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RENO COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – One person is critically injured after a rollover crash in Reno County Saturday night.
The crash happened in the 8000 block of S. Haven Rd north of Haven just before 9:00 p.m.
A witness of the crash reported seeing a vehicle leave the roadway and go airborne before it flipped and landed on it’s roof. When authorities arrived at the scene they found the driver of the vehicle, Dustin Tamez, 21, of Hutchinson.
Tamez still had his seat belt on inside the vehicle and had to be assisted out of the car. He was later flown to St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
Authorities have determined that Tamez’s vehicle was northbound on Haven Road when it veered to the right and into the ditch. The vehicle went airborne over a culvert and nose-dived into the other side, then flipping on it’s top where it became stationary.
The accident is still under investigation. Authorities believe alcohol could be a contributing factor in the accident.
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) – The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline dropped 7 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.32.
Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the drop reflects lower costs for crude oil.
She says the national average is 4 cents a gallon below the price a year ago.
Gas in San Francisco was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $3.06 a gallon. The lowest was in Charleston, South Carolina , at $1.91 a gallon.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sportscaster Erin Andrews and former NHL player Jarret Stoll have tied the knot.
Publicists for Andrews confirm that the 39-year-old Fox Sports sideline reporter and “Dancing with the Stars” co-host married Stoll on Saturday, his 35th birthday.
People magazine first reported the nuptials. According to the magazine, the wedding was held at sunset in Montana in front of a small group of family and friends. Andrews wore a gown designed by Carolina Herrera.
The couple, who started dating in 2012, got engaged in December at Disneyland.
The wedding follows a rocky year for Andrews.
In September 2016, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, months after winning a stalking lawsuit. She settled with two hotel companies that were found partially to blame for the stalker, who got a hotel room next to hers and posted nude video of her on the internet.
Stoll played in the NHL for 13 years, for Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minnesota and the New York Rangers.
OLATHE, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas Representative Keith Esau announced his candidacy today for Kansas Secretary of State.
Esau made his announcement at the Annual Olathe Republican Party Picnic where he outlined his priorities for the office. He said one of his top priorities is to ensure the integrity of Kansas elections and business records administered by the Office of Kansas Secretary of State (KSSOS).
“The KSSOS is charged with a special level of public trust – and requires a special level of competency to achieve and maintain that trust,” Esau said. “I am the only candidate in this race with 30 years of information technology experience – the experience to confront the modern challenges and threats confronting the duties of the office.”
Esau also said that elections are not the only critical duty of the KSSOS and that much of Kansas commerce is dependent on a trustworthy business filing system maintained by the office.
“I’m an IT guy. When I look at the vast KSSOS records and databases, I don’t see it as some paper-pushing office. It is a vital technology platform critical to the economic health of our state,” Esau said. “In addition to elections, the office facilitates commerce, lending, property rights, and related functions that if attacked or manipulated could wreak havoc on Kansas economy.”
Keith Esau currently represents Kansas House District 14.
(AP) – A northwestern Missouri boy with a rare genetic disorder has fulfilled his dream of being a police officer.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that 15-year-old Dylan Golden’s former elementary school principal, the St. Joseph Police Department and the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office teamed up to make him an honorary officer.
Dylan is battling CHARGE syndrome, which affects his vision, hearing and heart, and also stunts his growth.
Police Chief Chris Connally swore Dylan in as an honorary officer Tuesday. He sat in the SWAT vehicle and on the police motorcycles, in addition to receiving two uniforms adorned with his nametag.
Oak Grove Elementary Principal Mike Otto said Dylan is deserving of seeing his dream fulfilled because he is conquering the obstacles he has faced in his life.
POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – One man is dead after his ATV crashed into a light pole in northeast Kansas.
According to the crash report, it happened just after 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Havensville Road and Angus Road. That’s around 50 miles north and west of Topeka.
The report says 49-year-old Alex Blow was headed west on Havensville when his ATV went into a ditch and struck a power pole.
Blow was pronounced dead at the scene.
BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan (AP) — An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing 153 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, a hospital official said as the death toll continued to rise.
Dr. Javed Iqbal at Bahawalpur’s Victoria Hospital in south Punjab said the latest deaths occurred at a hospital in Multan where some of the 50 critically injured, many of whom suffered extensive burns, had been taken.
