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Regional Headlines for Saturday, January 11, 2014


Proposed Restrictions for Statehouse Interns Dropped

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The new guide for legislative interns at the Capitol does not contain proposed restrictions ranging from the amount of perfume and the number of earrings interns can wear. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports numerous rules suggested last week for inclusion in the 2014 intern handbook by Representative Peggy Mast, an Emporia Republican, were edited out. Interns begin work at the Statehouse on Monday.


New Trial Ordered for Inman Police Chief

McPHERSON, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a former police chief convicted of 15 counts of sexually molesting three girls. Forty-two-year-old Michael Akins Junior was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to two life terms. He was police chief in the central Kansas town of Inman when he was charged.


Housing Authority Pleads Guilty to Stealing Federal Funds

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The former head of the housing authority in a small Kansas town has admitted stealing nearly $7,700 in federal funds. The U.S. Attorney's office says 53-year-old Debra Savage of Linn pleaded guilty yesterday (FRI) to one count of theft from a federal program.


Arrest Made in Wichita Hit-and-Run Fatality

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say a suspect has been arrested in a fatal hit-and-run involving a bicyclist. Thirty-nine-year-old Kristina Brown died Thursday when she was hit from behind by a truck while riding her bike in southeast Wichita. A man who was riding his bike with her was not injured. A 35-year-old man was booked into jail on charges of involuntary manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

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