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Benedict Cumberbatch returning as Sherlock? It’s a mystery

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:35

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Benedict Cumberbatch had a ready answer when asked when he might star in another “Sherlock” on PBS.

“Goodbye,” he said, pleasantly, as he quickly stepped off-camera during a satellite Q&A Wednesday.

Cumberbatch was speaking to TV critics from London about a very different drama he stars in and produced, “The Child in Time.” The TV movie, based on Ian McEwan’s novel about a couple whose child is kidnapped, co-stars Kelly Macdonald and debuts April 1 on public TV stations.

Macdonald, who’d flown in from her native Glasgow, Scotland, to promote the TV film, said she’d confessed to Cumberbatch that she was “a huge” fan of his modern-day Sherlock.

Macdonald has her own date with the sleuth, playing his housekeeper in an upcoming big-screen comedy starring Will Ferrell.

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Deputy injured in crash recovering, thanks first responders

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:28

SUMNER COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – A Sumner County sheriff’s deputy was critically injured last night in a two-vehicle crash on K-15.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. about two miles southeast of Mulvane.

A captain from the department says Deputy Steven Williams is still at a Wichita hospital but is doing much better today. Williams was able to communicate with KSN today by email about the incident.

He’s been with the office since 2009 and the crash is affecting every team member.

When Captain Mike Westmoreland rushed to the accident, he knew a member of his team was hurt.

“When I arrived he was already out of the vehicle, paramedics, fire and EMS had gotten him out,” said Capt. Mike Westmoreland, Sumner County Sheriff’s Office.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says Williams was driving south on K-15 and slowed down to the shoulder.

The crash report says a van traveling behind Williams tried to pass him, when Williams started to make a U-turn the two vehicles crashed. Westmoreland says the incident is being felt among all of the officers.

“Everyone’s affected by it because it could have been them, everyone here it’s, it’s one big family, so we’re obviously concerned about his well-being and how he is doing,” said Westmoreland.

Westmoreland says he’s had a chance to talk to Williams, the deputy is still in pain, but is recovering.

He’s anxious for Williams to be feeling much better so he can get back to his important work in the community.

“He’s great to work with, everyone here likes when he comes out, have a good time, he’s great with the public and in the community he’s well liked,” said Westmoreland.

We reached out to Williams and he wants to thank the agencies, medical and law enforcement, who helped last night. He also says he hopes the occupants of the other vehicle have a speedy recovery from their injuries.

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Uncertain future for Illinois police officer who is a DACA recipient

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:31

FAIRMONT CITY, Ill. (KSDK) – Leaders in Washington are still deciding the future of a program that allows young, undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States.

Meanwhile, recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, wait for an uncertain future.

Germain Martinez Garcia tries not to let the daily headlines affect him too much.

“I have to try — for the community — I can’t have any negative thoughts in my mind. It doesn’t allow me to do my job like it should be done,” he said.

Martinez is a DACA recipient, himself. He was brought into the U.S. without documentation when he was only 6, and grew up in southern Illinois. Now, he is a local police officer on the force in Fairmont City, Illinois.

The department hired him about two years ago to complete the police academy. He has been patrolling the streets for about nine months.

“I love helping people, interacting with people, and just the community — I really enjoy the community,” he said.

“What we try to do here is make the police department look like the faces of the people in the community,” said Fairmont City Police Chief, Scott Penny. “Fairmont City is approximately 70 percent Hispanic population.

Penny met Martinez when the officer was just an intern and said he recognized potential. Not familiar with the DACA program enough to know if he could hire Martinez, Chief Penny started making phone calls around the state.

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Senators grill social media companies over terrorist posts

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:14

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawmakers grilled executives Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter on Wednesday about what the companies are doing to prevent terrorists from using their platforms to spread propaganda and recruit new followers.

The Senate’s commerce, science and transportation committee hearing comes amid growing government scrutiny over misuse of social media platforms and questions about what the companies are doing to prevent it.

