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Voter fraud charges in Sherman County and other Today in Kansas Report Headlines: October 15, 2015

andy lambertOctober 15, 2015
A man charged with voter fraud in Kansas says he thought he could legally cast votes in both states where he lives part-time. Sixty-four-year-old Lincoln Wilson is charged in a felony complaint Secretary of State Kris Kobach filed on Friday in Sherman County on the Colorado border. Kobach says Wilson perjured himself on voting forms and voted in 2010, 2012 and 2014 without being lawfully registered.
A federal agreement requires a Kansas pharmaceutical plant accused of gender discrimination to pay about $400,000 in back wages and hire more women. The U.S. Department of Labor says the Hospira plant in McPherson was accused of hiring a smaller percentage of women than men for pharmacy attendant positions in 2012. Hospira doesn’t admit any liability in the settlement and says it believes plant hiring practices have been fair.
Cargill is expanding its soybean processing plant in Wichita. The company says it plans to spend $50 million on the project. Production at the plant will increase 30 percent once the upgrades are finished in 2017.
Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire in Newton that has killed one person. Tuesday night’s fire was contained to a single unit in an apartment building where more than 100 people live but there is lots of water and smoke damage. Firefighters carried several people with disabilities out of the building.
A sewage spill in Topeka is costing the city $10,000. Topeka has reached a consent agreement with the Kansas health department over the accidental release of three million gallons of sewage into the Kansas River in April. City officials blame the spill on an internal power failure.
Actor Jim O’Heir, star of NBC’s `Parks and Recreation,” showed up to greet employees at an actual Parks and Recreation Department in Lawrence. The employees got the visit from the actor while gathering Tuesday to celebrate their recent recognition from a national parks group. O’Heir has been performing in the Kansas City area in a local production.

 

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