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Headlines for Sunday, October 4, 2020

KC Chiefs-Patriots Game Postponed Due to COVID-19

UNDATED (AP) - The NFL has postponed today's (SUN) game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots after "positive COVID-19 tests on both teams."  Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton and Chiefs reserve quarterback Joran Ta'amu were both added to the NFL's COVID-19 reserve list released yesterday (SAT) afternoon.  The NFL says the game originally schedule for this afternoon will be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday.  Meanwhile, the Chiefs and Patriots are working with the NFL and NFL Players Association to do more testing and contact tracing.  The Chiefs-Patriots game is the second one this weekend to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers game has been postponed after an outbreak on the Titans' teams affecting at least eight players and eight team personnel.


Education Leader: Kansas Schools Must Find Better Solution

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas state education commissioner Randy Watson said schools will need to rethink the way they deliver education amid the coronavirus pandemic because what is happening now is “not sustainable.” The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Watson told members of the Kansas Association of School Boards on Friday that one of the best solutions is to return students for five-day-a-week learning, while keeping class sizes to fewer than 15 students while requiring masks and social distancing. Watson said schools may need to partner with other organizations in the community, like churches or businesses that are closed anyway because of the pandemic to get enough room to space out students.


Records Reveal Kansas House Candidate Charged with Criminal Threat as Teen

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Newly released records show that a 20-year-old Democratic Kansas legislative candidate who admitted to circulating revenge porn was charged five years ago with threatening to shoot a high school student. The Kansas City Star reported yesterday (SAT) that police and court records it obtained through an open records request show that Aaron Coleman was 14 years old in May 2015 when he was charged with a felony count of making a criminal threat. He later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of harassment. Coleman defended himself in a text message, saying his juvenile record was being used to distract from the issues in the race. The Kansas Democratic Party previously disowned Coleman and is backing a write-in candidate.


Demonstrators Camp at KC Police HQ in Protest of Pregnant Woman's Arrest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Protesters are pledging to camp in front of police headquarters in downtown Kansas City until the officer who kneeled on a pregnant Black woman is fired. KCUR reports that around a dozen protesters spent the night Friday on the lawn outside the police headquarters, with their numbers growing throughout the day yesterday (SAT). They also want Chief Rick Smith to resign. Video of the Wednesday night incident at a business in east Kansas City shows the woman on the ground with the officer’s knee on her back while people in the crowd yell to stop because she is pregnant. Some officers can be heard telling the crowd they will be arrested if they don’t move back.


Missouri Senator Josh Hawley to Undergo Additional COVID-19 Test

WASHINGTON (AP) — Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley is getting an additional COVID-19 test after attending a White House ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett with President Donald Trump and two other senators who later tested positive for the virus. Hawley’s office said this morning (SAT) that Hawley, who tested negative twice within the last week, would undergo the additional test out of an abundance of caution.

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