September 16, 2015: Today in Kansas Report

andy lambertSeptember 16, 2015
Wetter weather in Kansas is causing problems for hay growers, who are seeing good production but lower quality hay. Steve Hessman with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said untimely rains damaged much of cut alfalfa in fields and delayed timely cutting, meaning the hay was overly matured once farmers could cut it.
The man accused of trying to get a bomb set off at Kansas City’s 9/11 memorial stair climb appears in court, and has been sent to a mental hospital for a month. The person he was talking to online to arrange the attack turned out to be an FBI informant claiming to live in Kansas.
A missing 13-year old girl from Ellis County turns up, safe in Wichita. She’d been in state care when she ran away August 19th, and had refused to return. Authorities didn’t think she was in any danger at any point.
The judge that tossed out a pair of convictions against a doctor and his wife accused of running a pill mill turns around and reinstates them. They were convicted five years ago on a number of charges, including health care fraud and money laundering. The move comes after the Supreme Court ruled a victim’s drug use had to be the actual cause of death in order for there to be a conviction, and not just a contributing factor.
State officials are being asked to investigate whether Sedgwick County violated state law during the selection of a new county manager. The county made their appointment Sept. 2, but actually green-lit the job offer two weeks earlier in a closed meeting. County officials contend their choice was non-binding and did not violate an open meetings law.
A pumpkin weighing 1,034 pounds crushes the Kansas State Fair record by nearly 58 pounds. Folks have been lining up in a major way to see the pumpkin, which belongs to a Garden City man who is making his first ever entry into the giant pumpkin division. He says he got some help from an unusually wet summer.





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