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REFINERY FIRE

4 workers injured in SE Kansas oil refinery fire

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) - A Texas company says four workers at a southeast Kansas oil refinery were burned in an early morning fire.

CVR Refining says the fire at its Coffeyville refinery was reported at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and extinguished by 1:18 a.m. The company says initial reports indicate there was no impact to the surrounding community.

CVR isn't naming the employees who were hurt and transported to an area hospital, but says it is providing assistance to the workers and their families.

The company is based in Sugar Land, Texas. Its Coffeyville refinery has a rated capacity of 115,000 barrels per day.

CLIMBER KILLED

Kansas teen killed after fall on Colorado mountain

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) - A suburban Kansas City teenager who died last week while climbing one of Colorado's most popular peaks was a 2014 high school graduate who excelled in engineering.

The Kansas City Star reports 18-year-old Nicholas Hellbusch of Lenexa, Kansas, died Friday morning after apparently falling while climbing above the standard route to the summit of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Evidence at the scene indicates the Shawnee Mission South High School graduate struck his head while falling.

A climber notified park rangers around 7 a.m. that he and his group had seen the body. Rangers reached the area at 10:15 a.m. and confirmed Hellbusch was dead.

A U.S. Forest Service helicopter recovered his body and took it to the Boulder County Coroner's Office.

CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT-KANSAS

KU added to list of schools in sex assault probe

(Information in the following story is from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The University of Kansas has been added to a list of colleges and universities under investigation for how they handled investigations into sexual assaults.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports 71 schools, including Washburn University, have been named by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights as part of a probe into sexual violence against women on campus.

University of Kansas officials issued a statement Monday saying the school doesn't tolerate sexual assault and will assist in the federal review.

The list doesn't include specific information about what case got a school included, and the university declined to provide details.

A White House task force said earlier this year that nationally 1 in 5 female students is assaulted.

GAZELLE DIES

Rare gazelle breaks own neck, dies at Topeka Zoo

(Information in the following story is from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - An endangered gazelle at the Topeka Zoo is dead after beating its head against a gate until it broke its neck.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports a zoo visitor saw the 5-year-old Addra gazelle running from corner to corner before charging the gate three times.

Zoo staff ran to the scene but the gazelle, Raul, was already dead.

Zoo staffers described the animal's behavior as puzzling. The city says in a news release the zoo will run a necropsy and pathology evaluation to learn what might have caused the incident.

The Addra gazelle is a critically endangered species, with only 500 left in the wild.

It's the second rare gazelle to die at the zoo, where a 3-year-old Addra died of a sudden illness in December 2012.

SCHOOL DISTRICT-CONFERENCE

Kansas school district justifies conference cost

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) - School officials in southwest Kansas say a recent conference trip to Florida that cost taxpayers more than $100,000 was necessary to become a model school district.

KWCH-TV reports 61 teachers and administrators with the Garden City School District attended the conference in June, although only 20 initially were scheduled to go.

School district spokesman Roy Cessna says an improved budget allowed the district to send a teacher from every grade level from each school to the conference.

He says the conference will help the district meet its five-year goal to become a model school district and was funded with a combination of budgeted school funds and federal and state grants.

OKLAHOMA EARTHQUAKE-MEDFORD

4.3 magnitude quake reported in northern Oklahoma

MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 struck northern Oklahoma on Monday night.

The USGS reports the quake with an epicenter about 15 miles west-southwest of Medford hit around 9:45 p.m. at a depth of about 4.7 miles.

Grant County Sheriff's Office dispatcher Angela Wilson says she felt shaking in the Medford office but that no calls related to the quake had come in from first responders or residents.

The USGS says the quake was felt to the south, including in the Oklahoma City area, and in southern Kansas, including near Dodge City, Great Bend and Wichita.

The Enid News & Eagle reports shaking could be felt in downtown Enid for about 15 seconds. Enid is 23 miles north-northwest of the epicenter.

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