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Kansas State Winning Games in Different Ways

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 22:37

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A balanced scoring effort led by a game-high 20 points from junior Dean Wade helped carry Kansas State to its second consecutive Top 25 win of the week in a 73-68 victory over No. 24/25 TCU before a season-best crowd of 11,194 fans at Bramlage Coliseum.

With today’s win, the Wildcats (14-5, 4-3 Big 12) posted back-to-back victories at home over Top 25 teams for the first time since knocking off No. 8 Kansas (70-63) and No. 12 Iowa State (70-69) on February 23 and 28, 2015. The team now has 36 wins over Top 25 teams at Bramlage Coliseum, including 16 under head coach Bruce Weber.

For the fourth consecutive game and eighth time this season, four Wildcats reached double figures, including a game-high 20 points from Wade, and a career-high 18 points from sophomore Makol Mawien. Junior Barry Brown, Jr., scored 12 of his 15 points after halftime, while sophomore Xavier Sneed added 10 points.

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Animal control reports more calls during extreme cold weather

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 22:28

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita Animal Control says they receive an influx of neglect calls during extreme cold weather.

Shelter Supervisor Drew Bessey says they get 10 to 20 more calls.

He says they’re typically calls for dogs outside without a dog house or for frozen water.

During these events staff try to prioritize calls.

He says officers also investigate on scene to make sure animals are in good health and have water.

“We just have a bunch of people calling in saying how it’s way too cold for the dog to be out there, and the problem is our ordinance doesn’t dictate at what temperature a dog has to come inside, so we can’t really do a whole lot about that,” said Drew Bessey, Shelter Supervisor.

Bessey says if you notice an animal struggling outside to contact them right away.

You can contact the office at (316) 350-3366 (during business hours) or at (316) 350-3360 (after business hours).

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No deal reached, as moderates search for shutdown solution

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 19:43

WASHINGTON (AP) — Restive Senate moderates in both parties searched for a solution to a partisan stalemate as they raced toward a late-night showdown vote and their last chance to reopen the federal government before hundreds of thousands of federal workers were forced to stay home Monday.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill said they were pursuing a deal to end the rare closure, prompted Friday by a messy tussle over immigration and spending. There were no indications that a firm agreement had been reached, or that leaders of either party or the White House were on board. A stopgap spending measure was slated for a vote on Monday after midnight, but Democrats have so far refused to go along with the temporary fix.

Republicans have appeared increasingly confident that Democrats were bearing the brunt of criticism for the shutdown and that they would ultimately buckle. The White House and GOP leadership said they would not negotiate with Democrats on immigration until the government is reopened.

There were indications Sunday that Democratic resolve was beginning to waver, with growing worries that a prolonged shutdown could prove to be an electoral headache for the party just as they have grown confident about their prospects in November.

The Senate’s No. 2 Republican, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, indicated that Republican leaders were skeptical that Democrats would budge. Asked whether he thought the government would be closed Monday, he said, “Right now, yes, I do.”

The discussions took place in behind closed doors with few outward signs of progress, as lawmakers took turns delivering animated speeches to near empty chambers to explain why the other party is to blame. Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer met off the Senate floor in the early evening, as many in quiet Capitol offices flipped their television screens to playoff football games.

As lawmakers feuded, signs of the shutdown were evident at national parks and in some federal agencies. Social Security and most other safety-net programs were unaffected by the lapse in federal spending authority. Critical government functions continued, with uniformed service members, health inspectors and law enforcement officers set to work without pay.

Lawmakers were mindful that the political stakes would soar Monday morning, when thousands of federal workers would be told to stay home or, in some cases, work without pay. What was still a weekend burst of Washington dysfunction could spiral into a broader crisis with political consequences in November’s midterm elections.

That threat prompted moderates to huddle for a second day Sunday in hopes of crafting a plan to reopen the government. The contours of that proposal were still taking shape Sunday evening. In exchange for Democratic votes on a three-week spending measure, the GOP leadership in the Senate would agree to address immigration policy and other pressing legislative matters in the coming weeks.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said the potential deal would not secure an immediate vote on immigration tied to reopening the government, but lawmakers were seeking “an agreement that we would proceed to immigration.”

