Man falls 120 feet from turbine expected to survive…and other Today in Kansas headlines: July 5, 2016

andy lambertJuly 5, 2016
A man who fell 120 feet while working on a wind turbine is expected to survive. The Pratt County Sheriff Vernon Chinn says that worker was seriously hurt during the tumble onto muddy ground while he was repairing a blade on a wind generator near Pratt. Emergency responders found the man coherent and able to talk. Another worker was found hanging from his safety harness 120 feet in the air. It’s believed the softer ground helped cushion the fall somewhat.
There’s an arrest in Leavenworth, where an 85-year old woman was found dead over the weekend. Investigators plan to turn over their reports in the case to prosecutors, with charges expected to follow. Police haven’t publicly said how that woman was killed.
The Center for Mental Health Research and Innovation at KU says no to a contract from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, and the two are cutting ties as a result. The center claims the contract would have cut the center’s budget in half and given the state more control over how staff did their jobs. The contract also would move to an hourly payment rate.
No decision yet from a federal judge after the secretary of state’s office asked to have a discrimination lawsuit against it tossed out. A woman sued last year, claiming she was fired for not attending an in-office bible study in Kris Kobach’s office. Just last week a filing with the judge asked to have the suit tossed arguing she wasn’t fired for that reason and any other claims are blocked by sovereign immunity.
A wildfire that scorched nearly 600 square miles of land in Oklahoma and Kansas in March destroyed homes, killed livestock and damaged thousands of miles of fence. But conservation experts say it also cleared out more eastern red cedar trees in less than a week than local efforts to eradicate that invasive species could have accomplished in decades.





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