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Former Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle found guilty on 4 counts

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:30

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A jury has found former Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle guilty on one count of aggravated battery, criminal threat, aggravated burglary and possession of marijuana.

A mistrial was declared on count 1, count 2, and count 6 of criminal damage to property.  Randle was found not guilty on count 4 of aggravated battery.

  • Count 1 – Mistrial aggravated battery
  • Count 2 – Mistrial aggravated battery
  • Count 3 – Guilty aggravated battery
  • Count 4 – Not guilty aggravated battery
  • Count 5 – Guilty criminal threat
  • Count 6 – Mistrial criminal damage property
  • Count 7 – Guilty possession marijuana
  • Count 8 – Guilty aggravated burglary

The case stems from an incident back in February 2016 from a fight at a party where more than a dozen people told police Randle got into an argument, and then he got into his car.

“At the end of the day, he was convicted of the most serious count, the aggravated burglary and at least one of the aggravated batteries for the allegation so that will play into our consideration of whether or not to retry, try the other counts again the hung counts,” said Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett.

The rest of charges that were declared a mistrial are now pending will be brought back up on May 1 to see if the state wants to pursue those charges.

Sentencing for Randle is set for June.

 

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Young boy rescued from Walnut River

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:11

EL DORADO, Kan. (KSNW) – A young boy slid into the Walnut River after he slipped from the shoreline. Firefighters had to lay a ladder against the ground leading into the river.

An El Dorado firefighter climbed down the bank, placed the boy in a life jacket, and wrapped a rope around the boy.

The boy was hoisted up the ladder and brought safely to the flat ground.

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Police investigate early morning robbery at Walgreens

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:57

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police are investigating after the Walgreens at Harry and Edgemoor was robbed early Friday morning. It happened around 1:45 a.m.

Four clerks report an armed man wearing a black hoodie and orange ski mask came into the store and pointed a gun. The suspect removed money from the register and fled on foot. There were no injuries to the victims.

Detectives may release surveillance photos of the robbery. If you know anything about the crime this morning, call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111 or detectives at 268-4407.

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Heavy rain and storms forecast for parts of Kansas

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:12

NORMAN, Okla. (AP and KSNW) – Storms are moving across parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings in central Oklahoma, southeastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri as heavy rain began falling Friday morning.

In central Oklahoma, thousands were without power when power poles were apparently blown down as a storm moved through the Oklahoma City metro.

In Wichita, rain started to fall around 9 a.m.  Wichita police said be careful if you are out driving city streets today.

“Please if you are out in the area today, slow down, be careful as you are driving the city streets or driving through the city or traveling during lunch,” said Officer Charley Davidson, Wichita Police Department. “If you cannot see the road, do not try to enter into that street or area. Turn around and find a different alternate route so you get to your destination safely.”

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center says tornadoes are also possible in southeastern Oklahoma, northeast Texas and western Arkansas.

The storms are expected to continue into Friday night before moving out of the region early Saturday.

Click here for the latest radars and forecast from the Storm Tracker 3 Weather Team.

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Hit-and-run driver confesses to hitting K-State student

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:40

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – Riley County Police released a statement saying a man came forward admitting he hit a K-State student and left without stopping.

Police did not release the name of the man who confessed, citing that was department policy. They added they also will not release the man’s name until a full investigation is complete.

The confession comes just hours after Riley County Police released video of a white truck involved in the hit-and-run.

21-year-old Amber Wilhelm, was leaving Aggieville in the early morning hours of April 14, when she was hit by a truck. She has since been receiving treatment at a Topeka hospital. As of this post, she still remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Just this week both Amber’s parents both posted videos on Riley County Police Departments Twitter page asking for the public’s help in finding the person responsible for hitting their daughter. Police confirmed Thursday night her parents had been notified about the confession. In the police department’s statement they said, “They, and we, want to thank the thousands of people in Riley County and beyond that shared this story from the beginning. Your help and support has been incredible.”

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Chiefs begin 2017 season at Patriots; full schedule released

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:37

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSNT) – The National Football League announced on Thursday the regular season schedule for the Kansas City Chiefs 2017 season.

According to Kansas City Chiefs Public Relations, the Kansas City Chiefs will be featured in a league-high six primetime television games, the most in franchise history, including three at Arrowhead Stadium.

For the first time in franchise history, the club will participate in the NFL’s season-opening contest, a Thursday, Sept. 7 matchup against the reigning Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass.

