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Heights football rolls past South 48-12

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:08

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Heights was looking to bounce back from a tough loss to Bishop Carroll last week. They did that and then some against South tonight.

The Falcons jumped out to a two-touchdown lead early in the first quarter, and never took their feet off the gas pedal, beating the Titans 48-12 to finish the regular season with a 5-3 record and grab some big-time momentum heading into the postseason.

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Former Shockers star Ron Baker begins year number two in the NBA

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:48

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – From Scott City to the Big Apple, Ron Baker’s journey to the NBA has definitely been a rollercoaster of a ride.

The former Wichita State All-American kicked off his second season with the New York Knicks in Oklahoma City tonight, finished with 6 points in 22 minutes. Before the game, he took some time to talk about his first year in the league, and how he hopes to take his game to the next level this season. All the while, Baker is making sure he stays true to who he is. And who he is means being a great teammate who never stops working.

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Wichita Animal Services wants larger staff to keep officers on the streets

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:43

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – We’ve told you about recent cases of animals being found neglected or abused in Wichita and surroundings areas.

Animal control officers respond to many of these cases but they can’t get to all of them.

Meet Aayda, the pit bull puppy whose story we’ve been following who was left to starve in a north Wichita alleyway.

She is just one of many animals abandoned in the city, and just one of the many calls Wichita Animal Services may receive.

But being short-staffed makes it difficult for a quick response.

“We have looked at different options, to try to alleviate some of those staffing levels,” said Lt. Brian Sigman, Director of Wichita Animal Services.

One of those options includes a request to the city to increase shelter staff by adding five positions.

Lieutenant Brian Sigman, the director of Wichita Animal Services, says the kennel techs would be new to the shelter. He says they would help get more officers on the street.

“It will help alleviate a lot of the animal control officers who have to come in and do the shelter clean ups and duties like that,” said Sigman.

He says a larger staff will allow officers to spend more time on high priority calls and investigations. It’s also about greater public safety.

“Having a little more time is going to increase their safety, citizens’ safety and allow us to be able to answer more calls in more of a timely manner,” said Sigman.

Sigman says that request is in the city manager’s office now.

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Can a dog’s breed affect your homeowner’s insurance? Derby man says yes

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:11

DERBY, Kan. (KSNW) – A Derby man is urging people to read the fine print of their insurance policies after his homeowner’s insurance was cancelled.

Clint Schoenthaler said his insurance company cancelled his homeowner’s insurance policy because he didn’t follow all of the rules for owning a pit-mix.

“I thought it was absolutely insane,” Schoenthaler said.

Schoenthaler said American Family Insurance of Derby sent him a cancellation notice in September and October. The notice said in part: “One of your dogs is ineligible according to our present underwriting rules…”

The cancellation notice then goes on to say in order to continue coverage Schoenthaler must have veterinary documentation showing the dog is up-to-date on all annual vaccinations, has been spayed or neutered and should contact the agent about completing a K9 Medical History Form. It also states the yard where the dog spends time must be securely fenced so that the dog will not be able to escape.

KSN reached out to American Family Insurance on Thursday.

“American Family Insurance insures all types of dogs. That does include pit bulls, but with certain breeds, including pit bulls, we ask our customers to take additional measures to protect them and to protect their neighbors,” said American Family Insurance spokesperson Ken Muth.

KSN found it’s standard for many insurance companies to ask their customers to take additional measures for certain breeds of dogs. American Family Insurance has a section on its website dedicated to questions about dog ownership.

Schoenthaler said he was not made aware about the additional measures and was shocked to learn about them via a cancellation notice.

“I understand there is a stigma against pit bulls and that my dog looks a little bit like a pit bull, but she’s not, she’s a mix,” Schoenthaler said.

Schoenthaler said he tried explaining to the insurance company that his dog is vaccinated and he does have a fenced in pen. However, he said it didn’t work. His policy was cancelled, but then on Thursday afternoon he said his American Family Insurance agent called him and said his policy had been reinstated.