And it comes after November’s exhaustive congressional hearings on what the companies knew — and did — about Russia’s efforts to meddle with the 2016 U.S. elections using their platforms.

Lawmakers acknowledged that the companies, especially Google and Facebook, have come a long way when it comes to weeding out extremist material. But they said more needs to be done.

“What have we learned about how the Russians attacked us?” Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, asked the witnesses. “What have social media companies done to assess this threat, both individually and collectively? What have they done to address this threat? And what more do they need to do to be ready for the future?”

All three companies stressed their increasing reliance on automated systems and artificial intelligence to combat terrorism on their platforms. Facebook, for example, said 99 percent of extremist material related to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State is detected and removed before anyone manually reports it.

But lawmakers and others noted that artificial intelligence is only good at detecting and preventing things it already knows. So AI won’t help much when it comes to anticipating future social-media tactics that extremists might adopt.

Clint Watts, a terrorism expert at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, said at the hearing that Google and Facebook are ahead of Twitter when it comes to weeding out extremist content. He said that’s because Twitter relies too much on technology and not enough on things like threat intelligence, like working with outside experts and officials.

He also said that “lesser educated” populations, including people around the world just getting online via mobile devices, are especially vulnerable to the social media manipulations of terrorists and authoritarians.

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Teen arrested for Liberal school threats

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:45

LIBERAL, Kan. (KSNW) – The Liberal Police Department arrested a 13-year-old boy for aggravated criminal threat today.

On Monday, USD 480 officials notified the department of a potential threat to Liberal High School, Eisenhower Middle School and Seymour Rogers Middle School. The threat was communicated to some students through social media.

The teen was taken into custody and will be detained at the Southwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center pending formal charges.

The investigation of the incident is ongoing.

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Seven arrested for drug activity at Newton High School

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:01

NEWTON, Kan. (KSNW) – Five juveniles and two adults were arrested Wednesday morning as part of a Harvey County Drug Task Force investigation into drug activity at Newton High School.

One other suspect in the case was already in custody on other charges. Two additional arrest warrants are still outstanding, and police are seeking those individuals.

The individuals, all of whom attend NHS or have recently withdrawn, were arrested on charges of selling marijuana, Xanax, oxycodone and hydrocodone.

The arrests are the culmination of a two-month investigation by the Newton Police Department and Harvey Count Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with USD 373 officials. Five of the arrests were made at NHS and two were made elsewhere in the city.

“Our goal is to protect the safe and healthy learning environment for Newton students,” Police Chief Eric Murphy said. “Youth are faced with many challenges at school, and the peer pressure to use drugs should not be one of them.”

During the course of the investigation, police seized 74.5 grams of marijuana and 97 dosage units of prescription drugs. None of the cases involved weapons, and the investigations did not present a danger to students or staff.

Also as part of Wednesday’s arrests, several K-9 teams from throughout the state assisted in conducting free air sniffs in the parking lot and locker areas. One K-9 drug indication in the parking lot was investigated, but no arrests were made.

Murphy said that re-establishment of the Harvey County Drug Task Force in 2017 was a key factor in the investigation.

“Drugs are certainly not a problem unique to Newton, but we are glad to have a renewed focus on driving these crimes out of Harvey County,” Murphy said.

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Trump to give Dole Congressional Gold Medal

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:46

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is receiving the Congressional Gold Medal.

The Kansas Republican, a decorated World War II veteran and his party’s 1996 presidential candidate, will receive Congress’ highest honor during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday. President Donald Trump plans to attend. Some of the award’s 300 recipients include George Washington and Mother Teresa.

Dole is considered one of his party’s best dealmakers, a distinction Trump has given himself, as well. But Trump and the Republican-led Congress are currently mired in a pitched budget battle that could end in a government shutdown at the end of the week if not resolved.

Dole supported Trump for president.

Trump’s campaign says the president has known Dole for years and especially admires Dole’s support for veterans.

