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Wichita Eagle

Plane crash kills Barton County commissioner

On Monday morning, Barton County Commissioner Don Cates told a colleague he planned to work in neighboring Pawnee County the following day. The 67-year-old was a pilot by trade.

He was scheduled to do some crop dusting.

But around 1 p.m. Tuesday, the ultralight, single-engine plane he was piloting nose-dived into a ditch about a mile and a half north of the tiny town of Garfield, leaving Cates dead and the county he served in shock. He was the only one aboard at the time of the crash.

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Man gets 28 months in connection with fatal hit and run of man on horse

A Wichita man will spend more than two years in prison for his role in a traffic accident that killed a man riding a horse last summer.

George Childers, 26, was sentenced to 28 months Tuesday afternoon in connection with the death of 49-year-old Lloyd “Sonny” Ferguson on July 5, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said.

Childers was the driver of the first of two cars that struck Ferguson while he and 6-year-old Eddie Caddell were riding Ferguson’s horse across 21st Street North near Piatt. Childers fled, leaving the pair injured in the street.

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Martin Blaser says the overuse of antibiotics threatens to deplete our bodies of "good" microbes, leaving us vulnerable to an unstoppable plague--an "antibiotic winter."

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