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Kansas State to have inauguration ceremony for president

13 hours 1 min ago

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – Kansas State University is having a formal inauguration ceremony this week for President Richard Myers.

The retired four-star Air Force general and former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman is the 14th president in the university’s 154-year history.

The ceremony for Myers is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday in McCain Auditorium on the university’s main Manhattan campus. The president plans to give an inaugural address.

The Kansas Board of Regents appointed Myers president in November after he had served as interim president for seven months. He replaced Kirk Schulz, who left the position to become Washington State University’s president.

Myers graduated from Kansas State in 1965 and joined the military through the ROTC program there. After his retirement from the military, Myers was a part-time professor of military history and leadership.

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Sean Hannity calls sexual harassment accusation ‘100% false’

13 hours 3 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Hannity says accusations of sexual harassment from a former Fox News guest are “100% false and a complete fabrication.”

Debbie Schlussel tells Tulsa, Oklahoma, radio station KFAQ that Hannity repeatedly asked her to come to his hotel with him during a book signing event and a broadcast of his show in Detroit. She says Hannity called her after the show and yelled at her. She says “it was made clear to me that I didn’t go back to his hotel with him.”

Hannity responded to the New York Daily News in a statement . He says Schlussel has been lying about him for over a decade “in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch” his reputation.

Schlussel didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Hannity’s statement.


This story has been corrected to show that Schlussel was a guest on Fox News Channel, not a contributor.

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US gas prices rise 3 cents over 2 weeks, to $2.46 a gallon

13 hours 28 min ago

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 3 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.46.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that consumers could see price increases slow as crude oil costs drop.

The national average is 28 cents per gallon above the price a year ago.

Gas in San Francisco was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $3.04 a gallon Friday. The lowest was in Jackson, Mississippi, at $2.09 per gallon.

The U.S. average diesel price is $2.59, up 1 cent from two weeks ago.

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Federal judge stays order over plan given to Trump

13 hours 42 min ago

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A magistrate judge has agreed to stay an order requiring Kansas’ top election official to turn over proposed changes to voting rights laws that he took to a meeting with President Donald Trump.

The Kansas City Star reports that the action Judge James O’Hara took Sunday gives Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach time to appeal to U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson.

At issue is whether Kobach will have to turn over two documents to plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring voters provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering.

After examining the documents, O’Hara ruled last week that parts were relevant to the lawsuit and chastised Kobach for misrepresenting the contents.

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Wanted: Jasmine Dawn Smith

21 hours 38 min ago

Jasmine is wanted by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. She was last known to live in the Wichita, Kansas area.

Anyone with information on the location of this person or any other wanted person or about ANY CRIME is urged to contact the Sedgwick County Sheriffs Office at 1.800.874.6449 Wichita-Sedgwick County Crime Stoppers at316.267.2111 or 911 or texting at CRIMES(274637) and enter TIP217 plus your message.

Name: Jasmine Dawn Smith
Jasmine Thomas Dawn
Born: 1981
Ht/Wt: 5′ 4″ – 132 lbs.
White Female
Red hair / Gray eyes
Tattoo right ankle (rose)

To see more felons, or submit an anonymous tip, visit the
Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County website

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Thursday at 10: KSN Investigates – Patrol Rifles

21 hours 42 min ago

Patrol rifles are a powerful weapon police officers never want to use but have to when faced with active shooters or dangerous standoffs.

Join Stephanie Bergmann as she uncovers why the Wichita Police Department has far fewer patrol rifles than other departments in the region and choose, instead, to use less lethal methods.

“It’s really impractical to really outfit everyone with every weapons system, necessarily, and to be able to carry it with them everywhere they go.

Join us Thursday night at 10 when KSN Investigates: Patrol Rifles.

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Wichita State’s Sydney Brummett Wins National Title

22 hours 28 sec ago

Wichita State bowler Sydney Brummett won the women’s national championship down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Brummett, a junior from Indiana, tweeted out how blessed she was to be a part of the Shocker program.

