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HIGHWAY SHOOTINGS

Police search home of highway shooting suspect

GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) - Police have arrested a male suspect in a string of random Kansas City-area highway shootings that have wounded three people.

Kansas City, Missouri police Chief Darryl Forte declined to identify the suspect during a Thursday night news conference near the suspect's home in Grandview. He says he will discuss the case in further detail at another news conference Friday.

Police are searching the suspect's single-story home and a green Dodge Neon with Illinois license plates that was behind it has been towed away.

Police said last week that they had connected 12 shootings since early March in which vehicles were targeted on Kansas City-area highways and roads.

Most of the reported shootings were in the southern part of Kansas City, Missouri known as the Grandview Triangle where several highways intersect.

KANSAS REVENUES

Kansas officials boost revenue estimates by $178M

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas officials are projecting that the state will collect nearly $178 million more in revenues than previously thought through June 2015.

The new revenue projections issued Thursday brighten the state's budget picture and would appear to allow Kansas to avoid a budget shortfall through June 2016.

The previous revenue projections, issued in November, estimated that the state would collect about $5.9 billion in taxes and other revenues for the current fiscal year and again during the fiscal year beginning in July.

The new projections predict about $6 billion in revenues for each fiscal year.

But revenues during the current fiscal year would still run about 6 percent behind revenues during the previous year because of income tax cuts championed by Republican Governor Sam Brownback.

SALINA SCHOOLS-THREAT

Note leads to police increase at 2 Salina schools

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

SALINA, Kan. (AP) - Security has been beefed up at two Salina high schools after a staff member at one of the schools found a note indicating there would be violence there.

The Journal reports the vaguely threatening note was found Tuesday by a staff member at Salina Central High School. The next day a cellphone that appeared to have been shot with a firearm was found in a school office.

Security measures include increasing the number of police officers at the school and monitoring access to the building. Salina police spokesman Capt. Mike Sweeney says police presence at South High School also has been increased.

A spokeswoman for the school district declined to provide any specifics about the threat.

SILVER ALERT-FRANKLIN COUNTY

Silver Alert for missing Kansas man canceled

PRINCETON, Kan. (AP) - A northeast Kansas county has canceled a Silver Alert for a 75-year-old man who had been missing since Wednesday afternoon.

The Franklin County Sheriff's office says Donald Eugene Cook, who was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, checked himself into a Kansas City area hospital on Thursday. No further details were immediately available.

The county issued the alert earlier Thursday, saying Cook hadn't been seen since he left his home in Princeton Wednesday afternoon. His family was concerned because he did not have his medication.

PARADE TRADITION-CHARGE

Charge dropped in Kansas street painting caper

(Information in the following story is from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com)

TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) - A northeast Kansas prankster won't be facing any penalties for painting a green line down a local street as part of a St. Patrick's tradition that goes back decades.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports a criminal damage charge against Tonganoxie resident Charlie "Tuna" Conrad has been thrown out. Conrad was painting a green line down Fourth Street early March 15th when an officer stopped him and issued the citation.

Conrad had been scheduled to appear in municipal court on Wednesday, but City Attorney Mike Kelly said the charge had been dropped at his discretion.

Various people have filled the role of "leprechauns" and painted the green line each year since the late John McCaffrey started the parade - and green line tradition - in the late 1980s.

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