Kansas primary election saw 20 percent turnout
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas officials say about 20 percent of the state's 1.74 million registered voters took part in this month's primary elections.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach chairs the three-member State Board of Canvassers, which certified the results of the August 5th primaries on Wednesday. Nearly 351,000 ballots were cast.
Kobach had predicted 22 percent turnout. The 20 percent participation was the lowest for a Kansas primary election since 2006, when it was 18 percent.
Turnout in the last primary in a non-presidential election year in 2010 was 25 percent.
Logan County in western Kansas had the highest turnout, at 40 percent. The lowest turnout, less than 12 percent, was in Labette County in southeast Kansas.
Small plane crash-lands near Kansas airport
EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Highway Patrol says a pilot and his passenger escaped injury when a small, twin-engine plane made a crash landing near an airport.
The incident happened shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday at the El Dorado Airport in Butler County.
Authorities say the pilot was doing touch-and-go takeoffs and landings when the plane lost power in one engine. The 1966 Cessna 310K then landed hard in a field near the airport.
CHIEFS-TOUR BUS ACCIDENT
Chiefs' bus in accident before Packers game
GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say a tour bus bringing the Kansas City Chiefs to their Wisconsin hotel before Thursday night's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers was involved in an accident.
The Outagamie (awt-ah-GAY'-mee) County sheriff's office says it was escorting the Chiefs' buses from the airport to the hotel Wednesday afternoon when a vehicle entered the intersection and collided with one of the five buses.
Two adults and three children were in the vehicle that struck the bus. One of the children had a minor cut to the head and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
No one on the Chiefs' bus was hurt. Police are investigating.
Missing 3-year-old Missouri girl found
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) - Police say they have located a missing 3-year-old girl safe with her biological mother.
The Kansas City Star reports that Excelsior Springs, Missouri Police Captain Clint Reno says an Amber Alert had been issued earlier for Ramy (RAY'-mee) Demboski, who was taken earlier in the day from her father's home.
Police said an adult was watching Ramy when a woman came to the door saying her car had broken down and she needed help. After the stranger left, the adult noticed Ramy was missing.
Police say the girl has been the subject of a custody dispute.
Panel sides with gas firm in Kansas condemnation
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A court-appointed panel of petroleum engineering experts has sided with Omaha-based Northern Natural Gas over what it should pay for condemning nearly 9,200 acres in southern Kansas.
U.S. District Judge Monti Belot on Wednesday gave the parties until September 16th to file objections to the recommendations in the panel's 85-page report.
The panel's findings stem from 19 days of trial on compensation for gas producers and owners of land surrounding the company's underground gas storage facility.
That trial was marked by conflicting testimony by experts for the company and experts for affected property owners in Pratt, Kingman and Reno counties.
The panel is recommending the company pay $7.3 million for storage rights and for gas underlying the land, far below the more than $100 million property owners wanted.
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