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Headlines for Monday, July 18, 2016

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press

Kansas Republicans Not Inclined Toward Anti-Trump Push

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas delegates to the Republican National Convention are showing little appetite for a last-minute effort to block Donald Trump's presidential nomination even though most of the state's contingent is bound to other candidates. Some of the state's 40 delegates take comfort in the conservative national platform drafted ahead of the convention, which opens today (MON). Others contend it's foolhardy to attempt to deny Trump the nomination following his victories in caucuses and primaries earlier this year. Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the state's caucuses in March, and 24 delegates are bound to vote for him at the convention. Nine are committed to Trump. Florida Senator Marco Rubio has six delegates and Ohio Governor John Kasich has one. Most members of the Kansas delegation say they'll support Trump in November, regardless of their current affiliations.


High Temps Forecast for Kansas, Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Temperatures nearing the 100-degree mark are forecast for Missouri and Kansas. The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for much of eastern Kansas and western Missouri which are expected to have highs in the mid- to upper 90s, with heat indices approaching 105 degrees in areas near Kansas City in Missouri, and Topeka, Kansas. More highs in the 90s are forecast until Thursday, when highs will near the 100-degree high mark. Brandon Drake, a meteorologist with the weather service in Topeka says the high temperatures aren't unusual for the region this time of year. But he advises taking precautions, including staying well-hydrated and avoiding outside activities during peak afternoon heat hours.


KCMO Man Identified as Baton Rouge Police Shooter Claimed He Was 'Sovereign Citizen' 

CHICAGO (AP) — The former Marine who killed three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers in an ambush-style attack identified with a growing sovereign citizen movement whose adherents believe they're immune to most federal and state laws, including paying taxes and getting driver's licenses. Twenty-nine-year-old Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri, filed documents last year declaring himself a member of the United Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah, a group that believes black people were the original inhabitants of the U.S. Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center says nothing in that group's ideology calls for violence, but that some people who have declared themselves sovereign citizens have become violent. That includes deaths of several law enforcement officers during traffic stops. He says the sovereign citizen movement grew out of a violent anti-government, anti-Semitic and anti-black group.


Anti-Abortion Activists Observe 25th Anniversary of Wichita Protests

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A prayer gathering has kicked off a week of anti-abortion activities planned to observe the 25th anniversary of the "Summer of Mercy" protests in Wichita. The weeklong event is in observance of the 1991 Summer of Mercy when thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered in Wichita, sparking protests that led to nearly 2,700 arrests outside local clinics. Operation Save America, based in Texas, is a successor organization to the original Operation Rescue, which led the 1991 demonstrations. The group's week of prayer and observance of the 25th anniversary of the  "Summer of Mercy" began over the weekend at the Wichita convention center. 


Community Cookout Offers Alternative to Wichita Protest 

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita police hosted a free community cookout aiming to open a dialogue amid racial tensions across the country. The "First Steps Barbecue" is the latest example of how Wichita is handling those concerns. After a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest last week, Police Chief Gordon Ramsay met with local activist leaders to discuss replacing another planned protest planned with the community cookout. Organizer Djuan Wash says that Chief Ramsay is a supporter of the "Black Lives Matter" movement and he says the barbecue is an opportunity to begin a constructive dialogue. The "First Steps Barbecue" was held Sunday at Wichita's McAdams Park. 


Kansas Mother Gives Birth to 3 Sets of Twins in 26 Months

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A mother in Kansas has her hands full after giving birth to her third set of twins in just over two years. WDAF-TV reports that 20-year-old Danesha Couch of Kansas City, Kansas, says she has not undergone any fertility treatment and realizes that some people might consider her "a freak of nature." Couch delivered two boys 26 months ago. One of them died, but the survivor, Danarius, is a busy toddler. She also has twin 1-year-olds, Delilah and Davina. And last month, Dalanie and Darla were born. They just arrived home after three weeks in neonatal intensive care. Couch and her fiance plan to marry in September, but she says they don't plan to have any more children for at least 10 years.


