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Tax collections exceed expectations in February…and other headlines: March 2, 2017

andy lambertMarch 2, 2017
Kansas’ tax collections beat projections for the fourth straight month in February, easing pressure on legislators to cut spending immediately while they consider increasing income taxes as a long-term fix for the state’s budget trouble. The state Department of Revenue reports tax collections last month were $37 million more than anticipated. That’s a surplus of 12.5%.
A convenience store clerk from Pratt is in critical condition after police say he was shot by a fugitive charged with two murders in Mississippi. Authorities say the man was shot as officers searched for the gunman. The shooter was already being chased in a stolen car when he went into a gas station, shot the clerk and stole a vehicle. Deaton was later arrested when he crashed that car in Ellsworth County.
Federal prosecutors believe a string of mail thefts in Wichita began when someone stole a master key to the city’s mailboxes. Eleven people are covered by the indictment that prosecutors say includes the mail thefts, identity theft and bank fraud. The thieves hit collection boxes, home mailboxes, mail rooms, churches, businesses and post offices across Wichita over the course of four years.
Two workers, treated as a precaution after a leak of anhydrous ammonia at the Schwan’s plant in Salina. Schilling Elementary in Salina spent yesterday shut down because of the leak. The plant primarily uses anhydrous ammonia as a refrigerant for frozen pizzas.
The new casino in southeast Kansas takes another step toward opening. The first of more than 620 slot machines have arrived, being unloaded and checked this week at the Kansas Crossing Casino. It is expected to open within the next couple months, although the opening date has not been set.

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