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Admirers line streets, overpasses to see Graham’s motorcade

Local KSN News - 1 hour 40 min ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Motorists pulled aside and well-wishers lined freeway overpasses to see the Rev. Billy Graham’s motorcade barrel through his beloved home state of North Carolina on Saturday in a running tribute to “America’s Pastor.”

Adults and children stood behind wooden barricades and yellow tape as police officers saluted and admirers captured the moment on cell phones. Fire trucks parked on overpasses along Interstate 40.

“He has never really reveled in all of the celebrity. It’s come with the territory,” said Joe Tyson, a family friend who runs a furniture store in Black Mountain, where he watched the procession. “But they’ve managed to live a very normal life for such famous people. And I think he’d be very proud that his neighbors turned out and quietly celebrated his reward and his passage into heaven.”

The motorcade left the mountain chapel at the training center operated by Graham’s evangelistic association in Asheville on a long drive along Interstate 40 to his library in Charlotte, the state’s largest city.

It was a chance for residents in some of Graham’s favorite places to pay tribute. He often shopped or caught trains in Black Mountain. He maintained his home in the nearby community of Montreat.

The procession is part of more than a week of mourning that culminates with his burial March 2 at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte.

Graham, who died Wednesday at his home in North Carolina’s mountains at age 99, reached hundreds of millions of listeners around the world with his rallies and his pioneering use of television.

A viewing will be held at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte on Monday and Tuesday. Graham will also lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday and Thursday, the first time a private citizen has been accorded such recognition since civil rights hero Rosa Parks in 2005.

The Graham library closed Saturday as mourners laid flowers and awaited the arrival of the evangelist’s casket in Charlotte.

“He was so bold, he so boldly confessed the word of God,” said Madeline Reid. “And I believe because of his service to humanity, that he’s truly gonna be great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Ruby Sparks, 85, attended a Graham youth ministry meeting in 1951, when she was a college student in Greensboro, North Carolina and met him in 1970.

“He was such a wonderful man of God, and a messenger of God,” she said.

Asked if there would ever be another force like his, she replied: “I doubt it. Perhaps, in my next, in another lifetime. Not in my lifetime.”

Graham will be laid to rest March 2 at the foot of a cross-shaped walkway at the library in Charlotte, buried in a simple prison-made plywood coffin next to his wife, Ruth, who died in 2007. His coffin was built by inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, who typically construct caskets for fellow prisoners who cannot afford one.

The funeral will be held in a tent in the main parking lot of Graham’s library in tribute to the 1949 Los Angeles tent revivals that propelled him to international fame, family spokesman Mark DeMoss said. About 2,000 people are expected at the private, invitation-only funeral.

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PHOTOS: The Wichita Flag in PyeongChang for 2018 Winter Games

Local KSN News - 2 hours 23 min ago

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita flag has been in PyeongChang for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Check out the gallery to see where all it has been!

The Wichita Flag in PyeongChang!
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Kansas man gets 3 life sentences for child molestation

Local KSN News - 3 hours 33 min ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A 35-year-old Kansas man is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced for molesting three young girls.

A Jackson County, Missouri, judge sentenced Jesus Garcia, of Kansas City, Kansas, on Friday to three life sentences, plus 15 years, all to be served consecutively.

Garcia was convicted in December of statutory rape of a victim younger than 12, child molestation, attempted statutory rape and statutory sodomy of a victim younger than 14.

Court documents say the mother of two of the girls told a social worker in 2016 at Children’s Mercy Hospital that Garcia had been sexually abusing them from 2014 to 2015.

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Major companies severing ties with NRA amid ongoing gun-control debate

Local KSN News - 4 hours 14 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Rifle Association is facing a corporate backlash as companies take a closer look at their investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry following the latest school massacre.

A handful of companies have ended discount programs with the NRA as the group aggressively resists calls for stricter gun control after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school last week.

The latest company to sever ties: United Airlines. The airline company tweeting Saturday morning to say, “United is notifying the NRA that we will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting and we are asking that the NRA remove our information from their website.”

Delta Airlines echoed the same sentiments.

