Task Force Seeks Answers to KS Earthquake Increase
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A three-member task force appointed by Governor Sam Brownback to explore whether man-made activity has caused a rise in earthquakes across southern Kansas isn't making much progress, mainly because of a lack of data and disagreement among scientists about what's causing the ground to shake.
The group met Wednesday with about 85 stakeholders to discuss whether hydraulic fracturing or other activities have contributed to the rise in temblors.
The Wichita Eagle reports 56 earthquakes have been recorded in the state in the past seven months, mostly in the south-central part of the state where oil production has boomed in the past few years.
Oil and gas producers urged the task force to avoid jumping to conclusions about whether hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is causing the earthquakes.
Funeral Held for 2 Overland Park Shooting Victims
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — About 3,000 people attended services for a doctor and his 14-year-old grandson killed in shootings at a Jewish center in suburban Kansas City.
Services for 69-year-old William Corporon and his grandson, Reat Underwood, were Friday at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood.
Reat, a freshman at Blue Valley High School, and his grandfather were killed Sunday outside the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park. A third person, 53-year-old Terri LaManno was killed a short time later at the nearby Village Shalom senior living center. Her funeral was Thursday.
Frazier Cross, a 73-year-old a white supremacist from southwest Missouri, is charged with capital murder and first-degree murder.
The Kansas City Star reports Mindy Corporon said during the service memories of her son will help her through life.
Topeka Site Offering Compressed Natural Gas
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka business has started publicly offering compressed natural gas to some drivers.
Questar Fueling's, a compressed natural gas filling station has been open since October, but opened Thursday to most of the public.
Compressed natural gas is chemically the same as the natural gas used for other purposes, but Dennis Brown, CNG specialist for Kansas Gas Service, says it's delivered at a higher pressure and takes up less volume, which means a truck tank can fit more fuel.
Mayor Larry Wolgast told The Topeka Capital-Journal the city and Questar worked together to bring one of the relatively few natural gas stations in Kansas to the area.
KU Wins 8 of 20 Track Events at Relays
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas received strong performances from both the men's and women's teams at the Kansas Relays on Saturday while winning eight of the 20 track events, the women's long jump and had two of its graduates win in other events.
Kansas' Lindsay Vollmer, the defending NCAA champion in the heptathlon, claimed the 100-meter hurdles, while Diamond Dixon was part of the winning 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams. Dixon won a gold medal as a member of the 4x400-meter team at the 2012 London Olympics.
For the first time in the 87-year history of the Kansas Relays, the meet was not held at Memorial Stadium, which is also the home of the football team. Instead, the event moved to the brand-new Rock Chalk Park, a $39 million facility that is still partly under construction but will host the Jayhawks' track and field, softball and women's soccer teams.