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U.S. 54 to reopen Monday through Greensburg

  • Published Saturday, June 2, 2007, at 1:35 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at 5:15 p.m.

— U.S. 54 through Greensburg, which has been closed since the May 4 tornado, will reopen to traffic on Monday.

For the past month, motorists have been detoured around the tornado-ravaged city as cleanup crews used the highway to haul debris to a landfill.

The Kansas adjutant general's office said 75 percent of the debris has now been removed, and that 40 members of the Kansas National Guard remain on duty in Greensburg to help with the cleanup.

Water service has been restored to about half of the city, the adjutant general's office said, and electrical power is being restored as quickly as possible.

-- Hurst Laviana

Church to hold services at Cowtown on Sunday

First Presbyterian Church of Wichita will hold worship services at Cowtown on Sunday.

It will hold services at the church that the congregation built in 1870 at Wichita and Second. The church was moved to Cowtown in the 1950s.

Services begin at 8 and 9 a.m.

-- Joe Rodriguez

Nothing found after search for gunman at KU

Police searched buildings at the University of Kansas on Friday morning after receiving a report of a man with a rifle near the center of campus, but called off the search when no gunman was found.

The university announced the all-clear on its Web site shortly before 11 a.m.

University spokesman Todd Cohen said the caller reported seeing the man near Wescoe Hall, which houses the school's English Department.

The search involved the university's public safety department as well as officers from Lawrence and Douglas County, Cohen said.

The university was not placed on lockdown, he said, but faculty, staff and students were sent an e-mail shortly after 10 a.m. advising them to stay indoors.

-- Associated Press

Four people indicted on sex trafficking charges

Four owners and operators of Johnson County massage parlors have been indicted by a federal grand jury on sex trafficking charges.

The indictment announced Friday by the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas City replaces the original criminal complaint filed May 11 against Ling Xu, 45, Zhong Yan Liu, 35, and Cheng Tang, 21, all of Overland Park, and Hongmei Madole, 31, of Olathe.

The indictment alleges that since November 2005 the defendants transported women across international borders and state lines for the purpose of engaging in prostitution at the businesses in Olathe and Overland Park.

Xu, Liu and Tang are being held in federal detention without bond. A bond has been set for Madole, who remains in custody.

-- Kansas City Star

Jet rally this weekend at Wellington Airport

The first Central Plains Jet Rally is being held today and Sunday at Wellington Airport.

The rally includes demonstration flights of radio-controlled aircraft, including helicopters.

The event, which started Friday, will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The rally is hosted by Clearview Field. Proceeds go to the Wellington Airport and the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Spectator admission is $5 per day. For more information, call Ken Stitt at 316-680-5239, or go to www.clearviewfield.com.

-- Molly McMillin

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