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KS State Fair Competition Entry Deadline Looms

It's time to start thinking about that blue ribbon you might win at this year's Kansas State Fair. Fair officials say that online registration is now available for anyone wanting to enter the dozens of competitive categories offered...from baking to canning to knitting, and just about everything in between. Fair spokesperson Lori Mulch-Hart says there's even a way to get your pet in on the action.

Online registration for the competitive events can be completed at kansasstatefair.com. The entry deadline is next Monday, August 15th. This year's fair will run from September 9th through 18th at the fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

Air Conditioners Targeted by Thieves

There's been an increase in thefts of commercial and window air conditioning units in Topeka this summer. Police Captain Jerry Stanley says there have been several in the last two weeks. He says the thieves seem to be actually dismantling the large commercial units sitting on office rooftops:

In one case, five large units were taken and another was damaged at one office building in the 5900 block of southwest 28th Street. Police say that while thieves may be targeting the valuable copper inside commercial air conditioning units, the thieves aren't passing window units by, either. Stanley says he suspects the window units are being kept intact... either for resale, or for personal use.

Spike in Topeka Air Conditioner Thefts

There has been an increase in rooftop burglaries in Topeka, as thieves are now targeting large commercial air conditioning units. Topeka Police Captain Jerry Stanley says catching the culprits won't be easy:

Five large air conditioning units were taken from one office building at 28th and Wanamaker. Stanley says the air conditioning units are being dismantled and their copper likely sold to salvage yards in Lawrence or Kansas City. Stanley says that window air conditioner thefts are ALSO on the rise...he says that those are usually stolen intact and then resold.

Breweries and Wineries Making a Comeback in Kansas

For some people, sitting down with a glass of beer or wine can be the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon. This hasn't always been so easy in Kansas -- a state known for prohibition and strict liquor laws. But there's more to the story of alcohol in Kansas than just efforts to ban it. KPR news intern Justine Greve (GREEV) looks at brewing and winemaking in the state and finds that over the past 150 years, the industry has come full circle.

KPR news intern Justine Greve graduated from Baker University with majors in history, English, and German. She's now a graduate student at KU.

KC Chiefs Building Team As Camp Nears

The Kansas City Chiefs are back in action. On the first day after NFL players and team owners came to agreement on a new contract, the Chiefs are scrambling to get ready for the season. The first practice at training camp is scheduled for Friday in St. Joseph, Missouri. As KPR's Greg Echlin reports, the Chiefs are now busy assembling their team roster.

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