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Headlines for Sunday, May 16, 2021

200 Rally in KC in Support of Palestinians

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KPR) - More than 200 people rallied in Kansas City yesterday (SAT) in support of Palestine.  The Kansas City Star reports that KC Rally for Palestine came together as Israel has stepped up airstrikes in Gaza.  The event was organized by 23-year-old Ahmed Hana, who has family that live in Palestine.  KSHB-TV reports that the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City issued a statement condemning the actions of one protester who tore down an Israeli flag at Brush Creek in connection with the rally.  Hundreds of people turned out this weekend for rallies in support of Palestine in cities across the United States.

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Wichita Police Arrest Sister of Murder Victim

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police have arrested the sister of a 40-year-old woman who was found fatally shot inside a Wichita home. Police say in a news release that they arrested 34-year-old Joy Wilson on suspicion of first-degree murder stemming from the shooting of Shawna Webb. Officers responding to an assist call at St. Joseph Hospital yesterday (SAT) morning contacted Wilson and learned that Webb was shot and needed help. Officers saw a handgun inside Wilson’s vehicle. They located a crime scene at a Wichita home where Webb was found inside unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Kansas Lobbyist Charged with Aggravated Battery

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A criminal complaint alleges lobbyist James Gardner had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit at the time of a February crash that injured his passenger. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the complaint which was filed May 6th charges Gardner with aggravated battery committed while driving under the influence. It also charges the 48-year-old Gardner with a felony count of interference with a law enforcement officer and a misdemeanor count of transporting liquor in an open container. Gardner is a board member for Shawnee County’s Mission Township, where he serves as treasurer.

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Wichita Health  Club to Pay $15,000 for Violating No-Call-List

WICHITA (AP) — A Wichita health club company has agreed to pay $15,000 in civil penalties and fees for making unsolicited telemarking calls to consumers on the Kansas do-not-call registry. the Kansas Attorney General’s Office said in a news release Friday that the consent agreement with Genesis Health Clubs Management, Inc. also enjoins the company from further violations of state and federal consumer protection laws. The judgment was approved Thursday by Judge Mary Christopher in Shawnee County District Court.

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9 Human Trafficking Victims, 2 Children Rescued in Missouri Hotel Operation

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Law enforcement agencies say they rescued nine human trafficking victims and two children during an operation at a Missouri hotel.  The Missouri Attorney General's office said in a news release yesterday (SAT) that the operation Friday night at the Holiday Inn hotel in Columbia resulted in two suspects being detained.  Law enforcement authorities released few details, citing the ongoing investigation.

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