Two reported dead in Kansas industrial accident/Associated Press 04/01/2010

LAWRENCE - Authorities say two people are dead following an accident at a Lawrence fertilizer plant.

The accident at MagnaGro International happened just after 2:30 p-m, Thursday.

Mark Bradford, the Lawrence-Douglas County fire medical chief, tells the Lawrence Journal-World at least one person fell into a tank.

Bradford says there was an unknown substance in the tank that wouldn't normally be toxic, but could be harmful if inhaled because of the tank's tight quarters.

It's not clear if the person who fell into the tank died or was injured, or how the second person died.

Names of the dead and injured were not immediately released.

MagnaGro makes chemical fertilizers for resale nationwide.


Donations pour in to father of fallen Marine/Associated Press 04/01/2010

BALTIMORE - Donations are pouring in for a fallen Marines father who was ordered to pay the court costs of an anti-gay church he's been battling.

Albert Snyder of York, Pa., appeared Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America." He says it was insulting that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered him to pay $16,510 in court costs to Fred Phelps, pastor of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka.

Westboro members picketed the Maryland funeral of Snyder's son, Matthew. The church contends U.S. military deaths are God's punishment for tolerance of homosexuality. Albert Snyder sued the church, but the appeals court ruled against him. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case.

Fox News Channel commentator Bill O'Reilly has pledged to pay the court costs. The American Legion is also soliciting donations for Snyder.

Detectives identify three bodies in body parts case/Associated Press 04/01/2010

ALBUQUERQUE - Albuquerque police have identified three of the remains discovered among six heads and numerous other human body parts found in a truck at a Kansas medical waste facility.

According to a criminal complaint against the 31-year-old owner of Bio Care Southwest, Kansas City detectives identified three of the seven bodies as Jacqueline Snyder, Chuck Hines and Harold Dillard.

Bio Care's owner, Paul Montano, was arrested late Wednesday at his office on three counts of fraud and was being held on $100,000 bond.

Sealed plastic bags containing the heads and body parts were found last week in 12 large red plastic tubs inside a delivery truck at a Stericycle Inc. facility in Kansas City, Kansas.

The tubs had shipping labels from The Learning Center, affiliated with Bio Care.


April Fools': Google renames itself 'Topeka'/Associated Press 04/01/2010

TOPEKA - Topeka is Google, and now Google is Topeka.

Weeks after the Kansas capital unofficially renamed itself after the Web search giant, the company returned the favor Thursday in the form of an April Fool's Day joke.

Google, at least on its home page, became "Topeka." The company says it's a response to Topeka's decision to change its name to "Google, Kan." for the month of March. Topeka jokingly changed its name in a bid to persuade Google to choose the city as a test site for its planned super-fast fiber-optic network.

A blog posting by Google CEO Eric Schmidt says the prank shouldn't be mistaken for the company picking Topeka, adding that the re-naming of his company will have no effect on which cities get chosen.


Kansas teacher on leave over alleged obscene photo/Associated Press 04/01/2010

WICHITA - A Wichita South High teacher is on leave after he allegedly sent an obscene picture to 10 people, including seven minors.

Wichita police say the teacher sent an obscene picture of himself and an obscene message on March 22. Police were called by a parent of a girl who received the picture.

The teacher has been with the district since December 2005.

Wichita police Lt. Randy Reynolds says detectives will meet next week with prosecutors to determine what charges, if any, will be filed.

Reynolds says detectives are trying to determine whether the picture was sent intentionally.