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Grapefruit-size hail and small tornadoes reported in Kansas…and other headlines: April 27, 2016

andy lambertApril 27, 2016
Some grapefruit-sized hail has fallen near the northeast Kansas community of Bremen. Marshall County’s emergency management chief says reports of roof damage and broken car windows were coming in hours after large hail fell for about 15 minutes early Tuesday evening. Elsewhere in the state a small rope tornado touched down in southern Kansas, not leading to any injuries. Quarter-size hail, reported in large swaths of Kansas.
The FBI says a man’s body found in charred ruins of a Kansas motel room after a shootout that injured three federal agents is that of the robbery suspect they were trying to arrest. The FBI says the body was identified as 28-year-old Orlando Collins, and the coroner believes Collins shot himself. The Saturday night shootout in Topeka injured two deputy federal marshals and an FBI agent.
Gov. Sam Brownback says Kansas is withdrawing from the federal government’s refugee resettlement program because of safety concerns. Brownback announced Tuesday that he notified President Barack Obama’s administration of his decision. Brownback’s move means Kansas will reject federal funds to provide cash and health care coverage to any refugees who resettle in Kansas. The federal aid amounts to about $1.6 million for the 2016 federal budget year.
A homeless man pleads guilty to criminal use of explosives after he went to apply for a job at a clinic that provides abortions in Wichita with a small bottle of gunpowder and a wick in his backpack. That man is scheduled to be sentenced June 24. The building that houses the clinic was once owned by George Tiller, the late-term abortion provider who was murdered in 2009.
Another patient accuses a former physician assistant at the VA hospital in Leavenworth of sexual abuse. There are now at least four civil lawsuits against that P-A and the federal government.

 

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