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High winds and dust cause accidents and shut down I-70: April 6, 2016

andy lambertApril 6, 2016

I-70 is back open after a string of crashes in Gove County. One of those involved a pair of big rigs colliding due to near-zero visibility brought on by high winds. Traffic had to be detoured on county roads for several hours while crews worked to get the road back open.

Nervousness grows in parts of southern Kansas as a wildfire in Oklahoma keeps pushing toward the state line. The town of Freedom had to be evacuated as 40-mile an hour winds kept pushing the flames. As of last night, the fire was just 20 miles from the Kansas line.

A Topeka man convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl has been refused a new trial. That man was convicted of rape and other counts in January. Prosecutors claim the girl was tied up with a telephone cord for six hours but managed to get away.

In Ellis County, a man is dead after the tree he was cutting fell on him. The death is still under investigation, but there are no signs that it was anything other than an accident.

Via Christi Hospital and Joplin’s Mercy Medical Center expect work on a joint project in Pittsburg to start next month. They’re building a $4.2 million dollar primary care facility together, with the goal of opening by the middle of 2017. It will have four primary care doctors at the start and could expand to have as many as nine.

A racetrack owner in Topeka doubts his property will survive if the property tax bill remains high, saying that the facility faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs. The owner claims Heartland Park’s annual tax bill is nearly $342,000 and the operating cost is more than what the track can generate in revenue in a year.

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