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Weekend Headlines for September 29-30, 2018

Ark City Man in Hospitalized after Attack by 4 Dogs

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 70-year-old Arkansas City man is hospitalized after he was attacked by four dogs in his backyard. Arkansas City police say in a news release that officers were called to the home Thursday night. Police Chief Daniel Ward said witnesses reported finding four dogs on top of the man. The dogs belong to the man and others who live in the home. The man was flown to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was listed in stable condition on Friday. The mixed-breed dogs were captured by police and are at the Cowley County Humane Society for a 10-day observation period.
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KBI, Bonner Springs Police Investigating Possible Murder after Body Found in Train Car

BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body on a railroad car in Bonner Springs. Police say employees at a quarry Friday as they unloaded a rail car, which is used to haul dry cement mix. Bonner Springs police said the death is being investigated as a homicide. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation's crime scene response team helped with the investigation.
 
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Kansas Senator Moran Says He Will Vote to Confirm Kavanaugh

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran says he will vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Republican senator made his announcement after Thursday's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. Ford accuses Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a gathering of friends in 1982, when both teenagers. Kavanaugh strongly denied the allegation. Moran's short statement did not mention their contradictory testimony. Instead, he said after he met with Kavanaugh in August, he saw him as well-qualified "with a deep respect for the Constitution. Moran said: "I still believe that to be true." Kansas' senior senator, Republican Pat Roberts, announced his support for Kavanaugh in July but hasn't commented on Thursday's hearing.

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Trump Plans October 6th Topeka Rally to Boost GOP Candidates

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — President Donald Trump is coming to Kansas' capital next week for a rally aimed at boosting the campaigns of Republican candidates in tight races for governor and Congress. Trump's re-election campaign announced Thursday that the rally will be 6:30 p.m. Oct 6 at Topeka's largest arena, the Expocentre. Trump endorsed the GOP nominee for Kansas governor, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, just ahead of his narrow August primary victory over Gov. Jeff Colyer. Kobach was the most prominent Kansas early supporter of Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign and vice chairman of Trump's now-defunct commission on voter fraud. Trump also is campaigning for Steve Watkins, the GOP nominee in the 2nd District of eastern Kansas. Retiring Republican Representative Lynn Jenkins holds the seat, and Democrats hope to flip it.

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Adopted Daughter of Kansas Veteran Faces Deportation

LANSING, Kan. (AP) — The adopted daughter of a retired Army officer living in northeastern Kansas may soon be sent back to South Korea. The Kansas City Star reports that on Friday, a federal judge in Kansas ruled in favor of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which seeks to deport Hyebin Schreiber, the legally adopted daughter of retired Lt. Col. Patrick Schreiber of Lansing. Schreiber sued after immigration authorities rejected visa and citizenship applications for Hyebin. The woman had been Schreiber's niece when he and his wife legally brought the then-15-year-old girl to the U.S. in 2012. Schreiber's deployment the following year to Afghanistan and bad legal advice led the couple to put off her legal adoption until she was 17. But under immigration law, foreign-born children must be adopted before reaching 16 to derive citizenship from their American parents. Schreiber, who has served six overseas tours in a 27-year U.S. military career, has said he and his wife would go to South Korea with their daughter if she's deported.

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Disgraced Former Cardinal Living near Kansas School

VICTORIA, Kan. (AP) — Roman Catholic Church officials have confirmed that a disgraced ex-cardinal who was removed from ministry amid allegations of sexual abuse has moved to a friary in remote western Kansas that is near an elementary school. The Archdiocese of Washington confirmed in a statement Friday that former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is living at St. Fidelis Friary in Victoria, Kansas, which is within a block of Victoria Elementary School. The Kansas City Star reports that the news of McCarrick's new living arrangement took school officials by surprise. Victoria Elementary Principal Kent Michel says he only learned of it Friday through social media posts. The 88-year-old McCarrick was the retired Archbishop of Washington, D.C., when he was removed from public ministry in June after the church found credible allegations that he sexually abused a teenager while a priest in New York more than 40 years ago.

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Kansas Democrat Laura Kelly: Bring Back Bioscience Agency

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrat Laura Kelly is vowing to revive a program that invested in the biotech industry if she is elected governor. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Kelly credited the Kansas Bioscience Authority with helping to spur development before it was sold off in 2016. She also says it was instrumental in the decision to locate a new National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University. She says the state needs to "put something back in place" and said she would need to consult experts about how it would function. The Kansas Bioscience Authority was dismantled after issues with its former leader and concerns about using taxpayer dollars for development. Kelly says she believes the revenue shortfalls the state was experiencing at the time also played a role in its demise.