“They just told me that the policy was reinstated. They weren’t real clear on why, just that our dogs were no longer considered uninsurable,” he said.

Muth with American Family Insurance told KSN the company took a second look at Schoenthaler’s situation. He said agents went through pictures of Marley and ultimately decided that the dog is not a full breed pit bull and therefore he was not breaking any rules.

Muth said the insurance company provided Schoenthaler with quotes from other insurance agents before cancelling his policy. Schoenthaler said he did end up getting a new homeowner’s insurance policy from another company. He told KSN he is still debating what company to go with now.

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Senate backs GOP budget in step forward for tax revamp

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:13

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on Thursday muscled a $4 trillion budget through the Senate in a major step forward for President Donald Trump’s ambitious promise of “massive tax cuts and reform.”

The 51-49 vote sets the stage for debate later this year to dramatically overhaul the U.S. tax code for the first time in three decades, cutting rates for individuals and corporations while eliminating trillions of dollars of deductions and special interest tax breaks.

The tax cuts would add up to $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the coming decade, however, as Republicans have shelved fears about the growing budget deficit in favor of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rewrite tax laws.

“These are reforms that change incentives and drive growth, and we’ve never done that before,” said Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

The White House hailed the bill’s passage, saying it “creates a pathway to unleash the potential of the American economy through tax reform and tax cuts.”

Divisions within the GOP indicate the process won’t be easy despite the political imperative.

The upcoming tax measure, always a top item on the GOP agenda, has taken on even greater urgency with the failure of the party to carry out its longstanding promise to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Republicans have said failure on taxes would be politically devastating in next year’s midterm elections, when control of the House and Senate are at stake.

When reconciled with the House budget plan, the nonbinding measure would set up special procedures to pass follow-up tax legislation without the threat of a filibuster by Senate Democrats. Pressure is mounting, however, on the House to simply adopt the Senate budget plan rather than risk lengthy negotiations that could delay the tax measure.

The House measure calls for a tax plan that wouldn’t add to the deficit, as well as $200 billion worth of cuts to benefit programs that the Senate has rejected.

Democrats blasted the GOP budget, warning voters that the upcoming tax measure will shower benefits on top-bracket earners, corporations, business partnerships and people inheriting multimillion-dollar estates. Trump promises that the tax plan — still under development — is aimed at the middle class, but previous versions have seen upper-income individuals benefiting the most.

“The bottom line on this budget is that it’s a right-wing fantasy document that paves the way for a hyper-partisan process on tax reform and trillions of dollars in handouts to big corporations and the wealthy,” said Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the tax-writing Finance Committee.

“The more people learn about this tax bill, the less they will like it,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “That’s what led to the demise of health care, ultimately, is that it was unpopular with the American people.”

Only one Republican, Rand Paul of Kentucky, voted against the budget. He said the measure permits too much spending and abandons the GOP drive to repeal the Obama health law. An amendment by Paul to revive the “Obamacare” repeal failed by a 2-to-1 margin.

“The American people are sick and tired of Congress spending recklessly with no end in sight,” Paul said, adding that the GOP plan “simply didn’t measure up and spent too much.”

Under Capitol Hill’s byzantine budget rules, the nonbinding budget resolution is supposed to lay out a long-term fiscal framework for the government. This year’s measure calls for $473 billion in cuts from Medicare over 10 years and more than $1 trillion from Medicaid. All told, Senate Republicans would cut spending by more than $5 trillion over a decade, though they don’t attempt to spell out where the cuts would come from.

Even so, the measure doesn’t promise to balance the budget, projecting deficits that would never drop below $400 billion. Republicans vow that the tax plan would result in a burst of economic growth that will add enough tax revenue to make up for the ambitious rate cuts. Most experts dismiss such promises, however, and Congress’ official scorekeepers agree with them.