The approach found advocates in South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has been trying to broker an immigration deal, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, both Republicans who rejected an earlier short-term proposal. Lawmakers took the proposal to their leaders Sunday afternoon.

But shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday, Graham said no deal had been reached by the moderate group because Democrats were not on board. “To my Democratic friends, don’t overplay your hand,” he told reporters. “A government shutdown is not a good way to get an outcome legislatively.”

Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s top Democrat, indicated earlier Sunday that he would continue to lead a filibuster of the stopgap spending measure, while congressional Republicans appeared content to let the pressure build on the second day of the government shutdown. After Senate Democrats blocked a temporary government-wide funding bill Friday night, both parties engaged in furious finger-pointing.

Democrats, who initially dug in on a demand for legislation to protect about 700,000 immigrants who were brought illegally to the country as children, shifted to blame the shutdown on the incompetence of President Donald Trump and the Republican leadership. Republicans argued that Democrats shuttered the government over “illegal immigration” in a bid to gin up enthusiasm among their base.

“I think they miscalculated on the shutdown,” Cornyn said. “It’s very unpopular and they’re trying to find a way out of it.”

Absent a breakthrough, the vote early Monday will prove to be a test of unity and resolve among Democrats. Five Democrats from states won by Trump broke ranks in a vote Friday. The measure gained 50 votes to proceed to 49 against, but 60 were needed to break a Democratic filibuster.

Trump, who regularly disrupted negotiations in recent weeks, had been a relatively subdued player in the weekend debate. He has not appeared in public since Friday afternoon. The White House said he was in regular contact with Republican leaders, but he has not reached out to any Democrats, a White House official said.

Sunday morning on Twitter, he called on the GOP-controlled Senate to consider deploying the “nuclear option” — changing Senate rules to end the filibuster — and reopen the government with a simple majority.

McConnell has dismissed that option, saying Republicans will welcome the filibuster when they return to being the Senate minority.

Democrats are facing intense pressure from their base to solve the issue over the young immigrants, and they are skeptical of Republicans’ credibility when offering to deal. Whether Trump would back the emerging plan or any later proposal on immigration is an open question. Even if the Senate voted on an immigration proposal, its prospects in the House would be grim.

Furthermore, Democrats view Trump as an infuriating bargaining partner, pointing chiefly to his failed 11th-hour talks with Schumer on Friday. The Democrat says Trump expressed support for a fix for the young immigrants in return for financing for Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — only to back off hours later. The White House says Schumer and the president never came to terms.

“How can you negotiate with the president under those circumstances where he agrees face to face to move forward with a certain path and then within two hours calls back and pulls the plug?” asked Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

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Associated Press writers Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey contributed to this report.

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Philadelphia greased light poles to stop fans from climbing them

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 19:32

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Workers in Philadelphia greased light poles in a bid to prevent fans from climbing up them after the NFC Championship game.

Officials say the grease should make the poles too slippery to climb.

The workers who applied the grease jokingly called themselves the “Crisco Cops.”

The Philadelphia Eagles are hosting the Minnesota Vikings in the championship game on Sunday night. The winning team will earn a spot in the Super Bowl.

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Coach mourns teen shot by police

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 19:16

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (KSHB) – A Blue Valley coach is reacting to the death of a 17-year-old boy in an officer-involved shooting.

Overland Park Police were doing a welfare check on a suicidal male. They walked up to a home in 9300 block of W.149th Terrace when investigators say the garage door opened and a car sped towards an officer.

That’s when one officer shot and killed the teen.

The Overland Park Police Department identified the teen as John Albers, 17, of Overland Park, Kan.  

For soccer coach Bryan Turner, it hits close to home.

“He just had a lot of personality, was eager to learn,” said Turner. “I talked to him this fall. My last words to him were stay out of trouble, if you need anything give me a call.”

About 80% of Overland Park officers have taken CIT or crisis intervention training.

Neighbor Venni Koduri said the neighborhood is usually peaceful and he was shocked to see about 15 police vehicles nearby.

The Johnson County Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team (OISIT) is conducting the investigation.  It’s comprised of law enforcement from several departments.

The officer involved was put on administrative leave, which is standard.

For Turner, the news was all too real.

“I try to reach out to all my kids – if it’s dating, parent troubles, drama. If you want to talk to me about it, I’m here for you,” said Turner.

