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Wichitan pleads not guilty in bomb threat

WELLINGTON — A Wichita man has pleaded not guilty to phoning in a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of a south-central Kansas hospital.

Levi Shobe, 32, appeared Thursday in Sumner County District Court. He told a judge he was on medication, but stopped talking when his lawyer advised him not to elaborate.

Prosecutors say someone phoned Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington on Dec. 16 saying the building would be blown up. Patients and staff were evacuated for about five hours. No bomb was found.

Shobe is charged with one count of criminal threat. His bond is set at $50,000.

_ Associated Press

Man in region dies of H1N1

A 40-year-old man from the metropolitan area — but not from Sedgwick County — has died from infection with the H1N1 virus, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Thursday.

That brings the total number of confirmed deaths statewide from H1N1 to 25.

The man's infection was confirmed Oct. 27, and his death was reported Dec. 14. The man had underlying health conditions that placed him at greater risk for severe complications of influenza.

The metropolitan area is Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey and Sumner counties, KDHE said. A Sedgwick County Health Department spokeswoman said the man was not from Sedgwick County.

—Karen Shideler

Republicans in 4th District to debate in Wichita

The five Republican candidates in the race for the Kansas 4th Congressional District seat will take questions at a public debate to be held Jan. 15 in the Bank of America auditorium, 100 N. Broadway in Wichita. The event is from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Susan Peters, a news anchor for KAKE, will moderate the forum.

The candidates are state senators Dick Kelsey and Jean Schodorf and businessmen Jim Anderson, Wink Hartman and Mike Pompeo. They are seeking the spot left by Todd Tiahrt, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

This is the third in series of forums bringing the Republican candidates together. It is sponsored by the Great American Forum, the Sedgwick County Republican Party and the Wichita State College Republicans.

_ Rick Plumlee

H1N1 clinic reopens Monday

The Sedgwick County Health Department's H1N1 clinic will be closed the rest of this week because of the New Year's holiday. It will reopen at 2 p.m. Monday.

The clinic is at 4095 E. Harry. Anyone is eligible to receive the free vaccine. For more information about the vaccine, call 316-660-5558.

—Eagle staff

Meeting on international adoption is Jan. 23

Children's Hope International has planned an informational meeting for those interested in international adoption.

The session is scheduled for Jan. 23 and will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. Ninth St.

A local family will host the meeting and offer information about adopting through Children's Hope International from China, Russia, Colombia and Ethiopia.

To register for the meeting, call Kay Morrissey at 316-683-1294.

—Sarah Rajewski

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