Normally the championships are held in Wichita, but this year, they were held in Louisiana. Before making the trip down to Baton Rouge, Brummett said, “It’s really cool to go to Louisiana …we’re real excited to go to somewhere else and show what the shockers are made of.”


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Darvish, Rangers finish 4-game sweep, beat Royals 5-2

22 hours 1 min ago

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish didn’t get pulled early this time, and didn’t have to try to explain a puzzling loss for Texas.

The Japanese right-hander pitched eight innings in his longest outing since elbow surgery two years ago and the Rangers scored the tying and go-ahead runs without a hit, completing a four-game sweep with a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Darvish retired 15 of 16 batters after giving up three consecutive hits in the third. Two of those were back-to-back solo home runs from Mike Moustakas and Jorge Bonifacio, whose first big league homer came two innings after he singled for his first career hit.

Darvish was coming off a 4-2 loss to Oakland when he imploded in the sixth and was yanked without a chance to work out of trouble with the score tied. He responded with his highest pitch count (113) since Tommy John reconstructive surgery during spring training in 2015.

“He told me since I took him out at 82 that I owed him a lot of pitches,” pitching coach Doug Brocail said. “I said, ‘OK, I’ll add 20-25,’ and you could see him doing the math. That’s only 102. He was bound and determined to throw eight and 100-plus and he got us there.”

Darvish (2-2) struck out eight with one walk as the Rangers finished their second four-game sweep of Kansas City in as many seasons. Texas has won 10 straight against the Royals, who have lost five of six since a four-game winning streak.

Jason Hammel (0-2) came out after starting the fourth inning with a walk, two hit batters and another walk to force in the tying run.

The second hit batter, Robinson Chirinos, got plunked on the right wrist on a check swing, and the ricochet hit home plate umpire Eric Cooper on the right leg. Both hobbled away from the plate, with Cooper ruling a foul ball. It was quickly overturned by replay.

Jurickson Profar walked for a 2-2 tie, forcing Hammel out of the game. Carlos Gomez then gave Texas the lead with an RBI grounder.

“I’ve just got to trust the stuff, let it work,” Hammel said. “For whatever reason, I shifted into trying to make the perfect pitch and overthrowing and really got myself and us in trouble.”

Matt Bush pitched a perfect ninth for his first save this season and the second of the 31-year-old reliever’s career.

Joey Gallo, the first hit batter in the fourth, connected in the sixth for his team-leading sixth homer, an opposite-field drive to left. Robinson Chirinos homered in the eighth, his fourth long ball in 18 at-bats.


Kansas City has a majors-low 46 runs after scoring just five in 40 innings in the series, which included a 1-0 loss in 13 innings in the opener. Manager Ned Yost juggled the lineup, moving Alex Gordon out of the leadoff spot for the first time this season with his .176 average and putting Bonifacio third even though he started the game without a big league hit. Yost gave Lorenzo Cain (team-leading .333 average) the day off.


Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus, with a surprising three homers already to put him at 38 for his nine seasons, hit cleanup for the first time in his career. He’s now hit in all nine spots in the order. He had an RBI single for the first Texas run in the third. He struck out twice with runners at first and second. “I didn’t do that bad. Got an RBI at least,” Andrus said.


Royals: C Salvador Perez missed his second straight game with neck stiffness. Manager Ned Yost said he was still day-to-day.

Rangers: RHP Sam Dyson, on the 10-day DL with a right hand contusion after losing his job as closer, will pitch an inning each Monday and Tuesday on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock. He can return to the Rangers on Friday.


Royals: LHP Jason Vargas (3-0, 0.44 ERA) makes his 200th career start in the opener of a three-game series at the White Sox. He’s 3-0 for the first time since his rookie season in 2005 and has just two walks with 23 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings.

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (1-2, 3.60 ERA) pitches the opener of a three-game home series against Minnesota. He’s 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA in two home starts, including 5 1/3 scoreless innings in an 8-1 win over Oakland.

