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Headlines for Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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

Tyson Foods Puts Hold on Plans for Leavenworth County Poultry Plant

TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) - Tyson Foods says its plans to build a $320 million chicken-processing plant near Tonganoxie are "on hold." In a letter to media Tuesday, Tyson poultry president Doug Ramsey says the decision comes after the Leavenworth County Commission on Monday reversed its support of issuing $500 million in industrial revenue bonds to help finance the plant. The commission rescinded the resolution amid growing opposition to the plant from Leavenworth County residents. About 2,500 people attended a town hall meeting Friday and persuaded local legislators to oppose the plant.  Ramsey said Tyson still has an interest in building in Leavenworth County but will prioritize its locations in Kansas and other states that have expressed support for the plant. The company said the plant would bring 1,600 jobs to the county. 
  
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Dozens of Kansas Foster Kids Stayed in Offices Overnight

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ State contractors are acknowledging that dozens of foster children in Kansas have stayed in their offices overnight in the past year because places for them can't be found. Contractors KVC Kansas and Saint Francis Community Services told a state task force Tuesday that more than 100 abused and neglected children stayed overnight in offices from September 2016 through the end of June. Most overnight stays were this year. The contractors said it's the first time that they've kept foster children overnight in offices. Children stay in offices overnight when they are removed from their families but contractors cannot immediately find foster homes. Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said the state Department for Children and Families is working to increase the number of foster care homes available for children. 

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Man Suspected of Shooting Kansas Revenue Agent Owes Almost $400,000 in Unpaid Taxes

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Records show a man suspected of shooting a Kansas Department of Revenue employee at the agency's Wichita office owes nearly $400,000 in unpaid taxes.  The Wichita Eagle reports that the 51-year-old suspect was jailed on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder after tax agent Cortney Holloway was shot several times Tuesday. Holloway's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious.  Wichita police Officer Charley Davidson says the shooting didn't appear to be a "random event" and that the victim was involved in an agency investigation of the suspect. Holloway works in the tax compliance division. The Revenue Department had issued two tax warrants for the suspect and his construction company in June. One tax warrant amounts to $196,455.36 in unpaid sales tax. The other tax warrant amounts to $198,250.02 for unpaid consumers compensating use tax. The suspect was arrested about half an hour after the shooting.

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KCI Car Lot Where Body Found Should've Been Checked Nightly 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A private firm operating the parking lots for Kansas City International Airport says the lot where the remains of a man sat undiscovered for eight months was supposed to be checked every night. The Kansas City Star reports that airport police found the body of 53-year-old Randy Potter in a vehicle in Economy Lot B last week, when someone called to report a bad smell. Kansas City police say it appears Potter died by suicide but provided no details. City officials and representatives with private firm SP+ say they're investigating how Potter's truck remained in the lot for so long. The airport's contract with SP+ requires a license plate inventory of all vehicles in the lots every night. It's unclear if Potter's vehicle was ever recorded in an inventory.

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Kansas Sanctions Missouri Doctor over 13-Year-Old's Abortion
 
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has suspended a Missouri doctor's medical license for 90 days for failing to preserve a fetal tissue sample from a 13-year-old girl's abortion. The State Board of Healing Arts concluded that Dr. Allen S. Palmer violated a Kansas law during the December 2014 abortion. Palmer was working as a contractor for Planned Parenthood's clinic in Overland Park. He no longer provides services there. Kansas requires doctors to preserve fetal tissue when abortion patients are under 14 to be forwarded to authorities. Palmer says he didn't know the girl's age and blamed Planned Parenthood staff. The board's order last week said the suspension runs through December 7. It affects Palmer's ability to practice medicine in Kansas, but not elsewhere.

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Kansas State University Receives 2,300 Acres of Farmland 

ALTON, Kan. (AP) — A couple from northern Kansas have donated 2,300 acres of farmland for Kansas State University to develop a research farm to study sustainable agricultural practices. The Salina Journal reports that Alton residents Harold and Olympia Lonsinger's donation will be dedicated at a ceremony Wednesday. Harold Lonsinger graduated from the university in 1956 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He says he hopes the university's research will help protect and preserve natural resources. John Morris is senior vice president of development for the Kansas State Foundation. He says the farm will focus on providing food safely and securely. He says the farm will seek out sustainable agriculture practices and enhance the health of soil. The university's agriculture department will manage the land.

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Man Jailed in Fatal Lawrence Shooting

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Police in Lawrence have arrested a man in a fatal shooting. Police responded to a call last (TUE) night and found 26-year old Bryce Holladay suffering from fatal injuries. Lawrence police says a 20-year-old man was questioned and booked into jail on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, and no other details have been released. 

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Father, Daughter Charged in School Attack on Ex-Boyfriend 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A father and daughter have been charged with attacking the girl's ex-boyfriend inside a Kansas City high school, leaving the 18-year-old in critical condition. Thirty-eight-year-old Josiah Wright, of Kansas City, is charged with first-degree assault and his 17-year-old daughter, Jonay Wright, with domestic assault in the Tuesday attack in Ruskin High School in the Hickman Mills School District. The prosecutor's office didn't immediately respond to a phone message asking whether they had attorneys. District spokeswoman Ruth Terrell-Lee says the parent got a visitor badge before going with his daughter to the counselor's office, where the fight erupted. Court records say the girl and her father kicked the victim and hit him in the head. The records say the father held people back so his daughter could continue hitting her ex-boyfriend.

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Another Teenager Says He's Running for Kansas Governor

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (AP) — A second Kansas teenager says he wants to run for governor next year.  Tyler Ruzich, of Prairie Village, who will turn 17 next week, filed campaign papers with the state this week. He is a junior at Shawnee Mission North High School.  The Hutchinson News reports Ruzich considers himself a moderate Republican but says he is still developing specific policy positions.  Another 16-year-old, Jack Bergeson of Wichita, is running for the Democratic nomination for governor.  Ruzich says he contacted Bergeson, who encouraged him to run.  Ruzich says the young candidates agree that having two teenagers in the race is an opportunity to get young people involved in politics and government.  Kansas has no age requirement for running for governor.

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Former KU Basketball Stars, the Morris Twins, on Trial for Alleged Assault

PHOENIX (AP) — A defense lawyer has pressed the man the Morris brothers are accused of beating on whether knowing about the NBA players' substantial assets was relevant to him.  Erik Hood said he wasn't looking at any of the defendants differently but he did want them to pay for what they did to him.  A total of five people have been charged in the case and two have pleaded guilty.  Defense attorney Timothy Eckstein reviewed text messages Hood sent to people indicating the Morris twins would have to pay him millions in financial damages.  The brothers could face prison time and discipline if convicted, including a minimum 10-game suspensions.

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Blue Jays Beat Royals 5-2 

TORONTO (AP) — Marcus Stroman pitched seven innings to win for the first time in six starts and Darwin Barney hit a two-run homer as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 on Tuesday night. Stroman (12-8) allowed one run and four hits for his first victory since August 16 against Tampa Bay. Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon's solo home run in the eighth was the 5,694th of this major league season, breaking the record set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. The record was broken with just less than two weeks remaining in the regular season. There were 5,610 homers last year, an average of 2.31 per game, and this year's average of 2.53 entering Tuesday projects to 6,139. That would be up 47 percent from 4,186 in 2014. 

 

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