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Regional Headlines for Saturday, February 18, 2012




Ron Paul Holds Kansas City Rally

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is planning a rally in Kansas City today (SAT).  Paul will join supporters tonight at Kansas City's Union Station to mobilize supporters before the state's March 17th Republican caucuses.  Paul finished third behind Santorum and Romney in the official Missouri primary on February 7th, but a series of political spats prompted the GOP to ignore the results and instead begin picking delegates from the caucuses.


Capitol Explosives Determined to be Homemade Fireworks 

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas authorities say explosives found in a pickup near the state Capitol in Topeka earlier this week were illegal homemade fireworks. Capitol Police spokesman Patrick Saleh (SAH'-luh) declined to give more details about the devices yesterday (FRI).The Kansas Highway Patrol said it still plans to ask the Shawnee County district attorney to file criminal charges against the pickup's owner. He was detained and questioned on Wednesday but later released.


Koch Brothers Receive Death Threats

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A billionaire industrialist from Kansas who has funneled millions of dollars into conservative causes and candidates says he and his brother have been receiving death threats. Charles Koch released several emailed threats he'd reportedly received to the Wichita Eagle as part of an interview given on Thursday. A Koch Industries attorney tells The Associated Press the threats were reported to the FBI.


Ford CEO to Give KU Commencement Address

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally will deliver this year's commencement address at the University of Kansas, where he'll also pick up an honorary degree. The university announced the choice of Mulally as the speaker for the May 13th event on Thursday.


Two Killed in Shawnee Apartment Fire

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — The fire chief in a Kansas City suburb says an apartment blaze that killed two people originated in a pan on a stove top. Firefighters were called to the apartment complex in Shawnee, Kansas around early yesterday (FRI) morning. Twenty-one-year-old Jay'd Griffin and 23-year-old JaMaur Smith were pronounced dead at the scene. Firefighters believe they died from smoke inhalation.

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