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Regional Headlines for Sunday, March 11th, 2012





33 of 40 Kansas Delegates Go to Santorum

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Republican Party is projecting that Rick Santorum will get 33 of the state's 40 delegates to the party's national convention after a convincing win in the state's presidential caucuses.  Unofficial results from Saturday's voting at 96 sites across the state showed Santorum, a former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator, with 51 percent. Santorum also won Oklahoma's Republican primary on Tuesday.  Mitt Romney, the front-runner in the overall race and a former Massachusetts governor, received 21 percent of the vote, just above the 20 percent threshold he needed to claim delegates. The Kansas GOP projects he'll receive seven.  But the party has yet to count almost 1,000 provisional ballots.  The party says no delegates will go to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who received 14 percent of the vote and Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who received almost 13 percent.


Santorum Wins Kansas Caucuses, Romney Comes in Second

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum has won the Kansas caucuses in a rout over Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney. But the former Massachusetts governor had a consolation prize yesterday by winning Wyoming. The Kansas Republican Party projected yesterday that Rick Santorum will receive 33 of the state's 40 delegates to the party's national convention.


One Killed After Wichita Hip-Hop Concert

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police aren't identifying a person who was killed by gunfire after a hip-hop concert in the city's Old Town district. Five people were shot early yesterday morning after a concert at Doc Howard's Lounge featuring Pleasure P. Police exchanged gunfire with a man after chasing him into a parking garage, but they weren't saying yesterday whether he's the one who died.  One eyewitness estimated more than 1,000 people were milling about Old Town after the concert when the shots rang out.


Happy Hour Coming Back to Kansas Bars

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The possible revival of happy hour in Kansas drinking establishments is drawing cheers from bar owners and a bit of a shrug from law enforcement officers. Kansas abolished happy hour in 1985 by prohibiting bars from changing prices during the day. But the Wichita Eagle reported on Friday that the Legislature appears ready to lift the ban this week.


Prosecutors Urge Church Sex Abuse Case to Go to Trial

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jackson County prosecutors have asked a judge to allow a misdemeanor charge against a Kansas City bishop and his Catholic diocese to go to trial. Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph were charged in October with failing to report suspicions of child abuse against a priest. The charges against Finn and the diocese involve the Reverend Shawn Ratigan, who has been charged with possessing and producing child pornography.


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