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Headlines for Saturday, July 16, 2022

Kansas Pilot Arrested after Landing Plane on I-70

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. (AP/KPR) - A Johnson County man was charged after landing a small aircraft early Friday on Interstate 70 southeast of Kansas City. KCTV reports that 35-year-old John Seesing of Prairie Village was arrested for suspicion of being intoxicated on drugs and alcohol, and possession of a firearm, drugs, and drug paraphernalia. The landing closed westbound lanes of I-70 for more than 2 1/2 hours. The Missouri State Highway Patrol tweeted that the plane had a "minor collision" with a guardrail but otherwise did not hit anything. Seesing was the only person on board and suffered minor injuries. The Highway Patrol says he had radioed that he was out of fuel and needed to make an emergency landing. The Missouri Highway Patrol, the FAA, and that National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

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Kansas Health Department Issues High Risk Warning for West Nile Virus

TOPEKA, Kan. (KPR) - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a high-risk warning for West Nile virus infections for the eastern two-thirds of Kansas. Northwest and southwest Kansas are listed at moderate risk. West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne illness in the continental United States. The latest warning is based on the high number of the Culex species of mosquitoes, high temperatures, and the high number of historical cases of West Nile virus. There have been no actual cases of West Nile virus so far this year.

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Kansas River Bridge Closed after Inspection

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KPR) - A bridge across the Kansas River closed Friday afternoon after a weeklong inspection. The Kansas City Star reports that the Public Works Department for the Unified Government for Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, announced the immediate closure of the Kansas Avenue bridge Friday. The UG did not provide information about why the bridge is closed. Bridge inspectors are expected to complete their report in the coming weeks. The bridge is closed indefinitely.

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