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Topeka 6-year-old who suffered burns to head, hands to be in burn unit at least 2 more weeks

cjonline.com — A 6-year-old Topeka girl who suffered burns to her head and hands will spend at least two more weeks in a burn unit, her uncle said.George Hearne said his niece Jayden Beddo is in stable condition at University of Kansas Medical Center, but the burns are painful.
Jan 30, 2015

MT @timhrenchir: 6-year-old #Topeka girl whose hair was set afire by male stranger 2b hospitalized another 2 weeks. cjon.co/1HsIr3I

Jan 30, 2015

6-year-old Topeka girl whose hair was set afire by a male stranger to be hospitalized another 2 weeks. cjon.co/1tFK7AE

Wichita waitress' blog responding to racial slur goes viral

cjonline.com — A young Wichita woman's blog has drawn attention from around the world after she wrote about racist comments directed against her boyfriend, but she said she just wants others to see their relationship as normal.
Jan 30, 2015

Good read. RT @meganhartMC: Wichita waitress' blog responding to racial slur goes viral cjon.co/1Hs1bjP

Jan 30, 2015

Wichita waitress' blog responding to racial slur goes viral cjon.co/1JUWyN5

16 Super Bowl commercials you need to see

cjonline.com — Super Bowl commercials have, for decades, provided fodder for Monday morning chats around the office water cooler. Click through this slideshow to see the 2015 crop of increasingly costly ads.

Doctor: 6-year-old Topeka burn victim likely will need surgery

cjonline.com — A 6-year-old Topeka girl who suffered burns to her head and hands will spend at least two more weeks in a burn unit, her uncle said.George Hearne said his niece Jayden Beddo is in stable condition at University of Kansas Medical Center, but the burns are painful.
Jan 30, 2015

Update on Jayden Beddo: Doctor says 6-year-old Topeka burn victim likely will need surgery cjon.co/1LrQsFJ

Futures File: Foreign markets shaken up

cjonline.com — Here is this week's edition of Futures File, our weekly commodities wrap-up:Global turmoil roils commoditiesForeign currencies, crude oil, and other markets felt shocks this week as momentous changes came in foreign lands, including Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Greece.Russia gets a failing gradeCrude oil prices dropped to a fresh five-year low this week, breaking under $44 per barrel.

Topeka 6-year-old to be in burn unit at least two more weeks

cjonline.com — A 6-year-old Topeka girl who suffered burns to her head and hands will spend at least two more weeks in a burn unit, her uncle said.George Hearne said his niece Jayden Beddo is in stable condition at University of Kansas Medical Center, but the burns are painful.
Jan 30, 2015

Topeka 6-year-old to be in burn unit at least two more weeks cjon.co/15PJOZ6

Wichita waitress' blog responding to racial slur about her boyfriend goes viral

cjonline.com — A young Wichita woman's blog has drawn attention from around the world after she wrote about racist comments directed against her boyfriend, but she said she just wants others to see their relationship as normal.
Jan 30, 2015

Waitress, an Emporia native, responds to racial slur: "Let me just get this straight though. I am not dating a ... " cjon.co/1EUcPPA

Salvation Army starts new after-school program for school kids

cjonline.com — The Topeka chapter of the Salvation Army has started a new program designed to provide after-school tutoring and nutrition to children in need of assistance.The SPARK program - which stands for Supporting, emPowering and Reaching Kids - will be conducted Mondays through Fridays during the school year from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Jan 30, 2015

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Suspect in custody after overnight shooting in Lawrence

cjonline.com — A suspect is in custody after an overnight shooting in Lawrence that left one man with life-threatening injuries.A 22-year-old man from Kansas City, Kansas, was arrested shortly after 8 a.m. Friday following a vehicle pursuit on K-10 highway, according to a new release from the Lawrence Police Department.
Jan 30, 2015

Suspect in custody after overnight shooting in Lawrence cjon.co/1zGjY7G

U.S. economy slows to 2.6 percent growth in fourth quarter

cjonline.com — WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014 as a big burst in consumer spending was offset by weakness in other areas.The Commerce Department said Thursday the overall economy grew at a 2.6 percent rate in the October-December period, down from sizzling gains of 4.6 percent in the second quarter and 5 percent in the third quarter.Consumers did their part in the fourth quarter, pushing up spending by fastest rate in nearly nine years.
Jan 30, 2015

