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Regional Headlines for Saturday, February 23, 2013




WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The National Weather Service says another major snow storm could be slamming into Kansas late this weekend.  Meteorologist Chance Hayes of the NWS office in Wichita said Friday the potential is there for significant snowfall beginning Sunday night and into Monday. But the new system is not anticipated to bring quite as much snow as this week's winter blast.  The forecast comes as Kansas residents dig out from storm that dumped more than a foot of snow across much of Kansas. The heaviest snowfalls were in south-central Kansas where the small community Zenda recorded 18 inches. Wichita had the second-highest snowfall on record with 14.2 inches.  Temperatures should warm up enough Friday and Sunday to melt some snow before the next winter storm hits.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Administrators at some Kansas hospitals are asking state legislators to avoid making a formal statement about expanding Medicaid following the federal government's overhaul of health care. Kansas Hospital Association President Tom Bell testified yesterday (FRI) against a resolution declaring the Legislature's opposition to expanding Medicaid. The House Appropriations Committee had a hearing, and Chairman Marc Rhoades hopes to have a vote next week.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 70-year-old Wichita woman is dead after her car collided with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train near McConnell Air Force Base. Witnesses say the victim's Ford Focus began to slide before it collided with the side of the engine pulling the 69-car train yesterday (FRI) morning.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The federal government has awarded a contract for building a utilities plant at the site of a $1.15 billion animal research lab in northeast Kansas. Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Nicole Stickel says DHS awarded the contract this week to build the central utility plant at the National Bio and Agro-Defense facility in Manhattan, Kansas.

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