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Regional Headlines for Saturday, August 25, 2012



19 West Nile Virus Cases, 1 Death Reported in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas health officials have received their first report of a death from West Nile virus. In a report Friday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the state has had 19 probably or confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus this year. KDHE did not provide details on the fatal case. Spokeswoman Miranda Steele says officials can't recall any other West Nile deaths in Kansas since the virus was first reported in the state in 1999. Twelve of this year's cases were cases reported in Sedgwick County, with the rest throughout the state. West Nile virus causes only mild illness in most people, but it can become serious, with permanent neruological effects.


MLS Club Sporting KC to Keep Livestrong on Stadium

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- The home of Sporting Kansas City will continue to be called Livestrong Sporting Park after Lance Armstrong's decision to end his fight against doping charges. Sporting KC chief executive Robb Heineman issued a statement Friday saying the Major League Soccer club would not consider renaming its stadium. The $200 million facility opened last year. Livestrong is a brand of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which was created in 1997 by the cancer survivor to support those affected by the disease. The organization known for its iconic yellow bracelets has raised more than $500 million. Armstrong announced Thursday that he would no longer challenge the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he took banned substances during his cycling career, even though he steadfastly denied doping while winning seven Tour de France titles. 

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