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Maize softball rallies past Eisenhower 10-6

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 23:05

It took two days for Maize and Goddard Eisenhower to finish their softball game, but in the end it was the Eagles who rallied past the Tigers to win 10-6.

Eisenhower led 6-2 yesterday when the game was halted due to lightning. But when the game resumed today, Maize quickly put some runs on the scoreboard and came back for the big-time win at home.

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Large fire in progress at a church in Hutchinson

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 22:41

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – A large fire in Hutchinson can be seen for miles.

Multiple units are battling the blaze.

Fire Chief Steven Beer told KSN that the fire started in a four-car garage and spread to the neighboring Riverside Baptist Church in Hutchinson located in the 100 block of east 8th Street.

Dispatchers said no injuries have been reported yet.

This story is still developing.

Video Courtesy Chris Ramsey

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5 immigrant women vie for Miss USA pageant title

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 22:28

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Five of the contestants vying for the Miss USA title have a message to immigrant girls and women watching the pageant this weekend: Set goals, work hard and don’t stay in the shadows.

The contestants know what they are talking about as they were all born in other countries and immigrated to the U.S. at young ages as their families pursued their versions of the American Dream. The women are now all U.S. citizens.

“I want them to see that anything is possible if you work hard,” said Linnette De Los Santos, who immigrated with her family from the Dominican Republic when she was 5 years old. “As Miss USA, I would love to be able to be that inspiration for our immigrant community. If I would have stopped following my dreams and working hard towards what I wanted, I wouldn’t be sitting here as Miss Florida USA or in law school ready to become an immigration attorney.”

The competition airs Sunday from Las Vegas.

De Los Santos, Miss North Dakota Raquel Wellentin, Miss Hawaii Julie Kuo, Miss Connecticut Olga Litvinenko and Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg spoke to The Associated Press about the opportunities and challenges they’ve faced as immigrants.

Their remarks stand in stark contrast to the scandal that enveloped the pageant in 2015, when part owner and now President Donald Trump offended Hispanics when he made anti-immigrant remarks in announcing his bid for the White House. Trump co-owned The Miss Universe Organization with NBCUniversal, but the network and the Spanish-language broadcaster Univision quickly cut ties with him, refusing to air the show. Trump sued both networks, eventually settling and selling off the entire pageant to talent management company WME/IMG.

Wellentin and her family left the Philippines over safety fears when she was 2 years old. Their first taste of American life was in the small community of Enderlin, North Dakota, where she and her siblings felt isolated.

“Nobody wanted to talk to me at all. I came home one day and I asked my dad ‘Why am I so different? Why isn’t anyone talking to me?'” Wellentin said. “My dad told me, ‘You know, you are not different. You are very unique yourself. You have to be strong and really accept this negativity from other people and have it motivate you.’ I still keep that in my mind.”

Their situation improved when they moved to the larger and more diverse Fargo, North Dakota.

Wellentin, 24, who wants to be a middle school teacher after she completes a student-teaching requirement, said her experiences have taught her to not take no for an answer.

“I want to tell people that they need to make sure that they should not allow anyone to tell them that they can’t do something because only you can determine your future,” she said.

Like thousands of other immigrants, Litvinenko moved to the U.S. with her family after her mother won the lottery for a green card. She was 3 when they relocated from Ukraine a few years after the Soviet Union collapsed.

The 27-year-old business owner ventured into pageants when she could no longer play basketball after injuring a foot in high school. She won Miss Connecticut Teen on her first try but had to compete five times to reach the Miss USA competition. Her persistence, Litvinenko said, shows that every effort counts.

“I want to showcase that no matter who you are, no matter what your background is, your size or what you have done in the past, through hard work and discipline, through perseverance and determination, you really can achieve what you put your heart towards.”


Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNO / More of her work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/ReginaGarciaCano


This story has been corrected to show that Miss Connecticut’s last name is Litvinenko.

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Will Power breaks IndyCar Grand Prix qualifying record

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 22:23

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Will Power and Helio Castroneves are turning IndyCar qualifying into a two-man race.

And Team Penske just keeps getting stronger.

Power claimed his third pole of the season and his second at the IndyCar Grand Prix on Friday in a record time of 1 minute, 7.7044 seconds at 129.687 mph on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course. Castroneves was second at 1:08.1169, setting up the teammates for their third consecutive side-by-side start.

“I thought that was a pretty nice lap today, earlier today in practice,” the Australian said. “I mean, I didn’t think it could have been faster.”

Actually, he was much faster in the last qualifying round and broke the previous record by nearly a second.

For now, the battle for the top is internal.