Wichita Massage Parlor Sting Leads to Prison for Kansas Man

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has been sentenced to a year and a half in federal prison on prostitution-related charges connected to a sting operation targeting massage parlors. Fifty-one-year-old Kay Tee was sentenced Friday in Wichita. That's where he was convicted in April of one count each of attempting to entice a person to cross state lines to engage in prostitution, using a telephone in furtherance of prostitution and money laundering. Tee was indicted last year on suspicion of trying to broker a deal to buy a massage parlor that would offer sex services.


B-29 Takes Off After Long Restoration Effort in Wichita 

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — For the first time in decades, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as "Doc" has taken to the skies. The Wichita-built bomber lifted off from a McConnell Air Force Base runway Sunday morning after a 16-year volunteer restoration effort.  The Wichita Eagle reports that the B-29  came back in pieces in 2000 to what was then Boeing Wichita, which made space available at the factory for the bomber's restoration. A fundraising campaign for the restoration effort netted about $160,000.


University of St. Mary Adds 3,000-Piece Civil War Collection

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - Confederate currency, bone dice and a memoir from a nurse who also was a Union spy are among a 3,000-piece Civil War collection that the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth is adding to its library. The Kansas City Star reports that the Bobby D. Lawrence collection was a gift from the Lawrence family of Leavenworth. The collection includes several memoirs, along with more than 2,000 books about the Civil War that will go into the library's circulation and available for checkout from students and the public. Librarians and curators say the collection has two significant areas of focus: women in the war and regional materials from Kansas and Missouri.


Woman Gets More Than 21 Years in Prison for Child Porn 

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Dodge City woman has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison for creating a video of herself engaged in a sex act with a child under 5 years old and uploading it to the internet. The sentence was handed down Monday for 25-year-old Ashley Marie Kelly, who pleaded guilty in March to one count of producing child pornography. She admitted using a smartphone to record the sex act and posting it to her Google Drive account. Google discovered it and notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


Chanute Fundraising for Sensory Playground

CHANUTE, Kan. (AP) - A southeast Kansas community has been working to raise money for a playground that would accommodate children with disabilities. Aimee Thompson, the mother of an autistic child, says none of Chanute's parks is accommodating for children with special needs. The Joplin Globe reports Thompson has launched a fundraiser that seeks $40,000 by August 1. The money will be used by Chanute's parks advisory board to match a $100,000 grant for playground equipment to accommodate children with disabilities as well as those on the autism spectrum. The idea for a sensory park in Chanute originated with Autism Hope for Families, a local nonprofit and support group for families of autistic children.


5 Hurt as Semi Strikes ATV in Western Kansas 

COPELAND, Kan. (AP) - Five people are injured after a tractor-trailer struck an all-terrain vehicle in western Kansas. The Garden City Telegram reports that the accident happened Saturday night near Copeland. The Kansas Highway Patrol says 35-year-old Andrew Dean Yost of Copeland tried to make a left turn and was struck by a 2015 semi driven by William Bartz of Portales, Florida, who was trying to pass the ATV on the left. The semi drove into a ditch and rolled over. Bartz was taken to a hospital in Dodge City. Yost and three passengers, including two children, are hospitalized in Garden City. Condition reports were not immediately available.


Kansas Man Died After Crash, Nebraska Authorities Say

AUBURN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas man has been fatally injured in a southeast Nebraska crash. The accident was reported a little before 5:40 pm Saturday, three miles south of Auburn on U.S. Highway 75. The Nemaha County Sheriff's Office says the driver died after being taken to Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn. He was identified as 33-year-old Wade Moore, of Sabetha, Kansas. He was alone in his vehicle. The crash is being investigated.


Tigers Rally in Ninth to Beat Royals, 4-2

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers' Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. After Tyler Collins hit a leadoff single in the ninth, Saltalamacchia won it with a drive off Joakim Soria (3-4) that easily cleared the wall in right field. Those were the only two RBIs of the day for Detroit. The Tigers scored their first two runs of the game on a balk and a wild pitch. Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings.


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