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Members named for Wichita Citizen Review Board

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:42

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita City Manager Robert Layton on Wednesday named the seven appointees and six alternates for the Citizen Review Board. (Listed below)

The board was approved by the Wichita City Council on Oct. 10, 2017. It will provide the Wichita Police Department and council input regarding racial and biased-based policing issues. It will replace the existing City Manager Review Board. The board will also assist in policy development, public education, community outreach and other activities related to racial and other biased-based policing.

“We police with the consent of the people. I welcome the oversight, citizen involvement in what we are doing, looking at our policies and practices and asking those tough questions. I’m excited for this board to get up and running,” said Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay.

The members from the board were selected from over 100 applicants from different demographics in the city. The members will go through training. It includes completion of the Citizen’s Police Academy and training in state open meetings and records law.

The first meeting of the board hasn’t been set.

Board Appointees
  • Timothy L. Sims
    Planeview Church of Good in Christ
    Served on previous City Manager’s Review Board
  • Dennis Beder
    Union Rescue Mission Executive Director
    Advocate for those who suffer from disease, addition, and homelessness.
  • Jay Fowler
    Trial lawyer and partner with Foulston Siefkin
    Former president of Wichita Bar Association
  • Anabel Larumbe
    Greg Beuke Law Office receptionish
    Community advocate
  • Robert Thompson
    Cargill Logistics Manager
    Graduate of Citizens Police Academy
  • Shaun Rojas
    Kansas Leadership Center Director of Civic Engagement
    District Advisory Board Member
  • Tonja Sowder
    Syndeo Outsourcing – Vice President of Human Resources
    Board of Directors for Family Promise of Greater Wichita
Board Alternates
  • Odell Harris, Jr
    Wichita Public Schools – Behavior Specialist
    10 years pastoral experience
  • Jaime O. Lopez
    Kwik Shop HR Manager
    Intermittent Adjunct Professor University of Phoenix
  • Paul Kitchen
    High School Teacher – USD 259
    Wichita State University Department of Curriculum and Instruction Adjunct Instructor
  • Stephanie Luna
    Bed, Bath, and Beyond Associate
    Four years’ experience as a Career Transition Specialist for Flint HIlls Job Corps Center
    Online instruction at Hutchinson Community College
  • Sharon M. Alislieger
    Retired librarian
    Active member of League of Women Voters
  • Janet L. Miller
    Administrative Coordinator – Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center
    Former city council member
Advisor to Citizen Review Board
  • Barry R. Grissom
    Former United States Attorney for the District of Kansas
    Experience leading government investigations

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Laura’s Look: Arctic air on the way OUT

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:25

You can already feel the changes in the air this morning!

The January thaw gets underway this afternoon with above freezing high temperatures for everyone under mostly sunny skies.

By tonight, we fall back into the teens with a continued breeze.

Even warmer by the end of the week! The warmth will come along with a typical Kansas wind but check out the results by the weekend! High temperatures in the 60s by Saturday, yes please and thank you!

Notice temperatures take a hit by Sunday, that’s when we’re tracking our next winter storm. Some parts of the state will see rain and snow, I’ll show you show gets what coming up on KSN News at Noon! – Laura Bannon



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WSU grad seeking to flip the script on millennial money management

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:22

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – It’s a common New Years resolution: money. Either spending less of it, making more of it, or setting up accounts for future successes, like a retirement account.

But when our younger generation, our millennials, go to find resources on money management, they can often come across outdated or irrelevant information. Wichita State graduate and Newton native Shelby Grosch penned a financial book aimed at young adults.

“It pains me to see people that are working 40 hours a week then they can’t go out and buy lunch. Or they have to think twice about a $5 purchase. I want to take the stress out of money,” Grosch told KSN.

‘Young, Dumb, and NOT Broke?!’ is intended to be the financial basics to get started out on the right track.

Grosch is a self-admitted money maniac, proudly claiming to enjoy talking in dollars and cents. He has a financial degree from WSU and wrote the book while working a corporate job in Atlanta. He’s back in the Wichita area working as an electrician.

