Archive for Wednesday, July 11, 2001

State briefs

July 11, 2001


Topeka: College savings program promising, official says

The first year of a new college education savings plan in Kansas attracted 14,000 customer accounts and $61 million in assets, State Treasurer Tim Shallenburger said.

The Kansas Learning Quest Education Savings Plan allows parents to save for a child's education without being taxed on earnings if the money is used for educational purposes, said Shallenburger, the program's administrator.

After 2001, qualified withdrawals are tax free.

Syracuse: Drowning victims buried

Two families gathered at St. Raphael Catholic Church to bury three children and a woman who drowned in a Colorado boating accident July 3.

Jose Alejandro Avila and his wife, Lydia Gonzalez Avila, bade farewell to their only child, 6-month-old Jonathon. Alejandro Cano and Flor Violeta Cano mourned their daughters, 18-month-old Sonia and 6-year-old Vanessa.

The four victims, including Jonathon's grandmother, Angela Lara Avila, 50, were riding in a boat with six others when it capsized.

Authorities say Jose Alejandro Avila, 18, had consumed alcohol before operating the boat and did not protect the children with life jackets.

He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail on charges of vehicular homicide and child abuse resulting in death.

Hutchinson: Gas geyser explodes

Pressure dropped dramatically Tuesday on a rekindled gas venting well that erupted unexpectedly over the weekend.

Officials were surprised by Sunday's eruption, six months after explosions fueled by a leaking underground natural gas storage field killed two people and destroyed two downtown businesses. No one was hurt by Sunday's gas geyser.

On Monday that well was spewing gas under 300 pounds of pressure, but by Tuesday morning the pressure had dropped down to 18 pounds, said Kansas Gas Service spokesman Conrad Koehler.

The gas blew out the vent well's safety valve about 3 p.m. Sunday.

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