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BC-Kansas News Digest 5 pm

December 28, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

NEW & UPDATED:

New Briefs _ Deadly Fire-Topeka, Gang Shooting Arrests, Body in River, Paid Parental Leave-Kansas.

AROUND THE STATE:

INDUSTRIAL HEMP ACADEMY

DESOTO, Kan. _ A northeast Kansas businessman is opening a new academy to train farmers to grow industrial hemp now that its production is legal. SENT: 400 words by the Topeka Capital-Journal.

BRILLIANT TEEN

ULYSSES, Kan. _ A 16-year-old Kansas boy will soon earn his high school diploma _ and a few days later he’ll travel to Harvard to collect his bachelor’s degree. SENT: 350 words by The Hutchinson News. With AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ DEADLY FIRE-TOPEKA _ Authorities say a Topeka house fire has left a man dead and a woman critically injured.

_ GANG SHOOTING ARRESTS _ Authorities have arrested several gang members and seized eight firearms after two people were wounded in a gang-related shooting in Kansas City, Kansas.

_ BODY IN RIVER _ Authorities have identified the man whose body was found Christmas Eve in the Kansas River.

_ PAID PARNETAL LEAVE-KANSAS _ The Kansas court system’s employees will now receive six weeks of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child.

_ WOMAN-FATHER SLAIN _ Authorities are searching for the boyfriend of a slain woman and her father after their bodies were found in eastern Kansas.

_ NEW HOUSE MEMBER _ Democrats have picked a former Kansas Department of Revenue employee to fill a vacancy in the state House.

_ WINTER STORM-KANSAS _ Dozens of drivers crashed or needed help after heavy snow and strong winds created treacherous whiteout conditions in western Kansas.

_ LAWRENCE HOMICIDES _ A Lawrence man who claims he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot an acquaintance has rejected a plea deal that also would have resolved two other cases.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-KANSAS-ROBERTS _ Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts was in session briefly by himself in an otherwise empty Senate chamber during the federal government’s partial shutdown.

_ KANSAS MALL-GUNFIRE SHUTDOWN _ Authorities are seeking two persons of interest after gunfire erupted outside a suburban Kansas City mall, shutting it down on the day after Christmas.

_ TODDLER KICKED-RACIAL SLURS _ Authorities are investigating a report that a white man kicked a 1-year-old black child in the back at a Wichita grocery store and yelled racial slurs.

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