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Drug abuse top reason for removing kids from home

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, )

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Reports from the Kansas Department for Children and Families show that more children in the state are removed from their homes and placed in foster care because of concerns about parents' drug and alcohol abuse than for any other primary reason - including physical abuse, neglect and sexual abuse.

The agency says mental illness often plays a parallel role in those cases as people with mood or anxiety disorders are more likely to self-medicate.

The Wichita Eagle ( ) reports nearly 750 Kansas children were removed from their homes because of concerns about their parents' substance abuse in fiscal year 2014, which ended June 30. Of those, 93 were from Sedgwick County.


71-year-old killed in shootout with officers

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) - A 71-year-old central Kansas man has been identified as the person killed in a shootout with Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and Barton County deputies over the weekend.

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir on Monday identified the man as George Carson of rural Barton County. He was wounded during an exchange of gunfire with officers who had responded at 6:39 p.m. Saturday to a domestic battery call in which shots were fired.

Bellendir says Carson was taken to a hospital in Hoisington, where he died of his wounds. No law enforcement officers were injured in the shooting.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.


Device found at Wichita motel novelty item

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, )

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Wichita motel employee who was cleaning rooms found a device with wires and a pair of tubes that were made to look like sticks of dynamite, but it turned out to be a novelty item.

The Wichita Eagle ( ) reports 30 people were evacuated from the Mark 8 Inn shortly after the employee reported the item at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Police Sgt. Ed Brower says the occupant of the room told police it was a novelty, but investigators had to verify that claim for themselves.

The bomb squad took X-rays of the device and determined it was harmless.


Police say it will take time to ID decomposed body

(Information in the following story is from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, )

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Lawrence police say it could take a while to identify the badly decomposed body of a man who was found in a city park.

The Lawrence Journal-World ( ) reports a couple from out of town reported seeing a body lying face-down in shallow water west of Vermont Street bridge on Sunday.

Police Sgt. Craig Shanks says because of the condition of the body, it likely will be some time before a positive ID and cause of death are determined.

Suzanne Conley says she and her boyfriend discovered the body during a holiday weekend visit to Lawrence, where she attended the University of Kansas in the late 1980s.

Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy by the Douglas County Coroner's Office.


Democrat taps into doubts about Kansas governor

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A Democratic legislator still unknown to some Kansas voters is giving Republican Gov. Sam Brownback a tough re-election race.

State Rep. Paul Davis is tapping into doubts about tax-cutting that cemented Brownback's reputation in conservative circles.

Davis has lived much of his life within walking distance of the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence. He's a 42-year-old lawyer and a two-time Democratic National Convention delegate for President Barack Obama.

But Davis is wooing disaffected GOP moderates and promising a bipartisan administration if elected. Making headway in the political middle is crucial for him because only 24 percent of the state's 1.74 million registered voters are Democrats.

The race so far is a tossup, but Brownback and his allies believe wavering Republicans and unaffiliated voters will move back to his fold.


Breaks sought for proposed biotech office park

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Backers of a proposed biotech office park in south Kansas City are preparing to seek tax breaks for the 350-acre project.

Called Oxford on the Blue, the office park would be bigger than Sprint's headquarters or Corporate Woods in Overland Park, Kansas.

The Kansas City Star ( ) reports that the city's Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee is set to consider a property tax abatement for the project on Sept. 10. If approved, the changes would face a final vote by the Kansas City Council the next day.

Oxford on the Blue advocates say the tax break is needed to bring research firms, clinical trial facilities and similar biotech operations to the site. Others, including school district officials, question whether it would extend tax incentives too far.

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