WICHITA BODY FOUND
Kan. prosecutors to seek Hard 50 in meth death
(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com)
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Prosecutors intend to seek a Hard 50 sentence in the trial of a 32-year-old Wichita man accused of injecting another man with a lethal dose of meth before dumping his body in a field.
Dang Sean, who's being held on a $1 million bond, is scheduled to stand trial beginning Tuesday for first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in the Jan. 11 death of 34-year-old Shawn Lindsey. Surveyors found Lindsey's body five days later.
The Wichita Eagle reported that in their notice to seek a sentence of life without parole for 50 years, prosecutors said the crime was committed in an especially heinous, atrocious or cruel manner.
Sean is one of six men charged in the case.
Sean's lawyer said in court papers his client will present an alibi defense.
KCC chairman submits resignation
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The chairman of the Kansas Corporation Commission has submitted his resignation to Gov. Sam Brownback.
Mark Sievers submitted his resignation Monday. He will stay on with the KCC until Brownback appoints his replacement in early 2014.
Sievers was named to the commission in May 2011 and elected chairman on May 17 of this year. He was serving a four-year term that was to expire March 15, 2015.
Brownback issued a news release announcing the resignation, saying Sievers wanted to spend more time with his wife and return to private life.
The three-member KCC regulates natural gas, electricity, telephone and transportation operations in Kansas, including the setting of rates charged by utilities.
KBI's deputy director no longer with agency
(Information in the following story is from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says its third-highest administrator no longer works at the agency.
KBI spokesman Mark Malick told the The Topeka Capital-Journal that Kyle Smith, deputy director, "is no longer employed by the KBI." Malick is a special agent-in-charge at the KBI.
Malick says the KBI's human resources office issued a notice Nov. 26 that Smith no longer worked at the agency. It's unclear if Smith resigned or was terminated. Malick said he could not discuss the circumstances of Smith's departure because it's a personnel matter.
Smith had been deputy director for the KBI since Sept. 2, 2011. While deputy director of the KBI, Smith also served as an assistant Kansas attorney general.
Koch finishes $7.2 billion deal for Ill. company
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita-based Koch Industries Inc. has completed its $7.2 billion purchase of an Illinois company that makes electronic components and cables.
Koch says it is paying $38.50 per Molex Inc. share in cash, plus 18 cents per share, representing a pro-rata portion of the regular quarterly cash dividend.
Molex will keep its headquarters in Lisle, Ill., and will retain its current name and management team. The boards of both companies approved the transaction, which is expected to close by the end of the year.
Koch is run by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. Charles Koch says Molex matches up well with his company's "culture and core capabilities."
Koch owns a variety of businesses, including the paper and paper products maker Georgia-Pacific, and has annual sales of $115 billion.
OSHA cites Rail Car Services for violations
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - The federal government has proposed $133,000 in fines for Rail Car Services because of repeat health and safety violations at a facility in Kansas City, Kan.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday in a release that Rail Car Services was cited for 11 violations at its rail car refurbishing facility in Kansas City, Kan. OSHA says the violations stem from inspections that began after a complaint about fall protection and work done in confined spaces.
OSHA inspectors found eight repeat violations in a recent inspection. OSHA says Rail Car Services also failed to train workers on chemicals used in their work area and didn't provide annual respirator training.
Rail Car Services has about two weeks to comply, request a conference with OSHA or contest the citations.
Elderly man dies in Wichita fire
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita fire officials say a space heater plugged into an extension cord is the likely cause of a fire that killed an elderly man.
A man in his 80s died in the house fire Sunday in east Wichita.
Fire investigators say the victim and his son tried to put the fire out by themselves before trying to leave the house. The son was able to escape.
This is the 11th fire death in Wichita this year. Last year, the city had five fire deaths.
Kansas funds tobacco prevention at lower rate
(Information in the following story is from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com)
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Public health groups say Kansas is among the states spending less than recommended on programs to stop people from smoking.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends states spend $32.1 million a year on tobacco prevention. A report released Monday by several anti-tobacco groups, including the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, says Kansas spends about $947,000 a year on such programs, ranking Kansas 41st in the nation in per-capita spending.
The Kansas Department of Health and Education says outcomes are more important than spending. The KDHE points out that the high-school smoking rate in Kansas is 14 percent, which is below the national average of 18 percent and lower than that of neighboring states, including some that spend more per capita on tobacco prevention.
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