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Monday is last day to register to vote in city primary

Monday is the last day to register to vote or change your party affiliation before the March 1 Wichita primary.

* You can register online at https://www.kdor.org /voterregistration.

* You can fill out and mail in a paper form if it is postmarked no later than Monday. You can print out a form at www.kssos.org /forms/elections /voterregistration.pdf. You can also get a form at the Sedgwick County Election Office, most QuikTrips and Dillons stores and at neighborhood city halls. Forms must be turned in or sent to the election office, 510 N. Main, No. 101, Wichita, KS 67203.

* You also can register in person at the Election Office until 5 p.m.

For more information, call the Election Office at 316-660-7100.

—Eagle staff

High court orders new trial in Lawrence store robbery

LAWRENCE — The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of robbing a Lawrence convenience store.

The high court on Friday also ordered a new attorney for Charles Smith, who was charged with robbing the store in 2006.

Smith asked for a new lawyer before the trial because his lawyer said videotape footage of the robbery showed Smith at the robbery and he couldn't present fraudulent evidence to the contrary. The judge refused to appoint a new lawyer.

The Supreme Court said the lawyer had crossed the line into the jury's domain when determining his client was guilty based on the video, and that Smith was entitled to a new trial and a new lawyer.

—Associated Press

Garden City college chooses next president

GARDEN CITY — Garden City Community College has named Herbert J. Swender, former president of Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas, as its next president.

The school said in a news release that its board of trustees made the decision Friday by a unanimous vote.

Swender is taking over for Carol Ballantyne, who retired last July because of health issues. Swender is a native of Chanute and had taught in Kansas earlier in his career.

His contract will be effective July 1, but he is expected to be at the community college before then.

—Associated Press

Olathe police suspect juveniles in school fire

Olathe police have identified three suspects in a fire that damaged an elementary school last week.

Working with fire investigators and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, police identified and contacted the suspects, all juveniles. They have been released to their parents, but formal charges are pending.

Police said the Thursday morning fire at Green Springs Elementary appeared to have been deliberately ignited by burglars.

—Kansas City Star

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