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The Lawrence Humane Society Wants You!...to Adopt a Cat

The Lawrence Humane Society is currently waiving adoption fees for cats and kittens as the shelter's population of these animals has surged. Kayse (KAY-see) Aschenbrenner (ASH-en-brenn-ur) with Lawrence Humane says that summer traditionally heralds a significant uptick in the number of animals that the shelter takes in.

There will still be a charge for spaying or neutering. The no-adoption-fee promotion will run until the shelter's cat population has stabilized. More information is available online at lawrencehumane.org.

National Weather Service Emphasizes Lightning Safety

It's Lightning Safety Awareness Week. National Weather Service meteorologists are trying to impress upon the public the dangers lightning can pose, and are hoping that people will remember the message "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors."

Matt Anderson is a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Topeka. He says the safest bet is to head for shelter immediately whenever thunder can be heard. 55 people in the United States died last year from lightning strikes.

Country Stampede Could Mean Millions for Area Economy

More than 18 million dollars is expected to be poured into the Manhattan-area economy by the Country Stampede concert event this year. Karen Hibbard is director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Manhattan:

Hibbard says that after adding in the cost of lodging or staying at Tuttle Creek State Park, the overall impact on the Manhattan economy has been more than 229 million dollars since the inaugural Stampede in 1996. This year's Country Stampede begins tomorrow (THUR) and runs through Sunday, featuring concerts by Brad Paisley and Lady Antebellum.

Facebook Page Established for Lake Shawnee Body Mystery

A Facebook page has been founded to gather tips on what happened to a body found in a car submerged in Lake Shawnee east of Topeka. It's already turning up some interesting information about several unsolved missing persons cases. The page is titled "Who Killed Me in Topeka, KS." and was created by Kansas City activist Alonzo Washington. He may be best-known for his efforts to identify a child found Kansas City, Missouri, known for years only as "Precious Doe."

The coroner's office has released little new information about the body recovered from Lake Shawnee on June 11th. There is still no positive identification of the remains, nor any approximate age or gender available. Washington says the new Facebook page has generated information on at least one 1980s murder case in Wisconsin and on a mystery concerning a body that has never been found. Washington hopes to generate more publicity on the mystery at Lake Shawnee by shooting a YouTube video on the case, as well.

Western Wildfires Affect Kansas Train Travel

Wildfires in New Mexico are still disrupting Amtrak service on the Southwest Chief train route. Mark Magliari (magg-lee-AIR-ee) is a spokesman for Amtrak, and says that while the method of transportation along the line has been temporarily altered, no stops in Kansas have been entirely abandoned:

Despite the wildfires in New Mexico, Magliari (magg-lee-AIR-ee) says the daily Southwest Chief service that runs between Chicago and Los Angeles is expected to continue operation through Kansas because of the alternative transportation methods. The Southwest Chief train makes Kansas stops in Lawrence, Topeka, Hutchinson, Newton, Dodge City and Garden City.

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