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Regional Headlines for Saturday, June 8, 2013


Police Suspect Man Electrocuted During Copper Theft

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police in Wichita believe a man found dead near a utility pole was electrocuted while trying to steal copper. KAKE-TV reports a passer-by called 911 after finding the body yesterday (FRI) afternoon in southern Wichita. Investigators believe the man in his 20s attempted was electrocuted sometime overnight.


Testimony Ends in Kingman Lawman Murder Trial

KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) — Testimony in the trial of a former Kansas lawman has wrapped up with the defendant denying he shot and killed his wife and set their house on fire to hide evidence. Closing arguments are scheduled Monday in the first-degree murder trial of Brett Seacat for the death of Vashti Seacat. The judge yesterday (FRI) denied a routine defense motion for acquittal, leaving the verdict to the jury. Seacat testified over two days and was the last witness jurors heard in 12 days of testimony.


Brownback Reviewing Line-Item Possibility for Higher Ed

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Governor Sam Brownback says his office is reviewing budget legislation sent to him by Kansas legislators to determine if he can veto cuts in higher education spending. Brownback told reporters yesterday (FRI) he's not sure he can use the governor's power to veto individual line-items to eliminate the cuts.


Former Chair of Joint Chiefs of Staff Named to Sprint Board

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Sprint Nextel Corporation says retired Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will join the company's board of directors and serve as its security director. Sprint said yesterday (FRI) that Mullen will take on the new positions after SoftBank's proposed $20.1 billion takeover of the company is complete.

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