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Headlines for Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press

Kobach Sharp, Then More Conciliatory on 6-Month Delay in DACA End 

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says a delayed end to a program protecting young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children is still a "good day for the rule of law." The Wichita Eagle reported Kobach's comment in an interview Tuesday after he told television's "Fox & Friends" that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should end immediately. Former President Barack Obama started the program in 2012. President Donald Trump announced the program would end in six months. Kobach is vice chairman of Trump's commission on election fraud and a Republican candidate for governor. Kobach said on television that DACA is unconstitutional and the U.S. shouldn't keep violating its constitution. But he later told The Eagle that a slow end is still an end to the program.

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GOP Candidate Says Kansas Needs Regional Approach to Jobs
 
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican candidate Jim Barnett says he'll pursue a regional approach to economic development that relies on help from local leaders if he's elected governor next year. Barnett had a news conference Tuesday in Topeka to outline a broad plan for creating new jobs. The physician and former state senator said his administration would identify high-performance and high-potential industries in different regions and convene industry leaders to work on job-creation strategies. Barnett has praised legislators for rolling back past income tax cuts championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback this year to help balance the state budget. Other GOP candidates are critical. Seven other GOP candidates have either launched campaigns or are exploring the race. They include Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer.

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Stolen Revolver Found in University of Kansas Bathroom 

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — University of Kansas police have found a stolen, loaded gun in a bathroom stall in an academic building on campus. Deputy Police Chief James Anguiano said the .38-caliber revolver was discovered Tuesday morning in Wescoe Hall. He said both a student and a graduate teaching assistant had seen the firearm. Anguiano said a check of the serial number showed the gun was stolen in Olathe. He did not have more details. It was the second report in two months of an unattended gun being found in a university bathroom. A Wichita State University employee left one behind in July. A Kansas law that took effect in July requires state universities to allow concealed guns on their campuses.

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Police Arrest Suspect in Fatal Lawrence Motel Shooting 

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Police have arrested a suspect in a deadly shooting at a Lawrence motel. Police say 19-year-old Tyrone J. Carvin is in custody in Kansas City on a warrant issued for his arrest in relation to the Lawrence shooting. Carvin suffered from a gunshot wound during the incident and was treated and released from a Kansas City hospital. The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday inside the Motel 6 in north Lawrence. Carvin will be returned to Douglas County to face charges of first degree murder. 23-year-old Cameron Hooks of Lenexa died after being shot at the motel. Two others were hospitalized with serious injuries.

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Congress Votes to Honor Bob Dole with Gold Medal 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to give the Congressional Gold Medal to former Senator Bob Dole for his service to the nation as a soldier, legislator and statesman. The medal represents Congress's highest expression of appreciation for distinguished contributions to the nation. The Senate has already passed the legislation. Tuesday's voice vote approval sends the measure to President Donald Trump for his signature. Dole, 94, represented Kansas in the House for eight years and in the Senate for more than 27 years. He led Republicans in the Senate for more than a decade before resigning in 1996 to focus on his campaign for the presidency. That campaign ended with a loss to Bill Clinton. Dole was seriously wounded in World War II and never regained full use of his right arm.

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Four Abuse Allegations Lodged in Case of Child Found Encased in Concrete
 

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a boy found encased in concrete:

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The father of a boy whose dead body was found encased in concrete says officials received at least four reports of abuse against the child while he was in his mother's custody. Authorities said Tuesday that the body found in the rental home Saturday is believed to be 3-year-old Evan Brewer. The boy had been living with his mother, Miranda Miller, and her boyfriend, Stephen Bodine. No charges have been filed in connection to the boy's death. A petition filed in May by the boy's father Carlo Brewer says four abuse reports were made dating as far back as July 2016 and as recently as April 2017. One allegation references an injury to his nose with filthy and inappropriate clothing. One witness statement cited in the PFA alleges the boy had been beaten "to the point of death" while in the mother's care.
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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) —  Authorities suspect a child whose body was found encased in concrete in a Wichita rental home was the son of a woman named in an order seeking to protect the boy from abuse. Wichita police Lieutenant Jeff Gilmore said Tuesday that the body found Saturday in the rental home is believed to be 3-year-old Evan Brewer. Gilmore says state welfare officials investigated reports this year that Evan was being abused. Authorities unsuccessfully attempted to serve a protection from abuse order with his mother, Miranda Miller, who Gilmore says was "alluding" law enforcement. Her attorney, Julia Craft, didn't immediately return a message seeking comment. Miller was arrested last week on suspicion of aggravated interference with parental custody and her boyfriend on an unrelated charge. Neither is charged in the boy's death.

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Tyson Foods to Invest $320M in New Chicken Plant in Kansas  

TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) — Tyson Foods plans to invest $320 million in a new chicken-processing plant in northeastern Kansas that will employ 1,600 people. The company announced its plans Tuesday during a news conference with Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and other state and local officials in Tonganoxie. Tyson plans to build the plant outside the town of 5,300 people about 30 miles west of Kansas City.Tyson President and CEO Tom Hayes said the new plant will help the company meet a growing demand for fresh chicken. The plant will be able to process up to 1.25 million birds a week and is expected to open in mid-2019. The company and state officials expect the plant's payroll, its payments to farmers and its purchases of grain and utilities to total $150 million a year.

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Kansas Man Admits to Drunken Driving in Deadly Crash 

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City man has admitted to driving under the influence in a crash that killed a woman who worked with special needs children. The Kansas City Star reports that 28-year-old James McAllister, of Overland Park, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 24-year-old Caitlin Vogel of Stilwell. He also pleaded guilty to driving without a court-ordered ignition interlock device. Authorities say McAllister ran a stop sign in May 2016, causing his sport utility vehicle to broad-side the sedan Vogel was driving. Vogel worked with special needs children as an autism instructional assistant for the Olathe school district. Sentencing is set for October 18. The plea agreement calls for a prison sentence of nine years and seven months.

