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Fatal accident in Trego and other headlines: December 16, 2015

andy lambertDecember 16, 2015

A crash south of Wakeeney leaves a man from Oklahoma dead. It appears he crossed the center line of U.S. 283 and hit a pickup truck driven by a man from WaKeeney. He was taken to the hospital in Hays and is expected to recover.

A Democratic member of the Kansas House says she’s resigning because she’s tired of the tone of the legislative debate over schools. Wichita’s Carolyn Bridges is a former school principal who accuses her Republican colleagues of being anti-education. Bridges says her district needs to be represented by someone who won’t take the rhetoric as personally as she does.

Spirit AeroSystems is offering some of its employees in Wichita an early out. The voluntary retirement and layoff program is open to executive, management and salaried employees. Company officials aren’t saying if there could be involuntary layoffs later.

A $294,000 grant from the Department of Defense will go to evaluate the economic impact of potential future force reductions at Fort Riley. The work by the Flint Hills Regional Council will look at the effects of past reductions, and make recommendations on how the region could handle the impact of a troop reduction.

In Salina, a man gets more than a year in prison for making phony 911 calls. Authorities claim he called 911 more than two-dozen times during a 24-hour period in early August, and all of the calls were frivolous.

An off-duty Sheriff’s deputy in Finney County is on paid leave after shooting and injuring a 23-year old man. He’d gone there because of a report of a suicidal man, and when he pulled up in his personal car he found the suspect carrying a gun. He wouldn’t put it down, so the deputy fired twice and hit that man in the leg.

A researcher at KU has uncovered what’s thought to be the only known recording of basketball inventor James Naismith. He found the roughly three-minute recording from 1939 while researching a book. In it, Naismith describes setting up the first game at a college in Massachusetts seven years before he moved to Kansas. Despite inventing the game, Naismith is the only basketball coach in KU history to have a career losing record.

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