FLOOD INSURANCE-DOUGLAS COUNTY
Some flood insurance rates in Douglas County rise
(Information in the following story is from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com)
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Some property owners in Douglas County could soon pay more for federal insurance.
The federal government's decision to phase out subsidized insurance in special flood hazard areas will increase costs for 168 property owners in Douglas County. Most of the property is along the Kansas and Wakarusa rivers.
Andy Megrail of FEMA briefed Douglas County commissioners on the changes Wednesday.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports the first rate increases will be for all properties in special flood areas that are not used as a primary residence.
Those with primary residence in the areas will receive subsidized coverage as long as they own the property and if they keep the policies current. If the insurance lapses or the property is sold, full insurance rates will be charged.
DA: Officers justified in standoff shooting
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Sedgwick County district attorney says law enforcement officers were justified in a fatal shooting that ended a 32-hour standoff at an apartment complex.
District Attorney Marc Bennett said Wednesday no officers will be charged in the death of 24-year-old Jared Woosypiti.
Woosypiti holed up at the Southlake Village Apartments in south Wichita for 32 hours last July before dying in a gunfight.
Bennett said Woosypiti fired at officers twice before they shot him. The fatal shooting came only after officers used several other tactics to end the standoff, including tear gas and water cannons.
Bennett says during the standoff, Woosypiti said he wouldn't go back to prison and threatened to set off explosives.
Kan. gov. says rural housing may be issue in 2014
(Information in the following story is from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Gov. Sam Brownback says creating a new rural housing program may be on Kansas legislators' agenda next year because communities see it as important to attracting new workers.
Brownback said during a meeting of economic advisers Wednesday that as he's traveled across the state, he has advised rural lawmakers to get together to deal with housing issues.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the meeting of the economic advisers focused on rural housing needs. The group heard multiple cases of rural communities having housing shortages.
Cohen-Esrey Real Estate Service CEO Lee Harris called the state's $2.3 million low-income housing program "paltry." He suggested that the state use some of the taxes paid by insurance companies on the value of premiums for tax breaks for rural housing developers.
BICYCLIST-HIT AND RUN
Man found dead 4 days after KCK accident
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Police in Kansas City, Kan., are asking the public's help in solving the apparent hit-and-run death of a man on a bicycle.
Officers received a call Tuesday about a body in an industrial area just off U.S. 69.
The department said Wednesday it appeared the victim had been struck by a vehicle about four days before the body was found.
Police say the man had been riding or pushing a red bicycle when he was hit sometime between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Nov. 29. Investigators are trying to confirm his identity and won't release his name until relatives are notified.
Commission OKs razing of old Salina hospital
(Information in the following story is from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com)
SALINA, Kan. (AP) - The buildings that once housed St. John's Hospital in Salina will be coming down.
Salina's Heritage Commission on Wednesday approved plans to demolish the buildings, saying restoring them would be too costly.
Salina Regional Health Center owns the buildings on the St. John's campus, which has been vacant since 2010.
Jack Hinnenkamp, of Salina Regional Health Center, said it would cost between $1 million and $2 million to demolish the seven-building campus. He said redeveloping the buildings would cost more but didn't provide any estimates.
St. John's was started in 1914 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia and operated by the Wichita-based Sisters of St. Joseph until 1995.
Fort Riley reinforcing reveille, retreat tradition
FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) - Leaders at Fort Riley are putting a new emphasis on observing the old traditions of reveille and retreat on the northeast Kansas Army post.
Bugles are sounded with the music twice a day - reveille at 6:30 a.m. to signal the official start of the duty day, and retreat at 5 p.m. to signal the day's end.
Fort Riley commander Maj. Gen. Paul Funk and 1st Infantry Division Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston decided recently to increase emphasis on traditional military customs.
The decision has implications for soldiers and civilians on the post. When the bugles are heard, uniformed military personnel are expected to face the flag and salute. Civilians are encouraged to stand and place their hands over their hearts.
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