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News Minute: Here is the latest Kansas news from The Associated Press

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INDEPENDENCE, Kan. (AP) - Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole returns to Kansas next month for the latest of several planned trips to his home state this year. The 91-year-old Russell native lives in Washington, D.C., and is making the homecoming tour to greet longtime friends and supporters throughout the state.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The owner of a Wichita home day care where a toddler was critically injured by a lawn mower is out of jail. The 39-year-old woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of aggravated child endangerment. KFDI-FM reports she was released yesterday on her own recognizance, pending the filing of any charges. Police said an 18-month-old girl suffered a deep cut to her leg Thursday morning from a lawn mower being pushed by the day care's owner. Five young children were playing in the backyard at the time.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Police in Topeka have concluded that a pedestrian who was struck and killed on Interstate 70 took his own life. The man was identified yesterday as an 18-year-old Topeka resident. Police said his name would not be released because the death was a suicide.

HOUSTON (AP) - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell 17 this week to 1,896. The Houston firm said yesterday in its weekly report that Kansas gained two rigs and Wyoming's rig count rose by one. Oklahoma and Colorado's rig count dipped by one each.

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