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Stories making headlines in January 2013


A day-to-day look at stories making headlines in 2013.

Jan. 1: Holiday shoppers flood stores -- Local stores see increase of shoppers, purchases during holiday season.

Jan. 2: Congress OKs 'fiscal cliff' deal -- Legislators approve compromise to avert prolonged tumble off fiscal cliff.

Jan. 3: Winter storm brings needed moisture -- Early year snow brings much-needed moisture to region.

Jan. 4: Hays fans' purple passion unwavering -- Despite loss, Kansas State football diehards cheer on team in bowl game.

Jan. 6: Groups uncorking liquor law issue -- Measure to allow grocery, convenience stores to sell liquor comes to forefront.

Jan. 7: HaysMed offers KickStart -- Fitness, wellness program aims to keep community healthy.

Jan. 8: County to ask voters for sales tax -- Commissioners target special election for tax dedicated to country projects.

Jan. 9: Norton man agrees to buy ranch -- Norman Nelson purchases famed Pyramid Ranch in southwest Gove County, home to Monument Rocks.

Jan. 10: Drought pushes water use beyond permits -- Ogallala Aquifer Adivsory Committee says violations on the rise.

Jan. 11: HaysMed, patients await changes -- Effect of Medicaid revision in state still undetermined in health community.

Jan. 13: HaysMed restricts visitor access -- Similar to other hospitals in nation, Hays facility takes precautions to prevent spread of influenza.

Jan. 14: Fiscal issues dominate agenda -- Kansas Legislature begins annual session facing a budget shortfall.

Jan. 15: Body of missing 18-year-old found south of Hays -- Law enforcement finds Citlatli Armendariz, a senior at Hays High, dead south of Hays.

Jan. 16: Judge sentences Axelson to prison -- Former Rooks County Sheriff Randy Axelson gets 49 months in prison on four counts of distribution of methamphetamine.

Jan. 17: HaysMed helps United Way reach goal -- Donations from employees, hospital help fundraiser net $475,000 goal.

Jan. 18: USD 388 asks voters for $10M bond --  Ellis schools ask for help with updates throughout district.

Jan. 20: Somber procession marks 40 years of Roe v. Wade -- People gather in Hays to reflect on lawsuit that granted women abortion rights.

Jan. 21: Maternity home gets taste of success -- Mary Elizabeth Maternity Home's Taste of Hays serves as fundraiser.

Jan. 22: County seeks issuance of bonds -- Ellis County looks for ways to finance $14.5 million in renovations to buildings.

Jan. 23: Beep, beep, beep: Program offers 'cheap, cheap insurance' -- Community-wide program increases fire safety, thanks for local firefighters.

Jan. 24: Humor and hoops -- Harlem Globetrotter's entertain crowd at Gross Memorial Coliseum in Hays.

Jan. 25: City approves 27th restriping -- Hays street gets nod to move from two-lane to three-lane configuration from Plum to Hall streets.

Jan. 27: USPS changing hours, service; stamp costs rising --  Postal service continues to find ways to offset dwindling profits.

Jan. 28: Long lines don't deter hungry crowd from Soup 'R Bowl --  Fundraiser for Humane Society of the High Plains has people licking their chops.

Jan. 29: DNA tests confirm animal was a wolf -- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says animal killed by coyote hunters was a western Great Lakes wolf.

Jan. 30: Snow more than expected -- Old Man Winter slips into northwest Kansas under cover of darkness, leaving considerably more snow than had been forecast.

Jan. 31: Lack of funds halts century-old tradition at FHSU -- The University Leader, Fort Hays State University's student-driven newspaper, publishes its final edition.