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Rio Olympics Swimmer Inspires Wichita Swimmers

22 hours 25 min ago

The Wichita Swim Club held its end of the year banquet tonight at Wichita Country Club. Kevin Cordes, who won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, spoke to the young men and women.

His message was to never give up. In 2012, he missed the Olympic team. Four years later, he made it, and won gold in Brazil. Cordes swam at the University of Arizona, and is from Illinois.




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USD 259 to revisit academic calendar at board meeting

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:23

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The USD 259 school board will revisit the discussion of next year’s academic calendar at tomorrow’s school board meeting.

The discussion could include lengthening school days, but board president Sheril Logan says the calendar will not differ much from this year’s calendar.

“This is just such a different kind of year. With not knowing our budget and we may not know our budget for several months yet, but we have to go on and get school ready,” Logan said Sunday.

Logan says it’s a little later in the year than usual to look at the calendar for next year but attributes that to all the unknown schools faced in Topeka this year at the legislative level. A survey went out to parents earlier in the year which proved parents were overwhelmingly not in support of proposed changes.

“We are cutting some days off and lengthening our day and we know that’s not what our community is, there’s some concern about that one but for one year we may have to live with this calendar and then next year make some changes,” Logan said.

Band students at Coleman Middle School held a car wash fundraiser on Sunday afternoon to raise money for a field trip to Worlds of Fun. Several students said they currently go to the band room after school and hang out, do homework or practice their instrument. Band director Ashten Anderson would prefer reverting to last year’s schedule.

“I personally think that we should go back to the schedule we did last year which was even 30 minutes less than we have this year. Giving us that extra length, the kids are hungry at the end of the day. That’s when they’re used to getting their after school snack, I have a hard time getting my last hour to focus this year so I’d like the old schedule back,” Anderson said.

Student musicians tend to suffer with longer breaks in their time at school because they can’t practice as a group and gear up for performances.

“I think that would impact how much time we have to do our school work like outside of school. Like if we miss a day or we have longer school days, at home it’s like doubled,” 8th grader Jamyaaih Potts said.

The board will discuss but may or may not vote on the measure at tomorrow’s meeting.

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Haiti refugee accepts scholarship to KU

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 18:57

WICHITA, Kan., (KSNW) – It’s that time of year when parents and high school seniors are on standby awaiting college acceptance letters. For one, that journey to  college started in a small orphanage in Haiti. Sunday we spoke to a high school senior who says going to college is a dream come true.

“It’s different in Kansas,” explained Jasmine Martin. “When I lived in Haiti I thought America was just full out mountains and trees but when I got here there were no mountains and the trees always have fruit on them in Haiti, it’s different here.”

Reminiscing about here early childhood memories living in Haiti, Jasmine says there were good times but also times she wishes she could forget.

“I first went into an Orphanage in Haiti when I was three,” said Jasmine.

Born into poverty, Jasmine’s parents decided to give her up when she was three.

“They waned to give me a better life, that’s what parents do,” explained Jasmine. “Whatever way they can, they try to give their children the best life they know how to.”

When Jasmine was six, she was adopted by Wichita Missionaries and brought to the states.

“I had a lot of trauma from my early childhood that wasn’t dealt with when I got here,” explained Jasmine.

She says her unresolved issues from Haiti was more then her foster parents could handle so, after a year they gave Jasmine away.

“I kind of like became numb to everything that was going on at that time  because I didn’t know how to deal with it. Nobody was helping me transition,” said Jasmine.

For the last 10 years Jasmine has been in and out of group homes and even though she says this is not her ideal situation she is thankful to be in America.

“I eat everyday I have shelter like — I know if I go to get water there will always be water there,” she said.

Jasmine will be attending KU in the fall.

“I feel like everything I went through is worth it because somebody could read my story and it might inspired them,” she said.

