Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

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WICHITA -- Russia's ban on U.S. food imports will hurt Russia more than it will hurt Kansas farmers, the state's trade director said Thursday.

In retaliation for sanctions the Obama administration has imposed for Russia's involvement in Ukraine, Russia announced Thursday that it is banning most food imports from the West. A global market analyst said the effect on the U.S. agriculture markets, including Kansas, is minimal because Russia has already banned many agricultural products in the past.

Kansas sells more than $50 million worth of ag products each year to Russia, said J.J. Jones, the state agriculture department's international trade director.

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FLOW OF CHILD IMMIGRANTS SLOWS ALONG TEXAS BORDER: Far fewer unaccompanied immigrant children are crossing the Texas-Mexico border, allowing the federal government to close the temporary shelters that it hurriedly opened to handle the surge, authorities say.

The Department of Homeland Security released data Thursday showing that about 5,500 unaccompanied children were arrested in July, barely half the number in May and June and the fewest children arrested in a month since February.

Similarly, arrests of parents with children dropped by more than half last month, to just over 7,400.

MAN GUILTY OF MURDER IN MICHIGAN PORCH SHOOTING: A suburban Detroit man who insisted he killed an unarmed woman on his porch in self-defense was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday after the jury rejected his tearful claim that he fired through a screen door in the wee hours because he feared his life was at risk.

No one knows why Renisha McBride ended up at the Dearborn Heights home of Theodore Wafer last Nov. 2, although prosecutors speculated that the 19-year-old woman may have been confused and seeking help, hours after she had crashed her car blocks away. An autopsy found she was extremely drunk.

OUTER EDGE OF HURRICANE BRINGS RAIN TO HAWAII: The first hurricane expected to hit Hawaii in 22 years weakened slightly Thursday as its outer edges began to bring rain and wind to the Big Island, while residents and tourists prepared for a possible one- two punch as another major storm lined up behind it in the Pacific. …

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