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Mistrial in Norton County murder case…and other headlines:

andy lambertOctober 27, 2016
There’s a mistrial in a murder case in Kansas after a TV station in Nebraska aired footage of people in the jury pool. That station claims it didn’t know potential jurors were in the hallway at the time the reporter shot that video. The man on trial is accused of killing a man whose body was found in a park in Norton last year.
Crews in northwest Kansas fight fires in fields, including one that burned nearly 80 acres in Rush County. Another in Thomas County brought out several fire crews to a field northeast of Colby. The fires follow several days of warm, dry weather and the region’s forecast calls for more of the same.
Investigators try to figure out what caused this week’s train derailment near a grain elevator in Abilene. 10 empty cars came off the tracks and broke a power pole. Nobody hurt.
The state mental health facility at Larned has a new warden. Don Langford is inbound from the prison at Hutchinson, where he’s been the deputy warden. The prior warden left that post just over a month ago after 5 years on the job there.
The state supreme court opts not to hear the case of a couple whose children are in state custody. They claimed it was because the father uses medical marijuana, while the state said the real reason was neglect and abuse of other drugs. He reportedly tested positive for opiods and meth last year.
Total damage estimates are in from a pair of tornadoes in Saline County earlier this month. The EF2 and EF3 storms caused roughly $500-thousand in damage. Nobody was hurt in the storms, but a house, outbuildings, farm implements and power lines were damaged.

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