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Regional Headlines for Saturday, June 9, 2012





TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas state Senator John Vratil says he's not running for re-election this year, a decision that will leave moderate Republicans in the Legislature without one of their most visible leaders. The 66-year-old attorney from Leawood said yesterday that he wants to spend more time with his family. He has served in the Senate since 1998.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are scrambling to adjust to a new political landscape after a panel of federal judges redrew the district maps for the Legislature, congressional districts and the State Board of Education. The new maps that were released late Thursday create four open seats in the 40-member state Senate and 25 open seats in the 125-member Kansas House.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas health officials have suspended the license of a daycare center after staff members left a 3-year-old at a Johnson County movie theater. The state Department of Health and Environment issued the emergency suspension Friday against Back 2 Basics Learning Center in Kansas City, Kansas. The voicemail box at the daycare center was full yesterday.

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