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Headlines for Sunday, December 23, 2018

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Driver Killed in KCK Crash

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died in an expressway crash in Kansas City, Kansas. The crash happened on Saturday on the 18th Street Expressway near Steele Road. Authorities say a white vehicle was traveling south on the expressway when the driver attempted to change lanes. The driver struck another vehicle, then lost control, went off the roadway and overturned in a ditch. The driver of the white vehicle was taken to a local hospital but died of his injuries. Authorities have not publicly identified the driver. Authorities say there were no other passengers in the white vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle was also alone and was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.

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Topeka 3-year-old Left Alone on School Bus

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka school district's new school bus service is facing criticism after one of its drivers left a 3-year-old boy along on a bus for more than two hours when temperatures were in the 30s and 40s. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that that the incident came near end of a year in which Topeka Unified School District 501 hired Kansas Central School Bus to replace the accident-plagued Durham School Bus Services. School district spokeswoman Misty Kruger called the situation unacceptable, adding that the district has taken action to ensure none of its students would ever again ride with the driver involved. The driver's identity hasn't been made public. Kruger says the district was reviewing safety protocols with Kansas Central and reviewing the incident to determine what additional steps were needed.

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Kansas Trying to Unload $10 Million in Computer Equipment

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer's administration is trying to find a way to unload as much as $10 million in unused computer equipment the state bought in a failed effort to develop a centralized storage system for computer information. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the state still owes $2 million on the hardware it bought in 2016. After the equipment was purchased, state technology officials decided the proposal to create a Kansas GovCloud storage system was too expensive. The unused computer equipment has been in storage for several years in the Docking State Office building. Senator Mike Petersen, a Republican from Wichita, said officials are looking for a university that might take the equipment at a steep discount, so the state could recoup some of the money it lost.

 

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