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Headlines for Saturday, June 19, 2021

Archdiocese: 2002 Exoneration of Former Kansas Priest 'Inaccurate'

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KPR) - A former Catholic priest who had been exonerated of sexual abuse allegations almost twenty years ago is now being named as a "substantiated" offender.  The Kansas City Star reports that the  Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, made that announcement in yesterday's (FRI) issue of its newspaper, The Leaven.  In a statement, the Archdiocese said William Haegelin is now listed under its category of "Substantiated Allegations of Clergy Sexual Abuse of a Minor." Haegelin’s name had previously been placed under the category “Previously Publicized Allegations Not Able to Be Substantiated,” Haegelin served in several parishes in northeast Kansas, including KCK, Leavenworth, and Prairie Village.  According to the Archdiocese's website, the estimated timeframe of abuse was 1983 to 1984. Haegelin was removed from ministry in 2002 and laicized in 2004. The archdiocese did not explain in its new statement why it had changed the finding to “substantiated.”

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Kansas Orders COVID-19 Tests to Continue in Adult Care Facilities

TOPEKA, Kan. (KPR/KNS) - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued an order requiring continued COVID-19 testing in all adult care facilities.  Governor Laura Kelly directed Dr. Lee Norman, the secretary of the department, to issue the order yesterday (FRI) to continue testing, evn after the end of the state's disaster declaration.  Facility staff who have been vaccinated will not be required to get tested, and the state strongly encourages all employees to get vaccinated.  The order took effect immediately.

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Kansas Judge: Eviction Moratorium Unenforceable

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge is beginning to evict tenants who are behind on rent in advance of a federal moratorium expiring at the end of the month. Johnson County Magistrate Judge Daniel Vokins said during a Zoom eviction hearing this week that he doesn’t think the moratorium that was issued last year by the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and expires at the end of the month, is enforceable. Census data shows more than 4 million people nationally say they fear being evicted or foreclosed upon in the coming months. Kansas also had its own eviction moratorium, but it expired on May 28th.

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Permanent Fence Installed at Kansas Governor's Mansion

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Workers are installing a permanent metal fence around the Kansas governor's mansion in Topeka. The state said the fence is part of security upgrades at Cedar Crest. The decision comes as more protests are being held near the mansion but Governor Laura Kelly's office said no specific threat prompted the decision to install the fence. The enhanced security comes after a federal Department of Homeland Security assessment of the property early this year. Previously, the governor's mansion had a gate restricting vehicles from entering but only a wooden fence encircling the property.

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Study: Female Soldiers at Increased Risk of Sexual Assault at Fort Riley

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study finds that female soldiers at Army bases in Kansas, Texas, Colorado, and Kentucky face a greater risk of sexual assault and harassment than those at other posts, accounting for more than a third of all active duty Army women sexually assaulted in 2018. The study by Rand Corp. was released yesterday (FRI). It says female soldiers at Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, both in Texas, faced the highest risk, particularly those in combat commands or jobs such as field artillery and engineering.  And units with more frequent deployments to war also saw higher risk. Other bases with high risk were Fort Riley in Kansas, Fort Campbell in Kentucky, and Fort Carson in Colorado.

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Missouri at Odds with Justice Department on Gun Laws

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The state of Missouri is clashing with the U.S. Justice Department over a new law banning police from enforcing federal gun rules.  The Justice Department this week warned Missoouri that the law could strain relationships between federal and local law enforcement.  But Missouri's Republican governor and attorney general say theyl'll still enforce the new law.   So far, the Justice Department has only sent a warning letter to Missouri.

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