“Delta is reaching out to the NRA to let them know we will be ending their contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website.”

The moves came as petitions circulated online targeting companies offering discounts to NRA members on its website. #BoycottNRA was trending on Twitter.

Members of the NRA have access to special offers from partner companies on its website, ranging from life insurance to wine clubs. But the insurance company MetLife Inc. discontinued its discount program with the NRA on Friday. Car rental company Hertz and Symantec Corp., the software company that makes Norton Antivirus technology, did the same.

“We have notified the NRA that we are ending the NRA’s rental car discount program with Hertz,” the company tweeted Friday.

Insurer Chubb Ltd. said it is ending participation in the NRA’s gun-owner insurance program, but it provided notice three months ago. The program that provided coverage for people involved in gun-related incidents or accidents had been under scrutiny by regulators over marketing issues.

Those defections arrived after car rental company Enterprise Holdings, which also owns Alamo and National, said it was cutting off discounts for NRA members. First National Bank of Omaha, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks, announced that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit-card with the NRA.

Other companies, including Wyndham Hotels and Best Western hotels, have let social media users know they are no longer affiliated with the NRA, though they did not make clear when the partnerships ended.

The swiftness of the corporate reaction against the NRA has differed from that of past shootings, including the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that claimed 26 lives and the killing of 58 people in Las Vegas last fall, said Bob Spitzer, a political scientist at SUNY Cortland and a scholar on gun politics. Spitzer said the reaction was likely a reaction to the student mobilization that followed the Florida shooting, but he said it was too soon tell how significantly it will sway the country’s wider gun debate.

“If this is as far as it goes, it probably won’t have any measurable effect. If other companies continue to (cut ties) it can start to have an adverse public relations effect,” Spitzer said. “Usually what happens is that the storm passes, and the NRA counts on that.”

Spitzer noted that it was not the first time big business has been pulled into the gun debate. In 2014, Chipotle asked customers not to bring firearms into its stores after gun-rights advocates brought military-style rifles into one of its Texas restaurants. A year earlier, Starbucks Corp. made a similar statement after the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting.

Larry Hutcher, an attorney who specializes in commercial law and litigation, said companies are reacting to a perception that public opinion is shifting on gun regulation. Polls show growing support for gun control measures, including 97 percent backing for universal background checks in a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday.

“It’s based on the fact that these companies and their marketing officers are reading the tea leaves. It makes economic sense to get on the side of the majority of Americans,” said Hutcher, co-managing partner of Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference that those advocating for stricter gun control are exploiting the Florida shooting.

President Donald Trump has aligned himself with the NRA, suggesting some teachers could be armed so that they could fire on any attacker. However, Trump has also called for raising the minimum age for purchasing semi-automatic rifles, a move the NRA opposes.

On Friday, a large Wall Street money management firm said that it wanted to engage with major weapons manufacturers about what comes next.

Blackrock Inc., which manages $6 trillion in assets, has become one of the largest stakeholders gun manufacturers like Sturm Ruger & Co., American Outdoor Brands Corp. and Vista Outdoor Inc. through indirect investments. The money is placed in index funds, so Blackrock cannot sell shares of individual companies within the index. Its fund clients invest in indexes that might contain companies like Ruger.

On Friday, spokesman Ed Sweeney said Blackrock will be “engaging with weapons manufacturers and distributors to understand their response to recent events.”

Blackrock, through indirect investments, holds a 16.18 percent stake in Sturm Ruger, an 11.91 percent stake in Vista, and a 10.5 percent stake in American Outdoor, according to the data firm FactSet.

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Power outage affects thousands in Sedgwick, Butler counties

Local KSN News - 4 hours 35 min ago

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A power outage affected thousands of Westar Energy customers in Sedgwick and Butler counties early Saturday morning.

Westar spokesperson Gina Penzig said the outage occurred about 4:30 a.m. and impacted approximately 5,400 customers. She said power was restored to those customers around 11:15 a.m.

Penzig said the loss of power was due to a “transmission outage.” She said Westar officials are still working to determine what caused the loss of electricity.

The outage affected customers in an area between N 125th Street and 61st Street South, and between N. Hoover St. on the west and Woodlawn on the east.

