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DAY CARE-TODDLER INJURED

Kansas day care owner arrested after accident

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The owner of a Wichita home day care where a toddler was critically injured by a lawn mower is out of jail.

The 39-year-old woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of aggravated child endangerment. KFDI-FM reports she was released Friday on her own recognizance, pending the filing of any charges.

Police said an 18-month-old girl suffered a deep cut to her leg Thursday morning from a lawn mower being pushed by the day care's owner. Five young children were playing in the backyard at the time.

Investigators have not said exactly how the accident happened. The girl was taken to a hospital in critical condition, then moved to a hospital in the Kansas City area.

The state has issued an emergency suspension of the day care's license.

KANSAS-SEX TRAFFICKING

Former massage parlor owner gets 5 years in prison

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The former owner of Asian massage parlors in Wichita has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in a sex trafficking case.

Gary Kidgell of Waltham, Massachusetts, shook his head as U.S. District Judge Monti Belot pronounced sentence Friday.

He had choked back tears earlier in the hearing while requesting a sentence at the low end of the 51- to 63-month range.

The prosecutor argued for the higher sentence, citing Kidgell's criminal history and tactics of subjugating women to his will.

Kidgell pleaded guilty in May to obstruction of justice and harboring an immigrant living illegally in the United States.

Prosecutors say Kidgell and his wife recruited Chinese women to come to Wichita to work at massage parlors, then forced them into prostitution.

WICHITA-INTERIM CHIEF

Wichita names interim police chief

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita City officials have promoted a police department veteran to interim police chief.

City officials announced Friday that Deputy Chief Nelson Mosley will serve as interim chief while a search for a permanent chief is conducted.

The 49-year-old Mosley will replace Chief Norman Williams, who plans to retire Sept. 5.

Mosley began his law enforcement career in 1987 and rose through the ranks to become deputy police chief in 2009.

City Manager Robert Layton is overseeing the search for a new permanent chief, as well as assessment of the police department's operations, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

INTERSTATE-PEDESTRIAN KILLED

Pedestrian death on I-70 called suicide

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Police in Topeka have concluded that a pedestrian who was struck and killed on Interstate 70 took his own life.

The man was identified Friday as an 18-year-old Topeka resident. Police said his name would not be released because the death was a suicide.

Investigators say the man was pronounced dead around 6:30 a.m. Thursday after stepping in front of an eastbound tractor-trailer.

HORSE DEATHS

75 wild horses die in western Kansas corral

(Information in the following story is from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com)

SCOTT CITY, Kan. (AP) - The owners of a corral in Scott County where 75 wild horses died last week defended their work with the animals.

A preliminary investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management attributed the deaths of mostly older horses to stress after being moved from their original pastures. BLM spokesman Paul McGuire says some of the horses at the corral, managed by Beef Belt LLC, also might have been affected by changes in their food.

The Hutchinson News reports the horses were transferred from a range managed by the BLM because a contractor asked to receive fewer horses than he had previously managed.

The corral's manager, Steven Landgraf, says the horses that died were among 1,490 wild horses brought to the corral, and all of them were older.

DOLE-HOMECOMING TOUR

Dole resuming Kansas homecoming tour

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole returns to Kansas next month for the latest of several planned trips to his home state this year.

The 91-year-old Russell native lives in Washington, D.C., and is making the homecoming tour to greet longtime friends and supporters throughout the state. He spends an hour at each stop, chatting with fans and old acquaintances.

The schedule for the first week of September will take Dole to 10 communities in southeastern and south-central Kansas, beginning Sept. 4 in Independence. He'll be in Howard, Sedan, Winfield and Wellington the following day.

On Sept. 6, Dole is to make stops in Kingman, Pratt, Coldwater, Medicine Lodge and Anthony. He'll spend the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 7, greeting visitors to the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.

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