2017 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Date | Opponent | Time | Network

Thursday, Sept. 7 | at New England Patriots | 7:30 p.m. | NBC

Sunday, Sept. 17 | Philadelphia Eagles | Noon | FOX

Sunday, Sept. 24 | at Los Angeles Chargers | 3:25 p.m. | CBS

Monday, Oct. 2 | Washington Redskins | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Sunday, Oct. 8 | at Houston Texans* | 7:30 p.m. | NBC

Sunday, Oct. 15 | Pittsburgh Steelers* | 3:25 p.m. | CBS

Thursday, Oct. 19 | at Oakland Raiders | 7:25 p.m. | CBS/NFLN/Amazon

Monday, Oct. 30 | Denver Broncos | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Sunday, Nov. 5 | at Dallas Cowboys* | 3:25 p.m. | CBS

Sunday, Nov. 12 | BYE WEEK

Sunday, Nov. 19 | at New York Giants* | Noon | CBS

Sunday, Nov. 26 | Buffalo Bills* | Noon | CBS

Sunday, Dec. 3 | at New York Jets* | Noon | CBS

Sunday, Dec. 10 | Oakland Raiders* | Noon | CBS

Saturday, Dec. 16 | Los Angeles Chargers | 7:30 p.m. | NFLN

Sunday, Dec. 24 | Miami Dolphins | Noon | CBS

Sunday, Dec. 31 | at Denver Broncos* | 3:25 p.m. | CBS

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Final acts announced for Kansas State Fair

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:11

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas State Fair has finalized its lineup for the state fair.

The lineup includes Josh Turner, Smash Mouth, Chevelle, The Charlie Daniels Band and Los Lonely Boys.

“A lot of hard work and a little friendly persuasion led to a stellar lineup,” said Susan Sankey, Kansas State Fair general manager. “This year we have seven new acts and three returning fan favorites. Fairgoer feedback helps guide which bands we pursue. Thanks to our resourceful entertainment committee, we locked in a great mix of talent and genre.”

Tickets go on sale April 28 at 8 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kansas State Fair Ticket Office by calling 800-362-3247 or kansasstatefair.com. Unless otherwise noted, Grandstand tickets include gate admission when purchased through Aug. 20.

  • Josh Turner – Saturday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. – Tickets $65/$40/$25*
  • Los Lonely Boys – Sunday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. – Tickets $40/$30/$20*
  • The Charlie Daniels Band – Tuesday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. – Tickets $55/$35/$25*
  • Smash Mouth– Thursday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. – Tickets $45/$30/$20*
  • Chevelle – Saturday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. – Tickets $60/$40/$25*

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Arkansas conducts first execution since 2005, plans 3 more

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 08:57

VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas carried out its first execution in nearly a dozen years despite a flurry of legal challenges that had spared three convicted killers, but courts still could scuttle the remainder of the nation’s most ambitious death penalty schedule since capital punishment was restored in 1976.

Ledell Lee was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m. Thursday, four minutes before his death warrant was due to expire at midnight, capping a chaotic week of legal wrangling. Arkansas originally wanted to put eight inmates to death before the state’s supply of midazolam, one of three drugs used in its lethal injection process, expires at the end of April.

Three of those executions were canceled this week because of court decisions. Another inmate scheduled for execution next week has received a stay. But Arkansas wants to put two other inmates to death Monday, and one next Thursday.

Lee, 51, was put on death row for the 1993 death of his neighbor Debra Reese, whom Lee struck 36 times with a tire tool her husband had given her for protection. Lee was arrested less than an hour after the killing after spending some of the $300 he had stolen from Reese.

After a hiatus of nearly 12 years, the execution was carried out without any apparent glitches. There had been concern because midazolam was used in some flawed executions in other states. Lee showed no signs of consciousness two minutes after the lethal injection, which began at 11:44 p.m. With arms extended, covered with a sheet, his head and hands covered with leather straps, Lee made no final statement and showed no apparent signs of suffering during the execution.

The state originally set four double executions over an 11-day period in April. That would have been the most by a state in such a compressed period since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Lee’s execution went ahead after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected last-minute appeals from his lawyers. But at least one high court justice expressed serious reservations about what critics have called Arkansas’ rush to the death chamber.

“Apparently the reason the state decided to proceed with these eight executions is that the ‘use by’ date of the state’s execution drug is about to expire…In my view, that factor, when considered as a determining factor separating those who live from those who die, is close to random,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote.

Arkansas dropped plans to execute a second inmate, Stacey Johnson, on Thursday after the state Supreme Court said it wouldn’t reconsider his stay, which was issued so Johnson could seek more DNA tests in hopes of proving his innocence.

State justices also on Thursday reversed an order by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray that halted the use of vecuronium bromide, one of three drugs used in the state’s lethal injection process, in any execution. McKesson Corp. says the state obtained the drug under false pretenses and that it wants nothing to do with executions.

