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Over 120 people buried by massive southwest China landslide

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:12

BEIJING (AP) — More than 120 people were buried by a landslide that caused huge rocks and a mass of earth to come crashing into their homes in a mountain village in southwestern China early Saturday, officials said.

The landslide, which came from a mountain, engulfed a cluster of 62 homes and a hotel in the village of Xinmo in Mao County at about 6 a.m., the Sichuan provincial government said. Officials said 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) of road were buried in the disaster.

“It’s the biggest landslide to hit this area since the Wenchuan earthquake,” Wang Yongbo, an official leading one of the rescue efforts, told state broadcaster China Central Television. Wang was referring to China’s deadliest earthquake this century, a magnitude 7.9 temblor that struck Sichuan province in May 2008, killing nearly 90,000 people.

The provincial government said more than 120 people were buried by the landslide. CCTV cited a rescuer as saying five bodies had been found.

Rescuers pulled out three people, two of whom had survived, the official Sichuan Daily newspaper said on its microblog. The paper also said a family of three, including a month-old baby, managed to escape just as the landslide started to hit their house.

Qiao Dashuai told CCTV that the baby saved the family because he was woken up by the child’s crying and was going to change the baby’s diaper when he heard a noise that alerted him to the landslide.

“We heard a strange noise at the back of our house, and it was rather loud,” Qiao said. “Wind was coming into the room so I wanted to close the door. When we came out, water flow swept us away instantly.” He said they struggled against the flood of water until they met medical workers who took them to a hospital. Qiao said his parents and other relatives had not been found.

Mao County, or Maoxian, sits on the eastern margin of the Tibetan plateau and is home to about 110,000 people, according to the government’s website. Most residents are of the Qiang ethnic minority. The village is known locally for tourism, and Chinese reports said it was unclear if tourists were among those buried by the landslide.

The landslide blocked a 2-kilometer (1.2-mile) section of a river. The provincial government said on its website that an estimated 8 million cubic meters (282 million cubic feet) of earth and rock — equivalent to more than 3,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools — had slid down the mountain.

Experts told CCTV that the landslide was likely triggered by rain. A meteorologist interviewed by CCTV said there was light rain in the area that would continue for a few days.

The Sichuan Daily said rescuers made contact with a villager buried under the rubble who answered her cellphone when they called and burst into tears. The woman was in the bedroom of her home when the landslide hit the village, and rescuers were trying to reach her, the report said.

Search and rescue efforts were underway involving more than 400 workers, including police. CCTV showed footage of rescuers in bright orange uniforms using earth movers and excavators but also relying on ropes to pull at huge rocks and shovels to dig up the dirt.

Provincial police sent 500 rescuers with two dozen sniffer dogs to the site, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Fatal crash launches vehicle into light pole

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:03

JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Troopers say a crash in northeast Kansas has left one person dead.

According to the crash report, it happened in the area of I-435 and Shawnee Mission Parkway just after noon Friday.

They say a vehicle was driving south when it changed lanes and struck another vehicle.

The driver over-corrected, sending the vehicle into the air and striking a light pole in the median.

The information on the driver has not been released at this time.

We will continue to follow this story.

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Kansas State’s Wesley Iwundu grateful to be in Orlando

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 23:47

When he was selected with the 33rd pick by the Orlando Magic last night, former Kansas State forward Wesley Iwundu became the first Wildcat to be picked in the NBA Draft since 2008. Today, Iwundu was introduced to the local Orlando media, where he expressed his excitement for the opportunity to play with the Magic.

Iwundu hopes to first make an impact on defense. And with the ability to guard four positions on the basketball court, it probably won’t be long until that’s the case.

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Fire officials give thorough inspections of firework tents ahead of Fourth of July Holiday

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 23:46

MAIZE, Kan. (KSNW) –  The Fourth of July is right around the corner and, beginning next week, many cities in Sedgwick County will start selling fireworks.

However, before that can happen, the fireworks tents must pass an inspection.

Officials with Sedgwick County Fire District 1 are responsible for giving a thorough walk through of 30 firework tents in the county.

Today, KSN followed them for one of the inspections to see how they are keeping the public safe.

Division Chief Robert Timmons inspected one tent in Maize.

“It’s the same reason we inspect every commercial building in Sedgwick County, the public has an expectation of safety when they come,” said Timmons.

Timmons, with a checklist in hand, started outside first.

“The containers have to be 50 feet away from the tent itself,” said Timmons.

As well as inspecting several areas inside.

