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Regional Headlines for Sunday, June 30, 2013


Federal Judge Refuses to Block KS Abortion Rules

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge in Kansas has refused to temporarily block a new state law requiring that abortion provider websites link to a state site with information the providers dispute.  But U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Vratil's ruling Sunday came after a state judge ruled Friday that Kansas couldn't enforce the same website requirement for now. The rule is set to take effect Monday.  Vratil's decision came in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood, which performs abortions at its Overland Park clinic. The other ruling came from Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca Crotty in a separate lawsuit from two other doctors.  In her decision, Vratil raised questions about whether the website rule is constitutional. But Vratil said with Crotty's ruling Friday, Planned Parenthood won't suffer "irreparable harm" without a federal court order.


Topeka Mom Delivers Daughter's Premature Baby

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — When a Topeka woman went into labor three months early, her mother was there to deliver the baby.  Forty-two-year-old Dorothy Robinson admits that she thought little of it when her 19-year-old daughter, La'Trese Robinson, complained of pain Thursday morning. After all, she was just 28 weeks along.  But The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that everything changed when La'Trese Robinson's water broke.  Dorothy Robinson called 911, and a dispatcher walked her through the delivery while an ambulance rushed to the family's home.  La'Trese Robinson was released from the hospital Saturday. Her baby, Angelina, is expected to remain in the Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for a couple of months. She weighs 2 pounds, 7 ounces and is doing well.


Report: Court-Authorized Wiretaps up 24 Percent

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A government report on court-authorized wiretaps acknowledges that encryption is thwarting authorities from obtaining the text of some communications.  The annual report issued Friday by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts says federal and state judges approved 24 percent more wiretaps in 2012 than the previous year.  A total of 3,395 wiretaps were authorized. Courts in Kansas issued 11, while Missouri courts approved 102.  The report noted that encryption was found on 15 wiretaps last year, and officials were unable to decipher the encrypted messages in four of those. The report said that's the first time it has happened since the courts began collecting encryption data in 2001.  It does not include data on interceptions regulated by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.


KS Inmates Raise Money for Boston Victims

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Inmates at a Kansas prison who are members of a running club have raised money for Boston Marathon bombing victims.  Topeka Correctional Facility inmate Konnie Kellogg organized the race at the all-female prison's track this month. It raised $1,500 for the Boston 1 Fund benefiting the survivors of the marathon bombing and their families.  The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the about 50 women took part in the fundraising run, which was held June 12.  Some inmates who didn't run donated cash or bought race T-shirts. The entry fee was $25; shirts were $15.  The running group picks out four charities to help each year. Runs in the past have benefited the Topeka Rescue Mission and breast cancer research.


Wichita's Recession Job Losses Drag Down Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Blame Wichita for Kansas' failure to regain all the jobs the state lost in the recession.  The Wichita Eagle reports that the Wichita metro remains 16,000 jobs down from 2008. About half of the jobs that disappeared from the Wichita-area economy were for people directly employed in aircraft manufacturing in 2008.  Because of that, when the Wichita area is counted, Kansas is down 9,000 jobs from May 2008. Without Wichita, the state is up about 7,000 jobs.  The bright spot for job growth in Kansas is in rural areas and small town, driven in part by more oil drilling. But for most of the state's biggest cities, there were fewer jobs or about the same number as in 2008.  


Swimmer Drowns at Cheney Reservoir

CHENEY, Kan. (AP) — A 19-year-old Wichita man has drowned while trying to help a friend at Cheney Reservoir in south-central Kansas.  Reno County sheriff's deputy Lee Johnson announced on the agency's Facebook page that the victim was Marcus Marqaiz Hutton. The posting said that the drowning was reported around 5pm Saturday near the lake's yacht club.  Witnesses told authorities that they were swimming when one of Hutton's friends started yelling for help. Hutton pushed the friend to shallow water before going under water. Hutton's body was found around 8pm.


KS, MO Men Drown at Ozarks Lakes

PONTIAC, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says two men have drowned this weekend at Ozarks lakes.  The first victim was 64-year-old Lindel R. Mahan of Pontiac. He was swimming around 5:45pm Friday when he drowned on Bull Shoals Lake.  The second drowning happened around 11:45am Saturday at the Lake of the Ozarks. The patrol says 48-year-old Carl P. Migliazzo of Mission, Kansas, fell off a dock and failed to return to the surface. He was pronounced dead about an hour later.  


Rossville Man Killed in ATV Accident Near Delia

DELIA, Kan. (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been killed in an all-terrain vehicle near the northeast Kansas town of Delia.  The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 21-year-old Adrian C. Barber of Rossville was injured Saturday morning. Barber then was transported to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, where he was pronounced dead.  Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse said in a news release that the accident remains under investigation.  


Suspect Pleads Guilty in KS Airport Drug Bust

ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) — A second suspect in a marijuana bust at a northeast Kansas airport has pleaded guilty.  Colorado resident Lance Thompson was one of five people arrested in April when a small airplane from Colorado carrying about 42 pounds of marijuana landed at Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison. Some of the suspects were on the plane, the others in a vehicle waiting to meet it.  KAIR-AM reports Thompson pleaded guilty Thursday in Atchison County District Court to possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. Other charges were dropped in exchange for the plea.  Another defendant, Daniel Brown, pleaded guilty earlier. The others are still facing court proceedings.  Police put the value of the marijuana at more than $100,000.


Topeka Put On Its First Craft Brewery Festival

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Beer enthusiasts attending Topeka's first craft brewery festival had pale ales, wheats, lagers and fruity seasonal brews to pick from.  The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that about 900 people turned out Saturday to sample 122 beers from 38 American craft brewers.  Downtown Topeka Incorporated president and CEO Vince Frye said the event was so successful, that the organization already has decided to hold another.  The organization came up with the idea of putting on a craft brewery festival while attending a chamber of commerce retreat in Colorado. Frye says Downtown Topeka Inc. has been working to set up the festival since the start of the year.  Frye says that most of the beers offered were carried in Topeka stores, and those who weren't, are trying to get picked up.




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