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Headlines for Saturday, October 29, 2022

Lawrence Man Arrested for Threatening Congressman

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Lawrence man is facing a felony charge of threatening to kill Congressman Jake LaTurner. A trial for 31-year-old Chase Neill has been postponed indefinitely so that a federal judge can decide whether he is too mentally ill to help his lawyers. Federal prosecutors contend in court documents that Neill developed a "fixation" on Representative LaTurner. Neill is accused of threatening to kill LaTurner in a June 5th voicemail message left at LaTurner's office and continuing to make threatening calls the following day. U.S. District Judge Holly Teeter order last month that Neill's mental health be examined.

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Illness Closes Olathe School

OLATHE, Kan. (KPR/KCTV) - The investigation continues into an outbreak of illness at an Olathe elementary school. KCTV reports that more than 25% of students at Clearwater Creek Elementary called in sick Wednesday, leading school officials to cancel classes for the rest of the week. The Johnson County Health Department says the students were experiencing gastrointestinal issues. The district tentatively plans to reopen the school on Monday.

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KC Current Vies for Championship

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KPR/AP) - The KC Current faces the Portland Thorns for the National Women's Soccer League Championship. The match starts at 7 p.m., Saturday in Washington, D.C. The championship comes on the heels of a major scandal of sexual abuse and harassment within women's soccer. That includes the resignation of USA Curling CEO Jeff Plush for failing to act on allegations of sexual abuse and other harassment when he was commissioner of the women’s soccer league.

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Kansas Hospitals See Surge of RSV

TOPEKA, KAN. (KNS) - Kansas hospitals are seeing a surge of children hospitalized with RSV, a respiratory illness that can be serious for babies and young kids. The virus typically peaks in the winter, but experts say the COVID-19 pandemic changed its seasonality. Dr. Fouad Medlej, a pediatrician at Stormont Vail in Topeka, says "we have definitely seen a spike in our admissions. We are still seeing other viruses as well, so the spike in RSV has made bed availabilities tight." A mild case of RSV might only involve a runny nose and cough, but in more serious cases it can cause severe breathing problems that require kids to be put on a ventilator.

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