2 Boys Dead, 2 Girls Found Safe After Leavenworth Abduction
MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have found two girls who were abducted from a Kansas home where two boys were discovered dead yesterday (SAT), and a suspect is in custody. The Kansas Amber Alert System reports that the girls were found near Erick, Oklahoma, and a suspect is in custody. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation identified the girls as 3-year-old Aven Jackson and 7-year-old Nora Jackson. An Amber Alert said the suspect in the abduction is the girls' father, 40-year-old Donny Jackson. Leavenworth County Emergency Management said in a Facebook post that Jackson is also a person of interest in the homicides. The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call around 1:15 p.m. and found the homicide scene. It wasn’t clear how the boys were related to Jackson or the girls.
Kansas State School Board on Ballots amid COVID-19 Scrutiny
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansans are electing two state Board of Education members this fall as the panel has gained attention amid the coronavirus pandemic for its decision not to mandate a delay in the start of school. Democrat Melanie Haas is running against Republican former state legislator Benjamin Hodge for an open seat representing northern Johnson County. Republican incumbent Kathy Busch and Democrat Betty Arnold are running for the board seat representing Wichita, home to the state’s largest school district.
Rising Temps will Disproportionately Affect Kansas Farmers
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A recent Kansas State University study has found that growing corn and soybeans will become increasingly challenging for Kansas farmers as the climate warms. The Wichita Eagle reports that the study found that drought and heat are currently the biggest reason for crop yield losses and expect that these losses will become more common because of climate change. The study found that if temperatures rise another 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, risks to crop yields will increase by 32% for corn and 11% for soybeans.
KC Police Identify Homicide Suspect Killed in Ride-Share Vehicle
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have identified a homicide suspect who was killed by Kansas City police in an exchange of gunfire. The Missouri State highway Patrol say 26-year-old Ennice Ross Jr. was killed Friday after officers stopped the ride-share vehicle in which he was riding. A police spokesman said the other occupants exited the vehicle before Ross pointed a handgun at himself before shooting at officers. The officers then returned fire, striking Ross, who was pronounced dead at a hospital. No officers were hurt. Police said officers were stopping the vehicle while investigating the killing of Shermaine Taylor, who was pronounced dead Wednesday in an alley.