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Regional Headlines for Saturday, July 21, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police will have extra patrols in and around movie theaters in the wake of the shooting at a Colorado movie theater that left 12 people dead and dozens injured. The gunman, identified by police as 24-year-old James Holmes, used multiple legally purchased guns during the attack in suburban Denver early yesterday. The shooting happened at a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises".


KC-Based AMC Theaters Ban Costumes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Movie giant AMC Theatres says it won't be allowing people to wear costumes or face-covering masks into its theaters. Kansas City, Missouri-based AMC says it is working with local law enforcement in communities across the U.S. to review its security procedures.


Disaster Declaration Sought for 37 More Counties

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Governor Sam Brownback has asked for federal disaster declarations for 37 more counties hit by drought and wildfires. The governor's office said yesterday he's asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare 37 more counties disasters, making farmers there eligible for USDA disaster assistance programs.


FDIC Seizes Leawood Bank

WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators have closed a small bank in Kansas, bringing to 38 the number of U.S. bank failures this year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation yesterday Heartland Bank in Leawood, Kansas with $110 million in assets and $102.6 million in deposits. The FDIC has entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Metcalf Bank of Lees Summit, Missouri to assume all of the bank's deposits.


Hays Patients May Have Been Exposed to Hepatitis C 

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are notifying former patients at a hospital in western Kansas that they may have been exposed to hepatitis C by a traveling hospital technician. David Kwiatkowski is accused of causing a hepatitis C outbreak in New Hampshire. Federal prosecutors in New Hampshire announced Thursday that Kwiatkowski was charged with obtaining controlled substances by fraud and tampering with a consumer product.

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