The Johnson County Officer Involved Shooting Team continues to investigate the incident.

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Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 18:53

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Give ’em a hand: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl.

Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining , rallying the Patriots to a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship Sunday.

Brady, wearing a black bandage on his right hand after hurting it during practice earlier in the week, showed no signs of being hampered.

And, with the game — and possibly the season — on the line, the Patriots star came up big again.

“I’ve had a lot worse,” Brady said. “I didn’t know that on Wednesday. It was a crazy injury. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday was a little scary. Then I started getting some confidence and today we did just enough to win.”

Brady finished 26 of 38 for 290 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots (15-3), who’ll play the winner of Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Philadelphia in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.

It’s the eighth Super Bowl appearance for Brady and coach Bill Belichick, who have won five times — including last year’s 34-28 overtime rally against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Jaguars (12-7) led 20-10 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hold against the defending champions.

Jacksonville — looking to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history — had one more shot, but Bortles’ throw on fourth-and-15 to Dede Westbrook was knocked away by Stephon Gilmore.

The Patriots then ran out the clock, with Dion Lewis’ 18-yard scamper with 90 seconds remaining sealing the victory. And they did it mostly without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who left the game late in the first half and didn’t return.

Brady’s hand was the most-scrutinized body part in Boston since the quarterback’s right ankle before the 2008 Super Bowl, and Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s right ankle tendon — the bloody sock — in the 2004 playoffs.

Brady was listed as questionable after he hurt his right hand during practice earlier in the week. He was limited Wednesday, sat out Thursday and was limited again Friday because of the injury.

That caused some panic among the Patriots faithful.

Turns out, it was nothing to fret about.

Brady came out for warmups without a glove on his hand, and he came out throwing. He completed his first six passes — including a 20-yarder to Amendola on fourth-and-1 from the Jaguars 30 — for 57 yards to march the Patriots down the field. The drive stalled when Brady was sacked by Dante Fowler Jr., and New England settled for Stephen Gostkowski’s 31-yard field goal.

A wide-open Marcedes Lewis gave the Jaguars a 7-3 lead 45 seconds into the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown catch from Blake Bortles, who was 5 for 5 for 66 yards on an impressive and efficient seven-play, 76-yard drive.

Leonard Fournette gave Jacksonville a 14-3 lead midway through the second quarter with a 4-yard TD run, hushing the crowd at Gillette Stadium.

The Jaguars made some big mistakes that hurt them just before halftime. Bortles completed a 12-yard pass to Lewis on third-and-7 from the Patriots 44, but Jacksonville was called for delay of game — after New England called a timeout.

That wiped out a first down, and Bortles was sacked by Adam Butler on the next play to force a punt.

With just over two minutes left before halftime, New England’s offense took over and the fans chanted “Bra-dy! Bra-dy!”

And their quarterback delivered — with some help from the Jaguars on two long penalties.

On first-and-10 from the Patriots 40, Brady threw a long pass for Gronkowski, who was injured when he got popped by Barry Church just as the ball was arriving. Church was called for unnecessary roughness, putting the ball at Jacksonville’s 45.

A.J. Bouye was called for pass interference on the next play on an incomplete throw for Brandin Cooks. The 32-yard penalty put the ball at the Jaguars 13. After a 12-yard catch by Cooks, James White ran it in from the 1 to make it 14-10 with 55 seconds left.

Josh Lambo gave Jacksonville a 17-10 lead 4:37 into the third quarter with a 54-yard field goal. He added a 43-yarder 8 seconds into the fourth quarter to make it a 10-point game.

But Brady & Co. were just getting started.

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Western’s Weather Wrap: Northwest Kansas Blizzard

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 18:12

A *Blizzard Warning* is now in effect for the counties in blue (NW Kansas/SW Nebraska) through tomorrow morning. This is the area expected to receive the highest impacts from the snow. We also have a *Winter Storm Warning* in pink and a *Winter Weather Advisory* in purple. But all of these areas will be dealing with slick roads and reduced visibility due to blowing snow.

We have already gotten a layer of ice and several inches of snow in our far northwestern counties, and the snow continues to fall. Get the latest radar view right here: http://ksn.com/weather/interactive-radar/

Road and school closures have already been reported too, and heavy snow will continue to fall through the night, so expect more to come. Southwest Kansas will see light snow, northcentral Kansas will see freezing rain transitioning to heavy snow, and southcentral Kansas will see light rain showers transitioning to flurries.

