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Regional Headlines for Saturday, September 14, 2013


Grants Announced to Help Disabled Look for Jobs

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The first grants under a United Healthcare initiative aimed at helping disabled Kansas job seekers are going to groups with a collective presence across the state. The health insurer said yesterday (FRI)  it will provide $1.5 million in "Empower Kansas" grants over the next three years to community groups. The first five recipients were announced at a news conference in Overland Park.


Convict Charged in 2009 Highway Shooting Death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 32-year-old man is charged in the fatal shooting of a Kansas government attorney on a Kansas City highway in July 2009. The Jackson County prosecutor's office announced yesterday (FRI) the indictment of Calah (kah-LAH') Johnson on charges of second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon. Johnson is currently in a federal prison serving a 20-year sentence on a drug charge.


Plea Entered in Junction City Apartment Fraud

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man faces sentencing in December after pleading guilty to bank fraud in connection with plans to build an apartment complex in Junction City. The U.S. Attorney's office said yesterday (FRI) that 52-year-old John Duncan Junior entered the pleas this week to two counts of bank fraud and two related counts.


NCAA Declares KU Player Ineligible

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The NCAA has ruled that Kansas cornerback Kevin Short is academically ineligible and will have to redshirt this season. Short, a transfer from Fort Scott Community College, started fall camp late after completing his academic work. He was listed as co-starter but was held out of Kansas' season opening win against South Dakota.

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