A Kansas man will stay behind bars until his trial for his part in an alleged conspiracy by a militia group to set off truck bombs at an apartment complex in Garden City where 120 Somali immigrants live. He waived his detention hearing and entered a not guilty plea. That’s the only plea a federal magistrate judge can accept at this stage of the court proceedings.
Kansas officials vote to approve $33,000 for the settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit filed after a man died at a small lake northwest of Hays. That man died in July 2011 after his boat got stuck at Antelope Lake. He’d been ordered by an officer with the Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism to move the boat, but couldn’t and tried to swim to shore. He was taken to the hospital but died before getting there.
Governor Brownback says former state legislator Richard Carlson will be staying on as Kansas transportation secretary. The announcement comes after Carlson spent the past three months as the Department of Transportation’s interim secretary. He’s a Republican from Saint Mary’s who had a seat in the Kansas House from 2005 through 2014.
Warm temperatures and dry conditions combine to lead to progress on the fall harvest. 87 percent of the corn crop is now in the bin according to the National Agricultural Statistics service, while 56 percent of sorghum and 53 percent of soybeans have been harvest. The report finds 38 percent of the sunflower harvest is also done, and winter wheat planting is 84 percent complete.
Police in Dodge City look for a rogue trick-or-treater. A woman called 911, claiming she answered a knock on her door to find a man wearing a Halloween mask, holding a gun and demanded money. After a short struggle that man ran off. So far, no arrests and no real suspects.