France’s Simon Pagenaud, the defending race and series champion, and American Josef Newgarden have won the last two races for Penske. Power and Castroneves have taken turns winning poles this season, with Castroneves taking two. It didn’t even take two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya long to get up to speed. The Colombian will make his season debut Saturday after qualifying fifth in 1:08.2478.

The only real surprise Friday was that Team Penske only took four of the top five spots.

Newgarden will start third after going 1:08.1622 after breaking the track record earlier in the day while Pagenaud didn’t make the final qualifying group. He was bumped out by France’s Sebastien Bourdais in the closing moments of the third of four qualifying rounds and will start seventh in the 22-car field.

Even the two non-Penske drivers to make the final six felt they were crashing a private party.

“We were kind of best in class and trying to close the gap,” New Zealand’s Scott Dixon said after putting Chip Ganassi Racing in the No. 4 spot. “But it’s obviously tough with the Penskes and the driver lineup they have.”

Bourdais, who will start sixth, added: “We’re in the mix, we’re in the fight, this fight being in the middle of a Penske fest. You know, it’s quite good, really, you know, to be — I feel like we’re in a bit of the minority here with Scott.”

No team owner has won more races or more poles at Indy than Penske, who got the 250th pole of his IndyCar career. And if Power can become the third driver in four years to win from the pole, he will become the second two-time winner of the race.

“I’m really determined to have a good race,” Power said. “I’ve been knocking on the door every week, and one is going to go our way here soon. You put yourself in that position, it’ll happen. That’s the plan.”



In addition to Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s reputation as the racing capital of the world, the historic venue has hosted everything from balloon races, golf tournaments, airplane races and major concerts.

Track officials added another line Friday night with an outdoor red carpet screening of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.”

“I don’t know if I’ve ever been to an outdoor screening before,” actor Tom Everett Scott said.

While Scott enjoys sports, he has not been a big racing fan.

But after a day at Indianapolis, he might become one.

“I love the sound of the cars,” he said.



The IndyCar GP won’t be the only feature attraction Saturday.

Team owner Sam Schmidt and 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti will compete in their own race in semi-autonomous cars.

Schmidt, who is paralyzed from the neck down, will drive the Z06 SAM Car, a semi-autonomous vehicle that global technology company Arrow Electronics modified for him. Sensors mounted on a high-tech headset that Schmidt wears connect to infrared cameras mounted on the dashboard and detect his head-tilt motions to steer. A sip-and-puff device that Schmidt breathes into enables him to accelerate and brake. Voice commands enable Schmidt to switch gears and turn the car off.

Andretti will use the same technology to drive an Arrow-modified Stingray SAM Car on the road course.

“I’ve never been so nervous in my life,” Andretti said. “I haven’t any sleep the last two nights and I’m not going to have any sleep tonight.”


More AP racing: http://racing.ap.org

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‘Game night with Dave Freeman’ at the Wichita Wingnuts game

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 22:12

You may have heard that Dave Freeman, Chief Meteorologist at KSN, will be retiring in a couple weeks.

We would like to invite you to a special event next week. If you would like to get a chance to meet Dave before he leaves, then Friday, May 19 is your chance.

“Game Night with Dave Freemen” will be held at the Wichita Wingnuts game on the 19. Gates to the stadium will open at 6:00 p.m. where a public meet and greet will be held, giving viewers and fans a chance to chat with Dave.

The game will start at 7:00 p.m.

If you would like to purchase tickets, which will be sold at a discounted price of $5, simply enter KSN on the Wingnuts tickets site.

Purchasers can also enter to win a Family Five Pack to watch the game in a VIP suite with Dave.

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Wichita nursing student on saving two lives: ‘God put me on that path’

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 21:10

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A nursing student, who is still a semester away from graduating, is already putting her skills to work.

“The ‘I love you’s’ mean a little bit more, I guess,” said Mary Cracraft.

Mary Cracraft and her grandma, Mary Moore, share more than a name; they share a unique bond.

“I had gone over to my grandma’s house because I had felt like a gut feeling that I needed to go see her,” Cracraft said.

Cracraft said as she and grandma sat down to eat, her grandma asked for her medical advice.

“She’s like, ‘Every time I put my hand on my stomach I can feel my heart beat,'” Cracraft said.

Cracraft, a nursing student at Newman University, said she immediately did a head-to-toe assessment on her grandmother, something she said she learned while in school. Soon after the assessment, the pair was in a hospital room waiting for the doctor’s diagnosis.

“He came in and was like your granddaughter is right, there is a large aneurysm in your abdomen, right now,” Cracraft said.

KSN asked Cracraft what may have happened had she not taken her grandma to the hospital that day.

