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December 30, 2001

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Health department confirms first flu case of season

The Department of Health and Environment on Friday confirmed the state's first case of the flu this season.

Dr. Gail Hansen, KDHE's deputy state epidemiologist, said the case of influenza A, type H3N2, was verified in northwest Kansas, and is treatable with medication. She said it's not too late for people to receive flu shots to prevent this type of influenza.

Hansen said the flu vaccine is about 80 percent effective in preventing illness from influenza virus.

For a schedule of Douglas County Health Department immunization clinics, please see the Weekly Datebook elsewhere on this page.

Ex-officer gets jail time for destroying evidence

Hiawatha (ap) A former police officer convicted of burning marijuana that was being held as evidence has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Brian Adcock also received a suspended eight-month jail term, one year of probation, and a $500 fine by Brown County District Judge Jim Patton on Friday.

Last month, a jury convicted Adcock of felony official misconduct. He was acquitted of theft.

Prosecutors contended during Adcock's trial that he destroyed the evidence to cause trouble for the officer in charge of the evidence.

KU engineering professor honored by ASME Board

A Kansas University engineering professor has been named a fellow with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Ray Taghavi, professor of aerospace engineering, was recently honored by the ASME Board of Governors, which recognized outstanding achievements. There were 126 new fellows this year, and 2,410 total.

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