U.S. economy slows to 2.6 percent growth in fourth quarter cjon.co/1yej786

Traffic on Westgate Bridge reduced to one lane

cjonline.com — Southbound traffic on the Westgate Bridge is restricted to one lane while vehicles move to the side following an accident, according to the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office.The sheriff's office Twitter account reported there was an accident at 8 a.m. Friday, but no one was injured. It wasn't clear how many vehicles were involved.

Kansas Water Office accepts aqueduct report

cjonline.com — The Kansas Water Authority accepted a report on proposal to build an aqueduct to take water from the Missouri River to southwestern Kansas.The authority will circulate the report to appropriate legislative committees. But board members said Thursday they aren't enthusiastic about the idea of building a 360-mile aqueduct that would cost $18 billion and require an additional $1 billion each year.The St.

Wichita officials expect fight if voters approve lower marijuana penalties

cjonline.com — WICHITA - Wichita officials say they are expecting a fight with the state if Wichita residents approve an ordinance that would lower penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.The Wichita City Council voted Tuesday to put the measure on the April 7 ballot.
Jan 30, 2015

Wichita officials expect fight if voters approve lower marijuana penalties cjon.co/1CSZJTz

Mental health exam ordered for woman accused of stabbing son

cjonline.com — WELLINGTON - A Kansas woman accused of stabbing her 10-year-old son to death will undergo a mental competency evaluation at Larned State Hospital.A Sumner County judge on Thursday ordered that 33-year-old Lindsey Nicole Blansett of Wellington be evaluated at Larned after a Sumner County mental health group recommended that the evaluation be done at a state facility.Blansett is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her son, Caleb, on Dec.
Jan 30, 2015

Mental health exam ordered for woman accused of stabbing son cjon.co/1ByB7Lq

Sedgwick County jailer gets probation in sex case

cjonline.com — WICHITA - A former Sedgwick County jailer will serve three years' probation for sex crimes involving inmates at the county jail.Fifty-year-old Kenneth Reese was sentenced Thursday for crimes he committed at the jail while working as a detention deputy in 2012 and 2013. He pleaded guilty last month.

Kansas, Missouri lawmakers to propose gun restrictions for domestic violence cases

cjonline.com — KANSAS CITY, Mo. - State representatives and other officials from Kansas and Missouri are announcing legislation aimed at reducing gun and domestic violence in both states.Missouri Rep. Stacey Newman, a Richmond Heights Democrat, and Kansas Rep. Barbara Bollier, a Mission Hills Republican, will discuss their legislation at a news conference Friday afternoon outside Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker's office in Kansas City, Missouri.
Jan 30, 2015

Kansas, Missouri lawmakers to propose gun restrictions for domestic violence cases cjon.co/1yTrvha

State revenue numbers due Friday

cjonline.com — Kansas officials are awaiting word on whether state tax collections this month met expectations.The state Department of Revenue's report Friday afternoon was coming as lawmakers worked on proposals to eliminate a projected $279 million shortfall in the state's current budget.The state also faces an additional, projected $436 million gap between anticipated revenues and spending commitments for the fiscal year that begins July 1.The projected gaps are pegged to revenue predictions made in November.

Relihan: Chance of freezing rain Friday night

cjonline.com — Friday will have mild weather for January, said 580 WIBW Radio meteorologist Dave Relihan, but there is a chance for freezing rain overnight."It will be partly cloudy and seasonably mild today with highs in the mid 40s," he said.

Hutchinson Cosmosphere planetarium to close Monday

cjonline.com — HUTCHINSON - The Cosmosphere's is planning a complete renovation for its Justice Planetarium.The Hutchinson-based facility announced Thursday in a news release that the planetarium will close its doors Feb. 2 for the planned upgrades. It is expected to reopen April 12.Upgrades include the installation of a new digital projection system that it says will transform the venue into a state-of-the-art facility.