Rawlins County teen hospitalized following ATV/pickup collision…and other headlines: June 30, 2016

A collision between an ATV and a pickup in Rawlins County sends a 13-year old to the hospital. The teenager on the ATV northwest of Atwood was taken to Rawlins County Hospital for treatment and later transferred to another facility. The driver of the truck wasn’t hurt.
The Kansas Department of Corrections says an incident at the El Dorado maximum-security prison has been resolved and inmates are back in their cells. A department spokesman says in a statement neither staff nor prisoners were hurt and that inmates did not get ahold of access to any weapons. The department had reported that inmates were refusing to return to their cells but Fertig did not have additional details.
Prosecutors have charged a fired Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputy with official misconduct. The prosecutor’s office said in a news release that 38-year-old Jay Pennington also was charged Thursday with unlawful acts concerning computers, forgery and theft. Pennington was a team leader for the offender registration unit at the time of the alleged misconduct.
The 2017 winter wheat harvest has so far been a mixed bag for Kansas, as farmers race to bring in the crop amid damaging spring storms. Experts say hail storms pounded fields in parts of western Kansas over the last two weeks. Some fields were so diseased by wheat streak mosaic virus that they weren’t harvested. Yields have ranged from a meager 10 bushels an acre to as much as 70 bushels an acre where yields were closer to normal.
Former Kansas congressman Tim Huelskamp is moving to Illinois to take over as president of The Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank. He’ll be replacing Joseph Bast, who is stepping down from the group’s CEO post in 2018. Huelskamp spent three terms in congress representing the Big First before losing a primary challenge from Dr. Roger Marshall last fall.
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