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Industrial accident claims lives in Wichita…and other Today in Kansas headlines: July 1, 2016

andy lambertJuly 1, 2016

Two men are dead after an industrial accident in Wichita. It happened at Occidental Chemical Corporation. A preliminary investigation suggests the men’s mechanical equipment failed and that’s what caused their deaths, but the full probe isn’t done yet. Officials add no chemicals were released from the plant.

The KBI is looking for a pair of trucks believed to be linked to a woman’s death near Assaria. One is a maroon flatbed pickup with a white front bumper, the other is a small pickup, dark blue on top and bottom with light blue in the middle. Both are beat up. The 57-year old woman’s body was found last week and almost immediately investigators treated the case as homicide.

A teenager convicted of misdemeanor battery from an assault aboard a swim team school bus gets a year of probation. Another teenager from Great Bend got the same sentence last month in Ellsworth County, where the bus was at the time of the incident. Meanwhile the victim’s mother has filed a civil suit seeking $400-thousand in damages from 21 defendants, including the Great Bend school district and several officials plus the parents of the two teenagers who were convicted.

Alaska-based PenAir is adding service between a pair of cities in southwest Kansas and Denver. The carrier plans to fly twice a day to DIA from Dodge City and Liberal starting September 15th. PenAir will be using 30-seat Saab 340 turboprops for those flights.

New numbers from the National Agricultural Statistics Service suggest Kansas farmers put more acres toward corn and soybeans this year and less land for sorghum. The state has 4.8 million acres of corn, up 16 percent from a year ago. Soybean acreage grew 7 percent, while sorghum fell 7 percent and sunflowers plummeted 35 percent. There are only 55-thousand acres dedicated to sunflowers this year.

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