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Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: October 30, 2015

andy lambertOctober 30, 2015

The Union Pacific Railroad is closing a crossing along U.S. 83 near Oakley for repairs starting Monday. South Second Street will also be closed for work. You’ll need to use Highway 40 and I-70 to get around. The goal is to get everything wrapped up by Wednesday.

State regulators are keeping limits on a practice associated with fracking until at least mid-March 2016 as part of their efforts to decrease the frequency and size of earthquakes in south-central Kansas. The limits apply in five earthquake-prone areas in Harper and Sumner counties, and involve wastewater being injected into the ground.

There’s an arrest in a shooting in Salina that goes back a year and a half. A man called police in May of 2014, claiming someone knocked on the door of his apartment and tried to rob him. When it didn’t work out, he was shot in the groin. Police arrested a man this week on a number of charges, including robbery, aggravated assault, and attempted first degree murder.

A lawyer says a couple who are accused of voter fraud made a mistake while they were involved in a move to Arkansas. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office recently filed charges against them, accusing them of casting general
election ballots in Kansas and Arkansas four years ago. They’re due in court in December.

The last person charged in the deaths of a couple from Valley Center gets nearly 25 years in prison after admitting to providing guns for the murder. All told four people are now headed to prison for the deaths that were planned by the couple’s adopted son, who was said to have planned the killings over hatred and a desire to collect insurance money.

Gay rights advocates are criticizing Governor Brownback for speaking at a conference sponsored by an organization that seeks to promote marriage as solely being between a man and a woman. He addressed the World Congress of Families in Salt Lake City, which the Human Rights Campaign calls a hate group for its efforts against gay rights. A spokeswoman for the governor says he was there to talk poverty and nothing else.

Demolition begins on the FlightSafety building near Wichita’s airport, a year after a plane lost power and crashed into it. The pilot and three people aboard all died. After demolition, the land will be returned to the city.

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