MICHELLE OBAMA-TOPEKA VISIT
New date for first lady's Kansas graduation speech
TOKYO (AP) - The White House says Michelle Obama is rearranging her plans to address high school students in Topeka, Kan., to address concerns by some students and parents.
She had planned to speak May 17 at a combined graduation ceremony for five high schools. That had raised complaints there wouldn't be room for all the guests. Under the new plan, the first lady will speak at a "senior recognition day" ceremony on May 16 that presumably wouldn't be as crowded.
With the combined ceremony scrapped, the five schools will each hold its own graduation exercises.
WIND DAMAGE-SALINE COUNTY
Strong winds cause minor damage in Saline County
(Information in the following story is from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com)
SALINA, Kan. (AP) - High winds that roared through central Kansas caused minor damage and power outages and prompted officials to extend a burn ban for at least three more days.
Winds gusting up to 67 mph late Wednesday blew down a large tree at Kansas Wesleyan University and overturned a semi-trailer truck on Interstate 70 about 10 miles east of Salina.
Salina South High School started the day Thursday without power but electricity was restored in time for classes to begin.
The storm dropped more than a half-inch of rain to parts of the area but high winds and a forecast for hot, dry conditions prompted the county to extend a burn ban through the weekend.
The Salina Journal reports firefighters battled several fires for 12 hours, ending around 4 a.m. Thursday.
Police chase in western Kansas ends in shooting
COLBY, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says it is investigating after a trooper shot a man during a police chase.
The man was hospitalized with unknown injuries after the shooting Wednesday night in Sherman County.
The patrol says in a news release that the trooper was helping Colby police after the car chase entered Sherman County. The vehicle eventually went into a ditch along Interstate 70.
The patrol says the man had a weapon and was shot when he got out of the vehicle. A female inside the car was arrested.
Further details were not released Thursday.
Kansas man lost in WWII finally laid to rest
(Information in the following story is from: Leavenworth (Kan.) Times, http://www.leavenworthtimes.com)
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - A Topeka man whose plane went down during World War II has finally been laid to rest in his native state.
Hundreds of people lined the streets Wednesday in Leavenworth to honor 2nd Lt. Verne L. Gibb. He was a pilot in World War II when his cargo plane was lost on a flight between Burma and India, likely because of bad weather. Five other people on the plane also were lost.
Despite several searches, the crash site was never found and the six men were declared dead. Gibb's remains were later found and were positively identified in October 2013.
The Leavenworth Times reports several of Gibb's family members attended Wednesday's service, including his daughter. None of them were available for comment after the service.
FOOD STAMPS-FARMERS' MARKETS
Douglas County OKs program for farmers' market
(Information in the following story is from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com)
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The Douglas County Commission and the city of Lawrence are supporting a pilot project to allow food stamp recipients to double their funds while shopping at farmers' markets.
The county commission on Wednesday agreed to invest $10,600 in the project, one day after Lawrence city commissioners did the same.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports the program will give food stamp users more money to spend at the Lawrence Farmers' Market and Cottin's Hardware Farmers' Market.
For example, if a food stamp recipient spends $40 at one of the markets, half the money would be from food stamps and other half from the program. The project was proposed by LiveWell Lawrence, which is contributing $3,800.
The program will run from June through September or until the funds run out.
Cancer camp for children finds summer home
(Information in the following story is from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com)
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) - A camp for children with cancer will be held this summer, even after a fire closed the site where it had been held for more than 30 years.
Camp Hope will take place at Barton Community College in Great Bend.
Supporters scrambled to find a new site after a fire April 12 caused enough damage to close Camp Aldrich near Great Bend through the fall. Barton Community College owns Camp Aldrich and had vowed after the fire to help keep Camp Hope going.
A cause of the fire has not been determined. Investigators said the damage made Camp Aldrich unsafe for human use.
The Hutchinson News reports the Camp Hope Committee has raised funds to provide a camp for the children, with Kans For Kids as a sponsor.
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