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Headlines for Saturday, September 3, 2022


Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal of Case against Topeka, Shawnee County

TOPEKA, Kan. (TCJ/KPR) - The Kansas Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against Shawnee County and the city of Topeka. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the case was brought by William Dean Blue of Emporia, who was incorrectly identified in a news release as a crime suspect. A man who was arrested after a robbery falsely identified himself as Blue. Blue sued Topeka and Shawnee County for $500,000 each for releasing his name to the media and the public.


Topeka Man Gets Life Sentence for Murder of Teen in Home Invasion

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Topeka man has been sentenced to life in prison for a 2019 murder. WIBW reports that Larry Huggins III was sentenced Friday to life without parole for the murder of 15-year-old Owen Hughes. Huggins and another man, Reginald McKinney, were accused of breaking into Hughes' home and firing at him. Hughes was armed and fired back. Police found both Hughes and McKinney dead at the scene.  


KSU Inaugurates New President

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KPR) - Kansas State University has inaugurated its 15th president. Richard Linton was formally inaugurated Friday afternoon at KSU's McCain Auditorium, with Governor Laura Kelly and many state, university, and community leaders in attendance. The inauguration came nine months after the announcement of Linton as Kansas State University's new president, following the retirement of former president Richard B. Myers.


COVID-19 Variant Shots Coming to Kansas, Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KFVS/KPR) - COVID-19 booster shots targeting the omicron variant are now available to some providers in Kansas City and Missouri. KFVS reports that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says some providers received their initial shipments Friday; others are expected to receive the new booster shots next week. Missouri allowed health care providers to pre-order the vaccines last week. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says Kansas health care providers are expected to receive their shipments in mid-September.