And Republicans have no plans to carry out the measure’s politically toxic proposals to cut Medicare, food and farm programs, housing subsidies and transportation. Instead, work is under way to add tens of billions of dollars for both the Pentagon and domestic agency operations. And the Senate is poised to send Trump a $36.5 billion hurricane relief bill Monday.

The budget measure also would revive long-moribund efforts to permit exploration for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, permitting legislation opening up ANWR to drilling to catch a ride on the popular tax measure. Otherwise, it would be vulnerable to a filibuster by Democrats. An amendment to strip the drilling provision from the measure was rejected by a 52-48 vote, with moderate Republican Susan Collins of Maine joining with Democrats who oppose opening the refuge.

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One person in critical condition after shooting in east Wichita

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:47

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One person is in critical condition after being shot in east Wichita Thursday night.

According to authorities the shooting happened in the 7900 block of E. Lincoln. Currently traffic near Rock Road and Lincoln Street is being blocked off.

This story is still developing. Stay with KSN for updates.

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Sedgwick County, VA leaders discuss claims of missing $1.5 million

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:30

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Sedgwick County claims that since 2014, the VA owes them $1.5 million in missed medical transport payments.

With representatives from Senator Jerry Moran’s office and Congressman Ron Estes’ office on hand, Sedgwick County and VA officials met to see what is actually owed.

“We know that we are looking for 1.5 million dollars,” says Commissioner David Dennis. “That is a fact.”

Dennis is confident in that. He met with leaders from the Robert Dole VA Medical Center in hopes of finding the money which he says is owed to the county.

“There is a difference in their accounting and what our accounting shows.” Dennis adds, “We need to do a reconciliation and find out what the difference is.”

They took the first steps Thursday and will be meeting again on October 30 to re-examine all the accounts the county has with the VA.

Dennis says it’s a positive step forward, but the money is definitely missed.

“Obviously any revenue that we generate helps support EMS operations,” says Scott Hadley, Director of Sedgwick County Emergency Services.

Comparatively, $1.4 million is what Sedgwick County budgeted alone for an EMS post they broke ground on last October.

Hadley says the money could be used in a variety of other ways that help them provide a high level of first response to the community.

He says, “Adding additional crews, buying ambulances, equipment or operating supplies.”

Hadley says the meeting went well and they are confident that each side will be able to settle the issue.

“Irrespective of what happened today we are going to continue to provide quality services as we have in the past and will continue to do that in the future.”

KSN reached out to officials at the VA about the meeting and claims of missing money and have not received a response back.

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Pit bull puppy gets a new leash on life

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:26

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Starved and left for dead, a brown pit bull puppy continues to make progress after being dumped in a north Wichita alleyway.

The dog is now recovering with her new foster family.

It was just last week that the one and a half year old puppy, Aayda, was found in the 1800 block of North Arkansas.

Beauties and Beasts animal rescue picked her up and took her to the vet, where she had surgery and began her recovery.

On Saturday, Aayda was placed in her foster home with Mark Walker and Jeff Mosch. Walker and Mosch have fostered a dog once before.

Walker spoke about when he first saw Aayda in person.

“The first thing I noticed was how sad she looked, how a little scared if not a lot scared,” said Walker.

Mosch says Aayda wasn’t in the best shape at first.

“She couldn’t even really trot through the house without wobbling because her muscles were so atrophied, from the muscle loss she had,” said Mosch.

However, after five days in her new foster home, Mosch says her condition continues to improve.

“She runs now, she dances around my feet no matter where I go in the house, in fact she almost trips me, just has to be right there,” said Mosch.

Aayda has received around the clock care from both Walker and Mosch. They say she is now eating regularly and getting her strength back up.

It’s something Randi Carter with Beauties and Beasts says usually isn’t the outcome.

“This one is a happy ending, this one really is, five days after the surgery, we were all crossing our fingers, it was scary still, five days after the surgery,” said Carter.

