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3 killed, 2 wounded at Maryland office park shooting

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:24

EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a Maryland office park on Wednesday morning, killing three co-workers and wounding two others, authorities and the business owner said.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler identified the shooter as 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince. He said Prince opened fire with a handgun and then fled the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood.

Police were looking for him, and he was considered armed and dangerous. The sheriff did not release a motive for the shooting.

The owner of a home improvement company in the office park said the victims and the suspect all worked for him at Advanced Granite Solutions.

Barak Caba told The Associated Press in a brief telephone interview that the suspect has been an employee for four months. He said the man was a machine operator.

Caba was shaken and would not provide additional details.

The wounded were in critical condition, according to a spokeswoman for the University of Maryland Medical Center’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

The FBI is assisting local authorities to find Prince. Investigators are currently treating the shooting as a case of workplace violence and don’t see ties to terrorism, said Dave Fitz, a spokesman for the Baltimore FBI field office.

Nearby schools have been locked down as a precaution.

The business park is just south of the Interstate 95 interchange with Route 24.

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Oklahoma school adopts policy expecting all to stand for anthem

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00

STUART, Okla. (AP) – A small Oklahoma school district has adopted a policy saying students, athletes and spectators are “expected” to stand during the national anthem with no “gestures of demonstration or protest.”

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

The policy says students who violate the policy would be disciplined on a case-by-case basis. Potential action against spectators is not addressed.

School Superintendent Tracy Blasengame told the McAlester News-Capital the policy is intentionally vague so the district doesn’t paint itself into a corner.

The district with about 280 students is about 90 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma City, Tulsa tout quality of life to lure Amazon HQ2

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma City and Tulsa are showcasing cultural, recreational and quality-of-life attractions as they compete in a nationwide search for Amazon’s second headquarters in North America.

The online retail giant will clearly need tech-savvy talent and will likely look for state and local subsidies. But Oklahoma leaders are touting the cities’ more than 160 miles of hiking and biking trails, world-class training venues for Olympic rowing, kayaking and off-road bicycle racing, abundant recreational opportunities at spacious parks, waterways and lakes and the archives and memorabilia of American musical icons Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.

Thursday is the deadline for cities and regional economic development groups to submit their proposals. Amazon plans to make a final selection next year. The massive $5 billion project could eventually include as many as 50,000 jobs.

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Sheriff: Fire kills Texas woman and her 5 children

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:02

SILSBEE, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a woman and her five children were killed in a fire that destroyed their Texas home.

Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis says the fire was reported at around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday near Silsbee, which is about 80 miles northeast of Houston.

He says the family’s home, which he described as an apartment, was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. He told KFDM-TV that the home is right behind the children’s grandparents’ house, which didn’t burn.

He says the bodies were found after the blaze was extinguished, and described the scene as “horrific.”

The children ranged in age from 3 to 11 years old.

No other details were immediately available. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Information from: KFDM-TV, http://www.kfdm.com

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Security guard shot by Las Vegas gunman breaks silence

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:40

(CNN) – The security guard who approached Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s hotel suite before the massacre said he heard “drilling sounds” before he was shot through the door.

In an episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” set to air Wednesday, Jesus Campos recounts for the first time on TV the night of the shooting.

Campos was wounded by Paddock on October 1, minutes before the gunman sprayed gunfire on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival from a hotel room in the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort Casino.

Paddock killed 58 people and left nearly 500 concertgoers wounded. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

More than two weeks after the attack, Campos said his health is improving.

“I’m doing better each day, slowly but surely. Just healing mentally and physically,” he told DeGeneres.

Campos had been in the building, patrolling the halls when he was sent to check on a door on the 32nd floor. He used the stairwells to get there, but couldn’t get past a barricaded door and had to use the elevator.

“There was metal bracket holding the door in place,” he said.

He said he called security dispatch to report the blocked door and that’s when he heard drilling sounds.

“As I was walking down, I heard rapid fire.” Campos said. “And at first I took cover. I felt a burning sensation. I went to go lift my pant leg up and I saw the blood. That’s when I called it in on my radio that shots have been fired.”

