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Headlines for Sunday, March 15, 2015

Flight to KCI Returns to Denver for Emergency Landing

 DENVER (AP) _ A United Airlines flight from Denver, Colorado to Kansas City landed safely Saturday after it was forced to return to Denver International Airport. The flight was unable to land in Kansas City after one of its tires blew on takeoff.  Airport officials say the plane circled to burn off fuel before making a successful landing in Denver at 11 a.m.  According to KMGH-TV, the plane was kept on the runway until passengers could board buses.  The interrupted flight was scheduled to continue to Kansas City four hours late.  


Kansas Health Officials: Tainted Ice Cream Contributed to Three Deaths
 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Kansas health officials say a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products may have been a contributing factor in the deaths of three hospital patients.But Kansas Department of Health and Environmentspokeswoman Sara Belfry said Saturday that listeriosis didn't cause the deaths. Belfry said the only detail she could provide about the patients at Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita, Kansas, is that they were adults.  Hospital spokeswoman Maria Loving said she couldn't discuss why the patients were hospitalized, citing patient confidentiality laws.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says five people developed listeriosis in Kansas after eating products from one production line at the Blue Bell creamery in Brenham, Texas.  


Bird Flu Confirmed in Northeast Kansas
 TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Bird flu has been detected in a backyard flock of chickens and ducks in northeast Kansas. The Kansas Department of Agriculture said in a news release late Friday that the discovery was made in Leavenworth County. Backyard poultry owners in the county are urged to contact the department.  Additionally, parts of Cherokee and Crawford counties in the southeast part of the state are under surveillance after a confirmed case of the H5N2 strain of bird flu was found just across the state line in Jasper County, Missouri, this month. Avian influenza is common in wild migratory waterfowl but doesn't usually harm them. But the H5N2 strain is deadly when it spreads to commercial poultry. It can wipe out a flock of tens of thousands of birds in a few days.  


Kansas City Chiefs Bringing Back Ron Parker
 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Kansas City Chiefs are bringing back versatile defensive back Ron Parker on a five-year, $30 million contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.  The Chiefs have not announced the deal. Parker's hometown newspaper, The Beaufort Gazette of South Carolina, was first to report Saturday that the free agent was returning to Kansa City.  Parker had a breakout year with the Chiefs. Parker split time at cornerback and safety,  He finished with 94 tackles and an interception.


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