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Regional Headlines for Saturday, December 29, 2012

KPR-News-SummaryFort Riley Welcomes Back 150 Soldiers from Afghanistan

FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) — Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division's 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team begin returning to Fort Riley this weekend from Afghanistan. Officials say the first group of about 150 soldiers will be reunited with family and friends at a welcome-home ceremony. The event is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. today at the northeast Kansas post.


KU Associate Dean Apologizes for Turkey Joke

A University of Kansas Associate Dean has apologized for an email that joked about a recent incident where a turkey was abused and killed at a fraternity party. Jim Lichtenberg emailed the joke to two other deans after receiving an email from an Indiana woman who contacted the deans to protest the incident. Lichtenberg intended the joke to go only to the other deans, but the woman also received it. Lichtenberg sent her an apology and is calling it a "personal and professional embarrassment."


Fatal House Fire Ruled Accidental

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities in Dodge City say a house fire that killed two people has been ruled accidental. Six people were in the home when the fire broke out around 11 a.m. Thursday. Four people managed to escape, but KAKE-TV reports reports a woman and a 2-year-old boy were killed. Their names were not released yesterday.


Bank Robber to Face Trial

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A bank robbery suspect accused of exchanging gunfire with a Kansas trooper while fleeing with a woman and three children will face trial. After a preliminary hearing Thursday, 31-year-old Jason Gleason of Lyons was bound over for trial on charges including attempted first-degree murder. The Salina Journal that Gleason was spotted in a sport utility vehicle with his girlfriend, Chrystal Bell, and her children several hours after the October 9th bank robbery.



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