TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach favors having a private company rebuild and operate the state mental hospital in eastern Kansas. Democratic challenger Laura Kelly and independent candidate Greg Orman say the state should set up smaller, regional care centers instead. Kobach said this week that the Legislature has been "idling" when it should be moving forward with an existing plan to expand Osawatomie State Hospital.
HOLTON, Kan. (AP) - A man was killed and another lost an arm when a mobile crane overturned at a roofing job site in northeast Kansas. Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse says the men were in a lift basket 30 feet from the ground Wednesday afternoon when the crane toppled over in Holton. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 66-year-old John Zibell was killed. The surviving man was taken to a hospital about 80 miles away in Kansas City, Kansas. His arm was amputated.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas City councilman who is running for mayor has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Thirty-four-year-old Quinton D. Lucas of Kansas City, Missouri, was arrested early Friday morning in Lawrence, Kansas. He told The Lawrence Journal-World that he "dozed off" in his parked car and that he didn't drive it after drinking.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - A Reno County sheriff's deputy driving a sports utility vehicle has suffered minor injuries after colliding with three horses in Hutchinson. The Hutchinson News reports deputy John Hendricks was traveling Thursday evening in the department's 2017 Ford Explorer when he ran into three horses headed the same direction on the road.
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