One KSN viewer reported an outage occurred in the vicinity of 93rd Street North and Broadway.

Penzig said some rural electric customers in Butler County also were affected.

 

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Red Cross: 21 resigned or fired since 2015 in sex cases

Local KSN News - 4 hours 50 min ago

LONDON (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross has joined the list of prominent charities that have uncovered sexual misconduct among its staff.

ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord says 21 staff members have resigned or been fired since 2015 after violating policy by paying for sexual services. Two others did not have their contracts renewed because of suspected sexual misconduct.

He says “I am deeply saddened to report these numbers,” calling it a betrayal.

Daccord said because of the decentralized nature of the sprawling aid agency, which has more than 17,000 employees worldwide, it is possible that other incidents were not reported or properly handled.

Plan International UK has also disclosed wrongdoing. The charity group says it has confirmed six cases of sexual abuse of children by staff, volunteers or partner organizations.

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PHOTOS: Team USA dominates to win curling Gold

Local KSN News - 5 hours 37 sec ago

While much of the nation was sleeping, Team USA slid a dominant game to bring home the country’s first ever gold medal in curling.

Team USA wins Curling gold PYEONGCHANG, CHINA - FEBRUARY 24: Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, holds Luke Shuster, son of skip John Shuster of the U.S team next to athletes Cory Christensen and Rebecca Hamilton as she attends the Men's Gold Medal Curling match between Sweden and United States of America at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Photo by Eric Gaillard-Pool/Getty Images) GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: John Shuster of the United States lines up a shot against Sweden during the Curling Men's Gold Medal game on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner of the United States deliver a stone against Sweden during the Curling Men's Gold Medal game on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: John Shuster of the United States delivers a stone against Sweden during the Curling Men's Gold Medal game on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Team Sweden lines up a shot against the United States during the Curling Men's Gold Medal game on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Team United States reacts after a game against Sweden during the Curling Men's Gold Medal game on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: John Shuster of the United States reacts during the game against Sweden during the Curling Men's Gold Medal game on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Matt Hamilton of the United States reacts during the game against Sweden during the Curling Men's Gold Medal game on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Team United States reacts after defeating Sweden 10-7 to win the Curling Men's Gold Medal game on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Team United States reacts after defeating Sweden 10-7 to win the Curling Men's Gold Medal game on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Team United States reacts after defeating Sweden 10-7 to win the Curling Men's Gold Medal game on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Team United States reacts after defeating Sweden 10-7 to win the Curling Men's Gold Medal game on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Gold medalists the United States look on during the national anthem in the victory ceremony following the Curling Men's Gold Medal game on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Silver medalists in Men's Curling Sweden , gold medalists the United States and bronze medalists Switzerland pose for a photo during the victory ceremony on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Two injured in turnpike crash in Butler County

Local KSN News - 7 hours 21 min ago

BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Two people were injured early Saturday morning in a crash on the Kansas Turnpike. The incident occurred near mile marker 91 in Butler County. That’s just south of the Cassoday exit.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said a 2004 BMW was traveling south on I-35 in wet road conditions when the vehicle drove off the roadway into the ditch and continued for about a quarter of a mile before hitting a fence and jumping over a culvert.

The 20-year-old woman driving the car and her 20-year-old male passenger were both injured and taken to Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita.

The KHP crash report says there was a light rain falling at the time.

Both occupants of the vehicle were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

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One dead in early morning shooting in SE Wichita

Local KSN News - 7 hours 45 min ago

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One person was killed in a shooting in southeast Wichita early Saturday morning.  The incident occurred about 1 a.m. in the 1600 block of S. Faulders. That’s near Harry & Edgemoor.

Details of the incident are sketchy at this time.

KSN has a news crew en route to the scene. We’ll have more details later on KSN.com,

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Laura’s Look: Saturday Morning Freezing Drizzle

Local KSN News - 10 hours 26 min ago

Our weekend storm system is moving through and causing problems on roadways early this morning.

The temperature in Wichita is flirting with the critical 32 degree mark. This is eliminating the ice threat here. If traveling, keep an eye on the thermometer. A one degree change means we’re working with a completely different animal.

