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Kansas soldier killed in WWII makes final journey home…and more headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: October 26, 2018

Sacha SanguinettiOctober 26, 2018

A Kansas soldier who was killed in World War II was laid to rest this week  at Fort Scott National Cemetery. Pfc. Leslie Shankles was killed Oct. 14, 1944 by enemy fire in a German forest. In 1947, his remains were discovered, and buried in an American military cemetery in Belgium. The  remains were identified in July, using a DNA sample from a relative. Shankles was born in Vernon County, Missouri, and later lived in Crawford County, Kansas.

Three U.S. soldiers from Fort Riley, together with two civilians, helped save a motorist who had a car accident near an Army training area in Germany. The five men, who stopped to help at a rollover crash, lifted a car off the trapped man’s arm and provided first aid until emergency workers arrived.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation will receive an estimated $848,459 in federal grant funds to fight methamphetamine trafficking.  Authorities  say methamphetamine is closely tied in Kansas with violent crimes and property crimes. It is ranked as the top drug threat in Kansas. Other states to receive funding include Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Montana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

One Down, one to go. The Billion Dollar Mega Millions jackpot was won earlier this week. Powerball players are in luck as there was no big winner in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing.  The next drawing is expected to have a 750 million dollar jackpot.  That should put it among the top four jackpots in U.S. lottery history.  Saturday’s drawing will be the second largest Powerball jackpot ever.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday. The goal is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. Law enforcement agencies at locations across Kansas are participating. Since the Drug Take-Back Day program began in 2010, nearly 75 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas alone.

Kansas Democrats are repeating their calls for Secretary of State Kris Kobach to recuse himself from overseeing the election of a new governor next month. Kobach is the Republican nominee in the much-watched race and has batted down calls for his recusal in the past. He says he has a constitutional duty to oversee the election, and he also says he does not have a direct hand in counting votes. But that hasn’t satisfied Democrats, who recall what they say were multiple issues surrounding the  GOP primary in August that Kobach won by just a few hundred votes.

An elderly woman is dead following an early Wednesday-morning fire in south central Topeka.  Officials say the victim, 70-year-old Katherine J. Bushey, may have collapsed as she tried to get out of her apartment.  Investigators say the blaze was accidental and may have been caused by unattended smoking materials.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to two-thousand dollars in last month’s robbery of a Topeka bank.  Officials made the announcement yesterday, describing the suspect as a black man, six-foot-one to six-foot-four and weighing 300-pounds. Witnesses to the September 29th robbery of the Kaw Valley Bank near Southwest 29th Street say the suspect fled the scene in a black Chevy Malibu.

Authorities are hoping the public can help them track down a missing Wichita teenager.  Officials say 17-year-old Sheila Dutton was last seen leaving a church near 10th and Tyler Wednesday night about 7:30.  She was reportedly wearing a maroon shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.  If you see Sheila Dutton, call 911.

Wichita State wants to offer in-state tuition to students from Denver, St. Louis and parts of Texas.  School officials say the plan would expand its existing “I-35 corridor” program, which already offers reduced out-of-state tuition to students in Dallas/Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Kansas City, Missouri.  The proposal would also include reduced out-of-state tuition to any Missouri resident.  If approved, the program would add areas along I-70 and I-45 in addition to the I-35 corridor.

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