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News Minute: Here is the latest Kansas news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. CDT

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A new study finds that lately, tornado activity is shifting east away from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. That means more tornadoes are swirling in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee. And those areas getting more twisters are areas where the storms are deadlier and the people more vulnerable. Scientists aren't certain why this is happening but it is consistent with climate change.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Prosecutors are crediting data from a license plate reader for narrowing the search for the suspect in the robbery of a Walgreens store in Topeka. The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release Wednesday that 42-year-old Bill Oliver Chavez of Topeka was charged with one count of robbing a commercial business.

PAOLA, Kan. (AP) - Authorities have a suspect in custody in a hit-and-run crash that injured a 12-year-old boy in eastern Kansas. Police in Paola said in a Facebook post that the crash happened Tuesday afternoon. The boy was taken to a hospital, but the extent of his injuries weren't immediately known. The post said the sport utility vehicle that hit the child was leaking fluid as it left the scene.

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) - A Democrat running for a suburban Kansas City legislative seat has been cited twice for drunken driving. The Kansas City Star reports that 28-year-old Brandon Woodard, of Lenexa, Kansas, previously acknowledged being arrested in 2012 when he was a 22-year-old senior at the University of Kansas. But he didn't divulge a 2014 drunken driving arrest.

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