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Kansas state sues Marotta for $6,000 in child support for four-year-old girl

Do the twist: Stormchasing in the Midwest

Tornado Alley, the American Midwest: a region where twisters emerge from gigantic 'supercell' clouds and leave destruction in their wake. Will Gray signs up for an encounter with some really wild weather

Police arrest man over killing of abortion doctor

51-year-old suspect with strong right-to-life views had history of mental illness

Shooting of US abortion doctor shocks Obama

Violence returned to the abortion debate in the United States yesterday when a doctor who has long been the target of right-to-life activists was gunned down and killed in a church in Kansas where he was an usher.

Abortion doctor Tiller killed at church

Dr George Tiller, a prominent advocate for abortion rights who was wounded by a protester more than a decade ago, was shot and killed Sunday at his church in Wichita, a city official said.

Album: Cassandra Wilson, Closer to You: The Pop Side (Blue Note)

While my inner grump insists that you really need to hear these tracks in the context of the original albums, where they're mixed with Wilson's own songs and other, less obvious fare, it's hard to get sniffy about this superior compilation. Her bare-wires and yearning vocal treatments of "Tupelo Honey", "Time After Time" and "Wichita Lineman" are among the best cover versions ever, and I can live with U2's "Love Is Blindness" and Sting's "Fragile" if I have to. "The Weight" doesn't work, though. Blue Light 'Til Dawn is the album to get.

Album: Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band, Outer South (Wichita)

With opening lines demanding "Dementia, you better treat me good/The human race is going through a second childhood," it initially seems as if Conor Oberst's latest album might involve a continuation of the infirmity themes which dominated his solo debut last year.

Niche emerges as National player

Aintree beckons for Buckler's chaser after 33-1 success in Irish marathon

Album: Peter Bjorn And John, Living Thing, (Wichita)

Peter Bjorn and John are midwives to greatness. They've often been present when amazing things have happened (eg Lykke Li's debut album), but their own work seldom touches those heights.

Album: Peter, Bjorn and John, Living Thing (Wichita)

The Stockholm trio's 2006 hit "Young Folks" is one of those rare tracks that refuses to lay down and die, its cheery whistled hook able to brighten up the most overcast of outlooks.

McCoy keeps Wichita on line to force thrilling Cheltenham win

If a recording of one race could be placed in a time capsule to remind future generations of just why Tony McCoy is 13-times champion, then yesterday's William Hill Trophy might just be it. After a circuit it was just not possible that his mount, Wichita Lineman, the 5-1 favourite, could win. The gelding had walked through several fences and was galloping indolently in mid-division, with his rider pushing and shoving.

Obama asks Kansas Governor to deliver universal health care

Job said to be toughest in American politics defeated Hillary Clinton as First Lady

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No Pain, No Gain: Torment and ballyhoo won't stop Nighthawk

The once high-flying shares of Nighthawk Energy, the US-focused oil and gas explorer and producer, have failed to respond to what can only be described as encouraging developments in some of the more remote corners of America.

Album: Conor Oberst, Conor Oberst (Wichita)

Conor Oberst's decision to release an album under his birth name is at first baffling.

Album: Simian Mobile Disco, Sample and Hold (Wichita)

'Sample And Hold' is SMD's acclaimed 'Attack Decay Sustain Release' album remixed. Sucking much of the joy from the original, it's largely an excuse for the artist's mates to show off their effects buttons on vocal-starved odysseys meant for earnest men to nod their heads to.

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