Paddock shot through the door, striking Campos in the upper right thigh.

“And I was going to say that I was hit, but I got on my cell just to clear the radio traffic so they could coordinate the rest of the call.”

While hiding in a doorway, Campos alerted a hotel building engineer who was called to check on the door and a woman who came out of another room.

He thanked first responders, medics and members of the community who helped everyone in need that night.

“Everything puts pieces together on how everyone came together to help that night even in the darkest hour,” he said.

Campos had been scheduled to appear on several news networks last week but those interviews were canceled.

“Jesus Campos wants to tell his story at a time and place of his choosing. He’s asked that everyone respect his request for privacy. We could not be more proud of Jesus,” MGM said in a statement.

Campos had been hailed a hero by authorities who initially said he diverted the gunman’s attention and made him stop firing on the crowd.

But last week, authorities said Campos was shot six minutes before the shooting on the crowd started.

The resort’s owner had disputed the times earlier provided by police but recently said Paddock was shooting at concertgoers “at the same time as, or within 40 seconds after,” Campos first reported shots.

The change in the timeline of events has raised questions about why police didn’t make it to Paddock’s room sooner to break down the door.

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President Trump: Lawmaker ‘fabricated’ account of his talk with widow

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a Florida congresswoman “fabricated” an account of the commander in chief telling the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”

Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson said she was in the car with Myeshia Johnson on Tuesday on the way to Miami International Airport to meet the body of Johnson’s husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, when Trump called. Wilson said she and others heard part of the conversation on speakerphone.

When asked by Miami station WPLG if she indeed heard Trump say that she answered: “Yeah, he said that. To me, that is something that you can say in a conversation, but you shouldn’t say that to a grieving widow.” She added: “That’s so insensitive.”

But in a Wednesday morning tweet, Trump said Wilson’s description of the call was “fabricated.”

“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!” Trump wrote without specifying what proof he had.

Wilson stood by her account, telling CNN on Wednesday that “the president evidently is lying, because what I said is true.” Wilson said she and others in the car with Johnson heard Trump.

Escalating the criticism of the president, Wilson said, “He doesn’t even know how to sympathize with people. We’re grieving. This is a grieving community. … It’s disgraceful for him to even tweet about this. And as I say, this gentleman has a brain disorder and he needs to be checked out.”

La David Johnson was among four servicemen killed in the African nation of Niger earlier this month. They died when militants thought to be affiliated with the Islamic State group ambushed them while they were patrolling in unarmored trucks with Nigerien troops.

Wilson said she did not hear the entire conversation, and Myeshia Johnson told her she couldn’t remember everything that was said when asked it about it later.

“When she hung up the phone she looked at me and said, ‘He didn’t even know his name.’ Now that’s the worst part,” Wilson told CNN.

Trump has been criticized for not reaching out right away to relatives of the four killed in Niger. On Monday, Trump said he’d written letters that had not yet been mailed. His aides said they had been awaiting information before proceeding.

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Parole hearing today for accomplice in 1990 kidnapping and murder of Nancy Shoemaker

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:19
Nancy Shoemaker

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The man convicted of kidnapping and being an accomplice in the murder of nine year-old Nancy Shoemaker 27 years ago will have a parole hearing this morning.

Donald Wacker was convicted in 1992 for the kidnapping of Shoemaker in 1990.

Wednesday’s parole hearing will be the fourth time the 54-year-old will be up for parole.

Shoemaker’s family members have once again collected petitions urging the parole board deny his request.

Wacker’s accomplice Doil Lane was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in person.

Wacker’s parole hearing is scheduled this morning at the Derby Police station at 10 a.m.

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Passenger says Delta crew stopped her from singing anthem

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:50

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia physician said her plan to honor a fallen soldier by singing the U.S. national anthem aboard a Delta Air Lines plane carrying the soldier’s casket was stopped by a flight attendant who told her it would violate company policy.