Justices also denied an attempt by makers of midazolam and potassium chloride — the two other drugs in Arkansas’ execution plan — to intervene in McKesson’s fight over the vecuronium bromide. The pharmaceutical companies say there is a public health risk if their drugs are diverted for use in executions, and that the state’s possession of the drugs violates rules within their distribution networks.

The legal delays in the executions frustrated Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other state officials. Lawyers for the state have complained that the inmates are filing court papers just to run out the clock. Prisons director Wendy Kelley has said the state has no way to obtain more midazolam or vecuronium bromide.

But after the resumption of the death penalty on Thursday, Hutchinson’s spokesman J.R. Davis said: “Justice was carried out.”

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Associated Press Writers Jill Bleed in Little Rock, Kelly P. Kissel in Varner and Mark Sherman in Washington contributed to this report. DeMillo reported from Little Rock

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Education secy, teachers union chief meet on school tour

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 08:50

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the head of a national teachers union sought to find common ground as they toured public schools in Ohio, but differences remained.

The school visit came just months after American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten fiercely opposed the nomination of DeVos, a longtime advocate of charter and private schools. In the past Weingarten has accused DeVos of feeling “antipathy for public schools.”

During the visit to schools in Van Wert, a town in northwestern Ohio, Weingarten said the two women have earned a reputation of “combatants” but that finding common ground is crucial for the sake of students.

“Van Wert proves that support for public schools transcends politics,” Weingarten said as she thanked DeVos for visiting the school.

While DeVos complemented the teachers and students, she said some 20 percent of local families have elected to send their children to other schools.

“It’s an opportunity that we should continue to offer because the goal is for every child to be in an education environment that’s best for them,” DeVos said. Choices should not be “dictated, mandated,” she added.

Moreover, she said, a good public school should not feel threatened.

“I think the fear of a negative impact on a school that is meeting the needs of its students is very low,” DeVos said.

Weingarten questioned making investments into school choice options, such as charter and private school programs, at the expense of traditional public schools. The Trump administration has proposed slashing key afterschool programs mostly targeted at low-income families, saying they haven’t proven to be effective.

“There is no secret that we are fighting some of the budget cut,” Weingarten said, adding that eliminating such programs would harm the Van Wert community and others.

“But I think today’s visit was much more about proactive, positive, what happens when schools work together, when they engage in strategies that work for kids,” Weingarten added.

DeVos, a wealthy Republic operative and donor, has spent more than two decades advocating for charter and voucher programs in her home state of Michigan and elsewhere and she has made school choice a priority.

Next year’s budget proposal calls for slashing funding for the Education Department by $9.2 billion. The administration is proposing to allocate an additional $1.4 billion for school choice programs and to eliminate two programs worth $3.6 billion that provide funding for teacher preparation and after-school programs, saying they have now shown to bring results.

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In wake of tense Trump call, Pence aims to soothe Australia

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 08:48

SYDNEY (AP) — More than two months after President Donald Trump got into a spat with the leader of Australia, Vice President Mike Pence will be working to smooth over any lingering hard feelings.

Pence will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday as part of his 10-day, four-country trip to Asia. His agenda includes reassuring Turnbull about the state of the unusually strained U.S.-Australia alliance and laying out the new administration’s priorities for the Pacific Rim.

“Partly, you could call it a diplomatic clean-up mission,” said Michael Auslin of the American Enterprise Institute, an analyst on Asian security issues. Auslin said Pence will be more focused on offering Turnbull a roadmap for how the two countries can work together during Trump’s presidency. “It’s about re-establishing relations.”

The affection the longtime allies usually share for each other is rooted in decades of cooperation on defense, intelligence and trade. Australia has fought alongside the U.S. in every major conflict since World War I, and is one of the largest contributors to the U.S.-led military campaign in Iraq and Syria. The country is also part of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing program with the U.S., along with Canada, Britain and New Zealand.

But Australia was unhappy with Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. Then, Trump and Turnbull had a contentious phone call in January over a refugee resettlement deal struck by the previous Obama administration.

Under the agreement, the U.S. would take up to 1,250 refugees that Australia houses in detention camps on the Pacific island nations of Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Trump, who campaigned on tough-on-immigration policies, was enraged by the agreement, prompting a tense phone call with Turnbull and an angry tweet in which the president dubbed the deal “dumb.”

White House spokesman Sean Spicer’s subsequent mispronunciation in press briefings of Turnbull’s name as “Trumbull” did not help matters.

The fallout has left relations between the U.S. and Australia at their lowest point since the Vietnam War, when Australia’s then-Prime Minister Gough Whitlam criticized a series of bombings authorized by then-President Richard Nixon.

