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Regional Headlines for Sunday, March 4, 2012


HARVEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) -- Harveyville officials called a town hall meeting this weekend to discuss recovery efforts after an EF-2 tornado damaged much of the community Tuesday night. The meeting was held 6 p.m. Saturday at the Harveyville Fire Station. Mayor Dustin Kuntz says it was an open forum for local residents to discuss the tornado and the transfer of duties from the Northeast Kansas Incident Management Team to local officials.

The National Weather Service says the tornado had winds of up to 130 miles per hour and destroyed nearly half of the eastern Kansas town of about 250 residents. One resident was killed and more than a dozen were injured in the storm.

The tornado was part of a line of deadly storms that roared through the Midwest and South much of last week.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A boost in proposed funding for environmental projects along the Missouri River is angering farmers who claim last year's flooding is evidence the spending focus needs to shift to flood protection.

The spending issue came to the forefront when President Barack Obama released a proposed budget last month that allots $90 million for environmental projects. That's up from $73 million in the last budget.

Groups including the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association and Missouri Corn Growers Association have been vocal opponents, saying the priority should be flood protection.


HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -- A raid on a suspected methamphetamine lab in Reno County has resulted in 11 arrests, including one man who was found hiding on the roof four hours after the search began. The Reno County Sheriff's Office says many of the arrests Thursday night and early Friday happened hours after officers first arrived with search warrants. Officers seized a small amount of methamphetamine and three empty tanks that previously contained anhydrous ammonia.

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