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Increased police presence near schools…and other headlines: April 25, 2016

andy lambertApril 25, 2016

There’s increased police presence near schools in Colby after a group of students reported a suspicious person near the school Thursday. No sign of the person who allegedly offered some students a ride in his truck.

Cleanup begins in central and eastern Kansas after a line of storms brought heavy rain, high winds, and hail. Parts of Manhattan experienced flash flooding last night, and a handful of tornado warnings were also issued. At least two people were hurt in Republic County, where a mobile home was destroyed by the weather.

Authorities found a body in a Kansas hotel room that erupted in flames during a shootout in which three federal agents were injured while trying to arrest a robbery suspect. Two deputy U.S. marshals and an FBI agent were hurt when they came under fire while trying to make an arrest at that hotel in Topeka, but are expected to survive.

Kansas’ attorney general says legislation that would allow Sedgwick County residents to cast another vote on whether to allow slot machines at the Wichita Greyhound Park would breach the Kansas Lottery’s contract with the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane. Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in an opinion issued Friday that the courts would likely block any law to allow a revote in Sedgwick County.

It’s a false alarm – the word from the City of Olathe after a round of secondary tests determines a neighborhood didn’t have elevated lead levels in the tap water. Initial tests suggested there was an unsafe level of lead, and more testing is being done to make sure the lead levels don’t creep up during a waterline construction project.

The legislature resumes work Wednesday, with the budget expected to be the top issue. Lawmakers will have nearly $290 million in projected shortfalls to address. That’s partially the result of more conservative revenue forecasts for the next fiscal year.

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