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Associated Press

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 8 at 5:00 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Abortion opponents in Kansas have successfully enacted tough restrictions on providers in recent years, and the state has seen the number of terminated pregnancies drop. Kansans for Life, the most influential anti-abortion group, has favored incremental changes in state law in an effort to avoid federal court challenges. But even some of their allies are wondering whether that approach is about to run its course and whether they should pursue headline-grabbing proposals similar to new laws in Arkansas and North Dakota banning abortions even early in pregnancy. By John Hanna.


WASHINGTON — Airline passengers are getting grumpier, and it's little wonder. Airlines keep shrinking the size of seats to stuff more people onto planes, those empty middle seats that once provided a little more room are now occupied and more people with tickets are being turned away because flights are overbooked. By Joan Lowy.


KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Demand for a synthetic marijuana concoction whipped up in an eastern Kansas warehouse became so strong that suppliers had a hard time filling orders, federal prosecutors said in a 64-page indictment charging three men with selling misbranded drugs. The charges filed this week detail a cat-and-mouse game between owners of a Lawrence herbal shop and state and federal authorities trying to keep up with a rapidly evolving synthetic drug boom. By Bill Draper.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — For a few moments at Birmingham's Avondale Park baseball caps were removed, the metallic thump of aluminum bats abated and loudspeakers were silenced as a crowd of young athletes and spectators paused to honor the 10-year-old boy who died two weeks ago at the Birmingham airport. Al.com. reported (http://bit.ly/1434Xgr) reported the Southside Ball Association held a tributefor Luke Bresette, the Overland Park, Kan., boy killed March 22 when a flight information display sign fell on him and his family at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. By Kelsey Stein.


WICHITA, Kan. — The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office has taken a tougher approach to graffiti at the jail by starting a cleanup program and threatening charges against inmates who mark up their cells.


LINCOLN, Neb. — A new study says the death rates in small rural hospitals are worse than at most hospitals. The Lincoln Journal Star reported (http://bit.ly/11Gn9bU ) the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association notes that the death rate in remote hospitals got worse between 2002 and 2010. The death rate at other hospitals improved over that same time period.


— POLICE CHASE — A 24-year-old woman accused of threatening her ex-boyfriend with a knife has been captured after fleeing from officers through Wichita.

— APARTMENT KILLING — One person has been taken into custody after an early morning shooting in Manhattan left one person dead and three others hospitalized.

— DEAD JOGGER — Police say the body of a missing jogger has been found in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park.



ATLANTA — There's no way Wichita State is going to shock anybody next season. The gritty team from the Missouri Valley was picked to finish somewhere in the middle of the conference this year, a fairly safe guess considering the Shockers lost all of their starters from a team that earned a No. 5 seed to the NCAA tournament last season. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta.

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WICHITA — Several thousand screaming fans turned out Sunday to welcome home the Wichita State Shockers after their first trip to the Final Four since 1965. One day after losing 72-68 to Louisville, Coach Gregg Marshall said the team had been on an "incredible journey" and the fans had been "the wind in our sails." He recalled that expectations weren't high after losing five seniors who also were the team's five leading scorers. The team also was ravaged with injuries.

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