BC-KS--Kansas News Digest 2:30 pm, KS

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Associated Press

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 4:30 PM

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HAWKER BEECHCRAFT-BANKRUPTCY

WICHITA — A group of current Hawker Beechcraft customers have balked at a move by the Kansas plane maker to immediately sell off its inventory of discontinued Hawker 4000 jet aircraft at substantial discounts as part of the company's bankruptcy proceedings. Hawker Beechcraft wants to sell the remaining inventory on "an expedited basis," without bankruptcy court approval of each sale, because it believes the value of the discontinued line of planes will continue to decline as competitors introduce new aircraft and further dilute the company's share in the business jet industry. By Roxana Hegeman.

KANSAS ECONOMY-CHILDHOOD POVERTY

TOPEKA — A newly formed childhood poverty task force is meeting to discuss current trends and data on childhood well-being in Kansas. The group was formed earlier in November by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and met Monday to hear how Kansas ranks nationally in a number of childhood indicators. By John Milburn.

WIND ENERGY-CREDIT

WICHITA — The election results have picked up the hopes of proponents of wind energy for some kind of renewal of the expiring production tax credit.

CONCEAL CARRY-CRIMES

WICHITA — Few Kansans who hold a concealed-carry gun permit have been charged with a firearm-related crime, statistics show. Of the 51,078 permits issued in Kansas since the law took effect in 2007, just 44 permit holders were charged with a crime committed while using a firearm, according to records from the Kansas attorney general's office.

ALSO:

— FORT RILEY-SOLDIERS KILLED — Two soldiers from Fort Riley's 1st Infantry Division have been killed while deployed to Paktika Province in Afghanistan.

— POLICE CAR ATTACKED — Topeka police say a man likely was high on narcotics when he fired a gun and assaulted a police vehicle near the Washburn University campus.

— SOUTHWEST-OXYGEN MASKS — Southwest Airlines says a flight from Kansas City to Dallas lost cabin pressure, forcing passengers and crew to wear oxygen masks until the plane had descended to a safe altitude.

— BURGLARY THWARTED — Wichita police say a man caught two burglars at his elderly neighbor's home and chased them away with a pitchfork.

— DEER DISEASE — Deer herds are a little thinner in a couple Kansas counties because of a seasonal virus that might be worse than normal because of the summer's drought.

— LEXINGTON FATALITY-CHARGES — A 22-year-old Kansas man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he was driving drunk during a chase and caused a fatal collision.

— KANSAS ENERGY-CONFERENCE — Kansas officials and leaders in the oil and gas industry will gather in Hutchinson next week to give an update on activity in the geologic formation known as the Mississippian Lime Play.

— CHINESE-VETERINARY MEDICINE — Kansas State University is taking part in a program to train more students from China to become veterinarians.

SPORTS:

FBC--BIG 12 CHAOS

LUBBOCK, Texas — If fans think the BCS title game became scrambled with losses by Kansas State and Oregon they might want to look at the chaos going on in the Big 12. A four-way tie between Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Texas is possible. By Sports Writer Betsy Blaney.

BKC--TEXAS A&M-SAINT LOUIS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas A&M tries to move to 4-0 when it plays Saint Louis (1-1) in the semifinals of the CBE Classic at Sprint Center. The winner gets Kansas or Washington State in Tuesday night's championship game. Game starts 6:30 p.m. CST. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta.

BKC--T25-WASHINGTON ST-KANSAS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Seventh-ranked Kansas (2-1) takes on Washington State (2-1) in the semifinals of the CBE Classic at Sprint Center. The winner gets Saint Louis or Texas A&M for the tournament title Tuesday night. Game starts 9 p.m. CST. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. With hometown lead on losing team.

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