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Regional Headlines for Sunday, April 22, 2012


GOP Candidates Asked to Pledge Loyalty

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican candidates for the Kansas Senate are being asked by their party's leadership to publicly declare their allegiance to the Senate's Republican leadership after the November election. Clay Barker, executive director of the state Republican Party, said Friday that letters seeking the pledge were sent this week to 31 official GOP candidates for the Kansas Senate. He says a similar loyalty appeal will be mailed next week to Republican candidates for the House.


KCP&L Requests 13% Rate Increase

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Corporation Commission will consider a request from Kansas City Power and Light to raise rates 12.9 percent. The request, filed Friday by the utility, would raise an average residential customer's rate by nearly $150 a year. If it's approved, the Kansas request would take effect in January.


Spirit AeroSystems Back to Work

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Spirit AeroSystems says its employees will return to work tomorrow, after a massive cleanup of tornado damage. Spirit CEO Jeff Turner says about 1,000 people worked to clean debris, test equipment and make other repairs since the Wichita company took a direct hit from an EF-3 tornado last weekend. The Wichita Eagle reports some production at Spirit resumed Friday.


Sedgwick Co. Tornado Damage Tops $146 Million

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County officials say the tornado that hit Oaklawn and southeast Wichita last weekend caused an estimated $146.3 million in damage. County officials say the tornado damaged or destroyed 776 homes and 86 businesses, and affected another 3,481 residences and 165 businesses. That total includes 11 homes that were totally destroyed.

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