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Regional Headlines for Sunday, September 15th, 2013


"Hard 50" Not Allowed in Wichita Conviction

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — District Judge William Woolley says he cannot impose Kansas' "Hard 50" sentence against a Wichita man convicted of stomping his girlfriend to death. Woolley cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling when issuing his decision in the case of Anson Bernhardt. Prosecutors say they will move forward with plans to empanel a new jury in the case.


KU Frat Fined in Turkey Incident

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A University of Kansas fraternity has been punished for abusing a turkey. Beta Theta Pi members will pay a $5,000 fine and do community service. Witnesses said fraternity members chased and choked the bird at a party last year and broke its wing and a leg. Police say they were told one member then killed the turkey.


Two Killed in KC-Area Crash

Kansas City, MO.  (AP) - A fiery crash has claimed two lives.  The Jackson County, Missouri, sheriff's department says a vehicle apparently was speeding before it crashed early yesterday (SAT) in the eastern part of the county. The Kansas City Star reports that the vehicle came to rest upside down and off the road.  Firefighters rushed to the scene and extinguished the fire. The identities of the two people found inside weren't immediately released.


Body Near in Platte County, MO 

PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body north of Weston in Platte County.  The Kansas City Star reports that that the body was found Friday, but authorities didn't know how long it had been there. No other details were available.

Authorities are still seeking to identify another body found Thursday on the Platte County side of the Missouri River near Interstate 435. The body was that of a man and had tattoos of a four-leaf clover and the letters "Ca."


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