The snow will move northeast throughout the day tomorrow, mainly impacting northcentral Kansas with accumulating snow and reduced visibility for your Monday. The winds will be very significant tonight through tomorrow all across the state though, bringing back brutal wind chills.

Our estimated snowfall totals are around 6″ to even up to 10″ in NW KS/SW NE by the time the snow has all moved out. The amounts will then taper off quickly to the south. The Wichita Metro is not expected to receive accumulating snow.

This winter storm will be with us through tomorrow, so be sure to stick with KSN for updates. I’ll have more details tonight on KSN News at 10, and you can always watch my latest forecast right here: http://ksn.com/2017/03/08/weather-forecast-discussion/

~Katie the Weather Lady

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Local leaders ask state lawmaker to resign after stereotyping black people

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 18:06

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A state politician’s comment on race and marijuana has prompted local church leaders to speak up after a meeting with local leaders and lawmakers.

KSN has been following the story about Kansas Representative Steve Alford who made racially charged comments about African-Americans and marijuana. Alford has since apologized for the comments and stepped down from a number of leadership roles including: Chairman of the House Committee on Children and Seniors and as vice-chair of the Child Welfare System Task Force.

Sunday KSN spoke with the president of Missionary Baptist Convention, Pastor LaMont T. Holder. Holder represents 100 Kansas churches and sat in on a closed-door meeting with local leaders, the NAACP and Kansas Representative Roger Elliott in regards to the comments Alford made.

“Leadership is a privilege, it’s not a right,” said Holder. “He has affected the scores of people who have fought to really heal racial wounds over the last 50 years.”

Holder believes that Alford has abused his privilege to lead and has recently sent a letter to House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., asking for Representative Alford to resign.

“I think that is the unfortunate reality of individuals that come from pockets of rural America who do not understand African-Americans because they are really out of touch with who we are,” explained Holder.

The Garden City Telegram published a video of Alford speaking at a public forum saying the following:

“One of the reasons why — I hate to say it — is the African-Americans, they were basically users and they responded the worst off to those drugs. It’s because of their character makeup — their genetics and that. And so basically what we’re trying to do, is we’re trying to do a complete reverse of the people not remembering what’s happened in the past.”

The video surfaced and began circulating through YouTube. Within days, Alford issued an apology saying:

“I was wrong, I regret my comments, and I sincerely apologize to anyone whom I have hurt.”

Holder, reflecting back on the closed-door meeting, says he is appreciative to be a part of a discussion in regards to this matter but he still believes Alford should resign.

“You have so dishonored that office and the privilege of serving. We think the only right thing to do is resign. We understand that he’s stepped down from some of the boards that he was chairing but still that’s not enough,” said Holder.

KSN reached out to Representative Alford multiple times but he did not return calls or emails. KSN also reached out to the speaker of the house as well as 20 other state representatives for comment on the latest request for Alford to resign. Those calls were either not returned or KSN was told “no comment.”

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Wichita State Women’s Basketball Wins vs USF

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 17:46

The Wichita State Women’s basketball team trailed the University of South Florida Women’s basketball team late in the 4th quarter at Charles Koch Arena Sunday afternoon. But big time players, make big time plays, in big time games. Several shocker players stepped up and contributed for the victory.

Speaking of wins, it was Wichita State’s fourth straight win, building big time momentum in the American Athletic Conference.

 

 

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Pence accuses Congress of playing politics with military pay

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 17:29

NEAR THE SYRIAN BORDER (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence, weighing in from the Middle East on the shutdown in Washington, accused the U.S. Congress of playing politics with military pay, and told American soldiers stationed near the Syrian border that the Trump administration would demand that lawmakers reopen the government.

Pence said service members and their families “shouldn’t have to worry about getting paid.”

“Despite bipartisan support for a budget resolution, a minority in the Senate has decided to play politics with military pay,” Pence said at the base, speaking in front of a large U.S. flag and a line of soldiers dressed in military fatigues. “But you deserve better.”

The vice president spoke as Democrats and Republicans in Congress showed little indication of progress on negotiations to end the government shutdown in a feud over immigration and spending. While Pence did not speak about party affiliation, Republicans argue that Democrats are blocking additional money for the Pentagon by keeping the government closed.

