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Regional Headlines for Sunday, October 21, 2012



KC Mayor's Brother Jailed for Domestic Assault

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The brother of Kansas City's mayor is sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree domestic assault. Fifty-five-year-old La Vance James entered his plea Friday in connection with an April 14th altercation. James was accused of pistol-whipping his cousin and firing two shots into the cousin's vehicle.


KC Zoo Fined After Chimp Starves

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Zoo has been fined more than $4,500 after one of its chimpanzees starved to death because other chimps wouldn't let him have any food. KCTV reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture notified the zoo in May that it had failed to prevent dominant chimps from keeping food away from Nusu, a 13-year-old male.


County Attorney Does Not Recall Boy Scout Molesting Case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas county attorney who declined to prosecute two men who confessed in 1961 to molesting numerous Boy Scouts claims he doesn't remember the case. Former Harvey County Attorney Richard Hrdlicka told The Associated Press Friday that he has "absolutely no recollection" of a 1961 letter he wrote to a Scout executive in Wichita, declining to file charges.


Teen Accidents Down; New Law Credited

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Safety experts say a graduated driver's license law that went into effect in 2010 and increased use of seat belts have helped reduce accidents involving teenagers in Kansas. The Wichita Eagle reports state transportation records show the number of accidents involving drivers 14 through 16 years old dropped from more than 5,000 in 2004 and 2005 to fewer than 3,000 last year.

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