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Headlines for Saturday, May 16, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly: Downward COVID Trend Now Flattening in Kansas

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Governor Laura Kelly said Friday that data on COVID-19 infections that had been trending downward, leading the state to begin reopening its economy, is beginning to fluctuate and flatten. Kelly discussed the issue one day after slowing the reopening of the state’s economy by ordering bars and bowling alleys to remain closed at least through the end of the month. Some of the state’s biggest problems have been in meatpacking facilities, where there are 1,791 cases and four deaths, and in prisons, with 917 cases and five deaths. Combined those cases account for 34% of the state’s total of 7,886 cases.


Death Ruled Suicide for Man Planning to Bomb KC Hospital

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Raymore, Missouri, man who was planning to bomb a Kansas City-area hospital killed himself in March as FBI agents served a probable cause arrest warrant. The agency said Friday that an autopsy determined that FBI agents shot 36-year-old Timothy Wilson in the upper and lower extremities on March 24th on a Belton street but that his cause of death was a self-inflicted wound to the head. Investigators say in court documents that Wilson was distressed by the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis and motivated by racial, religious and anti-government animus.


Arkansas City Police Investigate Child's Drowning

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Police in southeastern Kansas say a child has died after being pulled from water in neighborhood just east of Arkansas City. Wichita television station KAKE reports that police and medics were called to the neighborhood Thursday evening for a report of a possible drowning. When they arrived, CPR was being administered to a child. The child was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where the child was pronounced dead. Authorities have not released the child's name or age. The death remains under investigation.


Man Dies Trying to Save Dog in Shawnee County Creek

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man who tried to save a dog has died after jumping into a fast-moving creek in Kansas. Shawnee County Sheriff Brian Hill says two men were working on land near Mission Creek in Shawnee County when the dog entered the water. The Kansas City Star reports one man was swept under the water after jumping in. The other man tried unsuccessfully to rescue him. His identity hasn’t been released. Police have not said whether the dog survived.


Flooding Reported as Heavy Rains Move through Kansas

EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) — Storms across south-central Kansas are being blamed for a fatal vehicle crash as well as local road closures and rescues of people from stalled vehicles. The Wichita Eagle reports the crash occurred Friday morning after a driver hit a tree that had fallen in the storm in southwest Butler County. The flash flooding came after more than 3 inches of rain and led a few water rescues and responses to flooded vehicles stalled in intersections.


Domestic Altercation Leads to Fatal KCK Shooting

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A man in his 20s was found dead inside a Kansas City, Kansas, home in what police say was an incident that began as a domestic altercation. Police said in a news release that the department received a report of a shooting Friday afternoon and discovered the shooting victim inside the residence. Its initial investigation indicates the shooting stemmed from a domestic incident. No other details were immediately released.


Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall Struggles to Unite GOP in Kansas Race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Roger Marshall’s critics on the political right are working to hobble the western Kansas congressman’s bid for the U.S. Senate.  Marshall is fighting in the final three months of a primary campaign to overcome conservative immigration hardliner Kris Kobach in a crowded field. Marshall is the alternative to Kobach that all but the hardest of hard-right Republicans are supposed to embrace to keep Kobach from winning he nomination and putting a normally safe seat into play in the fall. But Marshall hasn’t dissipated distrust some conservatives have harbored since he defeated tea party favorite Rep. Tim Huelskamp to win his seat in Congress in 2016.


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