Dougal Robinson, a research fellow with the United States Studies Centre in Sydney, said the timing of Pence’s visit to Australia — a mere three months into Trump’s presidency — is significant. Robinson noted that it took Obama three years to visit Australia after he was elected, while former Vice President Joe Biden waited seven years before traveling Down Under.

“In the aftermath of the Trump-Turnbull phone call, and no record of any conversation between the president and the prime minister since that phone call, the vice president is clearly coming to try to reassure Australia’s political leaders about U.S. commitment to the alliance with Australia,” Robinson said.

Trump’s election has also prompted some soul-searching for Australians over where their loyalty should lie between the U.S. — Australia’s most important security partner — and China — its most important trading partner. Though Turnbull has repeatedly rejected calls for Australia to choose between the economic superpowers, some critics of Trump have urged Australia to align itself more closely with Beijing.

Earlier this month, Gareth Evans, Australia’s foreign minister from 1988 to 1996, said Australia should back away from its alliance with America and instead recognize China as a global leader, calling Trump “the most ill-informed, underprepared, ethically challenged and psychologically ill-equipped president in the United States’ history.”

Though Turnbull may balk at publicly choosing between China and the U.S., Australia and China have indeed been deepening their ties. In February, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in the nation’s capital, Canberra, where the two announced they would cooperate more on trade, tourism, regional infrastructure, innovation and energy.

The strengthening commercial relationship between China and Australia has raised eyebrows in the U.S. Australia’s decision to allow a Chinese company to secure a 99-year lease over the strategically important Port of Darwin in northern Australia attracted particular concern. The port is near a critical military base used as a training hub for U.S. Marines, who are stationed there as part of America’s military pivot to Asia.

The South China Sea, where China’s territorial claims, land reclamation and construction have drawn criticism from its neighbors and the U.S., is also likely to factor in talks between Pence and Turnbull. Given Australia’s loyalty to both the U.S. and China, the country has tried to avoid taking sides in the conflict. Though Australia has long supported America’s so-called freedom of navigation exercises close to China’s artificial islands in the region, it has not conducted any of its own.

In March, Bishop urged Southeast Asian nations and China to put in place a legally binding code of conduct on behavior in the South China Sea.

Pence, addressing sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in Japan, said the administration would “protect the freedom of navigation and overflight and other lawful uses of the sea, in the South China Sea and elsewhere.”

Pence will meet with Bishop during his trip to Australia. He is also scheduled to meet with Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and local business leaders, before touring Sydney’s iconic Opera House and visiting the city’s harborside zoo.

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Thomas reported from Jakarta, Indonesia.

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White House pushes uncertain bid to revive health care bill

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 08:47

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager for a victory, the White House expressed confidence Thursday that a breakthrough on the mired Republican health care bill could be achieved in the House next week. The chamber’s GOP leaders, burned by a March debacle on the measure, were dubious and signs were scant that an emerging plan was gaining enough votes to succeed.

During a White House news conference, Trump said progress was being made on a “great plan” for overhauling the nation’s health care system, though he provided no details.

“We have a good chance of getting it soon,” Trump said. “I’d like to say next week.”

The White House optimism is driven largely by a deal brokered by leaders of the conservative Freedom Caucus and the moderate Tuesday Group aimed at giving states more flexibility to pull out of “Obamacare” provisions. A senior White House official acknowledged that it was unclear how many votes Republicans had, but said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has told the White House that a vote could come together quickly.

Yet GOP lawmakers and aides to party leaders, conservatives and moderates alike were skeptical that the House would vote next week on the health legislation. They cited the higher priority of passing a spending bill within days to avert a government shutdown, uncertainty over details of the developing health agreement and a need to sell it to lawmakers.

Trump said he planned to get “both” a health care deal and a spending bill.

Many Republicans also expressed doubts that the health care compromise would win over enough lawmakers to put the bill over the top, especially among moderates. The bill would repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law and replace it with less generous subsidies and eased insurance requirements.

“Every time they move the scrimmage line, you risk losing other people who were ‘yes’ but this changes them to a ‘no,'” Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., said Thursday of attempts to win over one end of the GOP spectrum without losing votes from the other side. The Staten Island centrist said he remained a no vote, partly because the legislation would increase Medicaid costs for New York City’s five boroughs.

The White House official and most lawmakers and GOP congressional aides who spoke were not authorized to discuss the internal process publicly and insisted on anonymity.

An outline of a deal has been crafted by Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, who heads the hard-line Freedom Caucus, and New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur, a Tuesday Group leader. Vice President Mike Pence also played a role in shaping that plan, Republicans say.