“She could have died in her sleep. It could have ruptured and she would have been gone,” she said.

Moore was eventually taken to a Kansas City hospital where she underwent surgery. She’s now healthy and doing well.

However, this wasn’t the first time Cracraft, 25, played a role in saving someone’s life. A few months before saving her grandma, Cracraft alerted medical staff to her soon-to-be brother-in-law’s high white blood cell count after he had been in an ATV accident.

“His initial lab draw was way off the charts,” she said. “Turns out, he had a perforated bowel.”

Again, had Cracraft not said something her soon-to-be family member may have lost his life.

“He could have died,” she said.

Despite it all, Cracraft remains humble. She told KSN, in both situations, she was doing what she was called to do.

“God put me on that path. That’s just what I do,” Cracraft said.

Cracraft with graduate in December with her RN and BSN. She said she owes both ‘saves’ to her education and professors at Newman University.


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Accidents becoming more frequent on westbound Kellogg

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 20:10

WICHITA. Kan (KSNW) – Police and KDOT representatives say you need to be paying more attention when driving on westbound Kellogg because there are more and more traffic accidents.

“The project is coming along on schedule. The drivers aren’t necessarily coming with us,” says KDOT spokesperson Tom Hein.

Hein supervises the construction on westbound Kellogg every day.

He said west of downtown Kellogg gets ugly and he can expect some type of accident around the evening hours every day.

“We see an accident a day on westbound US 54,” said Hein.

Hein said many drivers are coming in too fast which is a problem when you are driving on Kellogg between Meridian and West.

Wichita police alone have responded to eight accidents between those roads since December.

With the area being a construction zone drivers have to slow down to fifty miles per hour, and then merge three lanes to just two.

“Driving has been pretty rough lately. I just moved here about a month ago,” said Chris Acton.

Acton is still getting the hang of Wichita roads and he’s learned it’s far from a smooth ride.

“I have to make sure I don’t get in accidents when I am looking at my GPS. You know the drivers get upset with all the construction so driving gets worse so it is always difficult,” said Acton.

And nothing is going to change anytime soon. Hein said the two-lane merger will be there for at least another five months as crews continue construction on the bridge.

“People need to be ready for that construction zone we have got traffic slowed down to 50 miles an hour but some people just can’t seem to do that,” noted Hein.



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Speeding Amtrak engineer charged in 2015 crash that killed 8

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 20:05

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The state’s top prosecutor on Friday charged a speeding Amtrak engineer with causing a catastrophe, involuntary manslaughter and other crimes in a deadly 2015 derailment that came after he accelerated to 106 mph on a 50 mph curve.

Prosecutors said they were in talks with engineer Brandon Bostian’s attorney to have him surrender on the charges.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro expanded on charges a Philadelphia judge approved a day earlier. The unusual judge’s order came after the family of a woman killed in the crash sought a private criminal complaint when city prosecutors declined to press charges as Friday’s two-year deadline approached.

The judge had signed off on two misdemeanor charges over Rachel Jacobs’ death in the May 12, 2015, derailment. Shapiro approved a felony charge of risking or causing a catastrophe and a string of misdemeanors, including eight counts of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

Lawyer Thomas R. Kline, who had sought the private complaint on the Jacobs family’s behalf, said the charges wouldn’t have happened “had a courageous family, the Jacobs family, not stood up against the decision of a local prosecutor not to press charges.”

“That was clearly wrong, as evidenced by the attorney general not only reversing course but adding charges,” he said.

The crash killed eight people and injured about 200 others.

The criminal case is sure to bring new scrutiny to the National Transportation Safety Board finding that Bostian had lost “situational awareness” on the curve in North Philadelphia. The speed limit climbs from 50 mph to 110 mph about a mile and a half after the curve.

The NTSB said it found no evidence that Bostian was impaired or using a cellphone during the Washington-to-New York run.

Bostian, in a lawsuit against Amtrak, said he was left disoriented or unconscious when something struck his train before it derailed. He had heard through radio traffic that a nearby commuter train had been struck by a rock. However, the NTSB concluded that nothing struck his locomotive.

“The best we could come up with was that he was distracted from this radio conversation about the damaged train and forgot where he was,” NTSB chairman Christopher Hart said at a May 2016 hearing.

Victims’ lawyers have questioned why Bostian would have sped up, rather than slow down, if he had been startled by something striking the train.

“One thing he has never recollected is how or why he accelerated before the curve,” said lawyer Robert Mongeluzzi, who with Kline represents about three dozen victims.

Other lawyers have called last year’s NTSB report on the crash a “whitewash” and a “quantum leap.”

