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POLICE SUSPECT KILLED-INVESTIGATION

KBI completes investigation into McPherson death

(Information in the following story is from: The McPherson (Kan.) Sentinel, http://www.mcphersonsentinel.com)

MCPHERSON, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has completed its report into the death of a 56-year-old Kanopolis man shot by McPherson police.

The McPherson Sentinel reports the KBI was looking into the June 4 death of Timothy Lloyd, who was unarmed when police say he charged at an officer.

Authorities said when officers were called to investigate a hit-and-run accident in the central Kansas community, the suspect vehicle was gone. Officers eventually found Lloyd. Police say he charged at one officer, who fired several shots. Lloyd was pronounced dead at a McPherson hospital.

The KBI's report has been sent to McPherson County Attorney David Page, who says he's waiting for more evidence before making a decision on the case.

EMPORIA-ELDER ABUSE

Emporia woman convicted of misusing funds

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) - A 56-year-old Emporia woman accused of misusing money that belonged to her 93-year-old mother-in-law has been convicted of mistreating a dependent adult.

The office of the Kansas attorney general said in a release that Dalene Miller also was found guilty Thursday of conspiring to mistreat a dependent adult. Her trial in Lyon County lasted four days.

The attorney general says Miller was accused of misusing her mother-in-law's money of her mother-in-law from 2011 to 2012 while Miller was acting as the older woman's trustee. Miller was accused of buying a house, farm and a truck while her mother-in-law's expenses went unpaid.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 26.

KOBACH- CHURCH COMMENT

Church leaders question Kobach comment on voter ID

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

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Some Kansas church leaders are upset over a remark by Secretary of State Kris Kobach questioning the veracity of those opposed to the state's voter photo identification law.

Kobach said during an interview on Topeka radio station WIBW this week he didn't know of any churches that oppose the voter ID law. He told The Wichita Eagle some individual pastors disagree with the law, but to say entire churches are against it he would put the word "church" in quotation marks.

Some local pastors question whether the secretary of state has talked to any black churches. Carieta Cain Grizzel, pastor at Grant Chapel African-American Episcopal Church in Wichita, says the African Methodist Episcopal Church objects to voter ID laws in all states.

KANSAS CITY-BUS WI-FI

Kansas City bus riders get access to free Wi-Fi

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Bus riders in Kansas City, Kansas, now have access to free Wi-Fi.

The Kansas City Star reports the free Internet connection is offered at the 47th Street Transit Center. The newspaper on Thursday reported that the center is the first in the metropolitan area to offer free Wi-Fi.

Local officials say Sprint has agreed to provide the service at no cost for at least a year. The commitment will be re-evaluated at a later date.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority previously announced free Wi-Fi on all Max busses and 22 other Metro buses. That service will be provided by T-Mobile US.

SALINA FLUORIDE

Petition gets Salina fluoride question on ballot

(Information in the following story is from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com)

SALINA, Kan. (AP) - Voters in central Kansas will decide in November whether to allow their community to continue adding fluoride to the local water supply after a petition received enough signatures to bring the issue to a vote.

The Salina Journal reports Saline County Clerk Don Merriman confirmed Thursday there were enough verified signatures to put the question of whether to rescind Salina's water fluoridation ordinance on the ballot.

The petition was presented by Salina Cares, an organization concerned about the risks of fluoride in the public water supply. Supporters say the issue isn't as much about whether fluoride in the water is healthy as it is about giving residents the freedom to choose what substances they put into their bodies.

The city has been adding fluoride to the water since 1968.

MIDWEST ECONOMY

Report: Midwest economic index slumped in July

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has slumped after hitting a three-year high a month earlier.

A report issued Friday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped more than 3½ percentage points in July, to 57.0. The index had risen slightly in June, to 60.6.

Looking six months ahead, the business confidence portion of the overall index also declined. It hit 60.0 last month, compared with 63.6 in June.

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers at Creighton University say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

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