With a new leash on life, Walker and Mosch are excited for what’s to come for their new furry four-legged friend.

“It’s just amazing to watch a dog that has been through what she’s been through and willing to be loved,” said Walker. “I think she is super resilient, I think she’s got an awesome life ahead of her,” added Mosch.

Mosch created a Facebook page called Aayda’s journey, which allows people to follow the pit bull puppy as she continues to recover. As of today, that page has seen almost 1,200 people join.

As for this case, Wichita Animal Control says they have identified a suspect, but aren’t releasing the name until that person is charged.

The case is expected to be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney Friday.

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Tyson plant shaped present-day Finney County

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:15

FINNEY COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) — A new plant can have a major impact on a community as Finney County has learned since Tyson opened a plant in Holcomb a few decades ago.

It’s a staple of the southwest Kansas economy.

“We pump groundwater,” said Steve Quakenbush with the Finney County Historical Society, “we grow corn, we produce feed from that corn, we feed cattle, and we process those cattle and ship beef all over the world.”

With 3,200 workers, the Tyson plant in Holcomb is the biggest employer in Finney County and is partly responsible for the region’s diversity.

Somali refugee Halima Farah is studying to become a nurse and found a job at Tyson to help reach her goal.

“I’m a translator,” she said. “Yeah, I do help the new hires or people who are from my community who don’t speak English. I help them understand the policies and about the company and everything.”

Garden City officials say the plant played a key role in population growth, from about 18,000 when the plant opened in 1980 to about 31,000 today.

The population grew so fast so quickly, Finney County officials tell KSN that when the plant first opened, many employees slept in tents in Stevens Park, because there was not enough housing available.

That population growth meant the community needed more teachers, more businesses, and more charities.

The Tyson plant is a major donor to Finney County United Way.

“Between 220 and 240,000 dollars every year,” said Susan Escareno with Finney County United Way. “Without Tyson, we would only be able to allocate about half of what we do now. They raise almost half of our funding every year, and that goes to over 20 nonprofits in our community.”

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KBI investigating death at Cowley County Jail

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:40

COWLEY COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation into a death that occurred Thursday at the Cowley County Jail.

According to Cowley County Sheriff David Falletti, no other information regarding the death will be released at this time. The name of the deceased will also not be released until family members are notified.

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Emaciated German Shepherd found in Dodge City, authorities asking for info

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:13

DODGE CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Dodge City Animal Shelter is looking for answers surrounding a malnourished German Shepherd that was recently found and brought to the shelter.

According to the Dodge City Police Department, a veterinarian rated the dog as being #1 on the Body Condition Scale for animal cruelty. The score of one would be emaciated and five would be in perfect condition.

The dog is currently under medical care and supervision and is not currently available for adoption.

If you recognize this dog or have any information that could help, please contact the Dodge City Animal Shelter at 620-225-8180.

The animal shelter is reminding pet owners that if you need assistance with feeding your animals, you just need to ask the Dodge City Animal Shelter or the Ford County Humane Society.

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Coming soon: a selfie with your credit card application

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:02

NEW YORK (AP) — The selfie is everywhere — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — and soon your bank could be asking for one in order to approve your purchase or credit card application.

Payment processing giant Visa is launching a platform to allow banks to integrate various types of biometrics — your fingerprint, face, voice, etc. — into approving credit card applications and payments.

Consumers could experience Visa’s new platform in a couple different ways. If a person were to apply for a credit card application on their smartphone, the bank app could ask the applicant to take a selfie and then take a picture of a driver’s license or passport. The technology will then compare the photos for facial similarities as well as check the validity of the driver’s license, all happening within seconds.

The selfie could also play a role in an online purchase. With the wider acceptance of chip cards in the last couple of years, in-person fraud at retailers is on the decline. But online fraud is still a concern, with as many as one of six transactions being declined due to suspicious activity, according to Mark Nelsen, senior vice president for risk and authentication products at Visa.