The death toll could rise further as dozens are still in critical condition, said Dr. Mohammad Baqar, a senior rescue official in the area. There were dozens of other injuries of varying degree, he said.
Local news channels showed black smoke billowing skyward and scores of burned bodies, as well as rescue officials speeding the injured to hospital and army helicopters ferrying the wounded.
Saznoor Ahmad, 30, whose two cousins were killed in the fire, said the crowd of people screamed as the flames engulfed them.
“The fire moved so fast,” he said. When the flames subsided the field was strewn with bodies, and nearby were the charred shells of motorcycles and cars that the villagers had used to race to the scene.
As the wounded cried out for help, residents wandered through the area looking for loved ones.
Zulkha Bibi was searching for her two sons.
“Someone should tell me about my beloved sons, where are they? Are they alive or are they no longer in this world? Please tell me,” she pleaded.
The disaster came on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. While Saudi Arabia and most other Muslim countries celebrated the holiday Sunday, Pakistanis will mark it on Monday.
The tanker was driving from the southern port city of Karachi to Lahore, the Punjab provincial capital, when the driver lost control and crashed on the national highway outside Bahawalpur.
A loudspeaker atop a local mosque alerted villagers to the leaking fuel, and scores raced to the site with jerry cans, said Rana Mohammad Salim, deputy commissioner of Bahawalpur.
Highway police moved quickly to redirect traffic but couldn’t stop the scores of villagers who raced to collect the fuel, spokesman Imran Shah told a local TV channel.
When the fire erupted, the same mosque loudspeaker called on the remaining villagers to help put it out.
Mohammed Salim ran toward the smoke carrying buckets of water and sand, but said the heat was too intense to reach those in need.
“I could hear people screaming but I couldn’t get to them,” he said.
Abdul Malik, a local police officer who was also among the first to arrive, described a “horrible scene.”
“I have never seen anything like it in my life. Victims trapped in the fireball. They were screaming for help,” he said.
When the fire subsided, “we saw bodies everywhere, so many were just skeletons. The people who were alive were in really bad shape,” he said.
Eyewitnesses said about 30 motorcycles that had carried villagers to the accident site lay charred nearby. Eight other vehicles were destroyed, they said.
A state of emergency was declared at the Victoria Hospital in Bahawalpur, said Dr.Iqbal. Within 15 minutes of the fire the hospital had called in extra doctors and nurses, and had formed a team to handle the emergency.
Iqbal said most of the patients suffered burns to upward of 80 percent of their bodies. After being stabilized 22 patients were transferred by C-130 aircraft to hospitals in the provincial capital, Lahore. Some of the most badly burned were evacuated by army helicopters to Multan, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) away.
The dead included men, women and children. Many were burned beyond recognition, Baqar said, and will have to be identified using DNA testing.
The Sacramento Kings selected Frank Mason early in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Mason was introduced at a press conference today in Sacramento.
“Thank God, my family, my coaching staff from Kansas, and everyone on the staff here with the Kings for giving me this chance and believing in me. I’m excited to get to work and hopefully do great things in the future and I’m excited to be a part of this franchise,” said Mason.
WICHITA, Kans. (June 24, 2017) – The Wichita Wingnuts evened their series with the Cleburne Railroaders Saturday night, edging the visitors 3-2 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
Starting pitching was strong early on both sides, as Jordan Cooper (3-0) and Jorge Martinez (1-3) traded zeroes over the first three and a half innings.
Wichita (24-11) opened the scoring in the fourth. After Martinez retired the first nine he faced, Harrison Kain led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to get the Wingnuts offense going. One out and one walk later, Matt Chavez brought home the first run of the night with a single. Zac Fisher followed with a run-scoring single of his own to make it 2-0.
The Railroaders (19-17) evened the score in the next half inning. Cleburne got the first two runners aboard, before an error loaded the bases. Maikol Gonzalez hit a chopper over the mound that turned into an infield single to score one run, and Geraldo Valentin tied it with a fielder’s choice two batters later.
The Wingnuts wasted no time regaining the lead, breaking the tie in the home half of the fifth. With two down and Kain at second, TJ Mittelstaedt knocked a single into right to put Wichita back up by one.
PARK CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – Today was a chance for veterans to get some much-deserved support.
