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Man accused in Fort Riley bomb plot pleads guilty…and other headlines: May 24, 2016

andy lambertMay 24, 2016

A man accused of aiding a foiled plot to bomb a Kansas military base on behalf of the Islamic State group has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge. Alexander E. Blair admitted in a Topeka federal court on Monday that he gave a $100 to secure space to store explosives. He could get up to five years in prison. The friend previously pleaded guilty to two charges and is awaiting sentencing.

epublican lawmakers plan to take up transgender school bathrooms upon reconvening next week. The issue gained attention after the Obama administration’s recent guidance that transgender students at public schools be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. Rep. John Whitmer says he and other conservatives plan to run a resolution that would express the Legislature’s displeasure.

A Missouri man has been ordered to spend 17 years in federal prison for his role in a Kansas bank robbery that injured employees and a customer. Fifty-four-year-old Clifton Cloyd of Kansas City, Missouri, was sentenced Monday. He pleaded guilty to one count each of bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a robbery. Authorities say Cloyd and another man robbed a Bank of America branch in Overland Park in October 2014.

The latest government report shows that winter wheat in Kansas is turning color as harvest draws closer. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 96 percent of the wheat has headed, with 16 percent coloring.

A chimpanzee housed for more than 17 years at the Wichita, Kansas, zoo has died at the age of 44. Sedgwick County Zoo officials say the chimp named Tammy died Sunday after several days of failing health. A post-mortem examination is planned. The animal was diagnosed in February of last year with heart disease and had her right arm amputated because it had become dislocated and unfixable. Tammy had been at the zoo since 1999.

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