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Protesters in Kansas City & St. Louis Seek More Pay for Low-Wage Workers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Hundreds of protesters in both of Missouri's big cities call for higher pay and better treatment during Labor Day rallies. The Kansas City Star reports that more than 300 protesters turned out in Kansas City Monday for a ``Fight for $15'' rally. Many of the protesters were scheduled to work but were striking for the holiday, waving American flags and carrying placards. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that several people protested outside a downtown McDonald's prior to St. Louis's annual Labor Day parade. St. Louis enacted a $10 minimum wage in May. Kansas City voters approved a measure last month raising the city's minimum wage to $10 an hour. Both efforts were voided effective August 28 by a new state law prohibiting local minimum wages above the state's $7.70.

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Jeanne Lillig-Patterson, Wife of Cerner Co-Founder, Dies

 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Jeanne Lillig-Patterson, the widow of Cerner Corporation CEO and co-founder Neal Patterson, has died of cancer.  Cerner says Lillig-Patterson died Monday, less than two months after her husband died of complications from cancer. She was 67. Lillig-Patterson was co-founder of the First Hand Foundation, which provides access to health care for children. A foundation official says it has reached more than 300,000 children worldwide since it began 22 years ago. She was the Republican candidate for Congress in 2004, losing to Democrat Emanuel Cleaver. Cerner is a health care technology company with about 24,000 employees worldwide. 

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Nebraska Man Accused of Helping Suspect Flee to Kansas 

FALLS CITY, Neb. (AP) — A 33-year-old Falls City, Nebraska resident has been accused of helping a friend flee to Kansas after the friend killed another man more than two years ago. Michael Seager is charged with being an accessory to a felony. Court records say Seager drove Desiderio Hernandez to Horton, Kansas, after Hernandez fatally shot Joseph Debella Jr. on August 5, 2015. Hernandez has since been sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder.  Authorities say Seager remained in custody Monday. Court records say Hernandez went to Seager's home after the shooting and told Seager that some "bad stuff happened" and that he needed to leave town. Seager later drove Hernandez to a relative's home in Horton.

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Ailing Airline Ending Flights to 2 Kansas Cities, 3 Nebraska Cities 

SCOTTBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — An airline providing government-subsidized service to three Nebraska and two Kansas cities plans to end the flights later this month. PenAir has notified the U.S. Transportation Department that service to Kearney, North Platte and Scottsbluff in Nebraska and to Dodge City and Liberal in Kansas will cease after Sunday. The Anchorage, Alaska-based carrier announced last month that it was filing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan and planning to close its Denver hub. The company says it had intended to continue service until replacement carriers were chosen and in place, but it says a massive exodus of its pilots forced it to end the two states' service far sooner.

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Man Injured in Kansas Oil Refinery Explosion 

EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) — A man is injured with severe burns following an explosion at an oil refinery in El Dorado, Kansas. Butler County authorities say a man in his 50s was taken to a hospital Monday with second-and third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body following the explosion. The man's name has not been released and it wasn't immediately clear if he works at the refinery where the explosion occurred, HollyFrontier.  The company's corporate office was closed for the Labor Day holiday. A Butler County dispatcher says no one else was hurt and the plant was not evacuated. HollyFrontier is based in Dallas, Texas. Its website says the El Dorado refinery has a crude oil capacity of 135,000 barrels per day.

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Wichita Neighborhood Sues Couple over Yard Lamp 

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A homeowners association in east Wichita is suing a couple demanding they remove a 12-foot-high lamp installed outside their home. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Country Club Court Estates Home Owners Association has filed a lawsuit against Dan and Alice Smith after the couple refused to take the lamp down from their yard. Dan Smith says the cast iron light is a vintage, high-quality piece he restored himself. He says the lamp adds curb appeal and provides security on the street after dark. But the association calls it a "commercial-sized, mock-antique gas lamp" that diminishes property values. Association leaders contend the lamp is inconsistent with the community's aesthetic, and violates a neighborhood rule prohibiting the installation of poles and other structures without prior approval. The trial is September 20.

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Opponents Sue over Vote on Kansas City Streetcar Expansion 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City residents who don't want to expand streetcar services are suing over a mail-in election on the issue that they say was unconstitutional. The Kansas City Star reported Tuesday that four elderly residents filed a lawsuit in Cole County Circuit Court claiming it was challenging for them to vote this summer on a transportation development district expansion. The vote could lead to an expansion of the downtown streetcar route from Union Station to the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Residents had to get ballot applications online or at the Jackson County Circuit Court, then mail completed ballots. But the elderly plaintiffs say they don't have computers or transportation. They want the vote nullified and asked to block future votes. An attorney for the streetcar petitioners didn't comment Tuesday.

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Royals Hit 3 Home Runs in 7-6 Victory over the Detroit Tigers

DETROIT (AP) — The Kansas City Royals hit three homers and got two spectacular defensive plays in a 7-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday afternoon. Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar homered for the Royals, but the biggest plays of the game came on defense. Alex Gordon reached well over the left-field fence to rob Mikie Mahtook of a three-run homer, while Lorenzo Cain's sliding catch took two RBIs away from Jose Iglesias. The Tigers trailed 7-3 going into the ninth, but Nicholas Castellanos hit a three-run homer off Brandon Maurer with one out. Maurer struck out Efren Navarro before James McCann and Jeimer Candelario singled to put the potential winning run on base. The Royals' Scott Alexander replaced Maurer and retired Mahtook for his third save in five chances.

 

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