The Kansas Veteran Run started with a motorcycle ride from the American Legion in Hutchinson and ended at the Hartman Arena in Park City. Veterans from around the world celebrated their patriotism at the event where the support got emotional.
“I’ve spent the last couple days trying to figure out what I wanted to say when I get up here,” said Jeremy Ehart.
Ehart suffered major burns to his body during a training exercise while he was serving in the Marine Corps. He was visibly overwhelmed to see so many people offering support and encouragement at the event.
Andrew Biggio said he came all the way from Massachusetts to help support the event in honor of Ehart.
Many people who were in attendance said it’s a celebration of what it means to be American, and for them, to be an American means to be family.
“I love this community,” said Jerry Mayhew, a Vietnam veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart. “This community has been good to me and the VA has been good to me. I love this country.”
“I think that each of us owes a debt to the people who have served our country,” said veteran Darryl King. “And some of them have sacrificed more than others.”
Congressman Ron Estes also joined the community in thanking Ehart for his service and bringing some news back to Kansas from Washington D.C.
“Yesterday the President signed a new bill into law,” explained Estes. “It’s the department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistle-blowing Protection Act of 2017.”
The act protects the rights of veterans and hold the VA accountable for services it’s tasked with offering to veterans.
5:55PM Overall, this evening will be FANTASTIC across Kansas, but a stray shower or two can’t be ruled out. I’ll have more on this, plus your Sunday rain chances, straight ahead on KSN News at 6!
BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – One person is dead after a rollover accident in Butler County Saturday afternoon.
The accident left one person seriously injured as well as three people with minor injuries.
The crash happened just before 5:00 p.m. near US 77 and Southwest 100th Street near Leon.
Due to the accident traffic has been closed on 100th Street east of US 77.
MINNEOLA, Kan. (KSNW) – A pedestrian was struck by a train in Minneola Saturday.
According to authorities Union Pacific Railroad called emergency services to report the accident which happened just before noon. The pedestrian has been identified as Marcus Minor, 22, of Minneola. Minor was walking east of Minneola between County Road 7 and County Road 8 on the north side of US-54 Highway.
Minor was transported to the Minneola District Hospital for treatment. He was later transferred to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita due to serious injuries sustained from the accident.
The incident is still under investigation.
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s fire-safety crisis expanded substantially Saturday as authorities said 34 high-rise apartment blocks across the country had cladding that failed fire safety tests. London officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing towers after experts found them “not safe for people to sleep in overnight.”
Hundreds of residents hastily packed their bags and sought emergency shelter, with many angry and confused about the chaotic situation. Some refused to leave their high-rise apartments. Scores of evacuees slept on inflatable beds in a gym while officials sought better accommodations for them.
Camden Council leader Georgia Gould said it decided to evacuate four blocks in north London’s Chalcots Estate late Friday after fire inspectors uncovered problems with “gas insulation and door stops,” which, combined with the presence of flammable cladding encasing the buildings, meant residents had to leave immediately.
The evacuation comes amid widening worries about the safety of high-rise apartment blocks across the country following the inferno that engulfed Grenfell Tower in west London on June 14, killing at least 79 people. Attention has focused on the 24-story tower’s external cladding material, which has been blamed for the rapid spread of that blaze, but multiple other fire risks have now been identified in some housing blocks.
The government said Saturday that the cladding samples that failed fire safety tests came from 34 apartment towers in cities including London, Manchester, Plymouth and Portsmouth. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said further testing “is running around the clock.”
So far, Camden Council has been the only local authority to have asked residents to leave as a precaution. It said about 650 apartments were evacuated, though initial reports put the figure at 800 apartments.
The council said residents would be out of their homes for three to four weeks while it completes fire-safety upgrades.
“I know some residents are angry and upset, but I want to be very clear that Camden Council acted to protect them,” Gould said in a statement. “Grenfell changed everything, and when told our blocks were unsafe to remain in, we acted.”
Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, who has been criticized for her slow response to the Grenfell tragedy, said Saturday that the government was supporting Camden officials to ensure residents have somewhere to stay while building work is done.
In response, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, said May needed to “get a grip” and lead a stronger response to what is now a “national threat.”
Residents — including families with babies and elderly relatives — trooped out of the buildings late Friday night with suitcases and plastic bags stuffed with clothes. Council workers guided dozens to a nearby gym, where they spent the night on inflatable mattresses. Others were being put up in hotels or other housing projects.