During a government shutdown, all military members are required to report for work as usual. Troops cannot be paid for duty performed after the shutdown began Saturday, but their paychecks will be delayed only if the government closure lasts beyond Feb. 1. That’s because pay is issued only twice a month, on the first and the 15th.

Democrats said they offered a measure on the Senate floor to allow service members to be paid during the shutdown.

“Senator (Mitch) McConnell, the Republican senate leader, objected,” Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said on ABC’s “This Week.” ”So we don’t want to in any way diminish our commitment to our troops, start to finish.”

On Sunday, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney also complained about the shutdown’s potential impact on the military, but acknowledged that troops were all but certain to get their pay.

“Traditionally every single time there’s a shutdown, Congress has voted to go and pay them retroactively and we support that,” Mulvaney told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Pence said the Trump administration would not reopen negotiations “on illegal immigration” until Congress reopens the government. “We’re going to meet our obligations to you and your families,” Pence said. “I urge you, on behalf of your commander in chief, set aside any distractions, mind your mission, take care of one another.”

Landing aboard a C-17 military aircraft, Pence visited an undisclosed military base in the Middle East following his meetings in Amman with Jordan’s King Abdullah II. Journalists covering the vice president were asked to withhold the name and location of the base, and the number of troops stationed here, because of security and diplomatic concerns.

The 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing is stationed at the base and has dropped nearly half of the munitions during the operation to destroy the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Pence credited the troops’ “heroic actions” to dismantle terrorist organizations in the region.

“We will not rest, we will not relent, until we hunt down and destroy ISIS at its source,” he said.

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Associated Press writer Lolita C. Baldor in Washington contributed to this report.

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3-hour standoff in Hutchinson ends in arrest

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 16:35

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – Hutchinson Police say one person has been arrested following a standoff Sunday.

Sgt. Eric Buller says it started just after 10 a.m. in the 300 block of East 11th Street. That’s just west of Hutchinson Community College.

It was there officers attempted to serve a juvenile a warrant.

“We had knowledge that the juvenile was armed and did not want to give up,” Buller says.

The sergaent tells us police surrounded the home and made contact with the suspect, asking the person to surrender.

This lasted until 1:49 p.m. That’s when the suspect walked out of the house and was arrested without incident.

Since it is a juvenile, police are not identifying the suspect but say the person faces charges based off of the warrant and police interference.

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McConnell AFB releases list of activities and personnel affected by government shutdown

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 14:27

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. (KSNW) – McConnell Air Force Base released the following information following the government shutdown:

All active duty members and non-excepted civilian employees will report for normal duty hours throughout the federal government shutdown that impacts all Department of Defense agencies.

Civilian airmen, who are not necessary to carrying out excepted activities, are subject to furlough in accordance with procedures and guidance provided by the Office of Personnel Management. All employees have been directed to contact their supervisors to determine whether their functions are exempt from the shutdown.

Military personnel, including active duty and reserve component personnel on federal orders, will continue to carry out their duties in the fullest extent to achieve critical mission accomplishment.

The following lists base functions partially or fully impacted:

– Commissary: OPEN
– Base Exchange: OPEN
– Child Development Center: OPEN
– Dining Facility: OPEN
– Fitness Center: OPEN (pool is closed)
– Airmen Leadership School: OPEN
– Lodging: OPEN
– Library: CLOSED
– Professional Military Education Testing: OPEN
– Education and Training: CLOSED
– Airmen and Family Readiness Center: OPEN for limited operations
– Arts and Crafts Center: OPEN for limited operations

Team McConnell’s Airmen will ensure the effective operation of all critical base functions until their civilian counterparts return to their sides. McConnell will remain ready to fuel the fight at a moment’s notice.

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Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island to reopen amid shutdown

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 14:18

NEW YORK (AP) — The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will be open for visitors Monday, with New York state picking up the tab for the federal workers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Sunday afternoon.

The two sites have been closed due to the federal government shutdown.

The Democratic Cuomo says the sites are vital to the state’s tourism industry, so the state will spend about $65,000 per day for the federal employees who operate the sites. He says the revenue gained more than offsets the costs.

He says the state will pay for the duration of the shutdown, and the sites will be open every day.

