BC-Ks–Kansas News Digest 2:30 pm, Ks

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KANSAS-ABORTION

TOPEKA — The leader of an anti-abortion group wants Kansas legislators to consider a proposal to ban most abortions during the upcoming legislative session, even though Gov. Sam Brownback and top lawmakers want to limit its scope. By John Hanna.

KANSAS RAIN

LINDSBORG — Emergency management workers in the central Kansas community of Lindsborg were going door to door on Tuesday to assess damage from flash flooding that forced the evacuation of several homes, while other parts of Kansas were cleaning up from the mess left behind by the downpour the day earlier. The water had mostly receded by morning and residents were allowed to return to their homes, City Administrator Greg DuMars said.

LAND INSTITUTE-DONATION

LAWRENCE — The former CEO of Westar Energy and his wife have donated a 65-acre farmstead northwest of Lawrence to The Land Institute of Salina, which will use the property to more closely collaborate with two Kansas universities on its research on sustainable agriculture. The donation from Jim and Cindy Haines includes 50 acres of farmland, a home built in the 1880s, which is listed on the Register of Historic Kansas Places as the Gorrill Farmstead, and a granary that has been converted to meeting space. The property’s appraised value is $1.2 million.

HONOR FLIGHT THEFT-DELAY

GREAT BEND — The trial of a woman accused of stealing more than $100,000 from a group that flew World War II veterans to Washington D.C. has been delayed because her lawyer said she stopped communicating with him. Robert Anderson, the attorney for LaVeta Dianne Miller of Great Bend, told Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty on Monday that Miller hadn’t communicated with him since her preliminary hearing in April and hadn’t responded to two certified letters, The Great Bend Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1aUwgZN ).

STOMACH BUG OUTBREAK

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska health officials say a prepackaged salad mix is the source of a cyclospora outbreak that has sickened 78 people in the state since mid-June. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced its findings on Tuesday. Outbreaks of the same illness have been reported elsewhere in the U.S., but it’s not clear if prepackaged salad mix is also linked to those. Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness.

BUSINESS:

EARNS-SPRINT

OVERLAND PARK — Sprint Corp., the ailing No. 3 of the U.S. wireless business, has had the surgery. Now it’s in for a trying recovery period. In the last few months, Sprint has sold a majority stake to Softbank Corp. of Japan, bought the failing Clearwire network and shut down its own Nextel service, which had dogged its results for years. By Technology Writer Peter Svensson.

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ALSO:

— KANSAS-SECURITIES COMMISSIONER — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants the state’s interim securities commissioner to remain in the job.

— HORSE NEGLECT-PROBATION — A Hutchinson woman charged with neglecting more than a dozen horses has been sentenced to one year of probation.

— CAT DROWNED — Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd says Missouri state law does not allow him to charge a Kansas man who drowned a cat in Lake Waukomis.

— TOPEKA POLICE SHOOTING — The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office identified the man shot and killed by a Topeka police officer as 56-year-old Daniel E. DeLong of Topeka.

— LANDSCAPER KILLED — Police say a landscaper doing edging work on a road in southwest Wichita died after he was hit by a vehicle.

— BIODIESEL PLANT-FIRE — Firefighters have contained a fire at a biodiesel plant in the town of Sedgwick. No injuries have been reported.

— OBIT-BISHOP FITZSIMONS — Bishop George K. Fitzsimons, who led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina from 1984 to 2004, has died at the age of 84.

— LOTTERY-BIG WINNER — A Kansas man has hit the jackpot in Missouri.

— INTERNATIONAL PEN PALS-MEET — A woman from Australia and her American pen pal have met in Texas after 74 years of sharing their lives by writing letters.

— INFANT DIES-PLEA — A southeast Kansas woman will be sentenced Sept. 3 after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 4-month-old son.

— KANSAS CROPS — A new government report shows recent rain and cooler temperatures are relieving the stress on Kansas farm crops.

— HIGHER EDUCATION-TOUR — Kansas legislative leaders plan to send members of the House and Senate budget committee on a tour of higher education campuses later this year.

— MEDICAID-MAILINGS — The Kansas Medicaid program is mailing questionnaires to 130,000 households asking who lives in each one and how many expect to file income tax returns next year.

SPORTS:

SOC–MLS ALL-STAR GAME

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The best players in Major League Soccer have had plenty of success against powerhouse European clubs — provided the club isn’t Manchester United. That’s the case this year when they face Italian club AS Roma in Wednesday night’s MLS All-Star game. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta.

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