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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The University of Kansas will close its Languages, Literatures and Cultures schools but departments within the school will continue to operate. John Columbo, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said in an email that budget cuts forced a change in the administrative structure of the school. He says the changes will not affect degree offerings or curriculum and students will not be impacted. The school has administrative oversight for six departments. The closing at the end of the academic year means one staff position will be cut but the director and co-director of the school will return to their respective positions in their academic units.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita fire officials say one person died after being trapped in a house fire. Fire Division Chief Darrel Kohls say the person, who was elderly, was found dead in the fire Monday morning at a south Wichita home. Kohls says the body was found in the rear of the home near where the fire apparently started. Two other people were able to escape the home. Kohls says they are family members. Neither was hospitalized. No firefighters were injured. The cause of the fire and a damage estimate has not been determined.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita police are investigating the death of a 7-day-old boy. Police spokesman Kevin Wheeler says officers were called to a home in Wichita late Saturday. He says the child's father had just dropped they boy off at his mother's home. Police were called when the child would not take a bottle and then stopped breathing. The boy died at a hospital. Wheeler says investigators are awaiting a final autopsy but there doesn't appear to be evidence of child abuse at this time. The investigation is continuing.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - A mistrial has been declared in the second trial of a Manhattan man accused of killing a 2 1/2-month-old boy. The first trial of D'Khari Lyons ended in September with a hung jury. Lyons was charged after Michael Calvert Jr. died in November 2018 while Lyons was watching him for his mother. Authorities ruled that the infant died from blunt force or abusive head trauma. Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson told The Mercury on Friday that the judge granted the prosecutor's motion Thursday. Wilkerson says the prosecutor thought questions asked by the defense were inadmissible and and highly prejudicial.
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