New York had the same arrangement in 2013, during the last government shutdown.

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Fort Riley releases list of activities and personnel affected by government shutdown

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 13:46

FORT RILEY, Kan. (KSNT) – Fort Riley has been forced to temporarily shut down several of its activities and suspend work for many employees due to the recent government shutdown.

 Many activities and personnel at Fort Riley are impacted by the current government shutdown; however, all employees not on leave must report for work Monday, Jan. 22 to conduct an orderly shutdown. No matter how long the shutdown lasts, “life, health and safety” and mission-critical services will continue to be our number one priority.

Here is a current list of the impact the shutdown is having on Fort Riley activity.

  • All civilian employees report to work Jan. 22 for detailed instructions from supervisor.  If furloughed, employees are prohibited from working.  This includes “volunteering,” taking phone calls, checking email, etc.  Employees will return to work when appropriation / continuing resolution is provided.  Ensure you remain readily available and can be easily contacted by your supervisor.
  • Police and emergency response continues.
  • Fire stations and emergency response remain fully manned.
  • Visitor Control Center hours will change to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays; expect longer wait times.
  • No permanent firearms registration; however, five-day registrations will be issued with extensions approved at regular 5 Day intervals.
  • The commissary is open normal hours through Wednesday evening, then will close pending appropriations.
  • There is no out-processing for permanent change of station moves unless you’re going to a deploying unit.
  • There is no common access card (CAC) processing for military or Dept. of the Army civilians; unit CAC machines must be used. ID card service is available for retirees and family members only.
  • Education services will be limited.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity office will be closed.
  • Recreational access to Fort Riley’s training areas is suspended.
  • Support to Soldiers and families by the Directorate of Public Works for off-post housing issues is suspended; check with your chain of command for assistance.
  • Arts and Crafts Center is closed.
  • Auto Skills has reduced / minimal services; hours remain the same.
  • Army Community Service buildings are closed; limited services available by appointment only.
  • Exceptional Family Member Program continues with limited support.

The following remain OPEN / NO CHANGE:

  • On-post USD-475 schools
  • Child and Youth Services
  • Child Development Centers
  • Fitness centers / gyms
  • Pools
  • Army Emergency Relief
  • Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES)
  • Riley’s Conference Center
  • Warrior Zone
  • Chapel services
  • Outdoor Recreation Rental Services
  • Travel Services
  • Corvias on-post housing support

Additional updates about shutdown impacts at Fort Riley will be provided as they become available.

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Ellsworth police issue warning after loose lug nuts found on first responder personal vehicles

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 13:16

ELLSWORTH, Kan. (KSNW) – The Ellsworth Police Department is alerting the public of a safety notice.

According to the department, several calls have been made reporting loose lug nuts found on vehicles. All of the reports were made by first responders who found the loose lug nuts on their own personal vehicles.

No city or county vehicles have been found with loose lug nuts, but the personal vehicles or family member vehicles have.

There has also been reports of wheels coming off of the vehicles while in motion. No injuries have been reported in connection with the loose lug nuts.

The department is urging everyone to check the lug nuts on their vehicle. The department released the following message to those involved in loosening the lug nuts:

It may seem like a funny or minor thing to do. But when we find you., you can and will be charged with any damage caused by your mischievous behavior and also take note if anyone is injured as a result you will be charged with that as well.

If you find you lug nuts are loose, you are asked to please contact dispatch at 785-472-4416.

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17-year-old Park City girl dies in single-vehicle crash in Wichita

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:24
The crash did shut down traffic on I-135 from Pawnee to Harry. (Photo courtesy KSN News)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One girl has died after a single-vehicle crash in Wichita Sunday morning.

The crash happened around 9:45 a.m.

Authorities say a 17-year-old female was driving northbound on I-135 near Harry when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle struck the inside concrete wall and overturned. The passenger in the vehicle, Diana Lopez, 17, of Park City, was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died from her injuries.

The driver was also taken to the hospital with injuries.

The crash shut down traffic on I-135 from Pawnee to Harry. The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating.

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More texts turned over from FBI agent taken off Mueller team

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 11:33

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has turned over to Congress additional text messages involving an FBI agent who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team following the discovery of derogatory comments about President Donald Trump.