5AM Metro Temps

Roads are slick elsewhere with sub-freezing temperatures. A few accidents have been reported in Dodge City.

5AM Temps

Freezing drizzle will slowly wind down and clear out this afternoon.

Saturday Noon Saturday 5PM

 

The forecast call for a late weekend rally. Warming nicely tomorrow with highs in the 50s. Slap on sunshine and we’re in for a delightful day!

Weekend Forecast

We bounce back to the 60s this week with rain returning Wednesday.

Wichita Weekly
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Butler County Sheriff parallels missing child cases, investigations

Local KSN News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 22:32

BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet has been closely following the missing child investigation surrounding Lucas Hernandez. That’s partially because he knows firsthand how emotionally taxing a missing child investigation can be.

Herzet was a detective sergeant in 2008 when it was discovered that Adam Joseph Herrman of Towanda was missing. Upon further investigation, it was learned that Herrman had been missing since 1999. His adoptive parents continued to collect adoption subsidies on his behalf without reporting him gone.

The case has stayed very much in the forefront of Herzet’s mind since detectives turned the county upside down looking for Herrman or his remains.

“We just need a tip. We just need someone to step forward. Somebody knows. Somebody knows where Adam Herrman is. Somebody knows where Lucas is,” Herzet said.

Herzet noted the differences in technology that is available today for Hernandez’s search that were not as developed 10 years ago when they were searching for Herrman.

“Back in 2008 when we started our search for Adam Herrman, we didn’t have a drone. We had a helicopter. But the security cameras now are so much better from analog to digital and it seems like everybody has one. A lot more businesses have them,” Herzet said Friday.

In the search for Herrman, investigators used dogs and called in the Wichita State University anthropology lab to comb the Whitewater river outside Towanda for Herrman’s remains.

For Hernandez’s search, dogs, grid searches, officers on horseback and rescue boats have all been seen going in and out of the search locations.

The impact of a missing child, stays with officers according to Herzet.

“I think about Adam Herrman everyday. Every day when I get up in the morning and before I go to bed at night. I wonder if we’re going to get that tip tonight or sometime today, where we can find his remains and we can try to have justice for him and let his family have a place to bury his remains,” Herzet said.

With both cases, the public is encouraged to share the boys’ photos and call law enforcement with any information, no matter how little.

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Wichita restaurant to teach former addicts, prisoners career skills

Local KSN News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 20:28

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A new Wichita restaurant will serve as a career training ground for former addicts and prisoners.

“A second chance is better than no chance right now,” said Stephanie Chandler-Lambert.

Chandler-Lambert, 26, is a recovering drug addict.

“I was on drugs at one point in time and stole someone’s credit card and used it,” she said.

She was sentenced to about a month in jail. During her time behind bars, she found out she was pregnant.

“It was like, you know, a really good surprise,” Chandler-Lambert said. “After what I’ve been through in the past, I wouldn’t put my daughter through it.”

Chandler-Lambert is now one of six women living at a halfway house managed by New Life Reentry Program, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to assessing needs of women and helping them find success outside of a jail cell.

“It’s a mentoring program for women who just got out of being in jail, prison, who have been on the streets, who have had history and just can’t get started,” said New Life Reentry Program Director Laura Broyles.

“Quite honestly, I’d be homeless if it wasn’t for Laura,” said program participant Lana Purkey. “She’s helping rehabilitate me and get me back into the community correctly.”

Like Chandler-Lambert, Purkey is a recovering drug addict.

“It could have consumed me and I could have never came back, so I thank God for being arrested, Purkey said.

Purkey spent four years behind bars.

“It’s like a world within a world. You can see it, but you can’t touch it. You can’t touch freedom,” Purkey said.

Purkey was freed in early 2018. She too is now on a path to recovery. Thanks to the New Life Reentry Program, she and Chandler-Lambert have the unique opportunity to learn on the job skills at a new Wichita restaurant called the Light Dry Bar and Grill.