It would deliver a win to moderates by amending the GOP bill to restore Obama’s requirement that insurers cover specified services like maternity care. But in a bid for conservative support, states would be allowed to obtain federal waivers to abandon that obligation.

In addition, states could obtain waivers to an Obama prohibition against insurers charging sick customers higher premiums than consumers who are healthy — a change critics argue would make insurance unaffordable for many. To get those waivers, states would need to have high-risk pools — government-backed insurance for the most seriously ill people, a mechanism that has often failed for lack of sufficient financing.

“It looks to me like we’re headed in the right direction,” Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., a Freedom Caucus member, said Thursday. He said that assuming the outline is translated into legislative text he backs and is added to the health care bill, he would now support the legislation and believes most of Freedom Caucus’ three dozen members would also back it.

The Tuesday Group has roughly 50 members. They don’t necessarily vote as a bloc, and it is unclear how many colleagues MacArthur would bring with him to such an agreement.

The White House is anxious to pass legislation quickly, partly because Trump will likely hit his 100th day in office without a having signed a major piece of legislation.

In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, budget chief Mick Mulvaney said he was surprised at “the toxicity levels” that have divided the GOP over health care and hoped lawmakers’ two-week break would prove “healing.”

But House GOP leaders face the same problem that’s plagued them for seven years of trying to concoct a plan for repealing Obama’s 2010 law: The party’s conservatives and moderates are at odds over how to do it. With Democrats solidly opposed, Republicans can lose no more than 21 House votes to prevail, and Ryan short-circuited a planned vote last month because more than that would have defected.

That was a major embarrassment to Ryan and Trump, and House leaders are loath to bring a revised health care bill to the House floor unless they are convinced it would pass.

Ryan sent a mixed message about the bill’s prospects in remarks Wednesday to reporters in London.

“It’s difficult to do. We’re very close,” he said, adding, “It’s just going to take us a little time.”

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Associated Press writers Julie Bykowicz, Catherine Lucey, Andrew Taylor and Erica Werner contributed to this report.

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Officials: Police had Champs-Elysees attacker in their grasp

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 08:46

PARIS (AP) — The Champs-Elysees gunman who shot and killed a police officer just days before France’s presidential election was detained in February for threatening police but then freed, two officials told The Associated Press on Friday. He was also convicted in 2003 of attempted homicide in the shootings of two police officers.

The French government pulled out all the stops to protect Sunday’s vote as the attack deepened France’s political divide.

“Nothing must hamper this democratic moment, essential for our country,” Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said after a high-level meeting Friday that reviewed the government’s already heightened security plans for the two-round vote that begins Sunday.

“Barbarity and cowardice struck Paris last night,” the prime minister said, appealing for national unity and for people “not to succumb to fear.”

Investigators believe at this stage that the gunman, 39-year-old Frenchman Karim Cheurfi, was alone in killing a police officer and wounding two others and a German tourist on Thursday night, less than 72 hours before polls open, a French official who discussed details of the investigation with the AP said on condition of anonymity.

The official and another, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Cheurfi was detained toward the end of February after speaking threateningly about police but was then released for lack of evidence.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack unusually quickly in a statement that sowed confusion by apparently misidentifying the gunman.

Police shot and killed Cheurfi after he opened fire on a police van on Paris’ most famous boulevard. Investigators found a pump-action shotgun and knives in his car. Cheurfi’s identity was confirmed from his fingerprints.

A key question was how the attack might impact French voters. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that it “will have a big effect” on the election and that “the people of France will not take much more of this.”

The risk for the main presidential candidates is misjudging the public mood by making an ill-perceived gesture or comment. With polling so close, and campaigning banned from Friday midnight, they would have no time to recover before voters cast ballots.

The two top finishers Sunday advance to a winner-takes-all presidential runoff on May 7. Two of the main candidates, conservative Francois Fillon and centrist Emmanuel Macron, canceled planned campaign stops Friday.

The attack brought back the recurrent campaign theme of France’s fight against Islamic extremism, one of the mainstays of the anti-immigration platform of far-right leader Marine Le Pen and also, to a lesser extent, of Fillon, a former prime minister. In the wake of the assault, they redoubled appeals for a firmer hand against Islamic extremism and promised get-tough measures if elected.

Le Pen, speaking at her campaign headquarters, urged the outgoing Socialist government to immediately re-establish border controls. Cazeneuve, the Socialist prime minister, accused the National Front leader of seeking to make political hay from the assault.

After Le Pen spoke scathingly Friday of the government’s fight against extremism, Cazeneuve said Le Pen’s party in 2014 voted against an anti-terrorism law and, in 2015, against a law that beefed up resources for French intelligence services.

