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Headlines for Sunday, January 12, 2020

Man Critically Injured in Wichita House Fire

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities in Wichita say a man is in critical condition after being pulled from a house fire on Saturday. Television station KAKE reports that the fire was reported around noon Saturday in the southwestern part of the city. Arriving firefighters found the home and a car engulfed in flames, and crews soon found a man who had suffered burns. The man was taken to a Wichita hospital with critical injuries. Investigators are trying to find out what caused the fire.

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Winter Storm Ices Eastern Kansas Roads

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Forecasters say a winter blast that left one to four inches of snow in parts of eastern Kansas on Friday is moving out of the state. The system left roads icy and caused several crashes Friday night and  Saturday in northeastern Kansas, including a semitrailer that crashed just south of Topeka. Officials warned motorists in those areas to take it slow.

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Kansas Lawmakers to Fight over Taxes, Abortion and Maybe Pot

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers expect a push to overturn a state Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights during this year's legislative session. They're also anticipating a contentious debate over income tax cuts and some bipartisan harmony on Medicaid expansion. The GOP-controlled Legislature convenes Monday. Lawmakers may also tackle medical marijuana. The session will open with a deal between Democratic Governor Laura Kelly and the Senate's Republican majority leader on expanding Medicaid that has bipartisan support, making passage likely. All 165 legislative seats are on the ballot in November, and politics will shadow lawmakers' work. So will recent layoffs in the aviation industry.

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Kansas Teen Sentenced in Deadly Drug Deal

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas teenager has been sentenced to more than four years in juvenile corrections for his part in an $8 Xanax deal that led to another teen's shooting death. 17-year-old Rolland Kobelo was sentenced Thursday. He faces 10 years in adult prison if he doesn't successfully complete his time in the juvenile system. Kobelo was originally charged with felony murder in the March 2019 death of 17-year-old Rowan Padgett outside a home in Olathe. Police say Padgett was shot by a man who wanted to buy the drugs.  Kobelo was accused of helping to set up the drug deal that led to Padgett’s death.

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