Many residents complained about a lack of information and confusion. Officials first announced the evacuation of one building, then expanded it to five before reducing it to four. Some residents said they learned about the evacuation from the television news hours before officials came knocking on doors.
Renee Williams, 90, who has lived in Taplow Tower since 1968, told Britain’s Press Association: “No official came and told us what’s going on. I saw it on the TV, so I packed an overnight bag.
“It’s unbelievable. I understand that it’s for our safety but they can’t just ask us to evacuate with such short notice. There’s no organization and it’s chaos,” she said.
Carl McDowell, 31, said he took one look at the inflatable beds at the gym and went back to his Taplow apartment to sleep there overnight. Other residents were distraught that they were ordered to evacuate, but were told to leave their pets behind in buildings that could be dangerous.
Fire-safety experts say the Grenfell Tower blaze, which police said was touched off by a fire at a refrigerator, was probably due to a string of failures, not just the cladding, which is widely used to provide insulation and enhance the appearance of buildings.
Police said Friday they are considering filing manslaughter charges in the Grenfell disaster and they were conducting a wide-ranging investigation that will look at everything that contributed to it. The Metropolitan Police said cladding attached to Grenfell during a recent renovation failed safety tests conducted by investigators.
“We are looking at every criminal offense from manslaughter onwards,” Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack told reporters. “We are looking at all health and safety and fire safety offenses, and we are reviewing every company at the moment involved in the building and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower.”
The government has ordered an immediate examination of the refrigerator model that started the blaze, the Hotpoint model FF175BP refrigerator-freezer.
The government also urged building owners, public and private, to submit samples of their cladding. One hotel chain, Premier Inn, has calling in experts to check its buildings.
Police say 79 people are either confirmed or presumed dead in the Grenfell blaze, although that number may change, and it will take weeks to find and identify remains. To encourage cooperation with authorities, May said the government won’t penalize any Grenfell fire survivors who were in the country illegally.
Sheila Norman-Culp, Gregory Katz and Alastair J. Grant contributed to this report.
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to “junk” status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come.
S&P Global Ratings has warned the agency will likely lower Illinois’ creditworthiness to below investment grade if feuding lawmakers fail to agree on a state budget for a third straight year, increasing the amount the state will have to pay to borrow money for things such as building roads or refinancing existing debt.
The outlook for a deal wasn’t good Saturday, as lawmakers meeting in Springfield for a special legislative session remained deadlocked with the July 1 start of the new fiscal year approaching.
That should alarm everyone, not just those at the Capitol, said Brian Battle, director at Performance Trust Capital Partners, a Chicago-based investment firm.
“It isn’t a political show,” he said. “Everyone in Illinois has a stake in what’s happening here. One day everybody will wake up and say ‘What happened? Why are my taxes going up so much?'”
Here’s a look at what’s happening and what a junk rating could mean:
Ratings agencies have been downgrading Illinois’ credit rating for years, though they’ve accelerated the process as the stalemate has dragged on between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrats who control the General Assembly.
The agencies are concerned about Illinois’ massive pension debt, as well as a $15 billion backlog of unpaid bills and the drop in revenue that occurred when lawmakers in 2015 allowed a temporary income tax increase to expire.
“In our view, the unrelenting political brinkmanship now poses a threat to the timely payment of the state’s core priority payments,” S&P stated when it dropped Illinois’ rating to one level above junk, which was just after lawmakers adjourned their regular session on May 31 without a deal.
Moody’s did the same, stating: “As the regular legislative session elapsed, political barriers to progress appeared to harden, indicating both the severity of the state’s challenges and the political difficulty of advocating their solutions.”
WHAT IS A ‘JUNK’ RATING?
Think of it as a credit score, but for a state (or city or county) instead of a person.
When Illinois wants to borrow money, it issues bonds. Investors base their decision on whether to buy Illinois bonds on what level of risk they’re willing to take, informed greatly by the rating that agencies like Moody’s assign.
A junk rating means the state is at a higher risk of not repaying its debt. At that point, many mutual funds and individual investors — who make up more than half the buyers in the bond market — won’t buy. Those willing to take a chance, such as distressed debt investors, will only do so if they are getting a higher interest rate.