Dr. Pamela Gaudry of Savannah said she and fellow passengers were told “to stay quietly in our seats” as an honor guard escorted the casket from the plane Saturday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. A flight attendant told her that singing “The Star Spangled Banner” would make passengers from other countries uncomfortable, she said.

“I couldn’t put up with that,” Gaudry told The Associated Press in an interview Monday. “I wouldn’t be offended if I was in their country.”

Gaudry said she kept quiet until she was off the plane. Then she found an unoccupied stretch of the airport terminal where she took out her cellphone and self-recorded a 6 minute, 30 second video that she posted on Facebook. By Monday afternoon, it had been viewed more than 778,000 times.

Gaudry said she was flying Saturday from Philadelphia to Atlanta when the pilot told passengers the plane was carrying the remains of a fallen American soldier. She said she began asking other passengers if they would join her in singing the anthem as the casket was taken off the plane. Many agreed enthusiastically, she said.

“The chief flight attendant came back to my seat and she kneeled down and she said, ‘It is against company policy to do what you’re doing,'” Gaudry said in the video. “And I said, ‘The national anthem? And there’s a soldier onboard?’ And she said, ‘Yes, you cannot sing the national anthem. It is against company policy.'”

Gaudry said she stayed in her seat with her head down — a decision she soon regretted. In her video, she reserved the harshest criticism for herself: “I just did the most uncourageous thing in my life today.”

Anthony Black, a spokesman for Atlanta-based Delta, declined to comment Monday on the specifics on Gaudry’s account.

“There is not a policy about singing the national anthem, period,” Black said.

The body of Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, a special forces soldier who was among four U.S. troops killed in an ambush attack Oct. 4 in Niger, was returned Saturday to Wright’s family in rural southeast Georgia.

Black said Delta policy prohibited him from identifying the deceased soldier transported on Gaudry’s flight.

Gaudry’s account comes amid the politically divisive backdrop of professional football players kneeling as the U.S. anthem is sung during pregame ceremonies — a form of protest some Americans, including President Donald Trump, have lambasted as disrespectful to U.S. service members.

“If it instigates a spiritual and patriotic feeling in this country, I’m thrilled,” Gaudry said of her video. “I’m not real thrilled with the attention to myself.”

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Leon’s Breakfast Blog: More of the Same Please!!

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 06:22

Off to a clear and beautiful start to your Wednesday… Clear skies and south winds will be with us through the afternoon. South winds are really the only fly in the ointment to what is otherwise a beautiful forecast! Temps this morning are milder thanks to that constant south wind.

Once again the overall weather pattern across the lower 48 is very calm. The jet-stream is basically flat and it is laying well north of Kansas so we will once again be in above normal temps and clear sky conditions.

We will add a couple of degrees on top of what we did yesterday… Normal highs this time of year should be near 70, so we are running above normal and we’ll continue to warm up as we head toward the weekend.


 

Statewide we are looking at another really nice Fall afternoon… Central Kansas will be a bit breezy and as you can see SC Kansas will have winds between 10-25mph this afternoon.

Rain would be nice and it looks like we will have a “little bit” of rain in Central Kansas  by this weekend, but don’t expect much and don’t expect it to be wide spread… Western counties look like they will remain dry.

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Wanted: Jesus Ivan Hurtado

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 05:00

Jesus is wanted by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office for Aggravated Battery. 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: Jesus Ivan Hurtado
AKA:
Jesus E. Hurtado, Ivan Hurtado
Born: 1992
Ht/Wt: 5′ 9″ – 180 lbs.
Other:
White Male
Black hair / Brown eyes

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Could gun cameras be next tool for law enforcement? KS police weigh in

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:43

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Could gun-mounted cameras be the next big thing for law enforcement agencies?

Some agencies across the country are looking to add gun-mounted cameras to their officers weapons, according to a recent AP report. KSN spoke to several Kansas police departments about the pros and cons of gun-cameras.

“It’s in my opinion just another witness to the incident,” said Maize Police Lt. Craig Brasser.

Lt. Craig Brasser has been in the police force since 1994. In 1997, a dash camera was installed in his patrol unit.