Jasmine said she attributes some of her success to Rise Up For Youth, a local nonprofit that’s served as a mentor for her over the years. RUFY also played a role in helping Jasmine apply for college. Next weekend this organization will be having an event to honor some of the young men in the program.

For more information on Rise up For Youth click here: http://www.riseupforyouth.org/events1.html

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Authorities: 5 dead in New York City fire

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 17:44

NEW YORK (AP) – New York City officials say five people, including children, are dead and multiple people have been injured in a house fire.

The fire broke out Sunday afternoon shortly after 2 p.m. in the Queens Village neighborhood of Queens. The two-story single family home was engulfed by the four-alarm blaze. Television news footage showed flames chewing through the roof and roaring in upstairs rooms of the house as smoke poured from it.

Officials said five people have died. Witnesses heard loud booms before the blaze broke out. A neighbor told the New York Post that she saw a baby who was very badly burned being carried from the home.

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Kansas farmers doing better than expected

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:17

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – The latest farm loan delinquency numbers show Kansas farmers are faring better than many had feared as spring planting gets underway.

The U.S. Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency says its direct loan delinquencies in Kansas fell slightly to 6 percent as of March 31. That compares to 6 and a half percent at the same time a year ago.

Farm Loan Chief Robert White says the agency is pleased and surprised. He credits good crop yields the past couple of years for lessening the impact of low crop prices.

But he notes that the loan delinquency rate for March 2012 was under 4 percent.

The agency also guarantees some loans made by commercial banks and those are faring worse compared to last year at this time.

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Bill O’Reilly to return with new podcast episode Monday

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:05

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bill O’Reilly is back and ready to talk.

His personal website says the former Fox News host will air a new episode of his “No Spin News” podcast Monday evening.

Fox News Channel’s parent company fired O’Reilly on Wednesday following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations by women. O’Reilly has called the allegations completely unfounded.

For two decades, O’Reilly and his show “The O’Reilly Factor” had been the linchpin of Fox News’ success as the most visible and most watched host. Many wondered what the future would hold for him.

O’Reilly’s podcast episode will be available on his website to premium members at 6 p.m. Monday.

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Holy cow! Rare triplet calves born on 2 southern Kansas farms

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 13:13

PRESTON, Kan. (AP) – Two southern Kansas farmers are rearing unusual sets of triplet calves.

The Hutchinson News reports that Delbert Ross described the recent discovery of the triplets in a pasture on the line dividing Pratt and Kiowa counties as “pretty special.” He says it’s been at least 25 years since he’s seen triplets and that one of those calves was stillborn. He’s watching to see whether he’ll have to pull one or two of the calves to bottle rear.

On the other end of Pratt County, near Preston, another set of triplets was born in mid-March at the home of Mike and Sarah Jackson. They raise purebred Simmental cattle that their three daughters show for 4-H.

Pratt Community College agriculture instructor Lori Montgomery says it’s rare to have “live, healthy triplets.”

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Hash Browns recalled, may contain golf ball pieces

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 12:56

(CNN) – Some hash browns are being recalled because they may contain pieces of golf balls.

The frozen Southern Style Hash Browns are sold in nine states under Harris Teeter and Roundy’s brands.

The producer, McCain Foods, says some golf ball materials may have been accidentally harvested with potatoes.

The company warns eating the hash browns can lead to choking.

So far, there have been no reports of injuries.

The recall affects 2-pound bags sold in “Harris Teeter”, “Marianos”, “Metro Market”, and “Pick ‘N Save” supermarkets.

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Man arrested after armed robbery for cigarettes

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 12:28

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department says a man is now in police custody after a Kwik Shop was robbed at gunpoint.

According to police, it happened just before 4 a.m. Sunday in the 700 block of West 29th Street North.

A store employee says a suspect, armed with a long gun, demanded cigarettes. After receiving them, the suspect left the store to the north.

After reviewing surveillance video, officers say they were able to locate and arrest the 28-year-old male without incident.

Police were able to recover the cigarettes and weapon used in the robbery.

