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Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: October 26, 2015

andy lambertOctober 26, 2015

A man suspected of an armed robbery fatally shoots himself after trying to get away from police. He was accused of holding up a poker room in Wichita, and a witness followed him until officers showed up. Nobody else hurt.

Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana in Kansas are planning a silent protest at the Capitol next month. The group Bleeding Kansas is planning the “Day of the Kansas Dead” rally in Topeka on Nov. 7. Organizers say the protest will remember those who have died without the right to use marijuana to heal them or ease their pain.

Lower energy prices are hitting counties heavy on oil and natural gas production hard, and it’s happening as the state is ending an aid program meant to shore up their budgets. The state says oil and gas property values declined an average of 52 percent this year. Sixteen counties in western Kansas saw their total property values drop more than 20 percent, which makes it hard to raise local tax revenue.

The Kansas State Fire Marshal is investigating after firefighters found a woman’s body during a fire at her home in Crawford County. It’s still unclear what officially caused her death, and what started the fire.

A judge rejects a motion arguing that the man convicted of killing an abortion provider in Wichita should not be subject to the Hard 50 sentence when he is resentenced. The defense argues a change in state law regarding how sentences of life in prison without any chance of parole for 50 years are imposed should not be applied retroactively to Scott Roeder.

A Topeka man is upset that a ghost tour charged people to enter the Moose Lodge where his grandfather was shot to death while working as a police officer back in 1955. He argues that Ghost Tours of Kansas charging money made the place an entertainment venue. The owner of the tour says three quarters of the money collected went back to that Moose Lodge for maintenance.

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