“If you asked my friends, they’d tell you I love talking in money and dollar bills, and I could spend my life in an Excel spreadsheet but most people aren’t like that,” Grosch said.

The book touches on investing, budgeting and pyramid schemes among other topics. Originally, he wrote an article of tips but it evolved into a book and is now on Amazon.

Grosch says the book is full of stories from his own life, including his early financial beginnings: earning a penny for every walnut he collected from his parent’s yard.

He leaves us a final piece of advice:

“The best thing I can always tell people is it doesn’t matter how much money you have if you can’t manage it, you’ll always be broke,” Grosch said.

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Great Bend man arrested on charges of drug possession, criminal use of explosives

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:10

GREAT BEND, Kan. (KSNW) – A 31-year-old Great Bend man was arrested Tuesday after sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant in Great Bend. It happened just after noon in the 1500 block of Hubbard Street.

During the investigation, deputies located stolen firearms, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, commercial binary explosives, and several pounds of other high explosives. The United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was notified and responded to the scene from Wichita. Also, one sheriff’s deputy was injured when he was bitten by a Pit Bull Terrier. Officers used a taser to dissuade the animal.

According to deputies, Frederick Silas McNett was booked on several drug charges, possession of stolen property, aggravated endangerment of a child, and criminal use of explosives. He is being held in the Barton County Jail.

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Plane crashes on Kansas-New Mexico flight, pilot hurt

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 08:11

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Authorities say a man is hospitalized in critical condition after the small plane he was flying crashed in New Mexico.

Santa Fe Sheriff’s officials say the pilot called a regional emergency communications center about 8 p.m. Monday to report the crash.

The man provided coordinates directing emergency personnel east of the Rancho San Marcos subdivision off State Road 14.

Sheriff’s deputies say the man was found at the crash site and complained of leg, back and arm injuries.

He told authorities he was flying from Kansas to Santa Fe and his single-engine aircraft iced up and lost lift as he flew through a storm toward the Santa Fe Airport.

The man’s name and hometown weren’t immediately available Tuesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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Girl jumps out window, reveals that 13 siblings kept captive

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 08:02

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl who looked closer to 10 jumped out a window, called 911, and showed the world the strange and secret horror she and her 12 brothers and sisters had been living through.

Her parents had made their suburban Southern California home a private school, a prison, and a veritable torture chamber for the siblings aged 2 to 29, authorities said.

Until the girl fled with photographic evidence, it appears no one, neither neighbors nor public officials, knew anything about what was happening inside.

Deputies said some siblings were shackled to furniture in the filthy, foul-smelling conditions. They were so malnourished that the older ones still looked like children.

Few details have been released about how the parents kept them captive despite what appeared to be opportunities for them to leave.

The parents, 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin and 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, were jailed on $9 million bail. Charges that may include torture and child endangerment could come Wednesday and a court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, authorities said.

In one of many surreal details that emerged as the investigation grew, it appears that an Elvis impersonator who performs weddings in Las Vegas is one of the few people who had direct dealings with the family, and he saw a different side.

“It’s very disturbing because I felt like I did know them,” said Kent Ripley, the Elvis impersonator who led the parents through at least three vow renewal ceremonies in recent years, most recently on Halloween, 2015.

He looked back at YouTube videos of the ceremonies after hearing the news, including two that show all the children dancing and smiling, with matching outfits and similar haircuts.

“Watching them now it’s kind of haunting and disturbing,” Ripley told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. “They all looked young and thin but I figured it was just their lifestyle. Maybe the activities they did, maybe because of their religious beliefs. I didn’t get that in depth with them but I knew they were a fun family.”

Numerous photos on the couple’s Facebook page show the children dancing at the Elvis Chapel, visiting an amusement park that appears to be Disneyland and going on other outings, always looking thin but often smiling.

It was a normal public face the family put on that included the ordinary outward appearance of their house, one of many brown-and-beige homes that lined a residential street. Four vehicles were parked in their driveway Tuesday, with a horde of international media surrounding the house.

