Former Boys' Home to Become Prison
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Governor Sam Brownback has signed legislation clearing the way for conversion of a former boys' home in north-central Kansas into a minimum-security prison. The bill signed yesterday allows the state Corrections Department to buy the former St. Francis Boys' Home in Ellsworth.
Missing Girl Found Safe in Michigan
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old Kansas girl has been found in Michigan after her parents reported she left her home with a Canadian man she met on the Internet. Michigan State Police Lieutenant T.J. Riegle says the missing girl and a man were stopped while driving yesterday afternoon southwest of Lansing. Riegle says both are being held as police "sort things out."
Body Identified as Missing KU Student
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities in Douglas County say a body found in a wooded area south of the Wakarusa River is that a former University of Kansas student. Twenty-three-year-old Yelekal Alemu was reported missing May 12th after he missed a family gathering. His body was positively identified yesterday, one day after it was discovered by a police officer in the same area where his car had turned up.
Union Station To Upgrade to Teleconference Center
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials at Union Station in Kansas City are trying to turn a problem into a positive development. The station's huge Extreme Screen recently broke down, two weeks into the run of a movie timed to coincide with a Titanic exhibit. Rather than fix the bulky system, Union Station says it will spend $350,000 to transform the area into a high-tech teleconferencing center.
Big 12 Basketball Tournament Stays in KC
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City is keeping the Big 12 basketball tournament at the Sprint Center at least through 2016. The conference announced a two-year extension yesterday. It's hosted the event the last three years. With Missouri leaving for the Southeastern Conference, there'd been some talk of the tourney moving to Dallas or Oklahoma City. Still, it's a short drive from Kansas and Kansas State — originally Big Eight schools.