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Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: April 13, 2016

andy lambertApril 13, 2016
A Wichita police lieutenant is facing federal fraud charges. An indictment accuses Heather Bachman of working a part-time security job while she was on duty and being paid by the police department.
A lawyer says he expects more victims to emerge in the case of a former physician assistant at the Leavenworth VA Medical Center. The former assistant — Mark Wisner — is accused in three lawsuits of conducting unnecessary and improper exams on patients. He’s facing sexual battery and other charges. A lawyer for plaintiffs in two lawsuits says there could be dozens of victims.
A sharp drop in oil prices could mean fewer students from Saudi Arabia will be attending Wichita State University. University officials say that could cost the school millions of dollars in revenue. About 260 of the 319 Saudi Arabian students at Wichita State are supported by Saudi government-supported scholarships.
The oak leaf itch mites are biting again in Wichita. Experts say the tiny mites that fall from trees normally would be killed during a cold winter but some of them survived this past winter because of relatively mild temperatures.
A plan to reopen The Woodlands racetrack in Kansas City, Kansas, has cleared an initial hurdle. A local planning commission has voted to recommend the track reopen with electronic gambling and other entertainment. Billionaire businessman Phil Ruffin wants to invest $70 million at the racetrack that has been closed since 2008.
A man serving almost six years in prison for setting fires at a vacant Salina motel has been sentenced in another arson case. A judge sentenced Dustin Gordon Monday to more than three years for burning a vacant farmhouse and a mobile home in 2014. He’ll serve the time consecutively to the six-year sentence he got for the fires in Salina.

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