Neighbors, just a few steps away in either direction, said the family kept to themselves and never so much as waved. No calls about trouble ever came to police or child welfare officials.

But inside it was a stinking mess, the conditions “horrific,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Fellows said Tuesday.

“If you can imagine being 17 years old and appearing to be a 10-year-old, being chained to a bed, being malnourished and injuries associated with that, I would call that torture,” Fellows said.

He said there was no indication any of the children were sexually abused, although that was still being investigated.

The children’s aunt, Teresa Robinette, said her nieces and nephews lived a strict existence.

“They weren’t allowed to date. They didn’t have a social life. They weren’t allowed to watch TV. They weren’t allowed to have friends over — the normal things that kids do,” Robinette said on the “Today” show Wednesday.

The couple, married 32 years, sometimes dressed their children alike in pink dresses or Dr. Seuss T-shirts, kept them away from outsiders and cut the boys’ hair in a Prince Valiant-style resembling that of their graying father. Photos show nearly all the girls with shoulder-length brown hair parted in the middle.

The couple moved to Southern California from the Dallas area in 2011, and bought the home in 2014 in the rapidly growing city of Perris 70 miles (113 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles with their 12 children. They lived there quietly for at least three years and had another baby.

Turpin worked as an engineer at the Northrop Grumman aerospace company and earned $140,000 annually and his wife was a homemaker, records showed.

Their house doubles as the Sandcastle Day School, where David Turpin is listed as principal and its enrollment of six includes only the couple’s younger children, Fellows said.

No state agency regulates or oversees private schools in California, and they are not licensed by the state Education Department.

Mark Uffer, CEO at Corona Regional Medical Center, said seven of the couple’s children were there Tuesday.

The children are “very friendly,” he said. “They’re very cooperative, and I believe that they’re hopeful that life will get better for them after this event.”

Dr. Donald Kirby, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic, said the siblings’ pale complexions could reflect a lack of sunshine and iron deficiencies caused by insufficient vitamins.

He said their small stature and childlike appearance also indicates they were probably undernourished for many years.

“What that means is this has been a very long process and that during the real growth spurt years that the needed nutrients weren’t given,” Kirby said. “At some point the body locks in and you’re not able to grow anymore. This didn’t happen last week, last month or even last year. This has been going on probably a very long time.”

Robinette, Louise Anna Turpin’s sister, said she voiced concerns about the children’s health.

“I always made comments to Louise when I did talk to her, about, gosh, they are so skinny,” Robinette said. “She would laugh it off and say David’s so tall and lanky, they are going to be like him.”

Kirby said the siblings’ physical and emotional recovery period will likely be long and arduous.

“Lots of things are going to need to be done for these poor people,” he said.


Rogers reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press writers Michael Balsamo, John Rogers, John Antczak, Christopher Weber, Andrew Dalton and Bob Lentz contributed to this report.

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Happy retirement Leon!

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:32

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Today, we congratulate Leon on his retirement from KSN News.

Several weeks ago, Leon announced that he would leave the station.

“I love this job, this station and the people I work with. The Kansas Today team is like a family to me,” said Smitherman. “This is not an easy decision, but it is the right decision, for me, my family and frankly for my own health.”

Leon joined the KSN family in 2003 as a meteorologist and reporter, but he’s been in the broadcast industry for 30 years. He’s served as a meteorologist in markets across the country including Monroe, LA, Spokane, WA, San Diego, CA and Raleigh, NC.

During his career he’s covered many major storms in Kansas and across the country, including Hurricanes Floyd and Dennis.

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AP Sources: WH directed Bannon silence in House interview

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon’s attorney relayed questions, in real time, to the White House during a House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist, people familiar with the closed-door session told The Associated Press.

As lawmakers probed Bannon’s time working for President Donald Trump, Bannon’s attorney Bill Burck was asking the White House counsel’s office by phone during the Tuesday session whether his client could answer the questions. He was told by that office not to discuss his work on the transition or in the White House.