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‘The Fate of the Furious’ laps new films at box office

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 12:10

LOS ANGELES (AP) – “The Fate of the Furious” has sped into first place at the box office again.

Studio estimates Sunday say the eighth installment in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise earned $38.7 million over the weekend. The new competition didn’t stand a chance against the high-octane film, which had the biggest global debut of all time last weekend.

Disney’s animal documentary “Born in China” earned $5.1 million to open in fourth place, behind holdovers “The Boss Baby,” with $12.8 million, and “Beauty and the Beast,” with $10 million.

Two other new movies fared worse.

Warner Bros.’ thriller “Unforgettable,” starring Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson, opened at No. 7 with a $4.8 million.

The Armenian genocide drama “The Promise,” with Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, took ninth place with $4.1 million.

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Trump heads into tough week with budget, health care battles

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:54

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading into one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, juggling a renewed health care push and a looming budget deadline. It’s all complicated by a potential showdown with Democrats over paying for a border wall.

The symbolic 100-day mark for the administration is April 29. That’s the same day government could shut down without a budget deal. Trump has announced a rally in Pennsylvania that day.

Aides stressed on Sunday talk shows that funding a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and a vote on an effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health care law were priorities. But they also expressed optimism that a shutdown could be avoided.

“I don’t think anyone foresees or expects or would want a shutdown,” said budget director Mick Mulvaney on “Fox News Sunday.”

Trump would like to revive a failed effort by House Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.” He also hopes to use a $1 trillion catchall spending bill to salvage victories on his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall, a multibillion-dollar down payment on a Pentagon buildup, and perhaps a crackdown on cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement by federal authorities.

But so far, negotiations have proven difficult, with disputes over the border wall and health law subsidies to help low-income people afford health insurance. House members received little information from leaders on a conference call Saturday. A one- or two-week extension might be needed to prevent a shutdown.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he believes the spending bill will include “something satisfactory” to reflect Trump’s desire to build a wall. The legislation would keep the government running through Sept. 30, the end of the budget year.

“We expect the priorities of the president to be reflected,” Priebus said, citing ongoing talks with the House and the Senate. He added that “it’ll be enough … to move forward either with construction or the planning, enough for us to move forward through the end of September, to get going on the border wall and border security.”

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California described a border wall as “immoral” and “expensive” when asked if there was any scenario in which Democrats will agree to money for a wall to avoid a shutdown.

“Democrats do not support the wall,” she said, speaking also on NBC. “Republicans on the border states do not support the wall.”

“The Republicans have the votes in the House and the Senate and the White House to keep government open. The burden to keep it open is on the Republicans,” Pelosi said. She noted that when Trump promised to build a wall during his campaign, he never indicated he would “pass billions of dollars of cost of the wall onto the taxpayer.”

On Obama’s health law, Priebus said he’d like to have a vote on the GOP replacement bill in the House this coming week. But he insisted it didn’t make too much difference to the White House whether the vote came next “Friday or Saturday or Monday.”

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” he said.

Trump tweeted a warning at Democrats on Sunday, saying: “ObamaCare is in serious trouble. The Dems need big money to keep it going – otherwise it dies far sooner than anyone would have thought.”

Trump is also planning to outline a tax cut plan on Wednesday. He told The Associated Press on Friday that it would include a “massive” tax cut for both individuals and corporations.

On Fox, Mulvaney said to expect “some specific governing principles, some guidance, also some indication on what the rates are going to be.” He added: “I don’t think anybody expects us to roll out bill language on Wednesday.”

Speaking to the AP, Trump dismissed 100-day markers as “artificial.” Still, his White House is eager to tout progress on the litany of agenda items he promised to fulfill in his first 100 days, despite setbacks including court bans on his proposed immigration limits and the high-profile failure in repealing and replacing Obamacare.

The president said Friday he spent his first 100 days laying the “foundation” for progress later in his administration, including by building relationships with foreign leaders.

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