Suspect Shoots, Wounds Sheriff's Deputy in Southwest Kansas
CIMARRON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man has shot and wounded a Kansas sheriff’s deputy who was investigating a domestic disturbance. Gray County Undersheriff Jeff Sharp told KSN that when deputies responded early Saturday to the scene near Cimarron in southwest Kansas, a woman told them that a man may have injured himself with a firearm. While law enforcement was investigating, shots were fired from the basement of the home injuring one officer in the lower leg. He was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is in stable condition. The Gray County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that the suspect is still believed to be barricaded inside his home.
11 Arrested During KC Protests
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eleven people have been arrested during a protest calling for an end to a federal initiative that will send 225 federal enforcement agents into Kansas City, Missouri. The Kansas City Star reports that the arrest came after some spray painted profanities and anti-police sentiments Friday on the headquarters building and a statue honoring Kansas City officers who died in service. Police said protesters also punched and pushed some officers. Kansas City police spokesman Sgt. Jacob Becchina said in an email that some of those arrested were facing misdemeanor charges while others were being investigated for possible felony charges.
Kansas Faces Push to Reopen Schools, Despite COVID-19 Spike
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ Republican-controlled state school board is facing pressure from conservatives to scuttle Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to delay the reopening of K-12 schools, even as a resurgence in coronavirus cases intensifies. The 10-member State Board of Education can block Kelly’s plan under a law enacted last month. Kelly plans to issue an order Monday to delay the reopening of schools from mid-August until after Labor Day. Senate President and conservative Wichita Republican Susan Wagle has called on people to urge the board to reject Kelly’s proposed delay. So has the small-government, free-market Kansas Policy Institute think tank. Seven board members are undecided.
Missouri Sees Largest Single-day Jump in COVID Cases
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri has set another record for daily increases in new coronavirus cases as the total jumped Saturday by 958. The new confirmed brought the state total to 32,248 and exceeded Missouri’s previous one-day high for new cases of 936 on Tuesday. As of Saturday, the seven-day average of new cases reported by the state is 731, up from 560 a week ago. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said the number of deaths also increased by nine to 1,130.
KC Mayor Proposes Public "Dashboard" for Police
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said he wants to put statistics about the city’s police force on a public-facing, online dashboard in an effort to increase accountability, identify areas for improvement and build community trust. Under a resolution that Lucas introduced this past week, the city manager would determine specific data points to request from the police department on a regular basis. The Kansas City Star reports that the data would be used to create a performance management reporting dashboard. The resolution will be heard in a committee on Tuesday and could be voted on by the City Council as soon as Friday.
Kansas Dog Makes 50-mile Trek to Missouri
LAWSON, Mo. (AP) — A dog named Cleo who disappeared from her home in Kansas earlier this month turned up a few days later at her old home in Missouri, about 50 miles away. Colton Michael told television station KMBC this week that the 4-year-old Labrador retriever-border collie mix showed up on his family’s front porch in Lawson, Missouri. He says she was scared at first and wouldn't let anyone near her, but he eventually gained her trust and had her checked for a microchip. It showed that she belonged to the family that had owned his home before he bought it nearly two years ago. They were amazed when he called with the good news.