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Archive for Thursday, October 11, 2001

State briefs

October 11, 2001

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Kansas City, Mo.: Elevator fined $127,400, issued 18 citations

Federal authorities have issued 18 citations and proposed a $127,400 fine for the Farmers Co-Op Elevator Assn. in response to a fatal grain-dust explosion last April.

The elevator has 15 days to either comply with the citations, meet with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration about them, or contest them.

Farmer's spokesman Patrick Breeding issued a statement saying the cooperative would work with OSHA during the next few weeks.

Hays: Polka bandleader Eddie Basgall dies

Eddie Basgall, one of the best-known polka performers in western Kansas, died Monday, just days after performing at the Hays Oktoberfest. He was 72.

He died of a heart attack at his Hays home, according to his wife of 51 years, Lillian Basgall, who was with him at the time.

Eddie Basgall and his bands played in dance halls throughout Kansas and the Midwest for six decades.

Topeka: County treasurer freezes Phelps' tags

Shawnee County Treasurer Rita Cline has ordered her staff not to renew vehicle tags for the Rev. Fred Phelps or his Westboro Baptist Church until $1,594.76 in personal property taxes is paid.

The church claims the truck is an extension of its property and should be exempt from taxes.

The state's denial of tax-exempt status for the truck was upheld when the Kansas Supreme Court denied review of the case in May 2000.

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