death hasn't been released. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the Osage County Sheriff's Office declined further comment until the KBI completes its investigation.
KCK Man Who Fled US Captured Upon Return
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says a Kansas City, Kansas, man who fled the U.S. two years ago was arrested when he flew back to the country from Africa. Marshals say Wilson Tyler was arrested Thursday at John F. Kennedy airport in New York. He fled in 2013 after being charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and stealing $150. He was tracked to Sierra Leone. The Kansas City Star reports Tyler was convicted as a teenager of second-degree murder in the 1980 killing of a Kansas City, Kansas, service station clerk. He was convicted of sodomizing another inmate while being held for the murder. Because of Ebola in Sierra Leone, Tyler will be held in a special unit in New York until he is cleared to return to Kansas.
Trump Will Be on Kansas Republican Caucus in March
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be on the ballot for the Kansas GOP caucus in March. The real estate magnate has paid the $15,000 filing fee to be on the party's caucus March 5th. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Ohio Governor John Kasich are already on the ballot. Trump has led the GOP presidential race in most national polls for several weeks. His closest challenger is Ben Carson, who was visiting Topeka and Overland Park on Friday. Carson has not yet filed for the caucus.
Bank Inside Wichita State's Student Center is Robbed
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a bank inside the Wichita State University student center was robbed. A crime alert that the university sent to students, faculty and staff says a man walked into the Commerce Bank in the Rhatigan Student Center around 3 p.m. Thursday. The alert says bank staff members were threatened and that an undetermined amount of money was taken. The Wichita Eagle reports that a Sedgwick County emergency dispatcher says the man "tossed them a note" over the counter. The WSU alert said no one saw any weapons. No one was injured. Authorities are asking anyone with information to come forward.
Wichita Group Raises More than $137K to Operate B-29 Plane
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita group plans to repair and fly a World War II bomber after hitting its fundraising goal for the project. The Wichita Eagle reports the group was struggling to gain even half of the $137,000 it was seeking on fundraising website Kickstarter until Thursday. It ended up surpassing its target by more than $3,000, earning some extra cash for restoring the B-29 Superfortress known as "Doc." The group that owns the plane, Doc's Friends, plans to have the aircraft operating before the end of the year, making it the world's second airworthy B-29. Doc's Friends Chairman Jeff Turner says he hopes donations will continue coming in even though the group hit its goal. More than 750 people committed to donating money to the restoration project. The 30-day campaign will conclude on October 29th.