It’s unclear who Burck was communicating with in the White House. He is also representing top White House lawyer Don McGahn in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Tuesday’s conversations were confirmed by a White House official and a second person familiar with Bannon’s interview. They spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

On Wednesday, the AP also confirmed that Bannon will meet with Mueller’s investigators for an interview instead of appearing before a grand jury. A person familiar with that issue confirmed the interview and said Bannon is expected to cooperate with Mueller. The person was not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

It’s unclear when the interview might occur.

Burck didn’t respond to numerous phone messages left Tuesday and Wednesday. A spokeswoman for Bannon did not respond to multiple requests for comment. A spokesman for the special counsel’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bannon refused to answer a broad array of queries from the House Intelligence Committee about his time working for Trump, leading the Republican committee chairman to authorize a subpoena.

Lawmakers were expecting a similar fight Wednesday with Trump’s White House as another senior aide, Rick Dearborn, was to appear for a private interview with the committee.

The developments brought to the forefront questions about White House efforts to control what current and former aides tell Congress about their time in Trump’s inner circle, and whether Republicans on Capitol Hill would force the issue.

It is unlikely the committee will face the same White House objections with Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who is also being interviewed Wednesday. He never served in the White House.

The interviews with Lewandowski and Dearborn were confirmed by two people familiar with the committee’s work who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to discuss the confidential interviews.

The congressional subpoena for Bannon came after the former far-right media executive and recently scorned Trump adviser received a grand jury subpoena issued by Mueller. That subpoena, first reported by The New York Times, appeared to be a negotiating tactic that then prompted Bannon to agree to a sit-down with Mueller’s prosecutors rather than appearing before the grand jury.

Bannon confirmed that he had received the subpoena from Mueller during his House Intelligence Committee interview, according to a person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss Bannon’s interactions with Mueller.

Lawmakers questioned Bannon as part of their investigation into Russian election inference and sought answers about Trump’s thinking when he fired FBI Director James Comey.

But Bannon refused to answer questions about that crucial period, and as a result, the chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., issued the subpoena, spokesman Jack Langer said.

A White House official said the White House counsel’s office had a conversation last week with committee counsel about Bannon’s testimony and was told the questions were expected to be about the campaign. The official said the White House offered to send an attorney to attend the interview and was told the move wasn’t necessary.

But when the lawmaker’s questions moved to Bannon’s time in the White House, Bannon’s lawyer got on the phone with the counsel’s office.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the committee’s top Democrat, said Bannon’s refusal to answer questions from the panel “can’t stand” and went far beyond other witnesses who have declined to answer specific questions. He said the committee expects to have Bannon return for more questioning.

“This was effectively a gag order by the White House preventing this witness from answering almost any question concerning his time in the administration and many questions even after he left the administration,” Schiff said.

Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “As with all congressional inquiries touching upon the White House, Congress must consult with the White House prior to obtaining confidential material. This is part of a judicially recognized process that goes back decades.”


Lemire reported from New York. Associated Press writers Chad Day, Eric Tucker and Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this report.

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Meteor credited for bright light, noise rattling Michigan

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 06:41

DETROIT (AP) — Experts say a bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky above Michigan was a meteor.

The American Meteor Society says it received hundreds of reports of a fireball Tuesday night over the state, including many in the Detroit area. Reports also came in from several other states and Ontario, Canada.

Some Michigan residents reported their homes shaking.

The society says the reports suggest a space rock penetrated deep into the Earth’s atmosphere before it broke apart. The U.S. Geological Service says it registered as a 2.0 magnitude earthquake in Michigan.

Bill Cooke with NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office tells The Detroit News it was “definitely a meteoroid” and a rare sight for Michigan.

Other states where people reported seeing a fireball included Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.

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Happy Birthday! Betty White turns 96

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 06:33

HOLLYWOOD, CA (WCMH) — This Golden Girl gets another candle on her birthday cake.

Betty White turns is 96 years young Wednesday!