“We also check to make sure they have the no smoking sign that are visibly from anywhere in the tent,” said Timmons.

Timmons says the purpose is to make sure tents are meeting all the appropriate safety requirements.

“If they meet the requirements we will give them a temporary occupancy so that when the public comes here to purchase fireworks, they’ll have an expectation of safety,” said Timmons.

Walter Rooney works with Black Buster Fireworks out of Goddard.

He is responsible for making sure this tent is in compliance with all the safety measures.

“No business owner in the community wants their customers to come in and be placed in an unsafe environment, that’s why we make sure we are in compliance with the exiting requirements, extinguisher requirements,” said Rooney.

Timmons says they had two inspectors, including himself, who inspected about four tents today.

He says they will have more inspectors out on Monday to knock out the remaining tents.

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Bill Self talks about Josh Jackson and Frank Mason being drafted

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 23:44

Two of the most important pieces of the 2016-2017 Kansas Jayhawks heard their names called last night at the 2017 NBA Draft. Now it’s time for Josh Jackson and Frank Mason to prove they can make an impact with the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings.

Kansas head coach Bill Self is excited about the potential for each of his former players, and thinks both play tough, physical basketball that can immediately help their respective teams.

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Hutchinson firefighter hurt battling blaze

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 22:51

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – The Hutchinson Fire Department responded to a residential fire Friday night.

The call reporting the fire came in around 6:00 p.m. and crews were dispatched to the 3000 block of N. Hendricks Street in Hutchinson. On arrival, the first crews reported heavy fire and heavy smoke conditions on a single-story ranch home.

Crews battled the fire that spread into the basement, first floor and attic space from a rear wood patio deck on the house. It took crews just under an hour to contain the fire which caused extensive damage to the home.

One firefighter sustained non-life threatening injuries from an interior ceiling collapse. A section of drywall fell from the ceiling of the home and landed on the firefighter knocking him down.

Reno County EMS evaluated the firefighter and he was released at the scene.

“This is a reminder of how dangerous our profession can be,” said Battalion Chief Jeremy Unruh. “The fire had a head start prior to our arrival, and this made it difficult to contain to the area of origin.”

No one was at home during the time of the fire and the home has been declared uninhabitable. The Hutchinson Police Department, Reno Sheriff Department, Kansas Gas, Westar Energy and Reno County EMS all assisted during the situation.

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Wichita YMCA Early Learning Center under investigation

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 22:35

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Wichita mother is distraught after learning Wichita’s South YMCA Early Learning Center is under investigation.

“I felt very comfortable and safe with him being there and obviously he wasn’t,” said Daria Scriven Nelsen.

Daria Scriven Nelsen is a mother of three. Her youngest son, Davin, has attended the South YMCA’s Early Learning Center, a state licensed daycare, since early June.

However, Scriven Nelsen removed Davin, 2, from the center on Wednesday after she said she got a call from an agent with the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

“I was shocked. I was scared. I was really in fear that he may be in major danger,” Scriven Nelsen said.

Scriven Nelsen said the agent told her the Early Learning Center is under investigation and her son is one of three children potentially involved.

“She said that there were two specific instances, one of which where the daycare worker jerked my son’s arm and forced him into place where he needed to stay,” she said.

KSN took Scriven Nelsen’s concerns to South YMCA officials on Friday.

“It’s an unfortunate situation that we are in, but we are confident it is going to be unfounded,” said Greater of Wichita YMCA Vice President of Marketing and Communications Shelly Conrady.

Conrady said a complaint about the Early Learning Center was filed with the Kansas Department of Health Environment. Conrady would not give KSN any details about the complaint, citing confidentiality rules. She did, however, say an employee has been reassigned away from children pending the outcome of the investigation.

“Anytime we get a complaint, regardless of what the continuity of the complaint is, they are removed from the classroom,” Conrady said.

Conrady and another YMCA staff member gave KSN a tour of the center on Friday and pointed out a number of safety precautions set in place.

“We have a facility that is intentionally designed so that it is visible, so multiple people can see into a space at any given time,” she said. “There is never a time when a kid is going to be alone with an adult.”

Scriven Nelsen said she is currently looking for other child care options.

“It just really, really irks my heart, my heart strings because I trusted these people,” Scriven Nelsen said.

The YMCA said it does background checks on all Early Learning Center applicants and requires staff to attend training sessions. Conrady also said the YMCA has launched its own investigation into what may have occurred at the center.

KSN reached out to the KDHE and DCF to inquire about the Early Learning Center case. No one has returned KSN’s calls.

