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Four of five teenagers accused of conspiring to carry out a shooting at Hutchison High School have pleaded not guilty in juvenile court.

Three of the suspects denied the charges in court yesterday, while a fourth suspect previously denied the charges in writing.

The fifth suspect is scheduled for a court hearing today.

All five are charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder and criminal threat. They were arrested in April after Hutchinson High School officials were alerted to postings on Facebook that threatened a mass murder at the school.

Hutch Orchestra Struggles To Keep Playing

Sep 23, 2013

The Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra is struggling to make sure the show goes on.

Officials with the 49-year-old orchestra says budget cuts and a drop in donations have the group struggling from concert to concert.

Reductions in state arts funding cost the orchestra aid and federal matching dollars. Those two sources previously made up 21 percent of the orchestra's annual budget.

The city of Hutchinson also reduced its support from $9,600 in 2012 to $8,600 this year. It has not determined how much it will give the orchestra next year.

Hutchinson Works To Ban Public Nudity

Aug 5, 2013

The Hutchinson City Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance that would ban public nudity in the city.

The Hutchinson News reports the ordinance before the council tomorrow includes very specific definitions of what constitutes public nudity.

City Attorney Paul Brown says laws against disturbing the peace and lewd and lascivious behavior don't address the issue.

Brown acknowledges the city doesn't have a serious public nudity problem, but he says police occasionally get calls about someone nude in public.

Plant officials at Siemens Wind Energy in Hutchinson say new orders will help the company avoid more layoffs for now.

The plant recently received orders to supply parts for wind farms being built in Southern California and Chile.

Siemens announced in September that it was cutting 60 percent of its Hutchinson workforce. The layoffs were completed this week, leaving the plant with 150 workers.

It once had more than 400 employees. Siemens also laid off 570 people at its Fort Madison, Iowa, plant and 62 others around the country.

Hutchinson Ballots Could Have Dueling Gay Rights Issues

Aug 14, 2012

Hutchinson voters in November might face ballot issues that would either repeal gay rights or broaden them. 

In June, the Hutchinson City Council added protections against discrimination in housing and employment for gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

After the vote, opponents began gathering signatures on petitions to require a November vote to repeal that ordinance. Today, the Kansas Equality Coalition announced it would gather signatures on a ballot question asking voters to approve wider protections for gays, lesbians and bisexuals.