Museum Honoring Daredevil Evel Knievel Opens in Topeka
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new Kansas museum is giving enthusiasts of late motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel a jump on appreciating his death-defying, bone-breaking exploits. The $5-million, 13,000-square-foot homage to the man famous for rocket-powered and motorbike stunts before his 2007 death has opened in Topeka. As president of the two-story museum attached to his Harley-Davidson dealership, Mike Patterson says Knievel memorabilia includes his motorcycles, leathers and helmets. There also are a virtual reality motorcycle jump, an interactive showing Knievel's actual X-rays, and an exhibit in which visitors choose their own variables in planning a virtual jump. Knievel's Kansas ties include that he traced his career choice to the time he saw George "Joie" Chitwood's Auto Daredevil Show when he was eight years old. Chitwood, who died in 1988, got his racing start in Kansas.
Algae Bloom Closes Central Kansas Reservoir
MARION, Kan. (AP) — A central Kansas reservoir is indefinitely closed because of high levels of potentially harmful blue-green algae. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the closure of the Marion Revervoir this week. The measure does not include Marion County Lake. Officials say people, pets and livestock should not drink the water and should avoid swimming, wading or skiing. There is a restriction on all recreational and camping sites within 100 feet of the water at the reservoir.
Man Accused of Three-State Crime Spree Waives Kansas Hearing
PRATT, Kan. (AP) — A man accused of killing and wounding people in Mississippi, New Mexico and Kansas in February has waived a hearing. Alex Deaton is charged in Kansas with attempted murder, aggravated robbery, theft, fleeing and attempting to elude an officer. A Wichita television station reports that a Pratt County judge bound Deaton over after he waived Friday's hearing. Deaton is indicted in Rankin County, Mississippi, for murder, auto theft and drive-by shooting, accused of strangling his girlfriend, stealing her car, and shooting a jogger. Authorities also say he killed a woman in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Deaton then allegedly drove to New Mexico, carjacked a couple and shot one, before capture in Kansas.
Farmers Decry Trump Plans to Cut Agriculture Subsides
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farm groups and some members of Congress from farm states are decrying proposed cuts to crop insurance and other safety net programs for farmers included in President Donald Trump's budget. The proposed cuts come as farmers are facing their fourth straight year of falling income. They could particularly affect farm states such as Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska that helped Trump win the November election. One proposal would cut the federal crop insurance program by $28 billion over 10 years. Programs that provide crop subsidies would lose $9 billion. But Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) says the crop insurance cuts won't make it through Congress. The Trump administration says the proposed cuts help fulfill a campaign promise to balance the federal budget.
Man Charged in KC-Area Fatal Shooting, Police Suspect Road Rage
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City man is charged with second-degree murder in with what police suspect was a road-rage shooting that killed the other driver. Jackson County prosecutors yesterday (SAT) also charged 45-year-old John C. Young of Independence, Missouri, with unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. Authorities say the May 25th confrontation killed 19-year-old Christopher Hutson of Lee's Summit. Hutson's pregnant girlfriend was grazed by a bullet. Police say the woman told them the couple was returning from a sonogram appointment when they became disoriented in traffic. The woman says that's when a man in another vehicle began yelling at the victims. Hutson was fatally shot in the head a short time later. Young was arrested Friday. Online court records don't show whether Young has an attorney.
Tenure for Kansas Teachers Becomes Part of Funding Debate
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposal to restore guaranteed tenure for some Kansas public school teachers has become part of legislative talks on education funding. Representative Clay Aurand (R-Belleville) outlined the proposal Friday as the House negotiated with the Senate over a plan to boost spending on public schools. Negotiators said they would review it. Lawmakers are looking at phasing in an increase in spending of at least $230 million over two years in response to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling in March that education funding is inadequate. Republican legislators stripped teachers of guaranteed tenure in 2014. Teachers have been pushing to get it back. Aurand's proposal would restore tenure to teachers who had it in 2014. They would lose those job protections in 2019 unless lawmakers passed a new tenure law.