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Headlines for Sunday, February 19, 2017

Kansas Game Wardens Get Facebook Exposure

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas game wardens are getting help from a Facebook page that has more than 42,000 followers. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism game warden Dan Melson tells Wichita Eagle that the social media page is helpful. Melson, who created the page in 2014, says he came up with the idea after seeing other states doing well with theirs. Melson says the page was crucial to the understaffed law enforcement group. Officials are hoping the social media exposure will help as a recruiting tool. Melson says the department has six vacancies for field officers. The game wardens' Facebook page is the second-most followed law enforcement page in Kansas.


Brewer Expected to Announce Run for Kansas Governor

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer is expected to officially announce that he will run for governor next year. The Wichita Eagle reports Brewer will make an announcement regarding "his political future" on Monday with stops in Wichita, Topeka and Kansas City, Kansas. Republican Governor Sam Brownback is serving his second term and cannot seek re-election because of term limits. Brewer served two terms as Wichita mayor, from 2007 to 2015 and before that was a council member for six years. He has worked in government relations at Spirit AeroSystems since stepping down as Wichita mayor. Other Democrats considering a possible run include Paul Davis, a former House minority leader who narrowly lost to Brownback in 2014, and former state Agriculture Secretary Josh Svaty.


Crews Cleaning Spill after Emporia Derailment

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Crews are working to clean up a spill after a grain car tipped off the tracks just south of the Bunge Oilseed Processing elevator in Emporia. The Emporia Gazette reported that the car came off the tracks yesterday (SAT) and fell over on to its side. The derailment left grain scattered on the ground around the site. No details were immediately available as to what caused the derailment.

Standoff with Wichita Robbery Suspect Ends Peacefully

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A robbery suspect is now in custody after a standoff in Wichita that ended after hours of negotiations.  KAKE news reported that a 39-year-old man was taken into custody safely Friday night. Wichita police spotted the suspect after 4 p.m. Friday. He ran into a nearby home and barricaded himself inside. Several police units converged on the area. Officer Charley Davidson of the Wichita Police Department says police were able to obtain an arrest warrant and officers entered the home to negotiate with the man to surrender. Authorities did not say which robbery the man is suspected to have committed.

Kansas Loses 800 Small Farms; Bigger Farms Hold Steady

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A government report shows Kansas had fewer farms and ranches last year and fewer acres used for agriculture. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday that the 59,600 farms counted in the state in 2016 was down 800 farms from the previous year. All of those losses came in operations that had less than $100,000 in agricultural sales. The number of farming operations with sales of more than $100,000 remained unchanged in Kansas. Land used in farms and ranches in the state totaled 45.9 million acres. That is down 100,000 acres from the prior year. Farms size averaged 770 acres, up eight acres from the year earlier.


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