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Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013 2:46 pm

Child recovering after pit bull mauling 

HOISINGTON (AP) — A central Kansas boy is in a Wichita hospital after being mauled by a neighbor’s pit bull.

KAKE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/13sEYhe ) the 4-year-old from Hoisington was in critical condition Wednesday.

Hoisington police say the boy was playing a backyard Monday afternoon when the dog jumped a fence and attacked him. 

The boy was taken first to a Barton County hospital, then transferred to Wichita due to the severity of his injuries.

The pit bull was euthanized and tested negative for rabies.

 

Kansas Star casino postpones McGraw concert 

MULVANE (AP) — The Kansas Star casino south of Wichita is postponing Sunday’s performance by country singer Tim McGraw to avoid conflicting with a weekend concert for tornado relief in Oklahoma.

McGraw was to have been the inaugural performer in the casino’s new arena. Kansas Star said Tuesday the show has been rescheduled to Oct. 12.

On Saturday, a large cast of country stars including Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson and Ronnie Dunn will perform in Norman, Okla., to raise money for tornado recovery.

Tickets for McGraw’s postponed show in Kansas will be honored at the October concert. Kansas Star also says it will donate $5 from each ticket sold for either date to Oklahoma’s relief efforts.

 

Jobs, education site for veterans launched

 TOPEKA (AP) — A new website has been launched by the state of Kansas to help link military veterans with educational and employment opportunities.

The new KanVet site was announced this week by Gov. Sam Brownback and Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, state adjutant general. It’s aimed at active duty veterans, as well as members of the National Guard.

Veterans will be able to use the site to find information about educational opportunities in Kansas, including lists of schools and links to scholarship programs.

The employment portion offers links to state agencies, the Kansas National Guard, career fairs and information about starting a business.

Other information about services and programs and veterans can be found through a link on the site to the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs.

 

Agriculture agency rethinks scale changes 

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas officials are rethinking new regulations on checking the accuracy of large scales used to weigh agricultural products, recycling materials and scrap metal.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/12aeBXd ) the state Agriculture Department has delayed enforcement of the new rules, which were scheduled to take effect July 1.

The biggest change would require private scale technicians have new installations reviewed by competitors and certified for accuracy. 

Many technicians around the state objected, saying the practice could void a manufacturer’s warranty.

The head of the Agriculture Department’s Division of Weights and Measures wrote to scale technicians last week recognizing those concerns.

 

Lawrence police seeking parking meter thief 

LAWRENCE (AP) — Lawrence police are looking for help finding a thief who’s been stealing downtown parking meters.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/13l9Gdz ) the thief has apparently used a pipe cutter, or a similar tool, to saw off at least five parking meter posts since April.

At least two parking meters were also reported stolen in Lawrence in 2010, though it’s not clear how they were removed.

Police say the destruction of parking meters is far more costly than the loss of the coins in the meter. 

The cost to replace the post and meter heads is about $800 for the single meters and $1600 for dual-meter assemblies.

Police are asking business owners, residents and visitors to call 911 if they see someone tampering with a parking meter.

 

1 killed, 2 injured in southern Kansas house fire 

CALDWELL (AP) — One person was killed and two people were injured in a house fire in south-central Kansas.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/18w7TDB ) the fire was reported early Wednesday at the home in Sumner County. Caldwell Fire Chief says when firefighters arrived the single-family home was fully engulfed in flames.

The names of the victim and the injured people were not released.

York says the state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

 

Kansas joins drug settlement case 

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas has joined a nationwide settlement over adulterated drugs manufactured by an India-based company.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/17JmMiT ) that the Kansas Attorney General’s said in a news release Wednesday that a federal investigation found evidence that India-based Ranbaxy made and distributed 26 generic drugs that did not meet standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The 26 drugs were manufactured in two plants in India and included prescription products intended for children, such as the antibiotic amoxicillin.

The settlement orders that about $324,000 be refunded to the Kansas Medicaid program.

Ranbaxy also entered into a consent decree with the federal government to address outstanding manufacturing quality and data integrity issues at the two manufacturing plants in India.

 

Defendant pleads

no contest in

Topeka death 

TOPEKA (AP) — One of nine defendants charged in the shooting death of a Topeka woman has pleaded no contest.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/15fOuU9 ) reports that 21-year-old Bayate Rayshawn Covington pleaded no contest Tuesday in Shawnee County court to reckless second-degree murder and other charges in the July 2011 shooting death of Natalie Gibson. Sentencing for Covington is July 18.

Gibson was killed during an attempted robbery at her home that also left another woman wounded.

Terms of the plea include requiring Covington to testify in pending cases related to the death. 

Five other defendants in the case have been sentenced, two await trials, and the case of another hasn’t been resolved yet.

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