Instead of a bank autodialing a customer when they have concerns about a transaction, this new technology could allow the customer to use Apple’s Touch ID or other fingerprint recognition technology, or take a selfie or record their voice, to verify they made the transaction.

The announcement comes at a time when a huge amount of personal information on 145.5 million Americans was recently accessed or stolen from the credit bureau Equifax. The information — birthdates, Social Security numbers, addresses, last names — was also information that could be used tomorrow or 20 years from now to potentially commit identity fraud.

Financial companies are particularly interested in biometrics, not surprisingly, as mostly a fraud protection measure. While a birthdate, Social Security number or last name can be more easily stolen or mimicked — as anyone who has been a victim of identity fraud will tell you — it’s much harder to fraudulently mimic a person’s face, fingerprint or voice.

A bank’s traditional defense against stolen personal data has been a customer creating a password or four-digit personal identification number. But few people change their passwords regularly, or often use the same password for multiple sites, so if it’s stolen from one location, multiple other locations can become impacted.

“Traditional methods for authenticating a customer can create frustration or are simply not designed for the new ways people are shopping and paying,” Nelsen said.

So banks have been tinkering with biometrics for a couple years in various forms. Many banks now accept Apple’s Touch ID in their iPhone apps, which uses a person’s fingerprint to verify a person’s identity. Citigroup has rolled out facial recognition in its banking application as another example.

While nearly every bank is interested in biometrics, not every bank has the size and scale that JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, or Citigroup has to afford in-house biometrics experts.

What Visa’s platform, which is officially known as Visa ID Intelligence, will do is provide banks and credit unions a place to install these biometric technologies into their own applications without having to build them in house. Think of it as an Apple App Store or Google Play store, but for banks and biometrics

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ACLU: Oklahoma school district’s new national anthem policy unconstitutional

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:26

STUART, Okla. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma says a school district’s policy regarding the national anthem is “unconstitutional and unenforceable.”

The policy says students, athletes and spectators are “expected” to stand during the national anthem with no “gestures of demonstration or protest.” The Stuart Public Schools Board of Education approved the policy Oct. 5.

The policy says it isn’t intended to force anyone to violate religious, political or social beliefs. It asks that all stand out of respect to those who have died for the country.

ACLU official Allie Shinn tells the McAlester News-Capital that the policy goes against the First Amendment. She says anyone wanting to challenge the district’s policy “would win.”

The district has about 280 students and is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City.

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Shockers No. 8 in preseason USA Today coaches poll

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:11

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita State is No. 8 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll, released Thursday. It’s the program’s highest preseason ranking in 36 years.

With all five starters and their top-eight scorers back, the Shockers (31-5 last year) are a trendy choice heading into their inaugural year in the American Athletic Conference.

WSU tallied 543 poll points – 28 more than defending national champion North Carolina. Spots 1-7 went to Duke, Michigan State, Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona, Villanova and Florida. New American rival Cincinnati checked in at No. 13.

This is the fifth time in school history that a WSU team has opened in the top-10 in one of the two major polls. Led by seniors Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet, the 2015-16 Shockers opened at No. 10 in the AP and No. 12 in the Coaches version.

WSU’s last preseason top-10 appearance in a Coaches Poll came prior to the 1981-82 season. That team – headlined by the junior tandem of Antoine Carr and Cliff Levingston and fresh of an Elite Eight appearance – checked in at No. 6 in the AP and No. 7 in the Coaches.

This year’s preseason AP Poll is due out in early November.

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Suspects in Brewer custody battle waive preliminary hearing

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:09
Evan Brewer (KSN Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Stephen Bodine made an appearance Thursday morning in a Sedgwick County courtroom over a custody dispute involving Evan Brewer.

At the hearing, Bodine waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault and criminal damage to property. His trial is set for Nov. 7.

