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Regional Headlines for Saturday, February 15, 2014


Report: Kansas 2013 Crop Values Down to $7.79B

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Agriculture Department is estimating the total value of Kansas crop production last year at $7.79 billion, a drop of 4 percent from 2012.

The agency's National Agricultural Statistics Service calculates crop values by multiplying the average marketing price by the amount of production in each state.

Yesterday (FRI) report said Kansas wheat production in 2013 was valued at $2.22 billion, down 22 percent from the previous year.

The value of Kansas corn produced for grain was pegged at $2.31 billion last year, a drop of 13 percent.

Soybean values for 2013 were estimated at $1.59 billion, up 30 percent from the previous year.


No One Seriously Hurt in Crash at Salina Airport

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Officials at Salina Regional Airport are investigating the belly landing of a small commuter plane with only the pilot and co-pilot on board.

The SeaPort Airlines Pilatus PC-12 turboprop plane came down with its landing gear up shortly after 10 a.m. Friday. Medical personnel reported no serious injuries to the two crew members.

A spokeswoman for the Salina Airport Authority says it's not yet known whether pilot error or equipment failure was to blame.

SeaPort Airlines is based in Oregon and flies to nine states.


NCAA Reinstates Players Snagged in Apparel Dustup

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State says it has received word that the NCAA is reinstating 16 baseball players who had been declared ineligible for competition this year for receiving discounted merchandise and apparel.

The university said yesterday (FRI) that eight players will be withheld from competition for a period correlating to the amount of benefits each received. Depending on the player, that could be three, six or nine games missed.

Athletic director Eric Sexton says in a news release the university feels the outcome is fair, and that the university had been working with the NCAA since first discovering the potential eligibility issues.

Head baseball coach Todd Butler called this an unfortunate situation for all involved. He says the players and program will overcome and move on to the upcoming season.


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