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September 11, 2015: Today in Kansas Report

andy lambertSeptember 11, 2015
An FBI informant claiming to be in Kansas helps take down a suspected terrorist. A 20-year old from Florida is accused of wanting to set off pressure cooker bombs at Kansas City’s 9/11 stair climb event. The 30-page indictment claims he provided the informant with details on how to make a bomb and fill it with nails, metal and other shrapnel dipped in rat poison. Officials insist nobody was ever in danger.
Cleanup is underway in the eastern half of Kansas after strong and severe storms rolled through, with high winds, large hail and torrential rainfall. A number of areas experienced flash flooding as well.
Kansas’s highest court will consider the legality of Wichita’s marijuana ordinance next week. The state is challenging the measure voters approved in April that would lessen the penalties for having small amounts of pot. Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the local measure conflicts with state law. The hearing is September 17.
Kansas regulators have approved a 9 percent increase in Kansas City Power & Light’s annual electric rates, less than the utility sought. Regulators were split over how much profit the utility’s stockholders should be allowed to earn, putting the final rate at 9.3 percent. KCP&L’s service territory includes nearly a quarter-million customers in eastern Kansas.
A Manhattan man is jailed in a series of thefts that led to a nearly four-hour lockdown at Kansas State University last week. The 20-year-old is being held on a $150,000 bond while Riley County officials investigate. Authorities say they expect additional arrests.
Kansas Turnpike officials say summer traffic on the nearly 60-year-old freeway rose more than 6 percent this year to a record high. The turnpike collected slightly more than $33 million in tolls this summer, compared with $30 million collected last year. Officials say lower fuel prices contributed to the increase in traffic.

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