Click here to check compliance for Kansas child care programs.

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Wichita non-profit helps cancer patients in unique way

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 20:26

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – It’s another day of training for 17-year-old Philip Landrum, a South High track star who holds the state record in the 100-meter.  His mother, Dorothy, is his biggest cheerleader.

“Go Phil! Go, go, go, go!” she yells, cheering him on from the bleachers as he sprints the WSU track.

The high school senior says he doesn’t mind the heat because his mom inspires him.  She’s not a runner, but a fighter.

“I was diagnosed in 2005 with Stage 2 breast cancer,” said Dorothy Landrum.  “I had, I believe, four tumors.”

She beat the cancer, only to have it come back last fall even worse– Stage 4 and inoperable.  Yet she’s optimistic.

“There’s no way I can lose this. Whether I’m here or in heaven, it will never beat me, and there’s no way to lose,” said Landrum, with a smile. “The only way to lose is if you don’t put up a fight, and if you don’t show up.”

“It takes a real special person to go through it twice and never give up,” said Philip.

Especially when the medical bills can wipe out a family’s savings.

“I don’t know how anyone affords this.  I’ve heard of people having to mortgage their houses, not being able to send their kids to college,” said Landrum.

That’s where the Wichita Cancer Foundation comes in, helping patients who are caught in a vicious cycle.

“Once they find out they have cancer, they lose their job,” said Steve Peterson, Chairman of WCF. “Now they’re at risk of losing their cancer coverage, their ability to pay their premiums and their ability to receive coverage.”

By making the monthly insurance payments for local patients who qualify, the Wichita Cancer Foundation ensures their lifesaving treatment will continue.

“So to have that help to where all you have to worry about is your kids and getting better… that’s huge,” said Landrum.

The Wichita Cancer Foundation was founded just over two years ago. Patients who live in Sedgwick County or get their treatment here are eligible for the financial help.

So far, donations have allowed WCF to help 79 patients through $280,000 worth of insurance payments.

To apply for help or to donate to WCF, click here.

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Should air traffic control be privatized?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:46

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Earlier this month President Donald Trump announced his plans to privatize air traffic control.

Trump said by doing this, air travel would be safer and more reliable.

However, one Kansas senator is worried this would cause problems here at home.

“We want to take care of Wichita, Garden City, Manhattan and Kansas City,” said Senator Jerry Moran.

Senator Jerry Moran said if the air traffic control is privatized, those cities would not be taken care of. President Donald Trump, however feels the change is due.

“After billions and billions of tax dollars spent, and the many years of delays we are still stuck with an ancient, broken, antiquated, horrible system that doesn’t work,” said President Trump.

The administration is proposing to let the FAA focus solely on safety and let a self-funded private non-profit organization oversee flights and route efficiency.

Senator Jerry Moran doesn’t agree with this proposal.

“The thought of privatization is we would transfer the assets of the FAA to a private organization that is run by a 13-person board, and those decisions are then going to be made, in my view, about where to put resources based upon volume,” said Moran.

The senator is concerned the change would mean bigger cities with larger airports would largely be getting more resources, leaving smaller airports out of the mix for funding and potentially hurting the local economy.

“There are many businesses in Kansas who connect with the world because of that local airport and privatization would reduce the chances, viability of those small airports,” added Moran.

President Trump sees it as an opportunity to update air traffic control technology he calls “outdated” and make flights more efficient and at a lesser cost to Americans.

“If we adopt these changes Americans can look forward to cheaper, faster, and safer travel. A future where 20 percent of a ticket price doesn’t go to the government and where you don’t have to sit on a tarmac and circle for hours and hours over an airport,” said President Trump.

Senator Moran said what he would like to see is a re-authorization of FAA for another four years, which is a proposal that he supports right now.

When it comes to the technology he said if it needs to be fixed it should be done without having to privatize air traffic control.

A vote on this issue and bill can be expected by mid-July.

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Ford County launches new alert system

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:44

FORD COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Ford County residents may have received an automated phone call today urging them to sign up for a new emergency alert system.

“[There were] 13,000 phone calls,” said Elliot Linke with Ford County. “It took 20 minutes to complete, and we captured approximately 40 percent of those, where people actually picked up.”

A call blast at 10:00 a.m. marked the launch of Ford County’s new emergency alert system called CodeRED.

“We can alert via text, email, an application, or a voice phone call to a landline or cell phone,” said Linke.

It’s part of a national emergency alert system that Ford County will use to send alerts for evacuations, AMBER alerts, and anything else the public should know about.