Philadelphia prosecutors concluded this week that there was insufficient evidence to prove that Bostian acted with intent or “conscious disregard” for the passengers’ safety. But Mongeluzzi said that should be an issue for a jury.

Court records list addresses for Bostian in New York City and in Somerville, Massachusetts, near Boston. Bostian’s lawyer has rarely commented and did not return messages seeking comment this week.

Amtrak has taken responsibility for the crash and agreed to pay $265 million to settle claims filed by victims and their families. Kline and Mongeluzzi, prominent Philadelphia plaintiffs’ lawyers, helped negotiate the settlement.

Jacobs, a technology executive, was a 39-year-old wife and mother. The other people killed included Justin Zemser, a Naval Academy midshipman; Jim Gaines, an Associated Press software architect; and Derrick Griffith, a college dean.

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Border agency says it has picked finalists to design wall

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 19:38

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The federal government says it has settled on finalists to design President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, but it won’t identify them.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it will notify finalists over the next several days. It won’t say how many there are, but it has said previously that it would pick up to 20.

An agency document released last month by Senate Democrats says authorities plan to select winners by June 14 to build prototypes in San Diego on a short stretch of land near the Otay Mesa border crossing with Mexico.

Building a wall on the Mexican border was a cornerstone of Trump’s presidential campaign and a flashpoint for his detractors. A stopgap measure to fund the government through September doesn’t provide money for construction.

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$10,000 reward offered for Yellowstone white-wolf shooter

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 19:08

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A wolf advocacy group has doubled the reward for information leading to whoever shot a rare white wolf found inside Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone officials euthanized the severely injured wolf after hikers found the animal near Gardiner, Montana, on April 11.

The park offered a $5,000 reward Thursday for information leading to a conviction. The Montana group Wolves of the Rockies offered its own $5,000 reward Friday.

The group’s president, Marc Cooke, suspects opponents of wolves in Yellowstone were responsible.

Many hunting outfitters and ranchers have been unhappy about wolves since their reintroduction to the park more than 20 years ago. The wolves prey on big-game animals and sometimes cattle.

Park officials haven’t publicly speculated on a motive.

The alpha female of the Canyon Pack was sought after by photographers.

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Dozens of countries hit by huge cyberextortion attack

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 19:02

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of countries were hit with a huge cyberextortion attack Friday that locked up computers and held users’ files for ransom at a multitude of hospitals, companies and government agencies.

It was believed to the biggest attack of its kind ever recorded.

The malicious software behind the onslaught appeared to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that was supposedly identified by the National Security Agency for its own intelligence-gathering purposes and was later leaked to the internet.

Britain’s national health service fell victim, its hospitals forced to close wards and emergency rooms and turn away patients. Russia appeared to be the hardest hit, according to security experts, with the country’s Interior Ministry confirming it was struck.

All told, several cybersecurity firms said they had identified the malicious software responsible for tens of thousands of attacks in more than 60 countries, including the United States, though its effects in the U.S. did not appear to be widespread, at least in the initial hours.

Computers were infected with what is known as “ransomware” — software that freezes up a machine and flashes a message demanding payment to release the user’s data. In the U.S., FedEx reported that its Windows computers were “experiencing interference” from malware, but wouldn’t say if it had been hit by ransomware.

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at the Helsinki-based cybersecurity company F-Secure, called the attack “the biggest ransomware outbreak in history.”

Security experts said the attack appeared to be caused by a self-replicating piece of software that enters companies and organizations when employees click on email attachments, then spreads quickly internally from computer to computer when employees share documents and other files.

Its ransom demands start at $300 and increase after two hours to $400, $500 and then $600, said Kurt Baumgartner, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab. Affected users can restore their files from backups, if they have them, or pay the ransom; otherwise they risk losing their data entirely.

Chris Wysopal of the software security firm Veracode said criminal organizations were probably behind the attack, given how quickly the malware spread.

“For so many organizations in the same day to be hit, this is unprecedented,” he said.

The security holes it exploits were disclosed several weeks ago by TheShadowBrokers, a mysterious group that has published what it says are hacking tools used by the NSA as part of its intelligence-gathering.

Shortly after that disclosure, Microsoft announced that it had already issued software “patches” for those holes. But many companies and individuals haven’t installed the fixes yet or are using older versions of Windows that Microsoft no longer supports and didn’t fix.

By Kaspersky Lab’s count, the malware struck at least 74 countries. In addition to Russia, the biggest targets appeared to be Ukraine and India, nations where it is common to find older, unpatched versions of Windows in use, according to the security firm.

Hospitals across Britain found themselves without access to their computers or phone systems. Many canceled all routine procedures and asked patients not to come to the hospital unless it was an emergency. Doctors’ practices and pharmacies reported similar problems.

