HOLCOMB — Cattle producers are concerned a fire at a Tyson meat processing plant in Holcomb could disrupt already strained processing operations.

The plant is closed indefinitely after Friday’s fire. Tyson has said it will reopen the plant but the timeline will depend on the extent of the damage.

Industry experts say the Holcomb plant processes about 6,000 cattle a day — about 6% of all the cattle processed in the U.S.

Finney County commissioner Larry Jones, a partner at J&O Cattle Co., said meat packing plants are already running at capacity because a record number of cattle are going to market.

In the first day of trading since the fire, cattle futures on Monday dropped $3 per hundred pounds, the maximum fluctuation allowed for a single day.

Trial begins in home buyer’s slaying

TOPEKA — An 83-year-old Topeka man is on trial this week in the shooting death of a man who was buying his home.

Jury selection began Monday in the first-degree murder trial of Anthony Darcy. He is charged with killing 36-year-old Stephen Matthew Snyder in 2017.

Darcy was found competent to stand trial in August, after he underwent several competency exams.

Prosecutors allege Snyder was shot three times when he went to the house he was buying from Darcy. Snyder had closed on the house but allowed Darcy to live in it for two weeks before moving out.

Snyder’s 8-year-old son was with his father when he was killed.

Darcy’s defense attorneys have contended that he acted in self-defense.

Kan. pays legal bills of Planned Parenthood

WICHITA — A court filing shows Kansas’ failed effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood will cost the state more than $464,300 in attorney fees, expenses and other costs.

A stipulation filed Monday in federal court in Kansas comes after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected last year the state’s appeal.

Lower court rulings had blocked the Kansas Department of Health and Environment from withholding money that is used for health services for low-income women. The money is not used for abortions.

The settlement covers the legal fees and expenses incurred by Planned Parenthood and others who successfully challenged the Kansas effort to withhold the money after heavily edited videos claimed to show the nation’s largest abortion provider profiting from sales of fetal tissue for medical research.

Growers to harvest more corn, less soy

WICHITA — A government report says Kansas farmers are expected to harvest 810 million bushels of corn this season.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service also reported on Monday that this year’s corn crop in Kansas is expected to be 26% larger than last year’s production.

The agency says about 1% of the corn crop in Kansas is now mature. Harvest of the state’s other two major fall crops is anticipated to be smaller this year. Sorghum production is forecast at 194 million bushels, down 17% compared to a year ago.

Kansas farmers are expected to bring in 191 million bushels of soybeans. That is down 7% from last year. Winter wheat that was cut earlier this summer is estimated at 350 million bushels for a 26% increase compared to last year’s crop.

Boy, 2, found dead in hot parked car

LAWRENCE — Lawrence police say a 2-year-old child whose body was found inside a parked car was in the care at the time of a family member who was not a parent.

Police on Monday identified the boy as Devonte Lashaun Turner. He was found Sunday evening after someone reported a child was left unattended in a car.

Police Chief Gregory Burns said a probe was underway and that heat may have contributed to the boy’s death. The temperature was 88 Sunday afternoon with a heat index of 96.

Cops shoot man while serving a warrant

CHETOPA — Kanas authorities say police serving a search warrant fatally shot a man they encountered inside a Chetopa home in Labette County.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in news release that the Chetopa Police Department was serving a search warrant at about 12:15 a.m. Monday after receiving a tip of possible drug activity.

The agency says three officers entered after announcing their presence. The KBI says one officer fired three shots after encountering an armed man and officers quickly left the home.

A 25-year-old woman exited the home after officers called for the occupants to come out. Police found 38-year-old Scott Souders inside suffering from gunshot wounds with a rifle near him. He was declared dead at the scene. Souders lived at the residence.

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