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Headlines for Sunday, August 11, 2019

Kansas Officials Issue Toxic Algae Alert for Lake Afton

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas authorities have issued a public health advisory urging people and pets to stay out of the water at Lake Afton near Wichita because of elevated toxins. The Wichita Eagle reports that the 258-acre lake west of Wichita is among more than a dozen to receive a blue-green algae warning. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says people should not swim, wade, ski, boat, fish or use personal watercraft on the lake while the alert is active. People should also clean fish well before eating them and keep pets, livestock, children and others from eating dried algae or drinking untreated lake water. People and animals exposed to tainted water should wash immediately with potable water. Exposure can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, irritated eyes, seizures and breathing problems.


Fire Damages Holcomb Meat Processing Plant

HOLCOMB, Kan. (AP) — Firefighters are battling a large meat processing plant near Holcomb. Wichita television station KSNW reports that no injuries have been reported in the fire that began Friday night at Tyson Fresh Meats. Several area fire departments remained on the scene more Saturday morning. Garden City Fire officials say a plant operations manager called 911 around 8:30 p.m. Friday to report the fire. Officials say the fire is mostly contained to the room where it started, but a roof collapse, the teams are struggling to extinguish the flames. Garden City Public Information Officer Sergeant Lana Urteaga says the fire started near the slaughter area on the west side of the beef processing plant that employees about 1,200 people. A bus took evacuated workers to a nearby elementary school. Tyson Foods spokesman Worth Sparkman said in a written statement that the plant will be down indefinitely.


KC Political Leaders Lament Gun Violence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A crowd of at least 200 people gathered in Kansas City, Missouri, this week to hear a congressman, the mayor and other leaders lament gun violence, a topic that was especially troubling in the wake of attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The Kansas City Star reports that the leaders on Wednesday urged residents to pressure politicians to pass gun control measures. Democratic U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver II told the crowd at Metropolitan Community College that as painful as the weekend attacks were, he knows "it's going to happen again." Kansas City is dealing with its own gun violence. The city had recorded 87 homicides through Thursday, nine more than at the same time in 2018.


Kansas Workplaces Offering Adult Education Classes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas workers wanting to take adult education classes are increasingly getting the chance to do so while they work. The state's colleges and school districts are bringing more classes to the workplace. For example, Washburn University will soon offer conflict resolution classes to workers at the Ramada Hotel in Topeka. Dodge City Community College will offer customer service lessons at Boot Hill Casino. And several schools are offering English classes. The Kansas News Service reports some businesses offer the classes during paid work hours, but others occur before or after work with little incentive to participate. And most employees don't earn credentials, such as certificates or degrees, to help their career advancement. Supporters say schools, businesses and workers all benefit from the arrangement.


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