“I had an in-car video camera and I think it’s great. It saved me on more than one complaint,” Brasser said.

Brasser said in-car cameras have the capability of capturing the sights and sounds of a scene. He said it’s one of the reasons in-car cameras as well as body cameras have become so popular in the police field.

“People are going to say their stories and however they interpret what they saw and what happened, but the video is the video and it’s just another account of what happened,”

KSN asked Brasser what he thought about outfitting officers with gun-mounted cameras.

“I think it would definitely give another vantage point to the actual incident if it were a deadly force incident,” Brasser said. “It would prevent the arms and the holding your arms out and view being obstructed by your hands, your arms and the weapon itself. Here again, it’s another vantage point, view-point that people can see, just another witness.”

Brasser added there could be some disadvantages to gun cameras.

“There are a lot of use-of-force incidents that we get involved in that are not deadly force incidents and if that’s the only weapon drawn and that’s the only camera you have it’s never going to be activated, so I think it could be a good enhancement to your body camera and or your in-car camera, but i don’t think it will replace it,” he said.

KSN also reached out to Wichita police about gun-mounted cameras.

“Body-worn cameras continue to be a vital part of our informational gathering process,” said Wichita police spokesperson Officer Charley Davidson.

Last week, Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said body cameras have helped his department settle numerous issues.

“We are resolving a lot of complaints by just allowing citizens to come in and review video,” said Chief Gordon Ramsay.

Right now, all Wichita beat officers have body cameras. Ramsay said he is working to find the funds to outfit the entire department with body cameras.

“Id say its 95 percent want them. They don’t like to go out on the streets without them. Sergeants want them. I have heard detectives want them, so it’s the future.”

Speaking of the future, Ramsay said the department is currently trying out 12 new body cameras with blue-tooth capability. The blue-tooth allows the cameras to turn on automatically when a taser is removed from a holster, when the lights are turned on in a squad car or when an officer removed the shotgun from the squad car.

Wichita police did not comment if gun-mounted cameras would be something the department would be interested in, citing they would need to look into gun cameras more thoroughly.

Lt. Brasser with Maize police said his department is currently working on outfitting officers with body cameras.

 

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Haysville sexual assault survivor joins nationwide “me too” movement

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:23

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) –  You may have seen it on social media — hashtag “me too.”

Those two words have become a rallying cry ever since sexual assault allegations were made against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The hashtag caught fire over the weekend when actress Alyssa Milano called for survivors to come together to show the world the magnitude of the problem.

KSN spoke to local advocates and a survivor who say they’re encouraged by the national discussion.

Haysville, Kansas may be miles away from the Hollywood lights.

But the distance doesn’t prevent survivor Libby Heflin from saying “me too” – I am a survivor of sexual assault.

“He shoved me on the futon and he raped me,” said Libby Heflin, survivor.

She says her then boyfriend acted as if nothing happened. Heflin says she soon filed a restraining order and started therapy, and that she’s not a victim anymore but a survivor. She says talking about her experience here tonight and on social media can help others who may be suffering.

“I had gotten several people, once they had saw that, message me and even in the past, when I came out about my rape in the past I’ve had so many people come out that it has happened to them,” said Heflin.

The Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center says the stories we see in the media are just the tip of the iceberg.

“We see a lot of survivors who come in here or call us or email and say this happened 25 years ago and I never told anyone,” said Mary Stolz, Director of Survivor Services.

Mary Stolz, the Director of Survivor Services says while the “me too” discussion is positive, it can trigger difficult memories for some people. She says at their office there is always an open door for survivors who need to talk.

“If they just need some additional support while this is such an issue right now, please let us know, please reach out, we’re here to listen,” said Stolz.

Stolz says they see a lot of men who are also survivors of sexual assault, and it’s not just a women’s discussion. She’s seen a lot of men step forward on social media saying hashtag “I will not,” meaning not participate in harassment or assault of any kind.

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Garden City expects tourism boom from STAR bond

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:56

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – Garden City’s commission approved a STAR bond proposal to build a multi-sport complex on the east side of town.