Patrick Ward, a 47-year-old sales director, said his heart operation, scheduled for Friday, was canceled at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London.

Tom Griffiths, who was at the hospital for chemotherapy, said several cancer patients had to be sent home because their records or bloodwork couldn’t be accessed.

“Both staff and patients were frankly pretty appalled that somebody, whoever they are, for commercial gain or otherwise, would attack a health care organization,” he said. “It’s stressful enough for someone going through recovery or treatment for cancer.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May said there was no evidence patient data had been compromised and added that the attack had not specifically targeted the National Health Service.

“It’s an international attack and a number of countries and organizations have been affected,” she said.

Spain, meanwhile, took steps to protect critical infrastructure in response to the attack. Authorities said they were communicating with more than 100 energy, transportation, telecommunications and financial services providers about the attack.

Spain’s Telefonica, a global broadband and telecommunications company, was among the companies hit.

Ransomware attacks are on the rise around the world. In 2016, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in California said it had paid a $17,000 ransom to regain control of its computers from hackers.

Krishna Chinthapalli, a doctor at Britain’s National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery who wrote a paper on cybersecurity for the British Medical Journal, warned that British hospitals’ old operating systems and confidential patient information made them an ideal target for blackmailers.

He said many NHS hospitals in Britain use Windows XP software, introduced in 2001, and as government funding for the health service has been squeezed, “IT budgets are often one of the first ones to be reduced.”

“Looking at the trends, it was going to happen,” he said. “I did not expect an attack on this scale. That was a shock.


Lawless reported from London. Parra reported from Madrid.

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State presents expert witness against Banda

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 18:51

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) — Shona Banda, who claims she needs medical marijuana for her condition, was in court again today.

The judge heard from a potential expert witness that the prosecution wants to testify.

Banda’s expert witnesses were presented at a hearing last month, where they defended the medical benefits of cannabis.

Today, it was the Assistant County Attorney’s turn.

“My interest and specialty is in the care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease,” said Dr. Harry Thomas, a gastroenterologist, “namely Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.”

The heart of Banda’s defense is showing that she needed cannabidiol to treat her Crohn’s disease, which the state hopes to refute.

Prosecutor Nick Vrana first set up the doctor’s expertise with Crohn’s disease.

“Patients frequently do need medical therapy on a long-term basis,” said Thomas, “because to date, there is no cure for Crohn’s disease.”

Then, Vrana asked about the importance of testing and approving drugs before use.

“The purpose of phase two trials is to confirm that the product is safe and also to look for signs of efficacy or effectiveness,” said Thomas.

The state’s ultimate goal is arguing that there is no justification for Banda’s actions.

“In the field of gastroenterology,” asked Vrana, “is marijuana used to treat Crohn’s disease?”

“It is not a standard treatment for Crohn’s disease,” said Thomas.

Judge Wurst will make a determination at a later date which expert witnesses will be allowed to testify.

Because, of the high-profile nature of the case, 75 potential jurors will be called in, in an attempt to qualify 39.

The defense and prosecution can each challenge 13 of them, leaving 12 jurors and an alternate.

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Bel Aire, Park City residents take precautions in boil advisory

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 18:18

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – A boil advisory issued Friday morning for Bel Aire and Park City residents looks to be in effect until at least Saturday afternoon.

The advisory comes after chlorine feed pumps were lost at the Chisholm Creek Utility Authority plant. Chlorine is what disinfects drinking water. Bel Aire and Park City get 50 percent of their water from Chisholm Creek Utility Authority and the other 50 percent from Wichita city water. Wichita water is currently flowing through the pipes, but it’s the water that could have been consumed or used in the meantime that officials worry about.

Bel Aire resident Mark Purcell heard about the compromised water through a neighborhood app alert before he tested the water for discoloration.

“Mine looked fine, the only thing I did was dump the water out of my cappuccino machine to make sure I don’t drink any of it. and just gotta be careful because you’re so used to drinking the water you might not think about it and start chugging it when you shouldn’t,” Purcell said.

Down the street at Sunrise Christian Academy, staff members covered the water fountains so students wouldn’t drink the compromised water. Staff began to boil water to put in large coolers while some traveled to Sam’s Club for bottled water.

“Once we got everything shut off in terms of the drinking fountains, we turned the water back on so the bathrooms are in full operation, but all the kids have the option to get something from the pop machine or juices. But of course, water was given to them free, so I think they all had a great day because they had a bottle of water to take to class,” Superintendent Dr. Rob Lindsted said.

Bel Aire public works has been testing the water all day, but it has to pass several tests for KDHE to officially lift the advisory.

