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Man shot, killed in confrontation with KC police

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City police say a man has been shot and killed during a confrontation with officers.

The shooting happened early Sunday after officers received a report about a suspicious person armed with a gun in the northeast party of the city. Police said in a news release that officers encountered the suspect, and shots were fired.

An ambulance crew pronounced the suspect dead. Police said an unknown handgun was found near the suspect.

Police say an investigation is underway. The name of the suspect wasn't immediately released.


Patrol says armed suspect dies in confrontation

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Highway Patrol says an armed suspect was shot and fatally wounded during a confrontation with law enforcement officers.

The confrontation happened Saturday night while the patrol was assisting the Barton County Sheriff's Department. The patrol said in a news release that the suspect injured a family member and threatened to harm others before being shot.

The suspect was taken to a hospital and died a short time later. The suspect's name wasn't immediately released.

No officers were injured during the encounter.

The patrol says a trooper has been placed on administrative leave as is standard procedure. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation will conduct an investigation.


Plans call for shrinking Kansas health facility

(Information in the following story is from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News,

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) - Officials have announced an $11 million plan to demolish a mostly unused Great Bend hospital building and remodel nearby buildings.

The Hutchinson News reports that the changes are coming more than three years after the Central Kansas Medical Center converted into an outpatient care center, called the St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The project will reduce the campus from 240,000 square feet to a little more than 30,000 square feet.

The plan is to remodel a medical office building and move into it any medical operations still in the hospital building. Besides tearing down the five-story main hospital building, a neighboring Allied Services Building will be torn down.

St. Rose official Mark Mingenback says the conversion also will mean staff cuts. The facility currently employs 137 people.


Online ride-sharing service comes to Wichita

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A smartphone-based ride-sharing service has arrived in Wichita.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Wichita is one of 22 U.S. cities where San Francisco-based Uber took to the streets Thursday. The service is now offered in more than 100 cities.

Through the smartphone app, Uber connects prospective passengers with drivers who offer rides in their own vehicles. The app handles the billing through the riders' credit cards on file with Uber, so there's no need to carry cash and no tipping.

The driver and Uber split the money, with about 80 percent going to the driver and 20 percent to Uber.

In some cities, traditional cab companies have strenuously opposed Uber and its competitors. But so far, that hasn't happened in Wichita.


New plan emerges for southeast Kansas casino

(Information in the following story is from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe,

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) - Efforts to develop a state-owned casino in southeast Kansas are getting off the ground with a plan that includes a partnership with a nearby casino in Oklahoma.

The state owns casinos in Dodge City, Mulvane and Kansas City, Kansas. But developers have lost interest in the southeast region, partly because of the proximity of the Downstream Casino Resort run by Oklahoma's Quapaw Tribe.

This year, Kansas lowered the required investment from prospective developers and reopened the application process for a contract to build a casino in Crawford or Cherokee county.

The Joplin Globe reports executives of the Quapaw casino and the Ruffin Companies are working together to win the contract. The casino would be built near Frontenac the defunct Camptown Greyhound Park, which Ruffin owns.


Event examines trail's effect on Hispanics

(Information in the following story is from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News,

LARNED, Kan. (AP) - An upcoming event will focus on the Santa Fe Trails' effect on Hispanics and its influence on other cultures.

The Hutchinson News reports that the 18th biennial history seminar is planned for September 18th through 20th in Larned. Eleven speakers from New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas will give presentations.

The Rendezvous began in 1980 and is largely funded by the Kansas Humanities Council. It's organized by the Santa Fe Trail Center, Fort Larned National Historical Site and Santa Fe Trail Association.

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