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GIRL SHOCKED-LAWSUIT

Change of venue sought in girl's shocking death

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

SALINA, Kan. (AP) - A company that is being sued in the electrocution death of a 12-year-old Salina girl wants the trial moved to another county.

Devonheir, doing business as Hope Electrical Products, has asked a judge to move the trial in a lawsuit filed by the parents of Jayden Hicks to Ottawa County. The company argues it cannot get a fair trial in Saline County.

Jayden Hicks died in December, months after she fell onto an electrical box while playing with friends in the rain in downtown Salina.

The Salina Journal reports her parents are seeking $10.5 million in damages from Hope Electrical and the city. They claim the city-owned electrical junction box wasn't properly grounded.

FATAL SHOOTINGS-KANSAS

Service set for 2 killed in Kansas

LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) - Services are scheduled for two of the three people shot to death at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City.

Frazier Glenn Cross is charged with capital murder in the killings Sunday of Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. Cross is also charged with murder in the shooting death of Terri LaManno at a nearby Jewish retirement complex Sunday. Her funeral was Thursday.

A service for Corporon and Underwood is Friday afternoon at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood.

Corporon and Underwood were at the JCC for the "KC Superstar" competition, an American Idol-like singing contest for high school students. LaManno was visiting her mother at the retirement village when she was shot.

CAMP ALDRICH-FIRE

Fire closes camp in Barton County for summer

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

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) - A central Kansas camp will remain closed into the fall after a fire heavily damaged the dining hall.

The cause of Saturday's fire at Camp Aldrich in Barton County is still under investigation.

Joe Vinduska, spokesman for Barton Community College, which owns the camp, says investigators determined the camp is unsafe for the public. The camp also does not have power, water or utilities in some areas.

No one was injured in the fire.

The Hutchinson News reports Camp Hope, a camp for children dealing with cancer, will be held this year but the location hasn't been determined. The event has been held at Camp Aldrich for more than 30 years.

However, the closing means the annual Barton Foundation sporting Clay Shoot on May 4 is canceled.

BRUCE-DUI

Kansas majority leader's wife gets diversion

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

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - The wife of Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce was granted diversion and fined for a driving under the influence case.

The Hutchinson News reports Sarah Bruce, of Nickerson, will be given at least six months to complete requirements of her diversion. If she does that successfully, the driving under the influence charge will be dismissed.

Bruce was arrested in December 2013 in Hutchinson after an accident in which her vehicle hit another vehicle. No one was injured. Court records indicated her blood alcohol level was .159.

Bruce sued the state to have her driving privileges restored. That lawsuit is still pending in Reno County District Court.

HEALTH CLUB SHOOTING

Man who shot up Wichita fitness center moved

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

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity after a shooting at a Wichita fitness center will be moved to a residential care home.

A Sedgwick County judge ruled Thursday that 53-year-old Gary Cox is still mentally ill but is stable enough to be moved from a state hospital to a care home near Fredonia.

The Wichita Eagle reports Sedgwick County prosecutors did not oppose the move.

Cox opened fire on a group of men at a Nautilus Fitness Center in February 1987, killing 18-year-old Michael Turnbull. He was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic after he said was hallucinating before the attack. After being found not guilty by reason of insanity, he was committed to Larned State Hospital in 1987 and transferred to Osawatomie in September 1994.

MICHELLE OBAMA-TOPEKA VISIT

Kansas speech by Michelle Obama draws complaints

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

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Some parents in Topeka, Kansas are upset because there will be a limited number of people allowed to attend a combined high school graduation ceremony at which first lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to speak next month.

The school district announced Thursday that the first lady would speak at a ceremony May 17, the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision that made school segregation unconstitutional.

The speech would require the district to combine graduation ceremonies of all its high schools and limit the number of people who could attend at an 8,000-seat arena.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports several parents criticized the plan Thursday evening at a school board meeting. Most objected to having to reduce the number of relatives who could see their children graduate. Others said graduation should focus on students and not become a political event.

KANSAS GAMBLING

Governor to decide fate of SE Kansas casino bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The fate of a bill that would lower the amount required for investment in a destination casino in southeast Kansas rests with Gov. Sam Brownback.

The deadline for signing the bill is Friday.

Earlier this month legislators approved the bill, which would lower the investment requirement for construction of a state-owned casino in either Cherokee or Crawford county. The amount would be lowered to a minimum of $50 million, down from the current $225 million requirement.

The bill also lowers the initial deposit to $5.5 million from $25 million.

Southeast Kansas officials have lobbied for the lower amounts, saying the higher investment requirement has made it financially prohibitive for casino operators to enter the market.

Three other state casinos are operating in Dodge City, Kansas City and Mulvane.

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