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KANSAS-WORKER ELECTROCUTED

Kansas man electrocuted on the job

(Information in the following story is from: The Arkansas City (Kan.) Traveler, http://www.arkcity.net)

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Police in a southern Kansas community say a 34-year-old man was electrocuted when a boom on a truck touched an overhead power line.

The accident happened Monday morning at the Arkansas (ar-KAN'-zuhs) City headquarters of KanPak, an international maker of cold and frozen beverages, containers and dispensers.

The Arkansas City Traveler reports (http://bit.ly/1wxAofC ) the man worked for a local concrete company involved in KanPak's ongoing expansion project.

Police said a boom that delivers cement from a concrete truck touched a power line. The worker was in contact with the truck when it became energized.

The man's name has not been released. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

SENATE-KANSAS-LAWSUIT

Kansas voter wants to keep Democrat in Senate race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas voter says he wants to cast his ballot for the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate who is trying to get his name removed from the ballot.

An attorney for 57-year-old David Orel (or-EHL') of Kansas City, Kansas, asked the state Supreme Court on Monday for permission to file friend-of-the court arguments as the justices consider a petition from Democrat Chad Taylor. The court is hearing Taylor's case Tuesday.

Orel's filing said removing Taylor from the ballot would divest him of his right to vote for his chosen candidate against three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.

Taylor dropped out of the race at the urging of some Democrats who see independent candidate Greg Orman as the stronger rival for Roberts and don't want to split the anti-Roberts vote.

FORMER LEGISLATOR-BANK FRAUD

Sentencing for former lawmaker pushed back again

(Information in the following story is from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Sentencing has been pushed back for a former Kansas state legislator who pleaded guilty in May to defrauding a Colby bank out of more than $400,000.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1DbPSb2 ) reports 40-year-old Trent LeDoux of Holton was scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, but his attorney filed for a continuance because LeDoux is having surgery on Thursday.

The former Republican state representative now will be sentenced on Nov. 17 in federal court. It's his second continuance after his attorney earlier filed for one pushing back his previously scheduled Aug. 11 sentencing date.

LeDoux applied for three loans and told a bank he was going to use all of the money to buy cattle, but instead used some of it to pay off debts and make contributions to his campaign account.

MOTORCYCLE-DEADLY CRASH

Topeka crash kills 85-year-old motorcycle rider

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Topeka police have released the name of an 85-year-old motorcycle rider who was killed in a chain-reaction crash.

The man was identified Monday as Harold Eulert, of Topeka.

Eulert was riding a motorcycle on a Topeka bridge Friday afternoon when it was hit from behind by a pickup truck. The impact pushed the motorcycle into another truck.

Eulert was critically injured and died at a Topeka hospital.

PERRY-BROWNBACK FUNDRAISER

Texas governor to campaign for Brownback

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com )

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to be in Wichita next week to raise money for Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1qFCqrN ) Perry is to attend a reception Sept. 24 at a bank office that formerly housed the Carnegie Library. An invitation on Brownback's campaign website requests donations of $500 to $4,000 for Brownback and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer.

The two Republican governors have had a close relationship for years.

Both are former state agriculture secretaries, and Brownback endorsed Perry's 2012 campaign for the GOP nomination for president. Brownback also attended a Houston prayer rally hosted by Perry in August 2011.

AGRICULTURE HALL OF FAME

Agriculture hall of fame has budget struggles

BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) - The leaders of the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs are trying - again - to figure out how to ensure its future.

The hall closed for the season in May because of financial troubles, the second time in five years that's happened. Only two part-time employees and several volunteers work there but a dedicated board is determined to make the hall relevant again.

The 160-acre facility is the national hall of agriculture. It has separate museums and many exhibits that give an extensive history of farming and agriculture.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1D4zLvZ) the hall's board of directors is searching for ways to get younger people involved in the hall and to update its technology and exhibits - all without any government funding.

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