“We’ll sit down, family style dinners. We will have your basics hamburgers, chicken fried steak, a few Mexican dishes, homemade desserts. We are going to have a play area for the children,” Broyles said. “In the evenings, especially the weekends, we are going to have a DJ. We’ll have music, live music, recorded music. We will have a place where people can socialize who don’t drink.”

The restaurant located on 1051 N Broadway will also employ the women in the reentry program.

“We will have computers in the back, help them get their food handlers card. They can learn some culinary skills. They can learn restaurant management, make a little extra money, a little side money so that they can get on their feet,” Broyels said.

The Light-Dry Bar and Grill is currently under construction. The women are helping with the renovation project.

“We learned how to sand and paint and mud walls and stain the wood,” Chandler-Lambert said.

Ultimately, Chandler-Lambert and Purkey said they’re beyond grateful for the reentry program.

“If I didn’t have a second chance, where would I be? I probably wouldn’t know,” Chandler-Lambert said.

“So far I’ve got part-time work. I’ve got new professional references. I have friends that are clean and in Christ. I have everything, my family. I have a support system I have never had before. It’s amazing to me. Everyday is an amazing adventure to me now.” Purkey said.

The restaurant is expected to open sometime in March.

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One person in critical condition after shooting in south Wichita

Local KSN News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 20:19

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One person is in critical condition after a shooting in south Wichita.

According to authorities, the shooting happened around 8:05 p.m. in the 3800 block of S. Broadway at the Wichita Auto Auction.

KSN has a crew on the way to the scene. Stay with KSN for updates.

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NCAA allegations grab attention of local high school athletes, coaches

Local KSN News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 19:28

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) –  The news of potential penalties for several college athletes here in Kansas and across the country has caught the attention of high school athletes and coaches.

Wichita Southeast High School senior Israel Barnes has committed and signed on to play at Weber State in Ogden, Utah next season.

While Barnes is excited about playing Division I basketball, he knows it comes with some pressure

“It is sad to see all of this coming to light, but I feel like if you have good people around you and you are surrounded by good people with your best interests at heart, you’ll really be able to decipher the bad things from the good things,” said Barnes.

Barnes says he’s gotten advice from his parents and coaches and how to handle the challenges that come with playing at the next level.

Southeast Head Coach Melvin Herring says he normally has conversations with his players, like Barnes, after the season.

The reason being, to make sure they are aware of their surroundings.

“I call it every day life, life experiences, when you get to that level you are going to be dealing in mostly a business type aspect, and basically kind of watch yourself, what to look for, what not to look for,” said Herring.

DJ Fisher has been a sports agent for 12-years.

He represents 37 current and former athletes from the NBA, WNBA, MLB, and even some Olympians.

Fisher says a federal law, The Sports Agent Responsibility and Trust Act was enacted in 2003.

It was put forward to keep these kinds of cash advances between agents and college players from happening.

“Of course you can verbalize, but you know providing funds or benefits, such as free tickets or shoes or anything of that nature, definitely against the law,” said Fisher.

As for Barnes, he offered up some of his own advice to others who’ll be making the jump to college athletics.

“Just work hard man and not be focused on any of the offers or the hoopla, or anything like that, but just stay grounded, stay humble and do what you have to do to succeed,” said Barnes.

Sports agents, like Fisher, say it is important for players to be knowledgeable and focus on what to do, and what not to do.

Fisher says this is because potential violations and penalties can not only jeopardize you as an athlete, but also the school that you choose to play for.

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Julia Mancuso tries one of South Korea’s most popular sports

Local KSN News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 19:21

The popularity of eSports is at an all-time high and it’s taking South Korea by storm. Julia Mancuso visits with a professional gamer to see what all the hype is about.

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National gun debate hits local level

Local KSN News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 18:10

TOPEKA (CAPITOL BUREAU) — The national gun debate is hitting the local level after state lawmakers postponed a vote on a gun safety bill.

Thursday’s debate would’ve come one week after 17 students were gunned down at a Florida high school.

“We need to spend some more time on that,” said State Rep. Fred Patton, R-Topeka.

“They knew even among their own members, and I’m referring to Republican leadership now, that they probably didn’t have the votes to pass it,” explained Wichita Democrat State Rep. John Carmichael.