“Bacteriological sampling takes 24 hours, so we will be in this for 24 hours, which puts us at Saturday afternoon,” Anne Stephens, city engineer and director of public works said.

If someone is worried about the water they ingested, Stephens said to contact their physician, but a normally healthy person would feel no different after ingesting the compromised water.

“This is one of those things we take seriously,” Bel Aire mayor David Austin said of the health and safety of residents, “Our public works, our employees have all been testing the water. They’ve been looking at the water nonstop, we’ve sent the samples in. We’re now just waiting on the word back from the state clearing us that the water is okay.”

KDHE will notify media when the advisory expires.

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Orioles’ Adam Jones donates $20K to Negro Leagues museum

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 18:01

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, the target of racial taunts during a recent game in Boston, has donated $20,000 to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

Jones plans to visit the museum and speak with its president, Bob Kendrick, on Saturday before the Orioles continue their series against the Kansas City Royals.

The museum founded by a group of former Negro Leagues stars is located in the historic 18th and Vine district, a hub of black culture in Kansas City during the first half of the 20th century.

The abuse of Jones on May 1 in Boston touched off a discussion of racism across the sports landscape. Major League Baseball is reviewing security protocols at all 30 of its stadiums, and the Red Sox banished a fan from Fenway Park for using a racial slur against another fan in a separate incident.

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Ellinwood residents create petition to save brick streets

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 18:00

ELLINWOOD, Kan. (KSNW) — A petition is making its way around Ellinwood to “Save the Brick Streets.”

This comes after the city discussed improving deteriorating streets, both concrete and brick.

For longtime resident Joyce Schulte, the city’s brick streets bring back memories, such as walking to school or being in a parade.

“It just means home to a lot of people,” she said. “Okay, we’re home! The brick streets are here.”

When she and other residents found out the city was looking at replacing the brick streets, it came as a shock.

Rick Casagrande recalled his reaction when he found out: “Oh my gosh, no! Surely you’re not going to take up our beautiful brick streets.”

According to city officials, some of the brick streets are 100 years old — and for some residents, that’s why they want the streets to stay.

“They’re really part of the charm of Ellinwood,” said Casagrande.

City officials said it’s the concrete under the brick that is causing the brick streets to get rough spots.

One option is to fix the concrete at a cost of $175,000 per block – and then call it good. The other option is to put the bricks back on the fixed concrete.

“You can figure about another $100,000, in addition to that, to go back with brick,” said Ellinwood city administrator Chris Komarek.

Residents, like Schulte and Casagrande, understand it might be costly — but they hope city leaders make the preservation of Ellinwood, and not just improvements, a priority.

The “Save the Bricks” petition now has around 50 signatures. Those interested in signing it can visit Ellinwood Emporium on Main Street.

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World cyberattack cripples UK hospitals, demands ransoms

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 15:57

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s health service was hit Friday by a huge international cyberattack that froze computers at hospitals across the country — an attack that shut down wards, closed emergency rooms and brought medical treatments to a screeching halt.

Hospitals in areas across Britain found themselves without access to their computers or phone systems. Many canceled all routine procedures and asked patients not to come to the hospitals unless it was an emergency. Some chemotherapy patients were even sent home because their records could not be accessed.

Most of the affected hospitals were in England, but several facilities in Scotland also reported being hit. Doctors’ practices and pharmacies reported similar problems.

As similar widespread ransomware attacks were reported in Spain, Romania and elsewhere, experts warned that online extortion attempts by hackers are a growing menace. Hospitals, with their often outdated IT systems and trove of confidential patient data, are a particularly tempting target.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said there was no evidence that patient data had been compromised in the attack, and that it had not specifically targeted the National Health Service.

“It’s an international attack and a number of countries and organizations have been affected,” she said.

NHS Digital, which oversees U.K. hospital cybersecurity, says the attack used the Wanna Decryptor variant of malware, which infects and locks computers while the attackers demand a ransom.

Pictures posted on social media showed screens of NHS computers with images demanding payment of $300 worth of the online currency Bitcoin, saying: “Ooops, your files have been encrypted!”

Alan Woodward, visiting professor of computing at the University of Surrey, said there was evidence the ransomware was spreading using a Microsoft flaw exposed in a recent leak of information from U.S. intelligence agencies.

He said the affected computers likely had not applied the Microsoft patch or were running old operating systems for which no patch was available.

“I don’t believe it will have been a targeted attack, but will simply have been that the ransomware has sought out those organizations that are running susceptible devices,” he said.

Tom Griffiths, who was at Bart’s Hospital in London for chemotherapy treatment, said a nurse showed him her computer screen, which carried an image of a padlock.