While no other state has been placed at junk, counties and cities such as Chicago, Atlantic City and Detroit have. Detroit saw its rating increased back to investment grade in 2015 as it emerged from bankruptcy — an option that by law, states don’t have.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
Battle says the cost to taxpayers in additional interest the next time Illinois sells bonds, which it inevitably will need to do in the long-term, could be in the “tens of millions” of dollars or more.
The more money the state has to pay on interest, the less that’s available for things such as schools, state parks, social services and fixing roads.
“For the taxpayer, it will cost more to get a lower level of service,” Battle said.
Comptroller Susana Mendoza, who controls the state checkbook, agreed.
“It’s going to cost people more every day,” she said. “Our reputation really can’t get much worse, but our state finances can.”
Because the state has historically been a significant funding source to other entities, such as local government and universities, many of them are feeling the impact of Illinois’ worsening creditworthiness already.
S&P already moved bonds held by the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority — the entities that run Navy Pier, McCormick Place, and U.S. Cellular Field — to junk.
Five universities also have the rating: Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University.
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A massive Idaho tree that grew over more than a century from a seedling sent by a noted naturalist has been uprooted and is poised to travel about two blocks Sunday to a new location.
David Cox of tree-moving company Environmental Design said Saturday the 10-story sequoia is doing well, and everything is in place for the 800,000-pound (362,877-kilogram) landmark to start moving on inflatable rollers shortly after midnight.
Sequoias aren’t native to Idaho, and the tree is believed to be the state’s largest sequoia. St. Luke’s Health System in Boise is paying $300,000 to move it to make room for an expansion.
Cox says if everything goes as planned, the sequoia will be at its new home on city property around noon Sunday.
The tree was sent to Boise as a seedling by naturalist John Muir, who played a key role in establishing California’s Sequoia National Park.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – One man is dead after a shooting in the early morning hours Saturday.
The shooting happened in the 100 block of S. Elm Street.
According to the Hutchinson Police Department 24-year-old Kenneth Thompson was found by police officers lying in the street with a gunshot wound. Thompson was transported to the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries.
Authorities said Leo Lamont Wells, 19, is a person of interest in the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Reno County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, the Hutchinson Police Department at 620-694-2816, or Detective Loepp at 620-694-2829.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – The northeast Kansas town of Holton will be torn again next week as the second in a series of trials starts for a well-known local man accused of sexually assaulting several women.
The polarizing accusations against 22-year-old Jacob Ewing in this community of some 3,300 people have prompted his supporters to put up signs in their yards and to pack court proceedings wearing T-shirts emblazoned with messages of support.
An advocacy group for the women called “I Support the Victims of Jacob Ewing” is organizing volunteers to sit in the courtroom.
Ewing was acquitted in May of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, but faces trials on rape accusations levied by five adult women.
The trial that begins Monday is on charges of rape and aggravated criminal sodomy involving two women.
LONDON (AP) — British officials were investigating a cyberattack Saturday on the country’s Parliament after discovering “unauthorized attempts to access parliamentary user accounts.”
A statement from the House of Commons said that as a precaution, remote email access for members has been disabled in order to protect the network from hackers.
“As a result, some Members of Parliament (lawmakers) and staff cannot access their email accounts outside of Westminster,” it said, adding that IT services at Parliament itself are working normally.
It was not immediately clear how many people were affected or what the extent of the damage was.
An email sent all those affected described a “sustained and determined attack on all parliamentary user accounts in an attempt to identify weak passwords,” according to The Guardian newspaper. “These attempts specifically were trying to gain access to our emails.”
Liberal Democrat Chris Rennard said on Twitter that urgent messages should be sent by text message because parliamentary emails may not work remotely.
The National Cyber Security Center and the National Crime Agency are looking into the incident.
Liam Fox, Britain’s International Trade Secretary, told ITV News that the attack was “a warning to everyone: We need more security and better passwords. You wouldn’t leave your door open at night.”
MULVANE, Kan. (KSNW) – More than 20 vehicles were broken into overnight in Mulvane.
According to the Mulvane Police Department two vehicles were also stolen. The vehicles that were stolen were left unlocked overnight.
The break-ins and car thefts happened in the Country Walk residential area. The first reports of the robberies came in around 8:00 a.m.
This marks the third incident of mass car break-ins this month in the area.