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Regional Headlines for Sunday, August 19, 2012














K-State Football Player Found in "Good Physical Condition"

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas State football player from Arkansas who had been missing since Wednesday has been found, but Riley County police are not saying much beyond that. Sam Harvill's mother told investigators her son had not been seen since 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Riley County police issued a news release Saturday morning saying they found Harvill in "good physical condition" Friday night. The Wichita Eagle reports police declined to provide additional details. Harvill came to Kansas State from Springdale, Arkansas last summer. He practiced with the team but got hurt and didn't see any game action last year. The defensive lineman is not currently on the team's roster, but the team says he remains a member of the program.



Kansas Governor Says Tax Cuts Focus on Goosing Economy

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Governor Sam Brownback says he passed this year on proposing some tax cuts he'd like to pursue to concentrate on goosing the state's economy by helping small firms and business start-ups. The Republican governor's administration faces renewed criticism that the massive income tax cuts enacted this year favor wealthy business owners. The governor said he focused on a relatively narrow set of goals for cutting income taxes because of their potential to spur economic activity. He said helping small businesses is important because most Kansans work for firms with 10 or fewer employees and the state needs to form more new companies. He said he'd like to reduce property taxes, but it wouldn't spur economic growth as much. 


Drought Slows Grain Elevator Construction Boom

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The construction boom in recent years at grain elevators across the Great Plains has been slowed, but not stopped, by the deepening drought. McPherson Concrete Storage Systems Incorporated in McPherson builds concrete silos across the Midwest. It says it has not had any cancellations. The company is now booked until late fall or early winter with work. That compares to a couple of years ago, when at this time it was booked well into the spring. The Kansas Feed and Grain Association says the drought will have an economic impact, but the elevator industry will survive.  

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