Aerospace firm chooses site for new Kansas plant
NEWTON, Kan. (AP) - A Wichita-based aerospace company has chosen the suburb of Newton as the new home of its chemical subsidiary.
The Newton Kansan reports Aviation Business International will house its ABI Chemicals division in a 20,000-square-foot facility. The plant will be built at the Newton City-County Airport, near the Kansas Logistics Park.
The ABI Group of Companies supplies products to airlines worldwide, including Delta, Air France and British Airways.
The new plant will produce next-generation coatings used in aerospace manufacturing processes, being developed in conjunction with Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research. Operations are expected to begin in October, with 14 employees by the end of the year.
The city of Newton will build the plant and lease it to ABI Chemicals.
Kansas City hospital adopts 'no-hitting' policy
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas City hospital has a new policy that forbids hitting of any kind, including parents spanking their children to discipline them.
KMBC-TV reports Children's Mercy Hospital has established what it calls a "No Hit Zone" where physical discipline is banned. Hospital officials say the goal is not to tell parents how to discipline their kids, but instead to help parents through stressful times at the hospital.
A hospital brochure says harsh discipline like hitting, spanking and yelling can affect children's physical, emotional and mental health.
Under the new policy, hospital employees who see behavior that could escalate are directed to address the adult and see how they can help. A social worker could be called in if behavior progresses to the hitting level.
Salina boy accused of playground knife threat
SALINA, Kan. (AP) - An 11-year-old Salina boy is in legal trouble after a group of children told police he threatened them with a knife.
KSAL-AM reports the incident occurred Tuesday evening on a school playground.
Police say the boy pulled out a butterfly knife with a 4-inch blade and waved it at four other children during an argument over his bicycle. The children - two 9-year-olds and two 11-year-olds - also told police the boy threatened to go home and get a gun.
The boy was arrested on four counts each of aggravated assault and making criminal threats. He was later released to his parents.
Topeka man pleads guilty to 2013 homicide
(Information in the following story is from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas man already sentenced to more than 80 years in prison in Nebraska has admitted killing one person and wounding another in Topeka.
Thirty-four-year-old Michael Dean Engstrom and his wife, Jamie Engstrom, were captured in southeast Nebraska in February 2013, one day after the Topeka shootings.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Michael Engstrom pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. The charges stemmed from the fatal shooting of Ricky Mitchell and the wounding of his fiancee, Bridget Gakle.
Engstrom admitted opening fire while trying to rob the pair of money and methamphetamine.
The Engstroms then drove into Nebraska, where Michael Engstrom robbed a Pawnee City convenience store. He pleaded no contest last year to firing at law enforcement officers during the chase that followed.
Governor touts Nebraska jobs for veterans
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is hoping to lure military veterans to his state with a campaign touting good jobs for vets.
"The Good Life for Veterans" campaign seeks to attract military veterans and their families from other states to Nebraska. The initiative is a partnership between state government, business and veterans groups including the Nebraska Department of Labor, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, private business employers and others.
Nebraska employers and other representatives are attending a series of military career fairs in several states, including Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado.
The initiative began after a Nebraska Chamber poll found that more than half of nearly 450 private business respondents had experienced difficulty hiring qualified employees during the past year.
Nebraska's unemployment rate is among the lowest in the nation.
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