It will send alerts based on where you register your location or where your cell phone happens to be located at the time down to a tenth of a mile.

“We can actually set that radius and just pull the phone numbers that are in there,” said Linke while demonstrating the app, “so this has pulled up 28 phone numbers, two emails, and two text messages that we would send the message to.”

Ford County already had an emergency alert system, but officials say CodeRED can do more and is more technologically advanced.

“Their application was very user friendly,” said Linke. “We really wanted to make sure we captured the application portion of this, so people are using mobile devices more.”

At this point, the county is urging residents to sign up for alerts in whatever way is easiest, whether that’s entering your address and phone number online or downloading the mobile app to get push alerts.

The new alert system cost Ford County $10,500, which officials say is less than the previous system and has a bigger reach.

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Larned man charged with wife’s murder

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:42

LARNED, Kan. (KSNW) – Jacob Ohnmacht, 27, of Larned, appeared in custody Friday on a five count criminal complaint filed earlier in the day by Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett.

Ohnmacht was charged with one count of intentional murder in the second degree, three counts of felony interference of law enforcement and one count of misdemeanor interference of law enforcement.

The charges stem from an ongoing investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Department and Coroner Dr. Lyle Noordhoek related to the death of Ohnmacht’s wife. Ohnmacht’s wife died on December 12, 2016 at their residence in rural Pawnee County.

Ohnmacht is being held at the Ford County Detention Center wit a bond set at $100,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 6.

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350 people resolve tickets, violations during Amnesty Day

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:20

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – There are 350 Sedgwick County residents walking around with a weight lifted off of their shoulders after Amnesty Day at Sedgwick County courthouse.

Amnesty Day is intended to be a one-stop shop for resolving old infractions and misdemeanor violations. Hundreds of people came and signed up to see a legal professional and get a warrant lifted, with 350 people leaving in a better legal situation.

“I got a case thrown out so that’s one strike off and I just have to pay reinstatement fees,” Shaniqua Brown of Wichita said.

Brown and others signed in and waited in line for their name to be called. They were then taken back to a courtroom where their information could be pulled up and addressed. The violations had to be from Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office or Kansas Highway Patrol.

For Tim Avery, resolving a violation from 15 years ago meant taking steps toward getting his license back.

“I have a lot of job opportunities that’s been offered and I haven’t been able to get those, because I haven’t got a license. So that’s gonna help me a lot. I can make more money to pay those fines off,” Avery said with laughter.

Several district court judges and even some volunteering attorneys gave their time to people, nonstop from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“Mainly what I wanted to make people aware of, was Kansas has a habitual violator statute that is pretty harsh, it’s pretty strict. It maintains that if you receive three major traffic violations in a five year period then your drivers license becomes automatically revoked,” attorney Robert Moody said.

Moody wanted to ensure that those in attendance would not accidentally get further into legal troubles.

Attendees were able to address existing legal issues without fear of arrest.

“You know it weighs on you, if you’ve got to look for red and blue lights behind you or you’re afraid they’re going to come get you. It’s a terrible burden that they bear everyday and to have it lifted off their shoulders is a great thing,” District Court Judge Phil Journey said, “this was a day to come clean.”

Though Amnesty Day has passed, Sedgwick County residents can potentially get warrants lifted by coming to the courthouse for a special docket that meets at 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Residents come in, sign up, wait to see a judge and can get a warrant lifted.

If you think you may have a violation in Sedgwick County, check here.

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Wichita company looks to hire over 100 school bus drivers

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 18:47

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – If you are looking for a job or want to get out of your current job, consider becoming a school bus driver.

First Student is a Wichita company that transports students for the Wichita school district. Currently First Student is looking for over one hundred employees to hire and train between now and the first day of school.

Part-time and full-time jobs are available, plus employees get paid for the training process.

“Flexible schedule, morning and night, and you get to work with children,” explained Renee Boydo, training center manager at First Student. “Making a difference in our community is the biggest perk of this job.”

First Student is holding a job fair next Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at its north location. The address is 4141 N. Seneca. During the job fair applicants can test drive a bus with one of the trainers to see if it’s something they would be interested in.

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Cornell McNeal pleads not guilty in murder and rape of woman

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 18:13

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The criminal case against Cornell McNeal goes back to November of 2014 when a woman was found badly injured and set on fire in Fairmount Park. The victim, Letitia Davis, later died from her injuries.

McNeal’s legal case has been continuing as Davis’ family waits for answers. Today the case is one step closer to trial.