Officials say that the facility is expected to bring in $17 million per year to the city in tourism.

It’s an exciting prospect for small business owners who are eager to sell to more visitors.

“People will be coming in, they’re going to want to eat somewhere, they’re going to want to check out what’s going on downtown, they’re going to want to check out what else is here,” said Haleigh Kells, who co-owns a store in downtown Garden City. “I think it’ll be great.”

Once complete, it will house a range of different sports and is meant to attract 150,000 visitors to Garden each year.

“Two indoor full size soccer fields,” explained Evan Fitts, who represents the developers, “four indoor basketball courts, an indoor competition aquatics center, a thousand seat conference center, spectator seating.”

Local developers Amro Samy and Cecil O’Brate are heading up the project, which will be paid off over 22 years by redirecting sales tax generated there from the government to the developers.

Some residents expressed concern about what would happen if the facility isn’t profitable.

“Is there potential for obligation to the city down the road with this,” asked resident Lindsay Byrnes, “depending on how the retail and the secondary developments work out?”

Fitts addressed her question at a city commission meeting, saying there is no public burden.

“To the extent there is any shortfall in those revenues,” said Fitts, “the only party that is actually on the hook, if you will, is the bond owner that goes out and purchases them.”

The next step is for the STAR bond proposal to go to the Kansas Department of Commerce for approval.

That’s expected to be done by December. After public input, construction could start early next year.

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Inmate death reported at Sedgwick County Jail

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:33

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A 54-year-old Sedgwick County inmate who had chronic medical issues prior to incarceration was found unresponsive in his cell at about 7:12 a.m. this morning according the sheriff.  He was pronounced dead shortly before 7:50 a.m. The preliminary cause of death is unknown pending an autopsy.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Investigation Division were notified. The inmate’s family has been notified of his death and his identity is being withheld at their request.

The inmate was being held in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility on felony charges and had been in custody since July 2017.

It is the fourth in-custody death for 2017.

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Police believe Kansas City murder suspect may be in Wichita area

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:23

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police are asking for the public’s help in finding 19-year-old Anton Hunter.

He is wanted for suspicion of murder in the death of 18-year-old Isabell Addison back in April in Kansas City.

Officials believe Hunter is in the Wichita area. If you know anything, call 1-816-474-8477 or Crime Stoppers at 267-2111.

Anton L. Hunter possibly in the Wichita, KS area. https://t.co/KuQwQchKq2

— Wichita Police (@WichitaPolice) October 17, 2017

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Teachman’s Take: Gorgeous Weather Continues

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:14

Our beautiful stretch of sunshiny skies marches on today.  If there is one down side to today’s weather, it would be the winds.

They are a little stronger in central and eastern Kansas.  Much lighter out west.  Overnight, the winds will weaken, but become breezy again namely in central Kansas Wednesday afternoon.

These winds have been favorable for warmer temperatures.  Take a look at how mild it is for an afternoon walk…

More of this is to come before a game changer arrives over the weekend.  Our next front will drop our temps and give some of us, not many, a chance for rain.  I’ll take a look tonight on KSN News at 5, 6 and 10. – Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman

 

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Police cracking down on drivers who disobey school stop signs

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:10

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police were out in force Tuesday morning as part of National School Bus Safety Week.

They were cracking down on drivers who don’t obey the rules about school buses.

At one stop, officers saw several drivers go around a school bus when it was stopped, loading students. Three drivers were caught.

Officials say it’s going to be pricey if you break the law.

“The fee for that fine is $171, so it’s a quite expensive violation, so we just ask people to know, they have to understand that whether they’re approaching from the front or from behind, that arm’s extended, they have to stop,” said Lt. James Espinoza, Wichita Police Department.

The officers will be conducting the crackdown all week and plan to have several more units on the road.

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Wichita landscaper who defrauded victims sent to prison

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:50

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A Wichita landscaper has been ordered to spend 10 months in prison after he failed to make restitution to two customers he defrauded.

The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office says 31-year-old Ricky Moyer was previously sentenced to five years of probation after pleading no contest to felony theft. At the time, he was ordered to pay $16,000 to two customers.

