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Headlines for Sunday, June 28, 2020

KCK to Require Masks Starting Tuesday

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Another Kansas City area community is making masks mandatory amid a surge of coronavirus cases. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, announced Saturday in a tweet that a requirement that masks be worn in public will go into effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The community made the announcement one day after Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas said that people must wear masks inside businesses and other public places there starting Monday. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wyandotte County rose Friday to 2,108, up 12% from one week earlier. Its one of the hardest hit counties in the state, which is now recording 13,538 cases and 264 deaths.

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KC Metro Records Triple-Digit Rise in COVID-19 Cases for 6th Straight Day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KPR)  The Kansas City metropolitan area saw a triple-digit rise in new COVID-19 cases for the sixth day in a row.  The Kansas City Star reports 16 new cases yesterday (SAT) and seven more deaths in the metro area.  Thursday marked the highest single day increase so far, with 227 new cases reported that day.  Since Monday, the KC metro area has seen 1,070 new confirmed cases.

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Court Records Detail KS-MO Bridge Shooting

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — Court records have been released, detailing the May 27th shooting on the bridge that connects Kansas and Missouri near Leavenworth.  Court records say 37-year-old Joseph Westrom fired 15 rounds from a handgun, then retrieved an AR-15-style rifle from his car and shot at least 23 more rounds.  The Kansas City Star reports that a criminal affidavit released Friday in the case against Westrem describes the shooting that ended when a Fort Leavenworth soldier hit Westrem with his truck to stop him. One person was taken to the hospital after being struck with gunfire.

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Crews Search for Missing Person at Wichita-area Lake

GODDARD, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are searching a Kansas lake for a missing person. KSNW reports that dispatchers responded around 2:45 p.m. Saturday to a submersion at Lake Afton, a 258-acre man-made recreational lake in an area of Sedgwick County west of Wichita. The name of the missing person has not been released.

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GOP Candidates Seek Edge in Kansas "Big First" Congressional Race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A commercial real estate broker from Salina and an eye surgeon from Finney County are trying to draw attention to themselves ahead of an August Republican primary for the 1st District congressional seat that’s likely to decide the election. Former Kansas Lt. Governor Tracey Mann and Finney County commissioner Bill Clifford are anti-abortion, pro-gun and plan to support President Donald Trump’s policies. Mann has name recognition from his 11 months as lieutenant governor in former Governor Jeff Colyer's administration. Clifford has contributed to his own campaign in an attempt to gain name recognition.

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