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Regional Headlines for Saturday April 7, 2012


Brownback Chief of Staff Resigns, Replaced

Governor Sam Brownback's chief of staff is leaving that job, but David Kensinger won't be leaving politics or Kansas behind. Governor Brownback announced Kensinger's departure Friday, along with the promotion of his policy director, Landon Fulmer, to chief of staff. Kensinger says he's joining the campaign of Congressman Mike Pence for governor of Indiana. Kensinger will also serve as chairman of Brownback's policy organization, Road Map Solutions. Landon Fulmer worked for Brownback in the U-S Senate and joined his Topeka staff after Brownback's election as governor. He'll be replaced as policy director by Jon Hummell, currently Brownback's operations manager.



Kansas Man Found Guilty in Teen's Slaying

A Kansas man has been found guilty of murder in the killing of a 14-year-old cheerleader whose charred body was found at the asphalt plant where he worked. The jury deliberated for less than four hours before returning their verdict Friday in the case of 38-year-old Adam Longoria. The Great Bend man was charged with capital murder in the August 2010 death of Alicia DeBolt. To convict him of capital murder, jurors had to determine Longoria committed criminal sodomy, aggravated criminal sodomy or attempted rape during the killing. The teen disappeared the weekend before she was due to start her freshman year of high school. Text messages show she thought she was going to a party. Her remains were found three days later, burned beyond recognition.



Lottery Winners in Illinois, Kansas Decide To Remain Anonymous

Throughout southern Illinois' tiny Red Bud, folks are still giddy that someone has one of three winning tickets for a $656 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot in their midst. They just wish they knew who. And observers say the fact that no one has come forward with the Red Bud ticket worth a $218 million share of the jackpot isn't unusual. They even call it wise. Certified financial planner Susan Bradley is founder of the Sudden Money Institute, a resource center for new money recipients including lottery winners. She says a winner should take time to hire financial advisers and an attorney. That's exactly what the winner in Kansas did. Lottery officials there announced Friday that the person decided to remain anonymous.




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