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CONSTRUCTION WORKER KILLED

Road construction worker killed in Reno County

(Information in the following story is from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com)

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Highway Patrol says a construction worker died after being hit by a trash truck in Reno County.

The accident Tuesday on Kansas 61 killed 22-year-old Dylan Joseph Snyder of Kansas City, Missouri. Snyder was removing construction cones when he was hit.

The patrol says before the truck hit Snyder, it rear-ended one vehicle and sideswiped two others that had stopped for the construction. Snyder and two others were sent to hospitals.

The Hutchinson News reports that at the time of the accident, three vehicles, including two road construction vehicles, were stopped in the highway's northbound lane while the traffic cones and signs were being picked up.

The driver of the trash truck was not seriously injured.

DRUG CONSPIRACY

3 men convicted in $17 million drug conspiracy

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

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - After a trial that lasted almost a month, a federal grand jury has convicted two Lawrence men and a California man in a conspiracy that brought $17 million in drugs to Kansas.

Los Rovell Dahda and Roosevelt Rico Dahda, 32-year-old twins from Lawrence, and Justin Cherif Pickel, of San Lorenzo, California, were found guilty Wednesday of conspiracy, as well as several other drug charges.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the government is seeking a $16.9 million judgment against the three men.

The Dahdas and Pickel were among 43 people arrested in Kansas and California and charged in 2012 in a seven-year conspiracy that funneled more than 8,000 pounds of marijuana to Lawrence and the Kansas City area.

AUDITOR SHORTAGE

Shortage of auditors cited for audit rejections

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

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A legislative committee says internal legislator requests for audits of various state interests are being delayed because of a lack of auditors.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 25 legislator requests for internal audits have been delayed because the auditors don't have the resources to get to them.

One factor in the slowdown is a 2013 law that required the Division of Legislative Post Audit to audit three school districts per year for the next three years.

The auditing division has less than 25 employees, although it has been authorized to add three more this year.

The requested audits that are awaiting action include the proposed sale of state buildings, the cost effectiveness of the death penalty in Kansas and the Kansas Board of Cosmetology.

SEDGWICK COUNTY-AIRLINE SUBSIDY

Sedgwick County renews Southwest Airlines subsidy

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A divided Sedgwick County commission has renewed a subsidy for Southwest Airlines.

The commission voted 3-2 Wednesday to renew an agreement that guarantees the airline up to $6.5 million a year to offset any losses from doing business in Wichita.

The Wichita Eagle reports the Affordable Airfares program is expected to be funded with $5 million from the state and $875,000 each from the city of Wichita and Sedgwick County. Southwest has been in the Wichita market for about a year.

Commissioner Karl Peterjohn voted against continuing the subsidy, saying he hasn't seen any evidence that Southwest is not profitable in Wichita.

But Chris Chronis, the county's chief financial officer, said the program has helped increase ridership and reduce airfare rates at other competing airlines in Wichita.

INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENTS

Some Kansans to receive insurance reimbursements

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Nearly 60,000 Kansans will share more than $3.6 million in insurance reimbursements under a provision of the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced in a statement Wednesday that the provision requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on patient care and quality improvement. If more than 20 percent of that money goes to profits and administration, the companies have to reimburse their customers.

The department says the 59,966 Kansans who bought insurance on the individual or small or large group markets in 2013 will receive the reimbursements.

They money will be returned through a mailed check; a reimbursement to the electronic card used to pay the premium; lower future premiums, or by employers reinvesting the money in health coverage.

MAYOR RESIGNS

Denison mayor resigns before recall vote

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

DENISON, Kan. (AP) - The mayor of a small town north of Topeka has resigned rather than face a voter recall.

Denison Mayor Audrey Oliverius submitted a letter of resignation on Monday.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports some residents had submitted a recall petition on May 12, alleging that Oliverius violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act by calling an executive session on March 10, during which a vote was taken to fill a vacant council seat.

Oliverius says in her resignation letter that some council members and several community residents did not want positive change in the town and rejected efforts to manage the city's assets and enforce city ordinances fairly.

Council president Bruce Sweany will become the acting mayor.

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