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Headlines for Sunday, June 14, 2020

Carjacking Suspect Fatally Shot by KC Police

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas City police officer shot and killed a carjacking suspect. Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Andy Bell says the shooting happened Saturday afternoon. The Kansas City Star reports Bell said the officer fired one shot after the man “presented some type of handgun.” The officer has been placed on administrative leave. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said the man who was shot was an “adult white male.” Additional details have not yet been released.

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Kobach's Guns Stolen from Truck

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNT)  Several guns belonging to former Secretary of State Kris Kobach have been reported stolent after this truck was broken into.  The Kansas State Network report that Kobach says his truck was parked in a Wichita hotel parking garage Friday night when it was broken into.  According to the police report, two shotguns, a rifle, and a handgun were stolen.  The investigation is ongoing.  Wichita police are asking anyone with information about the gun thefts to contact the police department.  Kobach complimented the Wichita police for their diligence and promptness in responding to the crime.

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Body Found during Search for Missing Wichita Woman

HAYSVILLE, Kan. (AP) — Volunteers have found a woman’s body alongside railroad tracks in a field south of Wichita while searching for a 23-year-old who went missing two weeks ago. The Wichita Eagle reports that the discovery was made Saturday near Haysville as 75 to 100 volunteers looked for Savannah Schneider in an area where her cell phone last pinged off a tower. The body hasn’t been identified. Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Captain Brad Hoch said the discovery was made in the same area were the Wichita Police Department and Sheriff’s Office had searched with cadaver dogs on Tuesday.

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Topeka Golfer Heads to Final Round as PGA Tour Resumes

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KPR)  Gary Woodland of Topeka is in a five-way tie for second place heading into the final round today (SUN) of the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.  The former Kansas Jayhawks golfer and defending U.S. Open champion is 12-under-park for the tournament and only one shot behind leader Xander Schauffle.  This is the PGA Tour's first event since resuming its schedule after the COVID pandemic hit in March.

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KU, KSU Athletes to Get Election Day Off

LAWRENCE, Kan. — (AP/KPR)  All 10 men's basketball head coaches of the Big 12 conference have signed a statement declaring that Election Day will be a mandatory day off for athletes.  On Friday, the NCAA encouraged its 1100 member schools to give athletes November 3rd off. The NCAA could not mandate a day off from athletic activities on election day because some schools already have competitions scheduled that would be difficult to move. KU Athletics Director Jeff Long said in a statement that KU would continue to provide voter registration and education to current and incoming student-athletes.

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Motorcycle Crash Kills Two in Southeast Kansas

CHANUTE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say two people have been killed in a motorcycle crash in southeast Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that it happened around 12:30 a.m. Saturday when the motorcycle went off a road just west of Chanute, continued across railroad tracks and overturned. The driver, 52-year-old Ronald Bigpond, and his passenger, 47-year-old Richard  Standridge, were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither was wearing a helmet.

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Southwest Kansas Records Low Census Response Rates

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Census organizers in Kansas are ramping up efforts to get people counted, particularly in southwestern counties where response rates are low. Fifteen percent to 30% of residents in Morton, Stanton, Haskell and Lane counties have responded to census forms delivered to their homes. Kansas as a whole has a 65% self-response rate, on par with other most states. The League of Kansas Municipalities is now mailing advertising to areas with less than a 40% self-response rate to encourage participation. Census date helps determine how much federal funding state and local governments receive.  

 

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