McNeal was in court Friday to enter a plea into his case where he remains charged with capital murder, first-degree murder and rape. A prior charge of arson was dropped.

Last week McNeal was found competent to stand trial after undergoing multiple mental competency evaluations. The case has taken on extra scrutiny due to the fact it is eligible for the death penalty.

Defense attorney Val Wachtel entered a plea of not guilty on McNeal’s behalf.

The case has been set for trial on July 24.

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London council evacuates residents amid fire safety concerns

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:12

LONDON (AP) — A local London council has decided to evacuate some 800 households in apartment buildings it owns because of safety concerns following the devastating fire that killed 79 people in a west London high-rise.

The move comes amid escalating concerns among residents of thousands of tower blocks around Britain. The Camden Council is the first to take such a dramatic step in light of June 14 fire at Grenfell Tower.

Council leader Georgia Gould says the borough made the decision to empty the buildings after the London Fire Brigade and council experts had conducted a joint inspection of the properties.

“Camden Council is absolutely determined to ensure that our residents are safe and we have promised them that we will work with them, continue to act swiftly and be open and transparent,” Gould said in a statement.

British Prime Minister Theresa May offered a message of sympathy to the affected residents, taking to Twitter to pledge she would work with relevant authorities to offer support.

“My thoughts are with residents being evacuated in Camden while their homes are made safe tonight,” she said.

The council is encouraging residents to stay with friends and family, but promised to provide temporary accommodations, if that weren’t possible. Repairs on the building are expected to be completed within three to four weeks.

“The Grenfell fire changes everything,” Gould said. “We need to do everything we can to keep residents safe.”

Camden is one of the councils in England which has learned that combustible cladding has been placed on buildings during renovation projects, though they had ordered non-flammable cladding.

Earlier Friday, police said they were considering filing manslaughter charges in the Grenfell incident.

In its most detailed briefing yet on the criminal investigation, the Metropolitan Police on Friday confirmed residents’ suspicions that the inferno at Grenfell was touched off by a refrigerator fire.

The department also said exterior cladding attached to the 24-story public housing project during a recent renovation failed safety tests conducted by investigators, and that police have seized documents from a number of organizations.

“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. McCormack said the Hotpoint model FF175BP refrigerator-freezer had not been subject to any product recalls before the fire.

Hotpoint said Friday that “words cannot express our sorrow at this terrible tragedy” and added it was working with authorities to examine the appliance.

The overnight fire rapidly engulfed Grenfell Tower, with flames shooting up the outside of the building, raising concerns that the cladding material attached to the concrete block didn’t comply with fire-safety rules.

Police are looking at all parts of the cladding system and its installation, McCormack said.

“Preliminary tests show the insulation samples collected from Grenfell Tower combusted soon after the test started,” she said. “The initial tests on equivalent aluminum composite tiles failed the safety tests.”

Authorities now acknowledge the risks posed by exterior cladding to thousands of people around the country who live in blocks like Grenfell Tower.

The government has called on all building owners, public and private, to submit samples of cladding material used on their buildings for testing. Samples from 14 buildings in London, Manchester and Plymouth have already been found to be combustible.

Fears about cladding are not limited to apartment buildings — at least one hotel chain is calling in experts to make certain it meets safety regulations. Premier Inn said Friday it had “concerns” about the material used on some of its buildings, though it is different from the type used at Grenfell Tower.

McCormack also repeated calls for anyone with information about the fire and all those in the tower at the time to come forward as police continue to comb through the devastated building to try to identify all the victims.

Police says 79 people are either dead or missing and presumed dead in the blaze, although that number may change.

To make sure everyone comes forward, London Mayor Sadiq Khan pledged to seek an amnesty for people who may have been living in the public housing block illegally. Prime Minister Theresa May also said the government won’t penalize any fire survivors in the country illegally.

“We want to identify all those who died as result of the fire at Grenfell Tower, and that is where I need the public’s help,” McCormack said. “I do not want there to be any hidden victims of this tragedy.”

Firefighters and emergency workers who battled the inferno have been leaving messages and tributes to the victims at a makeshift memorial near the charred apartment block.

Heartbreaking messages written on red London Fire Brigade T-shirts offer poignant tributes alongside flowers, toys and candles at the shrine. One tribute, from a firefighter in the Kensington and Chelsea borough read: “20th floor, we tried… we’re sorry.”

Another firefighter wrote “Our hearts go out to everyone touched by this tragedy. We did our best I promise.”

