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Regional Headlines for Saturday, December 28, 2013


KS Officials Say Last Part of Medicaid Overhaul Delayed

Topeka, Kan. (AP) - Kansas is postponing the last part of an overhaul of its Medicaid program amid questions from federal officials about in-home services for the developmentally disabled. State officials announced they won't be bringing long-term care services for the developmentally disabled under three private health insurance companies on January 1st as previously planned. Kansas needed the approval of federal officials to complete the overhaul, now known as KanCare. State officials say they're still in discussions with federal officials and hope to have an agreement by February 1st.


Wichita Leaders Hopeful About Aviation Merger

Wichita, Kan. (AP) - Civic leaders in Wichita are expressing optimism following the sale of one of the community's linchpin aviation companies. Textron Incorporated announced late Thurday that will pay $1.4 billion to purchase Wichita-based Beechcraft Corporation. The deal is expected to close around the middle of 2014. However, it isn't yet clear what the deal will mean for Beechcraft's 5,400 employees, including about 3,300 in Wichita.


Topeka Lawyer to Run for KS House

Topeka, Kan. (AP) - A local business owner tells the media he will challenge a Topeka representative for his seat in the Kansas House. Fred Patton, a Topeka-based lawyer who owns three businesses, announced his plans Thursday to face Representative Josh Powell in the August 2014 Republican primary. The district incluces parts of north, northwest and west Shawnee County.


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