Governor Laura Kelly Says State Finance Council Likely to Remain Political
LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said she expects the GOP-led State Finance Council to remain political and contentious at least until after November's election. Kelly spoke Monday, two days after a lengthy meeting that ended with an extension of the governor's emergency declaration involving coronavirus-related services provided by the state. Kelly said all council members knew the extension had to be approved but Republican members took the opportunity to “make political hay” by demanding a clause in the extension that said Kelly didn't intend to issue another statewide closure of businesses. Kelly also urged Kansans on Monday to get their flu shots this year to prevent overwhelming the state's health facilities.
Kansas City Police Investigate Fatal Shooting of 41-Year-Old
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Police are investigating after a 41-year-old man was found dead inside an apartment in Kansas City, Kansas, on Sunday. Kansas City, Kansas, police spokesman Officer Dustin Dierenfeldt said officers were called to the apartment in southeastern Kansas City, Kansas, shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday after gunshots were fired. Officers found the dead man inside with a gunshot wound to the head. Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting. Police said a person of interest had been identified in the case and that person was cooperating with investigators.
Man Arrested After Standoff Outside Arrowhead Stadium
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man who fired shots at employees outside Arrowhead Stadium was arrested Saturday after a daylong standoff. Kansas City police spokesman Captain David Jackson said the man arrived at the Truman Sports Complex around 10:30 am Saturday and fired several shots at employees but did not hit anyone. The man was arrested shortly after 6 pm. Jackson said the man didn't appear to have any connection to the Kansas City Chiefs or Royals. During the standoff, some stadium employees took shelter inside the complex. The Kansas City Royals' game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was delayed about half an hour because of the standoff.
Man Shot at Gathering in North Wichita Dies in Hospital
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a man was fatally shot at a Wichita gathering. KSNW-TV reports that Sedgwick County Dispatch received a shooting call around 4:15 am Saturday in the northern part of the city. A 22-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to an area hospital where he later died of his injuries. Police say they are looking for suspects and talking to the man's family for clues. No arrests have been made.
Many Wichita Bars Ignoring Local Coronavirus Curfew Order
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Numerous Wichita bars are ignoring a local health directive ordering them to shut down at 11 pm because of the coronavirus pandemic. City and county officials say the bars that are ignoring the curfew order from Sedgwick County health officials may be vulnerable to lawsuits if their patrons or employees get sick or they could lose their city liquor licenses. The owner of the Blu Night Club in western Wichita, Darren Greiving, said staying open late is important to his business' economic survival. So far, city and county officials have not issued any citations related to the curfew.
Kansas Reports Nearly 50,000 COVID-19 Cases, 534 Deaths Since Start of Pandemic
TOPEKA, Kan. (KPR) - Kansas health officials say the state has recorded nearly 50,000 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The Department of Health and Environment reported 49,899 cases today (MON), including 534 deaths. Coronavirus cases have been reported in all 105 Kansas counties. The next update on case numbers will be released Wednesday.
Health Official Concerned About Crowded Parties at KU
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Douglas County health official is reminding University of Kansas students to help stop the spread of the coronavirus after video of another large house party was posted during the weekend. An associate professor posted videos of a crowded house party Saturday near the college campus, and said he saw two other parties where safety measures were not being followed. Lawrence is under an emergency order that bans gatherings of more than 45 people. Statewide, Kansas on Monday reported 1,513 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, for a total of 49,899. Kansas also had 23 new deaths, raising that number to 534.
Missouri Tops 100,000 Confirmed Cases of the Coronavirus
Missouri has reached a grim milestone, topping 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ coronavirus dashboard cited 1,974 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 101,134. The number is likely higher since many people with the illness go undiagnosed. The state also added three news deaths. All told, 1,704 Missourians have died from COVID-19. And the number of cases is growing at a rate faster than most places. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that over the seven-day period of September 4-10, Missouri saw the sixth highest number of new cases among all states.
Man Arrested After Shooting Involving Kansas City Police
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police arrested a man who was shooting at another person after an officer shot at the man, but no one was injured. Police said the incident happened around 2 am Sunday in the Westport area of Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City police Captain David Jackson said officers responding to a disturbance saw a suspect shooting at another person, and one officer fired at the suspect. The suspect, who was not hit by gunfire, fled the area but was arrested a short time later. The person the suspect was shooting at also was not injured. Jackson said a gun was recovered.
