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Kansas Heat Wave Claims Another Life

DASHBOARD-115-DEGREE-HEAT-croppedTemperatures have been in the triple digits across much of Kansas the past two weeks. This temperature was recorded on an automobile gauge in western Kansas on Monday. (Photo by J. Schafer)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials say the death of a 43-year-old man in northwest Kansas was heat-related, making it the state's third such fatality this year. The state Department of Health and Environment has confirmed that the latest heat-related death was reported last week but declined to provide additional details to protect the victim's privacy. The state's other two heat-related deaths occurred in May. Health department officials also said hospitals have voluntarily reported about 40 heat-related injuries and illnesses since the beginning of June. High temperatures in northwest Kansas have hit or exceeded 100 degrees for most of the past two weeks, and Governor Sam Brownback has declared a drought emergency in the western third of the state, including northwest Kansas.  The danger for rangeland fires across much of the state has also increased.

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