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Regional Headlines for Saturday, March 30, 2013

KPR-News-SummaryMan Hospitalized in Wichita Police Shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say a man is hospitalized with severe injuries after being shot by one or more officers. The shooting happened yesterday afternoon while police were investigating a reported carjacking.


Utility Shutoff Program Expires

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansans who fall behind on electric and natural gas bills will be losing some protection against shutoffs next week. Tomorrow is the final day that the state's Cold Weather Rule will be in effect. The rule prohibits shutoffs of residential electricity or natural gas service when temperatures are expected to be at or below 35 degrees over the following 24 hours.


Democrats Oppose Brownback's Sales Tax Plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democratic leaders say their party's lawmakers won't be pushed by potential budget problems into backing Republican Governor Sam Brownback's proposal to cancel a scheduled decrease in the state sales tax. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka and House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence also said yesterday that Democrats won't support further income tax cuts.


Congress Blamed for State Tax Shortfall

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are blaming a shortfall of nearly $57 million in state tax collections in March on delays in federal tax deadlines forced by congressional wrangling on fiscal issues. The Department of Revenue reported yesterday that the state collected almost $364 million in taxes this month. It had expected to take in more than $420 million.

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