Brewer’s body was found on Sept. 2 at the home Bodine shared with the boy’s mother, Miranda Miller. She also waived her right to a preliminary hearing on charges of aggravated interference with parental custody.

Right now, police are still investigating the boy’s death. No charges have been filed.

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Governor proclaims October Zombie Preparedness Month

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:55

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation today, Thursday, Oct. 19, designating October as Zombie Preparedness Month.

“It’s just a fun way to remind people of the need to be prepared,” said Devan Tucking, section chief, Kansas Division of Emergency Management Response and Recovery Services. “The idea is by preparing to face a zombie apocalypse, you will be prepared to face tornadoes, floods, blizzards and a host of real-world emergencies.”

Tucking said preparedness includes making an emergency go-kit for your home and car that has enough food, water, and other essentials to allow you to survive on your own for a minimum of three days. She also advised people to make a home emergency plan and to practice it.

“Give everyone in the family something to do as part of the plan, even children,” said Tucking. “If everyone knows their role when an emergency hits, it helps keep everyone calm and better prepared to deal with the situation.”
She also reminded people not to forget their pets when preparing.

“You family pet is going to need food, water and shelter, too, so make an emergency go-kit for them, as well, and assign someone to make sure they are accounted for if an emergency does strike.”

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Racist photo on Snapchat teaches lesson for others

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:38

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) —  It’s the picture that was taken and posted to Snapchat by Freshman Sarah Harper. It appears to be two people wearing rain ponchos that look like KKK robes and hoods. The caption of the picture reads “Newest members of the Kstate Kool Kids”.

“I thought it was kinda dumb that they had to bring in K-State to something like that, because that’s not a very good representation of who we are,” student Brianna Shock said.

K-State officials are saying the same.

“Just because an individual posts something on social media does not represent Kansas State University,” Vice President for Communications and Marketing Jeff Morris said. “People have freedom of speech they can do whatever they want on social media.”

Morris said if posts target individuals on campus or if a student breaks the student code of conduct, that’s when they’ll take action.

“And to do that we have a process we go through to determine that,” Morris said. “Then there would be disciplinary action taken on the student depending on what it was,” Morris said.

Last year, University of Kansas cheerleaders took a picture referencing the KKK and were suspended from the team.

But regarding the K-State picture, Student Body President Jack Ayers said there’s something more important to take from the picture.

“Let’s look at how does this impact the way to which we’re moving forward,” Ayres said.

Morris and Ayres agree on a takeaway from the picture as well.

“Words have meanings, regardless of intent,” Ayres said.

“The outcome we hope for is that the student learns and that the people around us learn and we come together better as a community,” Morris said.

Facts are still being gathered by K-state to decide what actions, if any, will be taken against Harper.

One of Sarah Harper’s relatives, Craig Robinson, said it didn’t even cross Sarah’s mind that people would see it as a KKK reference.

Robinson said Harper is distraught.

“It was an act that was not well-thought through, that was not intended to be some kind of racially charged message,” Robinson said.

He said he too hopes this is a lesson for everyone to think before they post online.

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FBI: 84 minors recovered, 120 arrested in human trafficking operation

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:36

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSNW) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children announced that 84 minors were recovered and 120 traffickers were arrested as part of Operation Cross Country XI, a nationwide effort focusing on underage human trafficking that ran from October 12 – 15.

Over the course of four days, the FBI Kansas City Division, along with its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners conducted Operation Cross Country XI in 10 cities throughout areas in Kansas and Missouri. Those cities included Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Riverside and North Kansas City, Missouri and Overland Park, Olathe, Junction City, Topeka and Wichita. The results of this combined operation of the FBI’s Kansas City Division’s Child Exploitation Task Force led to the recovery of 3 minors ranging in age of 16 to 17 years old and the arrest of 10 traffickers.

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Goodell: NFL not changing its national anthem policy

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:46

NEW YORK (AP) — In the face of fan unrest and accusations from the president about the league being unpatriotic, the NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the policy language from “should stand” to “must stand” was not discussed.

