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Regional Headlines for Saturday, February 9, 2013

KPR-News-SummaryTwo Arrested in Fatal Manhattan Fire

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Two Manhattan residents have been arrested in connection with Wednesday's apartment fire that killed a Kansas State University researcher. The Riley County Police Department says 20-year-old Patrick Scahill and 19-year-old Virginia Griese were arrested yesterday on suspicion of felony murder and aggravated arson. Both were being held on $1 million bond this weekend.


Democrats Criticize Brownback over Tax Bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House debate over highly technical tax legislation has given Democrats a chance to take a poke at Republican Governor Sam Brownback. The measure discussed yesterday fixes flaws in a law enacted last year to cut income taxes. The House gave it first-round approval, with a final vote expected on Monday.


Medicaid Expansion Costly, Study Shows

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new report says Kansas would face about $600 million in additional costs over the next 10 years if it opted to expand Medicaid following the federal government's overhaul of health care. Republican Governor Sam Brownback's administration yesterday released a summary of a report prepared for the state by an Illinois-based consulting firm. The analysis looked at the potential costs in expanding Medicaid to provide health care coverage for additional needy residents.


Kerry Vows Fair Review in Keystone XL

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry promises a "fair and transparent" review of a Canadian company's plan to pipe oil from western Canada through Kansas and other states. In his first comments about the controversial Keystone XL pipeline since becoming secretary of state last week, Kerry says today he hopes to make a decision in the "near term."

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