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Kobach pursuing new voter fraud cases…and other headlines: January 26, 2016

andy lambertJanuary 26, 2016
Sprint is eliminating more jobs as it seeks to cut costs and turn around its business. The Overland Park company has told employees at six customer service centers around the country that it will be closing those locations or reducing staff. Sprint has cut about 2,500 jobs since last fall and its stock price has tumbled in the past year.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office is pursuing three new cases against people it says voted illegally in Kansas and other states. Kobach notified legislators Monday of the new cases. They have been filed in Ellis, Johnson and Sedgwick counties. Lawmakers gave the secretary of state’s office prosecutorial powers last year.
A group of Chinese students is in Kansas on a two-week trip to experience American education and see some sites. The middle school students from Shanghai are staying in Wichita, where they are studying at The Independent School.
New federal data shows that the number of American children victimized by abuse and neglect increased by nearly 3 percent in the latest annual reporting period. The report from the Department of Health and Human Services says Kansas is one of the states showing a more than 30 percent increase in maltreatment over the past five years.
Newton police are urging city residents to lock their doors as they search for a man suspected of at least 16 burglaries since mid-September. Police say the burglar follows the same pattern. He’s been seen inside homes at least three times and usually takes only cash.
St. John is scrambling to find ways to respond when its only grocery store closes in less than two weeks. Residents will have to drive more than 25 miles to Great Bend or Pratt, or 12 miles to Stafford after the Dillon’s Market closes February 6.

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