“It had a countdown clock ticking down, stating that all data would be deleted unless a payment was received within that timeframe,” he said.

NHS Digital said the attack “was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organizations from across a range of sectors.” It initially said 16 NHS organizations had reported being hit, and more reports came in as the day went on.

Spain, meanwhile, activated a special protocol to protect critical infrastructure in response to the “massive infection” of personal and corporate computers in ransomware attacks. The National Center for the Protection of Critical Infrastructure says Friday it was communicating with more than 100 providers of energy, transportation, telecommunications and financial services about the attack.

The Spanish government said several companies had been targeted in ransomware cyberattack that affected the Windows operating system of employees’ computers. It said the attacks were carried out with a version of WannaCry ransomware that encrypted files and prompted a demand for money transfers to free up the system.

Spain’s Telefonica was among the companies hit.

Bart’s Health, which runs several London hospitals, said it had activated its major incident plan, cancelling routine appointments and diverting ambulances to neighboring hospitals.

Patrick Ward, a 47-year-old sales director, said his heart operation, which was scheduled for Friday, was cancelled at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London.

Griffiths, who was receiving chemotherapy at Bart’s, said several cancer patients had to be sent home from Bart’s because their records or bloodwork couldn’t be accessed.

“Both staff and patients were frankly pretty appalled that somebody, whoever they are, for commercial gain or otherwise, would attack a health care organization,” he said. “It’s stressful enough for someone going through recovery or treatment for cancer.”

The National Cyber Security Centre, part of the GCHQ electronic intelligence agency, said it was working with police and the health system to investigate the attack.

British government officials and intelligence chiefs have repeatedly highlighted the threat to critical infrastructure and the economy from cyberattacks. The National Cyber Security Centre said it had detected 188 “high-level” attacks in just three months.

Britain’s National Health Service is a source of pride for many Britons but faces substantial budget issues and has had previous problems with its huge IT system.

Ransomware attacks are on the rise around the world. In February 2016, the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in California said it had paid a $17,000 ransom to regain control of its computers from hackers.

Krishna Chinthapalli, a doctor at Britain’s National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery who wrote a paper on cybersecurity for the British Medical Journal, warned that British hospitals’ old operating systems and store of confidential patient information made them an ideal target for blackmailers.

He said many NHS hospitals in Britain use Windows XP software, introduced in 2001, and as government funding for the health service has been squeezed “IT budgets are often one of the first ones to be reduced.”

“Looking at the trends, it was going to happen,” he said. “I did not expect an attack on this scale. That was a shock.


Parra reported from Madrid.

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Trump lawyers push back against Russia ties in letter

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 15:53

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump said Friday that a review of his last 10 years of tax returns did not reflect “any income of any type from Russian sources,” but their letter included exceptions related to previously cited income generated from a beauty pageant and sale of a Florida estate.

The letter represented the latest attempt by the president to tamp down concerns about any Russian ties amid an ongoing investigation of his campaign’s associates and Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.

The attorneys did not release copies of Trump’s tax returns, so The Associated Press cannot independently verify their conclusions. Their review also notably takes into account only Trump’s returns from the past 10 years, leaving open questions about whether there were financial dealings with Russia in earlier years.

The lawyers offered no supporting documents to back up the claims made in the letter.

Trump has refused to release his income tax records, despite pressure from Democrats, breaking with a practice set by his predecessors. The president has said he would release his returns when the Internal Revenue Service completes an audit. The tax returns, the attorneys say, largely reflect income and interest paid by the web of corporate entities that made up The Trump Organization prior to Trump taking office.

Joseph Thorndike, a tax historian and contributing editor to an accounting trade publication, Tax Analysts, said he still believes Trump should release his tax returns like other presidents have and questioned the value of the letter released Friday.

“I’m not sure it does what the president thought it would do,” Thorndike said of the letter. “It rules out some of the most obvious things, but it leaves plenty of room.”

Thorndike said in general there’s no reason to assume that Russia connections, if they existed, would appear on Trump’s personal tax returns. “It’s not going to be as transparent as that. His financial life and business structure are complicated,” he noted.

In the letter released to the AP and dated March 8, the attorneys said Trump’s last 10 years of tax returns don’t reflect equity investments by Russians in entities controlled by Trump or debt owed by Trump to Russian lenders. Under U.S. tax law, not all financial ties would be required to be reported on a personal tax return.

The letter said the returns do reflect some income from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant that was held in Moscow and a property sold to a Russian billionaire in 2008 for $95 million.

The White House said Trump asked his lawyers for the letter to outline information on any ties Trump might have to Russia. The letter was then provided to Sen. Lindsey Graham. Graham leads one of the congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in last year’s election.

