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Regional Headlines for Saturday, March 3, 2013

KPR-News-SummaryState Dept. Predicts Canadian Oil Development to Continue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says Canadian tar sands are likely to be developed, regardless of whether the U.S. approves a plan to pipe oil from western Canada across Kansas to Texas. The State Department was required to conduct a new environmental analysis after the Keystone XL pipeline's operator, Calgary-based TransCanada, changed the project's route though Nebraska last year.


Brownback Reacts to Court-Ordered Mediation

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Governor Sam Brownback says he's pleased the Kansas Supreme Court has ordered mediation in a lawsuit over school funding. Brownback said yesterday he's also glad that the court stayed a lower-court order in the lawsuit directing legislators to increase spending on public schools.


Kansas Moves Toward Private Child Support Collection

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are taking the first steps toward turning child support collections over to private contractors. The Kansas Department for Children and Families said yesterday it has begun accepting proposals to privatize the system. The agency says contractors may bid to collect support payments in one, several or all of the state's 31 judicial districts.


Child Enticement Ends Up False Alarm

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Police in Salina say a report of a man trying to entice four young children into his vehicle turned out to be a false alarm. In fact, The Salina Journal reports police have now been told the man was really trying to get the children to stop throwing snowballs near traffic. The incident happened after school Wednesday afternoon.

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