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Regional Headlines for Sunday, December 8, 2013


Wichita Parole Office Disturbance

Wichita, Kan. (AP) - A man involved in a disturbance at a state parole office in downtown Wichita is in custody after spending two hours perched outside a second-floor window. The Wichita Eagle reports that a standoff with authorities ended Friday with the man falling to the sidewalk. Wichita police say a canopy broke the man's fall. After being taken to a hospital for evaluation, the man was booked into Sedgwick County Jail on an allegation of criminal damage to property. Officals say the man appeared to be intoxicated when he went to the parole office to get help with substance addiction. The man is accused of jumping over a counter, grabbing a coat stand and breaking out a window to get to the ledge. No staff members were injured.


Central KS WWII Hangar to be Demolished

Great Bend, Kan. (AP) - Great Bend is making plans to demolish one World War Two-era hangar, while putting another hangar on the historic registry. The airfield in Great Bend was among 18 that were part of the war effort here in Kansas. It was used to train flight personnel for B-29 bombers. But in the decades that followed, storms, neglect and time punished the hangars. One was torn down in 2008, and the hangar poised for demolition has a heavily damaged roof. Great Bend City Adminnistrator Howard Partington says it would cost a fortune to repair. The hangar slated to be placed on historic registry still remains use.


KS 'Hard 50' Cases Back Before Supreme Court

Topeka, Kan. (AP) - Attorneys will go before the Kansas Supreme Court next week to argue cases related to the state's "Hard 50" prison sentence and whether changes made to the law by legislators in September can be applied retroactively. Legislators rewrote the law during a two-day special session in response to a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving the imposing of a mandatory minimum sentences.



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