One shirt bearing the London Ambulance Service logo said: “We refuse to forget you.”

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Barry Sanders helps raise thousands for Wichita Youth

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:12

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – NFL Hall of Famer and Wichita native Barry Sanders came back home on Friday. However, his trip was not about football, it was about the kids.

From breaking a record with 2,000 yards on the football field in 1997 to putting 2,000 yards on the golf course, Sanders joined other sponsors for the 27th annual Boys and Girls Club Golf Tournament Friday.

“It’s important for me because this community is a part of who I am and there’s a lot of people here that mean a lot to me,” said Sanders.

This is Sanders twelfth year attending the tournament and he said the Boys and Girls Club was always a good resource for kids.

“The club has been around for a while, since I was coming up really,” explained Sanders. “They established their presence in the community where I pretty much grew up.”

There was a registration fee of $1,250 for each team that played in the tournament and nearly 30 teams showed up. With 100 percent of the registration fees, among other raffles and donations, going to the Boys and Girls Club. Over $400,000 has been raised from these tournaments in the last decade.

People at the event said one of the reasons they attend every year, is for the fun.

“These guys are great, always a lot of fun,” said Boys and Girls Club board member, Jeff Grace.

“I’m here to watch these guys play,” laughed Thomas, watching a player miss his hit.

The winner of the Kansas Youth of the Year award, Chris Burrell, was also in attendance. Burrell accepted the honor with scholarships of his choice through the Boys and Girls Club program and he said it wouldn’t be possible without the CEO of the club, Juston White.

“He’s brought so many programs back into the club,” explained Burrell. “He’s slowly bringing basketball in and college workshops. He’s pulled off this golf tournament and he’s done a great job bringing our club back up to its former glory.”

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Arrest made in Garden City cold case from 1983

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:29

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – Garden City police officers made an arrest Thursday in a 1983 cold case.

Garden City police officers found the body of Ignacio Vasquez, 37, of Garden City in 1983 outside of a club formerly known as the Gambler.

During the initial investigation into Vasquez’s death, witnesses reported a fight had occurred in the parking lot of the club. Additional people had also been stabbed or suffered injuries during the fight. Witnesses reported that Octaviano “Toby” Rosas was involved in the murder of Vasquez.

In 1984, a witnesse identified Rosas the man who stabbed Vasquez. However, later that year the cases against Rosas were dismissed due to a lack of cooperation from the witness to testify at the preliminary hearing.

In February new information about the case was obtained that led detectives to identify Frank Rosas, 62, as a suspect in the murder. Frank was arrested for second-degree murder on Thursday.

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Wounded Rep. Steve Scalise out of intensive care

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wounded congressman Steve Scalise has been moved out of the intensive care unit.

Citing “continued good progress,” MedStar Washington Hospital Center says the Louisiana Republican was moved late Thursday.

The hospital says in a statement that Scalise remains in fair condition as he continues an extended period of healing and rehabilitation.”

The No. 3 House GOP leader, Scalise was shot in the hip on June 14 when a gunman opened fire at a baseball practice of Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia.

Four others were also wounded, and the attacker was killed. Doctors said Scalise was near death when he arrived at the hospital.

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Caught on camera: Infant falls from car

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:28

LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) — A child was thrown out of a moving car and it was all captured on video.

Dashcam video captured a vehicle in Laredo, Texas when all of a sudden, the left back door opens in the middle of the road.

The one-year-old child was treated for scrapes and bruises when paramedics arrived.

The woman who shot the video was waiting at the light when the incident happened.

The woman who shot the video is sharing the video to remind parents the dangers of not properly locking the car doors and not properly buckling in your child.

Laredo Police says a woman was cited for failing to buckle the child. No word yet if the woman who was cited was the mother of the child.

Police say the incident is still under investigation.

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Kansas jury awards $218M to Kansas farmers in Syngenta suit

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:14

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal jury in Kansas has awarded nearly $218 million to farmers who sued Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed variety.

Friday’s verdict after a three-week trial in Kansas City, Kansas, involves four Kansas farmers representing more than 7,000 farmers in the state. Another trial involving about 60,000 cases begins next month in Minnesota.

The lawsuits allege Syngenta introduced the seed variety to the U.S. market before China approved it for imports, wrecking an increasingly important export market for U.S. corn and causing price drops.

The Kansas trial was the first test case. It and the Minnesota trial will provide guidance for how the complex web of litigation in state and federal courts could be resolved.

Syngenta says it is disappointed with the verdict and will appeal.

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