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September 22, 2015: Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report

andy lambertSeptember 22, 2015
A spokeswoman for Mercy Hospital System says $1.6 million in additional revenue would have been “very significant.” A hospital in Independence is being closed next month, which administrators blame on the state’s reluctance to expand Medicaid. Kansas is one of 20 states that have refused to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Kansas State Fair officials say a popular new addition was the beard and mustache contest, and that youth livestock exhibits put up record numbers this year. As for grandstand events, interim general manager Lori Hart says the Sam Hunt show was the most popular, with about 7,700 tickets sold.
A Wichita man pleaded guilty in a credit union robbery that ended when he rolled his car about three miles away. Prosecutors say 41-year-old Harold Carl Deloach Jr. gave the Credit Union of America teller a note saying “Put the money in the bag.” He faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
Kansas and a few other states have seen small increases in the rate of adult obesity. New government data shows that in most states, the rate of adult obesity is not moving. But there were small increases in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah. Some experts said they are glad, overall, that obesity rates aren’t getting worse.
Kansas State University’s fall enrollment is down for the first time since 2006. Overall enrollment for 2015 is 24,212, down 554 students from fall 2014. President Kirk Schulz says the situation will be discussed as the university puts together an enrollment management task force to set goals and look for ways to grow.
Selling a donated autographed World Series baseball has raised $30,000 for a statue honoring a Kansas batboy who died when he was accidentally hit by a bat. Nine-year-old Kaiser Carlile died Aug. 2. The autographed baseball from the 1962 New York Yankees will be displayed at the Seward Community College in Liberal, Kansas.

 

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