But the department also said in a letter to lawmakers that its record of messages sent to and from the agent, Peter Strzok, was incomplete because the FBI, for technical reasons, had been unable to preserve and retrieve about five months’ worth of communications.

New text messages highlighted in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray by Sen. Ron Johnson, the Republican chairman of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, are from the spring and summer of 2016 and involve discussion of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. They reference Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s decision to accept the FBI’s conclusion in that case and a draft statement that former FBI Director James Comey had prepared in anticipation of closing out the Clinton investigation without criminal charges.

The FBI declined to comment Sunday.

Strzok, a veteran counterintelligence agent who also worked the Clinton email case, was reassigned last summer from the team investigating ties between Russia and Trump’s Republican presidential campaign after Mueller learned he had exchanged politically charged text messages — many anti-Trump in nature — with an FBI lawyer also detailed to the group. The lawyer, Lisa Page, left Mueller’s team before the text messages were discovered.

The Justice Department last month produced for reporters and Congress hundreds of text messages that the two had traded before becoming part of the Mueller investigation. Many focused on their observations of the 2016 election and included discussions of the Clinton investigation. Republican lawmakers have contended the communication reveals the FBI and the Mueller team to be politically tainted and biased against Trump — assertions Wray has flatly rejected.

In addition to the communications already made public, the Justice Department on Friday provided Johnson’s committee with 384 pages of text messages, according to a letter from the Wisconsin lawmaker that was obtained by The Associated Press.

But, according to the letter, the FBI told the department that its system for retaining text messages sent and received on bureau phones had failed to preserve communications between Strzok and Page over a five-month period between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 7, 2017. The explanation for the gap was “misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities.”

In Johnson’s letter to Wray, he asks whether the FBI has any records of communications between Strzok and Page during that five-month window and whether the FBI had searched their non-FBI phones for additional messages. He also asks for the “scope and scale” of any other records from the Clinton investigation that have been lost.

One of the messages references a change in language to Comey’s statement closing out the email case involving Clinton, Trump’s Democratic opponent in the 2016 presidential election. While an earlier draft of the statement said Clinton and President Barack Obama had an email exchange while Clinton was “on the territory” of a hostile adversary, the reference to Obama was at first changed to “senior government official” and then omitted entirely in the final version.

In another exchange, the two express displeasure about the timing of Lynch’s announcement that she would defer to the FBI’s judgment on the Clinton investigation. That announcement came days after it was revealed that the attorney general and former President Bill Clinton had an impromptu meeting aboard her plane in Phoenix, though both sides said the email investigation was never discussed.

Strzok said in a July 1 text message that the timing of Lynch’s announcement “looks like hell.” And Page appears to mockingly refer to Lynch’s decision to accept the FBI’s conclusion in the case as a “real profile in courag(e) since she knows no charges will be brought.”

Days later, on July 5, Comey announced the FBI’s recommendation that no criminal charges were merited.

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‘Jumanji’ tops box office for third straight weekend

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 11:32

NEW YORK (AP) — “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” outdid another weekend’s worth of newcomers to top the North American box office for the third straight weekend, making the surprise hit the fifth-highest grossing film of all time for Sony Pictures.

“Jumanji” sold $20 million in tickets, according to studio estimates Sunday, bringing its five-week domestic total to $317 million. Landing in second is Warner Bros.’ war drama “12 Strong,” starring Chris Hemsworth. It grossed $16.5 million in its debut weekend.

The heist thriller “Den of Thieves” slots in at third place with an opening weekend of $15.3 million. The STXfilms release stars Gerard Butler and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

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This story has been updated to correct the title of “Den of Thieves.”

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Police searching for suspects in armed robbery

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 09:08

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police are searching for two men in connection to an armed robbery Saturday night.

They tell us it happened around 10 p.m. at the Dollar General located in the 4500 block of East Pawnee.

It was there a 35-year-old employee says two armed suspects came in and demanded money.

During the robbery, officers say a 16-year-old customer was beaten and had her wallet stolen. They also say both victims were pepper sprayed.

Cash and cigarettes were stolen and the suspects ran away.

Police say the two women suffered minor injuries from the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111 or WPD Detectives at 316-268-4407.

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Harlem Globetrotters 2018 ticket giveaway

Local KSN News - Sun, 01/21/2018 - 00:01
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