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Regional Headlines for Saturday, September 15, 2012














Kansas Man Withdraws Objection to Obama Appearing on Ballot


A Kansas man says he's dropping his objection to President Barack Obama being listed on the state's November ballot. Manhattan resident Joe Montgomery told the secretary of state's office by email that he and people around him have faced what he called "animosity" over his challenge to Obama's inclusion on the ballot. Montgomery's plans to drop his objection were first reported Friday by The Manhattan Mercury. Montgomery argues Obama is not eligible to serve as president. The State Objections Board reviewed Montgomery's arguments Thursday, but postponed a decision until Monday, saying it needed more information. The board is made up of the secretary of state, the attorney general and the lieutenant governor. A spokesperson for Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the Monday meeting is still scheduled. She says they may need to formally accept the withdrawal of the objection.


Military Management Company To Pay Fee For Improper Disposal

A military management company will pay a $24,000 civil penalty for improperly disposing of raw sewage at Fort Riley. The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that Picerne Military Management will pay the fine to settle violations of federal clean water laws. The EPA says Picerne pumped between 5,000 to 9,000 gallons of raw sewage from a crawl space under a townhome into a storm drain. Over two days in December 2011, the sewage went through the drainage system and discharged into a tributary of the Republican River. Picerne Military Management owns and/or operates about 20,000 housing units on seven Army posts, including Fort Riley. A public comment period is required before the consent agreement becomes final. 


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