The letter came amid an active FBI probe into the Trump 2016 campaign’s possible ties to Russia’s election meddling and days after Trump’s stunning firing of FBI Director James Comey.

“I have no investments in Russia, none whatsoever,” Trump said Thursday in an interview with NBC News. “I don’t have property in Russia. A lot of people thought I owned office buildings in Moscow. I don’t have property in Russia.”

The president said he “had dealings over the years,” including the Miss Universe pageant and the sale of a home to “a very wealthy Russian.” ”I had it in Moscow long time ago, but other than that I have nothing to do with Russia,” he said, referring to the pageant.

Adrienne Watson, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, said “Trump’s attempt to hide his Russia connections is misleading and pathetic.”

The unnamed Russian billionaire cited by the Trump company’s lawyers is Dmitry Rybolovlev, whose financial empire springs from his companies’ production of potash, often used for fertilizer.

Trump had purchased the 62,000 square-foot estate for $41.35 million in 2004 and he sold the mansion to Rybolovlev in July 2008 for $95 million. The deal was widely reported at the time, including by The Associated Press.

When Trump was pressed during a campaign conference last year about his ties to Russia, he said: “You know the closest I came to Russia, I bought a house a number of years ago in Palm Beach,” adding that “I sold it to a Russian for $100 million.”

The letter, written by attorneys Sheri Dillon and William Nelson from the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, simultaneously leaves open the possibility of other Russian ties while attempting to dismiss them.

The letter doesn’t vouch for any of Trump’s personal federal tax returns that predate the past decade. The attorneys also write that over the last 10 years, it is likely that the Trump Organization sold or rented condos, or other products, that “could have produced income attributable to Russian sources.”

“With respect to this last exception, the amounts are immaterial,” the attorney wrote.

Dillon worked with the Trump Organization to develop plans for the organization’s future and addressed reporters in January at a New York news conference before Trump’s inauguration. Her law firm was honored by Chambers & Partners’ 2016 Chambers Europe guide as Russia Law Firm of the Year.


Associated Press writers Chad Day and Stephen Braun contributed to this report.


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Students in western Kansas bring tiny house to Topeka

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 14:20

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Students in western Kansas have shown state officials a 330-square-foot tiny house they began building at the beginning of the school year.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the students from a construction and entrepreneurship class at Ness City High School drove five and a half hours to bring the 12,500-pound tiny house to Topeka this week. They told the Kansas State Board of Education on Wednesday that they want to “conquer the tiny house world.”

Students say the tiny home is more energy efficient than the average home, using only 900 kilowatt-hours per month.

Sophomore Kris Liggett says he and his classmates used a variety of academic subjects to build the house. They’re also using communication and social media marketing skills so they can sell the house for nearly $60,000.

@NCHSConst #tinyhouse open for tours this morning 900 SW Jackson Topeka #ksde #ksleg @USD303 @NessCityEagles pic.twitter.com/ccVgjKW6v7

— Derek Reinhardt (@ReinhardtDerek) May 10, 2017

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Late cash infusion fueled close Kansas congressional race

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 14:13

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Newly released campaign finance reports show a late infusion of cash from mostly small donors helped Democrat James Thompson mount his surprisingly close congressional race as emboldened Democrats eye a 2018 rematch in the heavily Republican Kansas district.

The margin of victory for Republican Ron Estes in the Kansas 4th District special election on April 11 slid to only seven percentage points from a 31-point margin in November, when incumbent Mike Pompeo was running before he was appointed Trump’s CIA director.

Reports filed late Thursday show that as of May 1 Thompson raised a total of nearly $832,000, compared to about $494,000 Estes raised. Thompson spent about $562,000, while Estes spent about $421,000.

Thompson has about $127,000 left as he mounts his next race. Estes’ campaign had nearly $40,000 left.

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I-235, Zoo Blvd. to K-96/Meridian will close next weekend

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 13:12

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – As part of a Kansas Department of Transportation project rebuilding the 25th Street bridge over I-235, work over existing I-235 traffic lanes will necessitate the closure of I-235 between Zoo Blvd. and the K-96/Meridian interchange on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21.

The bridge work includes installing 100’ concrete support beams and the initial phases of bridge falsework construction. Falsework consists of temporary structural systems used to provide the necessary rigidity and to support concrete formwork until construction is sufficiently advanced to support itself.

The closure is expected to begin as early as 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, and all lanes should be open by 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 21. A signed detour will use Zoo Blvd. to 21st Street to Ridge Road to K-96 for northbound I-235 traffic and the same streets for southbound I-235 traffic.

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