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Regional Headlines for Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013


Convicted Doctor Found Guilty of Firearm, Drug Charges

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former south-central Kansas doctor already serving time on supervised release for a drug conviction has been found guilty of federal firearm and drug charges. A Sedgwick County jury on Thursday found 57-year-old Lawrence Simons of Wichita guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and unlawful possession of controlled substances.


School Bus Driver Charged in Crash

DOUGLASS, Kan. (AP) — A southern Kansas school bus driver has been charged with endangering a child and reckless driving after his bus carrying 10 children slid off a road and into a rain-swollen creek. KAKE-TV reports 64-year-old Morris Peterson was charged yesterday (FRI) in Butler County for the October 31st incident in which he and the students had to be rescued by emergency responders. Three children suffered minor injuries.


Fort Scott Man Sentenced in Murder, Arson Case

FORT SCOTT, Kan. (AP) — A 26-year-old southeast Kansas man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife, injuring his son and burning the family's home down near Fort Scott. Brent Bollinger of Fort Scott was convicted in September of first-degree murder, aggravated arson and aggravated child endangerment.


Kansas Lottery Director Steps Down

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A longtime figure in state government who was appointed as executive director of the Kansas Lottery less than a year ago says he is stepping down from the job in January. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Dennis Taylor is leaving to join a U.S. consulting firm providing technical assistance and training to local governments in Eastern Europe. Taylor also will teach part time at Washburn University in Topeka.

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