Under the bill elementary schools would offer a NRA gun safety course to elementary school students.

“That bill is designed at least by its proponents to encourage safety of small children involving firearms, and why in the world if that is the goal after the tragedy of last week not want to educate children about gun safety,” Carmichael said.

House leaders said they are working on a more comprehensive plan which could include mental health initiatives, but they aren’t releasing too many details.

“You could see something this session, or it could take longer,” said House Majority Don Hineman, R-Dighton.

This week President Trump not only called for arming teachers, but giving teachers who do carry a bonus, something Secretary of State Kris Kobach agrees with.

“If we can increase the probability that there is more than one good guy with a gun somewhere on the school property then you can reduce that response time from eight minutes down to less than a minute and that saves lives,” explained Kobach.

However, arming teachers is something some state representatives do not support.

“What we don’t need is more guns in schools,” said State Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita.

“That’s a step too far. We do need to have a good school plan, we need to work with our local law enforcement and make sure they’re involved,” said Patton.

Earlier this month, the House passed a bill allowing people 18 years old to conceal carry. Right now state laws only allows those 21 and older to conceal carry.

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Teachman’s Take: Rain, Freezing Rain and Snow Coming

Local KSN News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:50

Our next storm system is here!  This evening we’re tracking rain showers across south central and southeastern Kansas.

This is moving to the northeast.  As the evening continues, we will be watching the Kansas/Oklahoma state line.  This is where I’m expecting more rain, freezing rain and snow to develop.

Temperatures will once again tell the tale of what you’ll see in your hometown.

Looks like temps for the Wichita metro will stay above freezing, keeping roads wet.

Western Kansas will briefly see freezing drizzle that will change to all snow.

The heaviest accumulations will be in far northwestern Kansas and southwestern Nebraska.  North central Kansas will begin with freezing drizzle that will pick up in intensity overnight.

Eventually, it will briefly change to all snow by midday Saturday.

By Saturday evening, this storm will be moving out.

Please keep an eye on the roads overnight and through Saturday as travel will be slick in spots across the state.

Later in the weekend as skies clear, temps will rebound back into the 40s and 50s.  Join me tonight on KSN News for an hour by hour look at this weekend’s storm.  Plus, we’ll check out next week’s weather which shows more signs of spring. – Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman

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Anhydrous ammonia leak at agriculture supply business in SW Wichita

Local KSN News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:41

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – There is an anhydrous ammonia leak at an agriculture supply business in southwest Wichita.

The business is in the 2300 block of S. Sheridan. That is north of Pawnee and east of Southwest Blvd.

As of now, only the business is being evacuated. Three people are being treated for minor injuries.

KSN has a crew at the scene. Updates will be provided once more information becomes available.

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Woman told FBI Florida shooting suspect ‘going to explode’

Local KSN News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:39

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman close to the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI he had rifles and said, “I know he is going to explode.”

That’s according to a transcript of the Jan. 5 tip to the FBI’s call center, which was obtained Friday by The Associated Press. The FBI has acknowledged it failed to investigate the tip about 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. But the transcript, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, provides new details.

The woman described Cruz’s short temper and said he had the “mental capacity of a 12 to 14 year old.”

She said Cruz posted pictures of weapons on social media, writing, “I want to kill people.”

The woman told the FBI, “I do believe something’s going to happen.”

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US gymnasts say sport rife with verbal and emotional abuse

Local KSN News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:33

They were little girls with dreams of Olympic gold when they started in gymnastics. Now they’re women with lifelong injuries, anxiety and eating disorders.

Former U.S. gymnasts and coaches interviewed by The Associated Press described a culture rife with verbal and emotional abuse. They say girls were forced to train with injuries and broken bones.

They say the culture was tacitly endorsed by USA Gymnastics and institutionalized by former star coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi.

The gymnasts say the Karolyis’ oppressive style created a toxic environment in which former doctor Larry Nassar could thrive.

Nassar was recently sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting young athletes for years under the guise of medical treatment.

USA Gymnastics declined to comment for this story. The Karolyis’ lawyer denied they abused anyone.

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