He said: “She seems to be deliberately forgetting everything that has been done over five years to make people forget that she opposed everything, without ever proposing anything serious or credible.”

Fillon separately pledged to maintain the state of emergency that has been in place since IS-claimed gun and bomb attacks killed 130 people in Paris in November 2015.

“The fight for the French people’s freedom and security will be mine. This must be the priority,” he said.

As Paris got back to business, municipal workers in white hygiene suits were out before dawn to wash down the sidewalk where the assault took place — a scene now depressingly familiar after multiple attacks that have killed more than 230 people in France over two years. Delivery trucks did their early morning rounds. Everything would have seemed normal if not for a row of TV trucks parked along the boulevard that is a must-visit for tourists.

Asked if the assault would impact voting, the centrist Macron said: “No one knows.”

With some voters doubtful whether the 39-year-old former banker is experienced enough to be head of state, Macron appealed for cool heads.

“What our attackers want is death, symbolism, to sow panic (and) to disturb a democratic process,” he said.

Macron said he canceled campaign stops out of a sense of “decency” and to allow police to concentrate their resources on the investigation.

Said by polls to be running neck-and-neck with Le Pen, he tore into her claims that previous attacks wouldn’t have happened under her watch.

“She won’t be able to protect our citizens,” Macron said of Le Pen.

The two police officers injured in the attack are out of danger, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said. National police spokesman Jerome Bonet, also speaking on BFM television, said there were thousands of people on Paris’ iconic boulevard when the gunman opened fire and that the rapid response of officers who shot and killed him avoided possible “carnage.”

Voters also wondered how the latest attack might impact the election.

Elena Worms, walking her dog near the Champs-Elysees, called the attack “destabilizing” and said she fears it will “push people to the extremes.” She said her plans to vote Fillon remain unchanged.

“He wants to lead Muslims away from fundamentalism to security,” she said.

In a statement from its Amaq news agency, the IS group gave a pseudonym for the shooter, Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki, indicating he was Belgian or had lived in Belgium. But Belgium’s interior minister said the pseudonym did not belong to the attacker.

Investigators searched a home early Friday in an eastern suburb of Paris believed linked to the attack and police detained for questioning three of the gunman’s family members — routine in such cases.

The attack appeared to fit a spreading pattern of European extremists targeting security forces and symbols of state to discredit, take vengeance on or destabilize society. It recalled two recent attacks on soldiers providing security at prominent locations around Paris: one at the Louvre museum in February and one at Orly airport last month.

For Sunday’s vote, the government is mobilizing more than 50,000 police and gendarmes to protect the 70,000 polling stations, with an additional 7,000 soldiers also on patrol.

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Sylvie Corbet, Angela Charlton and Raphael Satter in Paris, Jeff Schaeffer and Nadine Achoui-Lesage in Chelles, France, and Raf Casert in Brussels contributed to this report.

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Singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in car in Los Angeles

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 08:45

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cuba Gooding Sr., who sang the 1972 hit “Everybody Plays the Fool,” has died.

Authorities say the 72-year-old singer and father of Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. was found dead in a car Thursday in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles.

Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter says the cause of death is under investigation, but drug paraphernalia and alcohol were found in the car parked on a busy street.

The elder Gooding rose to fame for “Everybody Plays the Fool,” which he sang with the rhythm-and-blues group The Main Ingredient. The song helped the family move from the Bronx to Southern California.

Cuba Gooding Sr.’s own father fled Barbados and went to Cuba — hence the name of his son — before becoming a taxi driver in Manhattan.

An email message to Gooding Jr.’s agent was not immediately returned.

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Prince fans to mark anniversary of music superstar’s death

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 08:44

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For Prince fans, the one-year anniversary of his shocking death from an accidental drug overdose will be a time for sadness and celebration.

It was a year ago Friday that the music superstar was found dead at Paisley Park, the suburban Minneapolis recording complex where he lived.

At Paisley Park, which has been turned into a museum, a full four days of events are on tap, ranging from concert performances by Prince’s former bandmates to panel discussions. Fans who can’t afford those high-priced tickets can head to a street party outside First Avenue, the club he made world famous in “Purple Rain.” And the Minnesota History Center is staging a special exhibit of Prince memorabilia, including his iconic “Purple Rain” suit.

Here’s a look at how Prince’s home state will honor his legacy and mourn his loss:

PAISLEY PARK

Prince’s home base in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen is marking the anniversary with a roster of shows from artists such as his old band The Revolution, Morris Day and the Time, and New Power Generation. Also on the docket: panel discussions featuring such speakers as his old bandmates — think Lisa (Coleman) and Wendy (Melvoin) from “Purple Rain” and The Revolution — along with many more.

