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40 years ago: Liquor-by-the-drink banned on trains passing through Kansas

May 17, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 17, 1973:

  • A three-judge federal court ruled today that liquor by the drink was not to be sold on Amtrak trains passing through Kansas. Amtrak earlier had requested an injunction to prevent Kansas Atty. Gen. Vern Miller and other officials from enforcing the Kansas law on the passing trains. The court also rejected Amtrak's claim that Miller and others had been unreasonable in their exercise of police power when they had conducted a raid on an Amtrak train at Newton the previous year.
  • A Eudora farmer was recovering today after having been overcome by gas when working in a corn bin. Dale Conner, 41, had become ill after smelling a gas odor and had crawled out of the bin before fainting. The gas was believed to have been methane, caused by a small amount of the corn which had become wet and moldy. A Grain Science professor at Kansas State University said that the situation was apparently different from what was normally called "silo gas," which was known to develop when fresh-cut grass with a high moisture content was stored in a silo. Prof. Robert W. Schoeff said that several deaths from silo gas had been reported in recent years in the U.S.

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