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Regional Headlines for Sunday, June 24, 2012



Revenue Staff Work on New Kansas Tax Rules


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas Department of Revenue staff is working this summer to write the new rules and regulations that will guide the agency as it implements a sweeping series of cuts to the state's income tax system. Secretary Nick Jordan says the agency is meeting with accountants and lawyers to discuss the new law and write the policies that will govern how taxes will be collected for individuals and businesses. The new law will decrease rates for all individual income taxpayers, dropping the top rate to 4.9 percent from 6.45 percent for 2013. The standard deductions claimed by heads of household and married couples filing jointly also will increase. New rules must be in place by January 1st when the tax changes take effect. 


KC Man Charged With Causing Lawrence Man's Death

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- A suburban Kansas City man has been charged with reckless involuntary manslaughter in the death of an Iraq veteran after a fight. A judge found probable cause Friday to issue a summons in the case against Justin Gonzalez of Mission. His first appearance is scheduled for July 26th. The case stems from the February death of 27-year-old Nicholas Sardina of Lawrence. Police determined that Sardina was involved in a fight hours before his death. His girlfriend reported receiving a text message from Sardina, saying a bottle had been broken over his head in the scuffle. 


Body Found in Little Arkansas River

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The body of a 54-year-old Wichita man has been pulled from the Little Arkansas River near the city's Central Riverside Park. Two kayakers saw the body Saturday morning and called 9-1-1. Fire crews used a boat to retrieve the body. Wichita police Sergeant Bill Stevens says the cause of death and exactly how long the man was in the water haven't been determined. The man's name wasn't immediately released. 

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