Fans who could afford it spent $999 for VIP passes for the Paisley schedule, and the estate said those were sold out. A relatively cheaper option — $549 general admission passes — was still available midweek.

Prince’s siblings, who are on track to inherit an estate valued around $200 million, are hosting an all-night dance party in the Minneapolis suburb of Golden Valley with Dez Dickerson, Apollonia Kotero, Andre Cymone and others.

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FIRST AVENUE

The downtown Minneapolis club where Prince filmed key parts of “Purple Rain” is hosting late-night dance parties Friday and Saturday with tracks from the late musician.

A memorial street party outside the club is also on tap for Saturday. It will be reminiscent of the one that drew thousands of mourners on the night of Prince’s death to cry, dance and sing along.

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PIECES OF HISTORY

Prince’s “Purple Rain” costume — purple jacket, white ruffled shirt and studded pants — was put out for display at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul through Sunday. The museum is also marking the anniversary by featuring handwritten lyrics to an unreleased song, “I Hope We Work It Out,” signed by Prince in 1977. Prince performed it for record executives when he first signed with Warner Bros.

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PAINTING THE TOWN PURPLE

Several landmarks in Minneapolis will be lit up in Prince purple, including U.S. Bank Stadium, Target Field, the IDS Center, and the Interstate 35W and Lowry Avenue bridges over the Mississippi River.

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KSN Threat Tracker for Friday, April 21, 2017

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 05:39

7:30AM Showers and non-severe storms are moving northeast into southcentral Kansas this morning, likely impacting Wichita by about 8:30am. Expect moderate to heavy downpours causing ponding on the roadways, along with occasional lightning. Track the rain here: http://ksn.com/weather/interactive-radar/

6:30AM Even if it’s not raining where you are just yet, you’ll want to grab that rain gear before you head out the door! Showers and primarily non-severe storms are expected across Kansas all throughout your Friday, with the heaviest rain likely reaching Wichita during your drive home this evening – so please be cautious! Grab the KSN Storm Tracker 3 Everywhere App to track the showers while you’re out and about today.

5:15AM A *Severe Thunderstorm Watch* is in effect for our northern Oklahoma counties until noon today. Severe storms are NOT anticipated in Kansas today, though a strong storm or two can’t be ruled out.

4:45AM Showers and storms are ongoing across Kansas and Oklahoma this morning, with even a *Severe Thunderstorm Warning* for Beaver County in northern Oklahoma for up to quarter size hail, moving east. Tune in to Kansas Today for more details!

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Wanted: Chase Brayden Lekan

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 01:05

Chase is wanted by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office for PROBATION VIOLATION ON CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON AND DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGES. He 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 at 316.267.2111 or 911 or texting at CRIMES(274637) and enter TIP217 plus your message.

Name: Chase Brayden Lekan
Born: 1997
Ht/Wt: 6′ 1″ – 180 lbs.
Other:
White Male
Brown hair / Green eyes

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

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Daishon Smith transferring from WSU

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 23:58

WICHITA, Kan. – Citing personal reasons, Wichita State guard Daishon Smith announced that he will seek a transfer at the conclusion of the spring semester.

“I enjoyed my time here in Wichita,” Smith said. “I loved the fans and the coaching staff. They took me in and treated me like family.”

Smith has one season of eligibility remaining. A junior college transfer from Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College, he appeared in all 36 games for the Shockers in 2015-16 and made 12 starts, averaging 4.8 points and 1.9 assists in just under 15 minutes per outing. He ranked second on the team with 35 steals.

Head coach Gregg Marshall said: “We wish Daishon nothing but the best. He did everything that we asked him to do, on and off the court this year. He’s a great teammate. Ultimately, I think the emergence of Landry Shamet at the point guard caused him to question how much he would be playing as a senior, behind a guy who will probably end up in the NBA. For that reason, he’s elected to go somewhere where he can maybe get a little bit more playing time in his last season of eligibility.”

In his lone season in Wichita, Smith reached double-figures six times. He scored a season-high 16 points on 4-of-4 shooting from three-point range in the Shockers’ Nov. 20 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Smith’s most memorable performance came in December at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena. Beginning with a driving dunk that would later end up on SportsCenter’s top-10 plays, Smith scored nine of his 13 points over the final 8:30 to help WSU pull away against Oklahoma.

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Mumps cases rising, decrease in vaccinations to blame

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 23:17

WICHITA, Kan (KSNW) – More than one hundred mumps cases have been reported in the state this year.

Twenty one counties have been fighting this outbreak, and the interesting thing about it? A majority of the patients have already had the mumps vaccine.