The district attorney’s office says Moyer, owner of Rick’s Tree and Landscape, didn’t make payments to his victims and committed other violations of his probation, including using cocaine. A judge on Monday ordered that Moyer be sent to prison.

Both victims had to hire other contractors to finish work they originally hired Moyer to do.

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Judge in Hawaii blocks latest version of Trump’s travel ban

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:28

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge in Hawaii blocked most of President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban Tuesday, just hours before it was set to take effect, saying the revised order “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor.”

It was the third set of travel restrictions issued by President Donald Trump to be thwarted, in whole or in part, by the courts.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued the ruling after the ban on a set of mostly Muslim countries was challenged by the state of Hawaii, which warned that the restrictions would separate families and undermine the recruiting of diverse college students.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the ruling “dangerously flawed” and said it “undercuts the president’s efforts to keep the American people safe.” The Justice Department said it will quickly appeal.

At issue was a ban, announced in September and set to go into effect early Wednesday, on travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, along with some Venezuelan government officials and their families.

The Trump administration said the ban was based on an assessment of each country’s security situation and willingness to share information with the U.S.

Watson, appointed to the bench by President Barack Obama, said the new restrictions ignore a federal appeals court ruling against Trump’s previous ban.

The latest version “plainly discriminates based on nationality in the manner that the 9th Circuit has found antithetical to … the founding principles of this nation,” Watson wrote.

The judge’s ruling applies only to the six Muslim-majority countries on the list. It does not affect the restrictions against North Korea or Venezuela, because the state of Hawaii did not ask for that.

“This is the third time Hawaii has gone to court to stop President Trump from issuing a travel ban that discriminates against people based on their nation of origin or religion,” Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said in a statement. “Today is another victory for the rule of law.”

Hawaii argued the updated ban was a continuation of Trump’s campaign call for a ban on Muslims, despite the addition to the list of two countries without a Muslim majority.

In his ruling, the judge said the new ban, like its predecessor, fails to show that nationality alone makes a person a greater security risk to the U.S.

“The categorical restrictions on entire populations of men, women and children, based upon nationality, are a poor fit for the issues regarding the sharing of ‘public-safety and terrorism-related information’ that the president identifies,” Watson said.

He also said the ban in inconsistent in the way some countries are included or left out. For example, Iraq failed to meet the security benchmark but was omitted from the ban. Somalia met the information-sharing benchmark but was included.

Watson also found fault with what sorts of visitors are barred. For instance, all tourists and business travelers from Libya are excluded from the U.S., but student visitors were allowed.

The judge said he would set an expedited hearing to determine whether his temporary restraining order blocking the ban should be extended.

Other courts are weighing challenges to the ban.

In Maryland, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups are seeking to block the visa and entry restrictions. Washington state, Massachusetts, California, Oregon, New York and Maryland are challenging the order in front of the same federal judge in Seattle who struck down Trump’s initial ban in January.

That ban — aimed mostly at Muslim-majority countries — led to chaos and confusion at airports nationwide and triggered several lawsuits, including one from Hawaii.

When Trump revised the ban, Hawaii challenged that version, too, and Watson agreed it discriminated on the basis of nationality and religion. A subsequent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowed the administration to partially reinstate restrictions against Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and against all refugees.

Hawaii then successfully challenged the government’s definition of which relatives of people already living in the U.S. would be allowed into the country, and Watson ordered the list expanded.

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El Dorado man killed in motorcycle crash

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:08

EL DORADO, Kan. (KSNW) – An El Dorado man has died following a motorcycle crash. It happened around 8 p.m. Monday at K-254 and Ohio St.

Brian Gillis, 51, was driving the motorcycle when it collided with a Hyundai Sonata driven by a 73-year-old man who was in the process of turning west on K-254 from Ohio Street.

Butler County Sheriff said the motorcycle hit the left rear passenger side door. The driver said he did not see the motorcycle.

He and his wife refused medical treatment at the scene. Gillis was pronounced dead at the scene.

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