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Regional Headlines for Sunday, September 23, 2012


BNSF Freight Train Derails in Olathe

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -- A freight train derailed in eastern Kansas, but officials said no damage or injuries were reported. The Kansas City Star reports that the Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train was headed north when it derailed late Friday in Olathe. The Olathe Fire Department says the train did not overturn, none of its rail cars decoupled and there were no spills. 


Salina Organizations Receive Grant Funds for Victim Assistance Programs

SALINA, Kan. (AP) -- Three Salina organizations have been awarded a total of about $123,000 for victims' service programs. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the grants on Friday. Ashby House is receiving about $23,000 for programs aimed at chemically dependent domestic violence victims; Child Advocacy and Parenting Services, Incorporated is getting about $14,000 for its sexual abuse prevention training program, and about $18,000 to provide 24-hour advocacy and support for abuse victims. And, the Domestic VIolence Association of Central Kansas is receiving about $68,000 for emergency shelter and other support services. The attorney general's office has awarded nearly $2 million in grants this year to local and state crime victim assistance organizations through the Victims' Services Grants Program. 



Kansas Wineries Concerned About New Law

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Some Kansas wineries are concerned about a new state law that cuts the percentage of Kansas-grown ingredients that wineries are required to have in their products. The new law went into effect in May and cuts the amount of Kansas products required in Kansas wine from 60 percent to 30 percent. The new provision applies to a winery's overall products, rather than each bottle. Under the law it would be acceptable, for example, for a winery to make one type of wine using 100 percent Kansas grapes and two other types with no Kansas grapes. The Lawrence Journal-World reports supporters say lessening restrictions promotes growth of Kansas wineries. Opponents say fostering regionality in the wine is more important than spurring large numbers of new wineries. 

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