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Bedbugs Shut Down Shawnee Library

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — An infestation of bedbugs has closed a Kansas City suburb library until further notice. Johnson County Library Director Sean Casserley says the Shawnee branch library on Johnson Drive will be closed at least until Wednesday so the building can be treated to get rid of the infestation. The Kansas City Star says updates on the state of the branch will be posted on the library's website and social media accounts. Casserley says library staff spotted the pests in a book turned in Thursday. Dogs trained to detect the pests were brought in, and officials learned Friday that the pests had spread to furniture in the building. Bed bugs have recently been discovered in other public places in the Kansas City area, including in a Kansas City International Airport terminal.

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Uber to Pay Kansas $730,000 Following Data Breach

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Uber will pay Kansas more than $730,000 after hackers obtained names and driver's license information of some Uber drivers. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed a lawsuit against the ride-hailing company. A consent judgment was entered Thursday in Shawnee County District Court. In 2016, hackers obtained the names and driver's license information from about 600,000 of its drivers, but didn't immediately reveal the breach. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Schmidt argued the lack of transparency violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. He also said Uber didn't maintain reasonable security measures. Uber's attorney, Tony West, said the company has reached agreements with the attorney generals of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to the consent judgment, Uber will pay a total of $148 million.

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Feds to return $505 Million from Kansas Racer's Payday Loan Scheme

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal officials are mailing more than one million checks worth a combined $505 million to consumers that former pro racecar driver Scott Tucker swindled through a payday lending scheme. The Kansas City Star reports that the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department announced the refunds Thursday. The agencies evaluated loan portfolios from seven of Tucker's brands under his company, AMG Services — 500FastCash, Advantage Cash Services, Ameriloan, OneClickCash, Star Cash Processing, UnitedCashLoans and USFastCash — to find consumers who took the short-term loans.Tucker, of Leawood, Kansas, is among those convicted of running a payday lending enterprise that used indigenous tribes as fronts to charge predatory interest rates. He began serving a 16-year, eight-month prison sentence earlier this year.

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Kansas Nurses Charged for Stealing Medicine, Medicaid Fraud

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Ten Kansas nurses and nurse aides have been charged with Medicaid fraud, stealing narcotic medications and mistreating vulnerable adults. The Kansas City Star reports that the charges came after an enforcement sweep by the state's attorney general. Online records show that eight of those charged are still licensed to work in Kansas. State Board of Nursing Executive Director Carol Moreland declined to comment on pending litigation and questions about the licenses. Witness lists show that three Kansas City area health care workers were working at nursing homes during the alleged crimes. Lenexa resident Catherine Santaniello is charged with two felony counts of mistreatment of a dependent adult. She also faces two misdemeanor charges for battery and making a false claim to Medicaid. Santaniello didn't respond to requests for comment. She'll appear in court October 24th.

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Topeka Man gets Retrial in Shooting Death of Wichita Man

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Shawnee County district judge says a Topeka man convicted of second-degree murder should get a new trial. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports 27-year-old William Spangler was found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2013 shooting death of 22-year-old Faustino Martinez II, of Wichita. Spangler, who was sentenced to 15.5 years in jail, filed a petition in October 2015 that questioned the effectiveness of his attorneys. Spangler was robbed and beaten a few weeks before Martinez was shot. District Judge Mark Braun ruled Tuesday that Spangler's defense attorney did not consider how Spangler's beating might have affected his mental health. Spangler said if he hadn't been robbed or beaten, he wouldn't have bought any weapons or reacted aggressively to being threatened in his apartment. A new trial date hasn't been set.

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Man Sentenced for Role in Missouri Kidnapping

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 23-year-old Independence man was sentenced to eight years in prison without parole for his role in a kidnapping conspiracy. Justin Watson was sentenced Thursday for conspiracy to commit kidnapping and brandishing a firearm during a violent crime. Watson admitted that he and his co-conspirators kidnapped a victim identified as "N.J." in March 2017. They drove to Colorado and used the victim's credit card in stops across Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports that during the drive west, the conspirators discussed killing the victim. Instead, they stopped near Russell, Kansas. They left the victim, bound and gagged, and then drove away, leaving the victim in the field. The victims removed his bindings and went to the Russell police department. Watson was arrested in March in Kansas City, Missouri.

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