Wichita Woman Accused of Chasing People With Lit Fireworks
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 39-year-old Wichita woman was arrested after police say she chased three people with large fireworks in her hand. Wichita Police Sgt. John Hoofer says the fireworks were lit and she sprayed the three victims with sparks Friday night. Hoofer says the woman knew the group of people and was intentionally trying to burn them. The woman was booked into jail, and authorities say they're unsure whether alcohol was a factor in the incident.
Emporia Assisted Living Facility Destroyed by Fire
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Nearly two dozen residents of an Emporia assisted living facility are looking for new homes after the building was destroyed by fire. All 21 residents of Sterling House made it out safely after the fire started late Friday night. Emporia Fire Department Battalion Chief Rich Gould says firefighters were called to the facility just before midnight and found flames already coming through the roof. Gould says Sterling House residents were taken to Newman Regional Health to spend the night. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Investigators were focusing on the kitchen as the possible origination point.
SE KS Casino Project Gains Steam
FRONTENAC, Kan. (AP) — Supporters of a bid to bring a casino to southeast Kansas say the long-shuttered Camptown Greyhound Park could be converted quickly into a gambling facility if state regulators approve. The Joplin Globe reports the park has applied to the Kansas Lottery Commission for the lone remaining casino slot. That slot has gone unfilled since the state legalized casino gambling in 2007. Legislation that went into effect on Tuesday lowers the investment required for a prospective casino developer from $225 million to $50 million. It also drops the fee the state charges to developers from $25 million to $5.5 million. Camptown, just north of Pittsburg, opened in 1995 but ran live dog races for less than six months before its owners filed for bankruptcy in early 1996.
Huelskamp Faces GOP Challenge in KS 1st District
LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — The Republican congressman from the sprawling 1st District of western and central Kansas is finding himself on the defensive while campaigning back home. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp is a tea party favorite and Kansas farmer known for his criticism of the GOP leadership. He is seeking a third two-year term. Huelskamp was stripped in 2012 of the farm state's nearly automatic seat on the House Agriculture Committee. He also told his constituents he voted against the farm bill because farmers want regulatory relief and freedom — not more handouts. He also says people should work to get food stamps. Huelskamp is challenged in this year's GOP primary by Alan LaPolice, a Clyde farmer and educator who has made Huelskamp's conflicts with other Republicans the centerpiece of his campaign.