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Headlines for Sunday, September 20, 2020

Kansas Senate Candidates Clash on Supreme Court, Climate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican nominee for Kansas’ open Senate seat has called for quick action to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Congressman Roger Marshall also dismissed his Democratic opponent’s disavowal of Green New Deal environmental proposals so often during a Saturday debate that she admonished him to “stop deceiving voters.” Marshall repeatedly attacked Democratic nominee and state Senator Barbara Bollier for switching parties in late 2018, suggesting she had embraced liberal values. She said several times that she opposed the Green New Deal as unrealistic and told Marshall he was “running over the truth.” The debate was the first for the candidates.

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Protocol Lapse Allowed Fan to Attend Chiefs Game without COVID Test

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City Chiefs fan who tested positive for COVID-19 one day after attending the season opener was allowed into an open-air field box in the stadium’s lower level without a negative test through a lapse in protocol, health officials say. Chiefs policy stipulates that fans be tested for the virus before being admitted to suites, including the lower level field boxes. They are mailed tests, and each suite has a designated administrator charged with handing out tickets to those who’ve received negative results. Those in regular seats are not tested, The Kansas City Star reports. Kansas City Health Department spokesman Bill Snook said the agency is working with the Chiefs, who are responsible for the testing, to strengthen the protocol. The health department announced Thursday that it told 10 fans to quarantine after possibly being exposed to COVID-19 during the September 10th game against the Houston Texans.

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Missouri Reports Almost 1,400 New COVID Cases

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri added nearly 1,400 new COVID-19 cases and 13 more deaths on Saturday. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported that the 1,387 new cases bring the total to 111,516 since the pandemic began. The death toll in the state now stands at 1,793. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Missouri has risen over the past two weeks from 1,317 new cases per day on September 4th to 1,567 new cases per day on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. But data from The COVID Tracking Project shows that the positivity rate dropped over that period, going from 13.75% to 11.69%.

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Performer Shot during Wichita Museum Reenactment

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A performer has been wounded during a reenactment at a Kansas history museum in a shooting that police say appears to be accidental. The Wichita Eagle reports that the shooting was reported at 9:05 p.m. at an event near the Old Cowtown Museum, where reenactors were supposed to use blank rounds. Police Officer Kevin Wheeler said in a news release that the 24-year-old victim was shot in the upper body and taken to a hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

 

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