According to CNN, the 6-time Emmy winner told Parade magazine that the secret to a long life is to “accentuate the positive, not the negative.”

As for her diet, she says her favorite items include vodka and hot dogs, “probably in that order.”

White’s career has lasted more than seven decades with appearances on both the small and big screen.

There’s still one major item on White’s bucket list and that is meeting Robert Redford.

White says she tries to meet the actor every year, but has yet to do so.

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Leon’s Breakfast Blog: It’s a Beautiful Day to Retire!!

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 06:05

We have some really good news in the forecast today!! Finally we will start to scour out that bitter Arctic air and return to more seasonal conditions… Just keep in mind it is going to be a slow change!! As of 4AM this morning we are starting to see a shift in the temps and a warm up compared to where we were at 4AM yesterday morning!


SW winds will start to usher in “less cold” air as a warmer ridge of high pressure begins to build in and warm us up heading into the weekend!

Today Western Kansas continues to get milder and milder with temps into the 40s!! Even with wall to wall sunshine Wichita will only make it up to the freezing point!!

What a turn around we have for you over the next couple of days! From freezing to the 50s and even some 60s!! WOW!! It’s a great way to end the week!!


On a personal note… Today is my last day at KSN… As we mentioned a few weeks ago, I have decided to retire. After a 30 year career in broadcasting with nearly half of those years spent at KSN I’ve decided it’s time to shift my focus to the next chapter in my life. The staff and crew on Kansas Today are like a family and I will miss working with them and I will miss the wonderful viewers who make these hours worthwhile too!! This Saturday I will marry the most amazing woman I’ve ever had the honor of knowing and from there on we start a brand new life together without that 1AM alarm going off… Take care my friends!

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Sumner Co. Sheriff Deputy Critically Injured in Crash

Local KSN News - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 02:27

Sumner County, Kan. (KSNW) – A sheriff’s deputy was critically injured in a two vehicle crash on Kansas highway 15.

The crash happened around 8:30 p.m. January 16th south of Mulvane in the 1400 block of K-15.

Sumner County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Williams was driving south on K-15 when he began to slow down onto the shoulder.

A 2006 Chrysler Town and Country van traveling behind the deputy then moved over to pass the deputy. That’s when the deputy tried to make a u-turn and the can collided with the cruiser.

Deputy Williams was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita in critical condition. He is now in stable condition.

The passengers in the other vehicle only suffered minor injuries.

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Wichita woman escapes kidnapper, says QuikTrip employees are heroes

Local KSN News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 22:36

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The internet is a world of its own and some would say social media is a world of its own, a place where people can connect, and even sell things.

For one Wichita woman, social media became a nightmare when police say she was trying make some quick cash on Monday.

Police say the alleged victim was trying to sell a ring online, and she was using Facebook to do it. They say a potential buyer contacted her and they agreed on a meeting place.

Police say the woman met the man, now named a suspect, at Jimmy Johns on Hillside, but when he got in the car, they say he pulled a gun and made her drive around town. The victim, who didn’t want to do an on-camera interview, tells KSN she asked the man if she could stop off to use the bathroom.

They ended up at QuikTrip on East Douglas.

Bryan Olvera is an employee who was there at the time, and he says the woman came busting through the doors.

“She came in here and snapped her finger, and I think she said help,” he explains.

Olvera says they rushed her back to the safe room in the back of the store and called 911. That’s when he says he realized how serious the situation was.

“My manager said he had a gun and then he just like started walking but like before that he came in a couple of times, but we didn’t know it was him,” says Olvera.

Police came but by the time they got there they say the suspect got away.

But the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous for safety reasons, says the people at QuikTrip saved her.

“I don’t really think we are heroes, but I think QuikTrip was a safe place that was really smart what she did,” says Olvera.

Police say they have dealt with four other cases like this in the last two weeks.

They say if you plan to meet and sell something, do it in a public place and let your friends know where you are.

Police say you can even do it at a police substation.

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