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BC-KS--Kansas News Digest 2 pm, KS

February 24, 2019

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Kansas.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

AROUND THE STATE:

COUNTY COMMISSIONER-TRIAL

WICHITA, Kan. _ A former Kansas legislator accused of fraudulently taking $10,500 from campaign funds for his personal use goes to trial Monday in federal court in Wichita. Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell has pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering related to his state and county campaign funds.

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-CANINE COUNSEL

SALINA, Kan. _ Many of Veridian Behavioral Health’s psychiatrists, counselors and nurse practitioners serve individuals and families struggling with common life problems such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, marital problems, parent-child conflicts or grief and loss. Recently, the center added another tool to help clients in their programs _ certified therapy dogs. Three dogs have assisted adult inpatient and outpatient clients at the hospital, as well as children suffering trauma and other mental health issues at Veridian. By Gary Demuth, Salina Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 783 words.

EXCHANGE-CLIMBING ARBORISTS

LAWRENCE, Kan. _ Even on winter days, arborists around Lawrence are ascending taut ropes high into trees. When the branches are bare, it’s easier to examine a tree, making this a busy time for certified arborists. Those known as climbing arborists specialize in using ropes to access tree tops to prune, remove deadwood and examine the health of a tree. It’s a skilled profession that’s also something of a sport. By Kathy Hanks, Lawrence Journal-World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 596 words.

BRIEFS:

EMPORIA VA CLINIC _ EMPORIA, Kan. _ The Veterans Affairs clinic in Emporia will be closed by mid-June.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-Top 25 Rewind

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Top-ranked Duke won on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference without Zion Williamson while No. 12 Kansas’ latest stumble has put its streak of Big 12 regular-season titles in serious jeopardy to headline the week’s AP Top 25 schedule. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos by 4 p.m.

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