Archive for Thursday, August 31, 2000

State Briefs

August 31, 2000

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St. Joseph, Mo.

Kansas driver killed after falling asleep

An Atchison, Kan., man was killed on Interstate 29 south of St. Joseph after he apparently fell asleep at the wheel, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Daniel Portenier, 31, was killed early Tuesday after his car drove into the median and struck a concrete bridge railing.

Winfield

County to call first grand jury

Cowley County will convene what is believed to be its first grand jury next month.

The jury was requested by Dee Dow of Arkansas City, who wants a grand jury to investigate her son's death in April 1999. The death has been ruled a suicide.

County Atty. Gary Foiles also wants the jury to consider three other cases. His request for a grand jury was denied by District Court judges.

Dow began circulating her petition after Foiles' request was turned down.

Hoisington

Town seeks other funds for hospital renovation

Hoisington officials are looking for a new source to pay for improvements to Clara Barton Hospital after problems with Rural Development Assn. funding.

The proposed hospital renovation is estimated at almost $5 million, including $1.7 million through RDA.

The money already had been allocated, but City Manager Allen Dinkel said documentation problems make it doubtful the hospital will receive the money.

Larned

Pawnee County voters to reconsider dairies

Pawnee County voters, who rejected corporate hog and dairy farms in the county six years ago, will be asked in November to reconsider the question regarding dairying.

The Pawnee County Commission agreed to put the issue on the Nov. 7 general election ballot, after signatures on a petition drive were validated.

Robert Lewis, a Larned farmer who carried the latest petition, said the 1994 vote for hogs failed by a three-to-one margin, but the dairy issue failed by only 16 votes.

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