New York Giants owner John Mara noted that the Cowboys’ Jerry Jones “spoke at length” to the other owners about the anthem issue. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” would not be playing.

Goodell reiterated that the league and its 32 clubs “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. It’s an important part of our policy and the game. It’s important to honor our flag and our country and I think our fans expect that.”

Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn’t stand, Goodell said the owners didn’t discuss it.

“It wasn’t necessary,” he said. “We had a real focus on making sure all of our teams understood the kind of dialogue that took place and the kind of things that they were interested in getting support.

“And they were seeking support for the NFL, each club supporting its players and continuing the dialogue that they have had at the club level. I would tell you this, it’s unprecedented conversations and dialogue going on between our players and our owners, between our club officials and between our league, and that is a really positive change for us.”

Reminded that President Donald Trump tweeted again Wednesday about the demonstrations during the anthem, Goodell said there was nothing unpatriotic about his league.

“Everyone feels strongly about our country and have pride,” he said, adding the NFL is “not afraid of tough conversations.

“What we are trying to stay out of is politics.”

On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move for a league meeting, a group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at NFL headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues.

The league and players say they have seen their messages getting lost because their demonstrations were misconstrued by the president and by fans.

“I understand the way they feel about these issues,” Goodell said Wednesday. “We feel the same about patriotism and the flag and I believe our players feel that way. We have a great deal of support for the efforts of our players.”

Several players said after Tuesday’s discussions that progress had been made in not only explaining their positions, but in how the 32 teams and their owners could support initiatives.

“I think we all have mutual interests,” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “I think players are a part of this league, so we want to make sure the quality of product that we put out on the field is great. But at the same time, we have a responsibility to the communities that we live in, the communities that we come from, and so I think we all share that interest in really talk more in collaboration than an us-against-you type of situation.”

Like many owners, Mara has told Giants players that they should stand during the anthem, but that if they have a reason that compels them not to, the team won’t prohibit it.

He also expects more talks between players and owners in the next few weeks.

“I think there’s a consensus to keep having dialogue,” Mara said. “That’s where our hope is, and we hope over time, few players will kneel.”

Mara said he expected the criticism from Trump to continue.

NOTES: The 2018 draft will be held at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium in Arlington, Texas, from April 28-30. It will be the first time the draft has been staged at an NFL stadium. Since leaving New York, the draft has been held in Chicago (2015, 2016) and Philadelphia (2017). … Goodell said the initiatives to enhance the pace of games have worked, including 40-second clocks after touchdowns, use of the Microsoft Surface tablets for replay reviews, and the centralization in the New York headquarters of officiating calls that are reviewed.


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Boy sends President Trump $3 to cover his salary; he returns the money with a note

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:15

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WBIR) – A 9-year-old boy from East Tennessee wrote to President Trump in January to send him $3. Now ,he has a letter from the President.

Eli’sha Davies from Crossville wrote President Trump after hearing his parents talk about Trump’s campaign promise to only accept a salary of $1. He wanted to make sure the President had enough to pay the bills at the White House.

“I thought how is he going to eat or drink,” Eli’sha said. “Or you know pay, if he needs to pay his water bill or anything.”

Eli’sha included three $1 bills in his letter. It was a hefty sum of money he had worked to save.

“My first impression was like, ‘You’re going to give your money away again,’ because he’s been trying to save it up for a mandolin, but at the same time, I was like, I don’t want to discourage his generosity, and I think it’s sweet,” said his mom, Melissa Davies.

A large envelope came in the mail Monday addressed to Eli’sha. President Trump sent him a letter with a message specifically for him, a picture of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, and Eli’sha’s three dollars.

“He sent it back so I guess he didn’t need it after all,” Eli’sha said.

In the letter, President Trump told Eli’sha to look for ways to make a difference in his community with the money. He also told him to “Think big and dream even bigger!”

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