Man in Standoff with Deputies Kills Self with Officer's Gun
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities in south-central Kansas say a man fatally shot himself with a deputy’s gun following a standoff with police. Television station KAKE reports the incident began Sunday morning when Butler County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home east of Wichita for a domestic violence report. Arriving deputies say a man who lived at the home barricaded himself in the house, then in a bus parked outside before approaching deputies. Sheriff Kelly Herzet says deputies used stun guns and other options to try to subdue the man, but the man was able to reach for one of the deputy’s guns and shoot himself in the chest. The man, whose name has not been released, died at the scene.
Suspect in Kansas Double Homicide Arrested in Kentucky
JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a second suspect in a Kansas double homicide after finding him in Kentucky. Police in Junction City said in a news release Friday that Nathaniel Roderick Holmes was arrested Wednesday in Radcliff, Kentucky, on a warrant for suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder in the May 7 deaths of 21-year-old Dylan Spencer and 19-year-old Aaron Villarreal. He is awaiting extradition. Another suspect, 18-year-old Dontavion Wright, was arrested in June in his hometown of Talladega, Alabama, also on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder.
Missouri Substitute Teacher Requirements Relaxed Temporarily
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is temporarily making it easier for people to become substitute teachers in anticipation of a potential shortage because of the pandemic. The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that the Missouri State Board of Education signed off on letting people with a high school diploma or equivalent complete a 20-hour state-approved substitute teacher online training to become eligible. Before they needed to complete 60 college credit hours for a substitute certificate. Frontline Education, the vendor administering the training, said that 734 people have participated in the online training as of Thursday.
Missouri Spends $1.3 Million Defending Marijuana Permit Decisions
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri regulators have spent $1.3 million to defend themselves in court against a wave of lawsuits filed by businesses that were denied medical marijuana business licenses. Businesses that didn’t receive permits from the state filed 853 appeals through the state’s Administrative Hearing Commission, and 785 of those cases remained unresolved last week. State spokeswoman Lisa Cox described the legal fees as a one-time cost associated with getting Missouri’s program up and running, but critics said it is a reflection of problems in the way permits were awarded. She said the state received 2,270 facility applications but only awarded 348 total licenses.
Judge Orders Officials to Remove Julia Lynn from Ballot
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge has ordered the Kansas Secretary of State's office to allow state Sen. Julia Lynn to remove her name from November's ballot so she can care for her ailing sister. The Kansas City Star reports that the judge in Shawnee County found Friday that the Olathe Republican had submitted all of the necessary documentation. At issue was technical issues with the initial version of the doctor's note she submitted attesting to the fact that her sister required continuous care.
Deer Shot by Teenager May Set New Kansas Record
KIOWA COUNTY, Kan. (AP) — A 14-year-old Kansas girl may have set a new state deer hunting record with a buck she killed this month. Paslie Werth shot a 40-point whitetail buck while hunting in Kiowa County. The deer unofficially measured 282 6/8 inches, which would top the existing record of 280 4/8 inches. Before the record can become official, the rack of antlers on the deer Werth shot must dry for 60 days. Even if Werth's deer sets the record, it may not last long. A deer shot last fall in Chase County measured 321 3/8 inches, but that deer won't be officially certified until 2022.
Big 12 Feeling Blue After 0-3 Weekend Against Sun Belt
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Sun Belt Conference went 3-0 against the Big 12 over the weekend, a stunning performance highlighted by Louisiana’s romp over then-No. 23 Iowa State. Arkansas State also won at Kansas State and Coastal Carolina won at Kansas. It may have been the best day in the history of the league. In the latest Top 25, Louisiana-Lafayette landed at No. 19 and Appalachian State is tied with Kentucky at No. 23 following its win over Charlotte. Arkansas State received the sixth-most votes of schools that are just outside the weekly rankings.
Happy Birthday, KANU! Kansas Public Radio Turns 68-Years-Old on Tuesday!
LAWRENCE, Kan.(KPR) - Kansas Public Radio celebrates its 68th birthday Tuesday. The non-commercial, public radio station, which is owned and operated by the University of Kansas, began broadcasting on September 15, 1952. The Lawrence-based station started its life on a donated FM transmitter, dubbed KANU FM 91.5. The FCC certified the station as the nation's first non-commercial radio station to broadcast in stereo. During the past 68 years, the award-winning station has added numerous additional FM transmitters and translators across eastern Kansas, including KANH in Emporia, KANV in Junction City and KANQ in Chanute. Kansas Public Radio is funded, in large part, by listeners. While KU provides some funding for the station, listeners represent the station's single largest source of financial support. (You can support KPR too by making a tax-deductible contribution.) KPR reaches 100,000 listeners a week and is the Kansas Association of Broadcasters' reigning Station of the Year. KPR has earned this highly coveted statewide award a record 19 times, more than any other radio or TV station in the state.
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