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Kansas finds 1st coronavirus case outside Kansas City metro

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases in Kansas has grown to six with the diagnosis of the first infection outside the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Friday that the new case is a Butler County man in his 70s who had traveled outside the U.S. He is in isolation and health officials are reaching out to people who might have had contact with him.

Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday announced the state's first death, a non-mobile man in his 70s who was infected in a Wyandotte County nursing home. State officials don't know whether other residents are ill. 

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Hidden cameras help convict Kansas man of heroin trafficking
George Bush, Jr. photo Wyandotte County

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A jury convicted a Kansas City, Kan., man Wednesday on federal charges of heroin trafficking, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.

During trial, jurors saw video from hidden cameras in the drug house where the defendant and others distributed heroin.

George Bush Jr., 29, Kansas City, Kan., was convicted on the following charges: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin,          Distributing heroin, Conspiracy to maintain a residence in furtherance of drug trafficking, Possession with intent to distribute heroin,          Possession with intent to distribute heroin,  Possession with intent to distribute heroin an Possession with intent to distribute.

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Bush and co-defendants dealt heroin out of a house at 823 Parallel Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.

Five co-defendants pleaded guilty in the case: Albert Brown, 31, Kansas City, Kan. ; Isaiah Lewis, 23, Kansas City, Kan. ; Maurice Bluett, 26, Kansas City, Mo. ; Markelo Paden, 25, Olathe, Kan. ; and Benjamin Mims, 32, Lawrence, Kan.

Bush is scheduled for sentencing June 18.