Archive for Monday, April 23, 2001

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April 23, 2001

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Fairgrounds fire remains under investigation

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department is continuing an investigation into a Saturday fire that destroyed the concessions building at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Neither the sheriff's department nor Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical has released a cause for the fire.

Sheriff's officers have interviewed some people concerning the fire, Undersheriff Bill Shepard said Sunday afternoon. He declined to comment further.

The sheriff's department is investigating because the fairgrounds is owned by the county. Fire & Medical estimated losses at $125,000.

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Health: VNA patients, funds on rise

Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. is continuing to experience an upswing in patients and cash flow.

According to director Marceil Lauppe, there has been a 6 percent increase in acute care visits from last year and the number of acute care patients is up 8.9 percent. Patients seen through the agency's Home Care Support Services have increased 4.1 percent.

Lauppe also said the new Medicare payment system appears to be able to meet the agency's patient care and budget needs. The new payment plan, which went into effect last October, pays home health agencies a set amount based upon a repayment formula calculated for each patient every two months.

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Utilities: KCC assistance extended

The Kansas Corporation Commission has extended its Gas Assistance Program application period through the end of the month for customers of Kansas Gas Service Co.

The program targets low-income residential customers who do not qualify for other energy assistance programs. The American Red Cross will identify qualifying customers.

To qualify, a household of four people must have an annual gross income between $22,168 and $34,1000. These customers will have their gas costs reduced by 50 percent retroactively on bills issued between Jan. 2, 2001, and June 30, 2001. Once on the program, customers must maintain their account in good standing by meeting their monthly payment obligations.

For more information and application assistance, contact the American Red Cross office, 843-3550.

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Accident: Wreck injures two Sunday

Two women were injured in a collision shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday at 23rd and Louisiana streets.

The women had to be extricated from the Volkswagen Rabbit they were in because a side door was bashed in, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical officials said. They were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by ambulance.

The driver of the second vehicle, a van, was not transported, Fire & Medical officials said. No other information was available late Sunday.

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