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News Minute: Here is the latest Kansas news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CDT

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A man accused of shooting a Kansas Department of Revenue agent has been charged with attempted first-degree murder. Ricky Wirths made his first appearance in court Thursday. He's charged in Tuesday's shooting of tax agent Cortney Holloway at a Wichita office. Revenue officials say Wirths owes almost $400,000 in taxes and the department was at Wirths' home seizing several assets hours before the shooting. Holloway was involved in the investigation of Wirths.

EUDORA, Kan. (AP) - A judge has ordered a Eudora home daycare worker to stand trial for murder in the death of a 9-month-old baby. After a preliminary hearing Thursday, Douglas County District Court Judge Sally Pokorny ruled 43-year-old Carrody Buchhorn should stand trial in death of Oliver Ortiz. The child died in September 2016 at the Sunshine Kids Group Daycare Home.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A 38-year-old Wichita man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting fire to a house last year while seven people were inside. District Attorney Marc Bennett says Christopher Clark was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted last month of aggravated arson and arson. He says a security video showed Clark setting fire to a storage shed and window of a neighbor's home in August 2016. The people inside the house escaped.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A new $20 million methane plant at a landfill in Lawrence is turning trash into an energy source. The Lawrence Journal-World reports the plant at the Hamm landfill has begun collecting harmful greenhouse gas produced by rotting trash and turning it into fuel for natural-gas-powered vehicles. Hamm officials said at a ceremony Wednesday that the new plant joins other recent projects that lessen the landfill's environmental impact.

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