“We’re starting to see more and more cases, but there’s not an overall trend,” explained Dr. Thomas Moore, Chief of Infection Prevention at Wesley.

It starts with a fever, headache and swollen salivary glands.

“You get the outbreaks in situations where there are college campuses, typically,” said Dr. Moore.

The first reported cases involved college students from Kansas State and Kansas University, who were diagnosed with mumps. Dr. Moore says mumps tends to spread in big groups of people.

“When there’s a mumps outbreak currently, the vast majority of people who get it will be vaccinated, that’s not expected,” Moore stated.

Which explains how 120 people were reported to have mumps, 86% of them were vaccinated.

“The vaccine is very effective, but it doesn’t protect everyone who gets it. it protects 80% who get it, so the other 20% who get the vaccine are not protected, and there’s really no when you get it whether you’re going to be one of those people who are not protected,” said Dr. Moore.

The vaccine contains a killed virus, and, though it’s not 100% effective, Moore says, cases have been reduced by 99% because of it.

By the time every child enters school, health professional recommend they be vaccinated. But, some families choose otherwise and, Dr. Moore says that’s a big problem.

“It’s your role as a citizen, a responsible citizen to vaccinate your kids against disease which could kill them and others,” explained Dr. Moore.

There’s no treatment for mumps, the incubation period is about 17 days and they symptoms tend to wear off in a week.

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Family, friends celebrate Russell County boy’s life

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 23:00

RUSSELL, Kan. (KSNW) — While there has been a lot of sadness the past couple of days, family and friends of Gabriel Usoro were filled with happiness tonight as they celebrated his life — a life that was taken too soon.

Dozens of friends and family members gathered in Russell Thursday night to honor the boy.

“We miss him and we wish he was still here with us, but he’s never going to be forgotten,” said Gabriel’s cousin, Tonya Denning.

The group split up and made their way through Russell, hanging blue and green ribbon, in memory of the boy.

“He knows we all care about him. He knows I love him,” said another cousin, Se’Arra Denning. “I got to say my goodbyes, and he knows we’re always going to be there for him.”

While the grieving process is just beginning for family and friends, they say the love and support — especially tonight — are making it easier.

Sunflower Bank, in Russell, has set up an account for the public to donate — to help Gabriel’s family. It’s called the “Gabriel Usoro Memorial Fund.” Those interested in donating can donate in person at the bank, or by mail at: 740 N Main Street, #100, Russell, KS 67665.

On Tuesday, KSN learned the Russell Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigations were investigating a possible case of child abuse. KBI told KSN an autopsy was being conducted on Thursday. No other details were immediately released by authorites.

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Kansas high school offers ‘gun safety’ class

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 22:55

LANGDON, Kan. (KSNW) – A Kansas high school is offering an elective class with a portion of it focused on gun safety.

The class at Fairfield High School in Reno County is called Handy Work. It includes courses on how to write a resume, how to change a tire as well as how to be safe around guns.

“The premise behind it was, well, if we have students that are possibly interested in law enforcement or military service and they don’t have the opportunity to be exposed to handling firearms at home, then this could be their chance,” said Fairfield Schools Superintendent Nathan Reed.

Reed said the class is not required and it’s taught by a certified gun safety instructor off school grounds. He said parents must also agree to let their children be apart of the class.

“It shows kids that are interested how to properly handle different types of firearms, how to hold them, how to store them, and just the proper way of handling them,” Reed said.

Officials at Range 54 in Wichita told KSN firearm education is key, especially for today’s youth.

“I think that if more people had an idea about guns and gun safety they wouldn’t be afraid of them,” said Range 54 Owner Ken Grommet. “Sometimes there’s a fear, there’s a stigma about guns and we think that training them young is better than, you know, waiting until they are older and learning.”

Like at Fairfield High School, Grommet teaches a youth gun safety class.

“We cover safety as it pertains to handguns, whether they are in their home, whether they find them on the street or the park and then what they should do with that,” Grommet said.

Similar to the high school class, students are not allowed to touch a gun during the Range 54 class until they have learned the basics of gun safety.

“We talk about shooting positions, the fundamentals of shooting and then the very last day we take them out on the range and they have the opportunity to shoot a pistol and a rifle as well,” Grommet said.

KSN spoke with a father and his son who were at Range 54 about the idea of a high school offering a gun class.

“You’d be able to learn that it’s not all about killing other people. It’s sport, it’s a passion and it’s a hobby,” said 14-year-old Bryan Phlamm.

“I think it would be outstanding. Again, people are afraid of the things they don’t understand or things that they don’t know,” said Ken Phlamm.

Fairfield parents must sign off on the gun safety portion of the class. Again, it is an elective and students are not required to take it.

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