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September 21, 2015: Headlines from the Today In Kansas Report

andy lambertSeptember 21, 2015

Seven people near Wichita face indictments accusing them of unemployment benefits fraud. Prosecutors claim they turned in false info to the Kansas Department of Labor to collect unemployment when they actually had jobs. They all face up to 20 years in prison and a quarter-million dollar fine.

The latest figures from the US Census Bureau show Kansas lagging behind other states when it comes to reducing the number of people without health insurance. That’s a key goal of the Affordable Care Act. Kansas’s uninsured rate dropped from 12.3 to 10.2 percentage points, a 17 percent decline which is roughly half the drop of the top five states.

It’s unclear what led to the weekend chase in Russell County that landed a New Mexico man in the hospital. He was southbound on US 281 outside Hoisington when he ran off the road, into a ditch, hit a raised driveway and landed back in the ditch.

The co-founder and head of The Land Institute is stepping down. Wes Jackson started the organization in the mid-70s with the goal of cutting down on erosion, along with pesticide and fertilizer use in agriculture. Jackson will be 80 when he steps down next summer and says, it’s time.

A woman from Hutchinson is in the hospital after rolling her SUV on US 56 east of Ellinwood. It’s believed she fell asleep at the wheel. She was taken to the hospital.

A sunflower farm in Northeast Kansas is getting international attention. More than 25-thousand people made their way to Grinter Farms between Tonganoxie and Lawrence, including tourists from Japan and Guatemala, plus a BBC camera crew. An estimated million sunflowers were grown there this year, and are being harvested now.

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