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Headlines for Sunday, February 23, 2020

Wichita Police Offer Reward for Info about Murder of Homeless Man

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police in Wichita are now offering a reward for information in the case of a homeless man who was beaten to death. The body of 59-year-old Bernard Woodard was found under a Wichita bridge on February 10th, and police still have no suspects in the killing. Television station KSNW reports that the Wichita Police Department is now offering an $800 reward to help find the person or people who killed Woodard. The department's Homeless Outreach Team has also put up flyers in the community to try to get some leads in the case.

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Fire in KSU Stadium Cooler Causes $10,000 in Damage

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a small fire in a cooler inside Kansas State University's Bill Snyder Family Stadium caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to food stored there. The Capital-Journal reports that the fire broke out Friday evening and was quickly contained. No one was injured. The Manhattan Fire Department says the cause of the fire is under investigation. The stadium, built in 1968, is home to Kansas State University Wildcats football team.

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Corps Repairs Missouri River Levee Break

ROCK PORT, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Omaha District says work crews have closed the final breach of a Missouri River levee in the far northwest corner of Missouri that broke open during massive flooding last year. The break just southwest of Rock Port was one of several along the levee section that saw thousands of rural acres submerged and a section of Interstate 29 and other roads in the region damaged and closed to traffic. The Corps says crews will continue restoring the levee section to its pre-flood height. Crews have been scrambling to make repairs ahead of spring and the likelihood of renewed flooding along the river in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa.

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Kansas Lawmakers Propose Revising Public Offender Registry

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are considering making changes to the criminal public offender registry system and cut back on penalties. The expansive system that publicly tracks convicted criminals long after they've served their time covers a particularly wide range of crimes beyond sex offenses. Kansas News Service reported some of the proposed changes would impact those convicted of crimes like drug distribution to face a five-year registration term instead of the current 15 years. The Kansas Sheriff's Association says the proposals go too far, but agrees some rules do need to be changed.

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