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Regional Headlines for Sunday, April 28, 2013


 Kansas Lakes, Wildlife Not Out of Woods on Drought

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Despite cooler temperatures and more frequent rains, Kansas wildlife and health officials say it's too early to tell if the more favorable weather conditions will translate into a better spring and summer for state lakes and wildlife populations after years of severe drought. The impact has stressed Kansas wildlife while reducing recreational opportunities through frequently high levels of blue-green algae at lakes and reservoirs. Wildlife officials say the drought conditions created a two-year spike in the number of cases of hemorrhagic disease cases in deer spread by biting midges. More than 1,200 cases were reported in 2012. Recent rains are helping lakes, particularly in the eastern counties, return to normal levels. Those lakes that are dry or nearly dry will take two years to refill and restock with fish


Sedgwick County:  Sex Offender Sweep Finds 38 Not in Compliance

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Sedgwick County effort to account for hundreds of registered sex offenders found 38 of them had provided authorities with incorrect information about their whereabouts or moved without reporting it to law enforcement. The Wichita Eagle reports this week's sweep included 572 Wichita-area registered offenders. Of those who provided incorrect information, some had never lived at the address they provided or had given addresses that do not exist. Registered offenders in Kansas are required to contact their local sheriff's office every two to three months to provide their home address. People who fail to register or who give false or misleading information could face felony charges. The sweep involved police, sheriff's deputies and six U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.


Overland Park Woman Says Burglars Kept Track of Her on GPS

(Information in the following story is from: The Kansas City Star,

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City woman who had at least $100,000 in items stolen from her garage thinks the thieves used global positioning technology to determine when she wasn't home. The Kansas City Star reports the Overland Park, Kan., woman owns a jewelry store and believes her loss in the March burglary really was closer to $300,000. The jewelry business owner lost jewelry, purses, wallets, luggage, coins and fur coats in the heist. She says after the burglary, GPS devices were found on her vehicle and one owned by her son. A 36-year-old man was charged in connection to that and other burglaries. He is out of jail after posting a $100,000 bond.


Military Refueling Tanker Makes Emergency Landing

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A military refueling tanker is forced to make an emergency landing after pilots had to shut one of the plane's four engines down while practicing maneuvers in Kansas. The Wichita Eagle reports the KC-135 was attempting to return to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita on Friday afternoon when the engine problem occurred. The plane was fully loaded with fuel when it was forced to make an emergency landing at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport around 5:30 p.m., shortly after the malfunction was reported. Wichita Airport Authority spokeswoman Valerie Wise says nobody was hurt and the unexpected landing had no impact on air traffic at Mid-Continent Airport.


Wichita Botanica Plans Events Area, Chinese Garden

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita Botanica is planning an expansion that will include a new events center and Chinese garden. The Wichita City Council earlier this week approved a bid to construct a $1.35 million events center at the botanical gardens. Botanica officials also plan to build a Chinese garden outside the events center. The center also plans to provide an area for refreshments to be sold, for the first time in the center's history. The Wichita Eagle reports Botanica director Marty Miller says the expansion reflects the importance of raising revenue from weddings and other special events. Miller hopes the events center will open next April and the Chinese Garden in the fall of 2014. He says a $1 million donation from an anonymous donor will help build the Chinese garden.


Rare Movie to be Shown to Public for Only Second Time

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A rare silent movie made in 1920 with a cast of more than 300 Kiowa and Comanche people was being shown to the public for only the second time since it was filmed nine decades ago. The Wichita Eagle reports there was only one copy of the movie, The Daughter of the Dawn, which was filmed on highly flammable and easily decomposable silver nitrate film. It was being shown Saturday in Larned as part of the Annual Mess and Muster at the Fort Larned National Historic Site. It's been shown only once in public, a 1920 viewing in Los Angeles. The Oklahoma Historical Society bought it for $5,000 from a private investigator who received it as payment and stored it in his garage for decades.

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