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Western’s Weather Wrap: Fire Danger & Sunday Storms

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 18:09

Temperatures have been unusually warm today in the 70s and 80s. I hope you’ve gotten outside to enjoy it!

But unfortunately we have had to continue to deal with the very gusty south winds, which has kept our fire danger high.

These winds will stay strong through the night, and with increasing moisture, temperatures will only drop to 50° in many places.

Then another mild and windy day is on the way for tomorrow, very much like today, except with more clouds and a small chance for isolated storms in the eastern half of the state in the evening.

Our Sunday severe weather risk has been moved to the north due to the low chance of storms developing in Kansas, but nonetheless, a strong storm can’t be ruled out through tomorrow night in the green-shaded area.

The main story from now through Monday is the continued fire danger, with *Fire Weather Watches and Warnings* in place all across central and western Kansas, so remain cautious!

I’ll time our possible Sunday storms out coming up on KSN News at 6 and 10, or you can watch my latest forecast right here: http://ksn.com/2017/03/08/weather-forecast-discussion/

~Katie the Weather Lady

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Kansas St. uses late 1st-half run to down Baylor 77-67

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 16:05

MANHATTAN, Kansas (AP) — Dean Wade scored 25 points and Barry Brown scored 18 and Kansas State beat Baylor 77-67 Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday.

After a back-and-forth first half, Kansas State (21-10, 10-8 Big 12) used a 13-2 run over the final 5:42 of the first half for 35-25 halftime lead. The run was capped by Wade’s fade-away basket that danced around the rim and went in as the buzzer sounded. Wade finished on 9-of-14 shooting, was 6 of 7 from the foul line and grabbed seven rebounds.

The Wildcats maintained control in the second half and extended their lead to 16 midway through the second half. Baylor (18-13, 8-10) went on a 13-2 run as Nuni Omot buried three 3-pointers and threw down a dunk and Baylor drew within 62-57 with 6:27 left but the Bears couldn’t get closer.

Omot finished with 30 points on 8-of-11 shooting — including 6 of 9 from beyond the arc — and made 8 of 9 foul shots.


Baylor: The Bears finished below .500 in conference for the first time in seven seasons.

Kansas State: The Wildcats’ 21 wins equals matching their win total from last year.


Both teams start play in the Big 12 Conference Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., next week.

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First responder accused of spitting on child and using slur

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 14:56

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) – Police say charges are pending against a person identified as a first responder who allegedly spit on and called a child by a racial slur in a suburban Kansas City restaurant.

The incident happened Monday night at a Hooters restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas.

Police Sgt. John Lacy told The Kansas City Star that the suspect is a first responder, but didn’t say for which agency. Lacy says the person doesn’t work in Kansas.

Police told KCTV that possible charges could include battery and making a criminal threat. Police haven’t released the person’s name.

Witnesses and family members of the child told police the suspect called the child, who is black, a slur while saying someone should get the child “up off the floor.”

Police say the boy’s family was at the restaurant celebrating a birthday.

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More flooding expected as deadly nor’easter moves out to sea

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 14:38

BOSTON (AP) — People along the Northeast coast braced for more flooding during high tides Saturday even as the powerful storm that inundated roads, snapped trees and knocked out power to more than 2 million homes and businesses moved hundreds of miles out to sea.

Areas from Maryland to Maine remained under flood warnings. Officials in eastern Massachusetts, where dozens of people were rescued from high waters overnight, warned of another round of flooding during high tides expected around noon.

As Saturday’s midday high tide arrived, heavy surf crashed into the cliffs along Cape Cod Bay in Bourne, Massachusetts, drawing dozens of onlookers to watch churning brown waves take big bites out of the eroding coastline.

“We’ve been here a long time and we’ve never seen it as bad as this,” said Alex Barmashi, who lives in the hard-hit village of Sagamore Beach.

Up the coast in Scituate, Massachusetts, Becky Smith watched as ocean waters started to fill up a nearby marina’s parking lot from her vantage point at the Barker Tavern, a restaurant overlooking the harbor.

“It looks like a war zone,” she said, describing the scene in the coastal town near Boston where powerful waves dumped sand and rubble on roads and winds uprooted massive trees. “It’s a lot of debris, big rocks and pieces of wood littering the streets.”

Residents in other coastal areas, meanwhile, bailed out basements and surveyed the damage while waiting for power to be restored, a process that power companies warned could take days in parts. More than 2 million homes and businesses remained without power Saturday.

“The rest of today will be clean up,” said Miles Grant, after he secured a generator to run a pump to remove standing water from his basement in Marion, Massachusetts. “Usually when you think of bad weather in New England, you think of snow. But it’s been all wind and coastal flooding.”

Authorities on Saturday reported two more deaths from the storm, bringing the total to at least seven in the Northeast. A 25-year-old man in Connecticut and a 57-year-old Pennsylvania man were killed when trees fell on their cars Friday.

The other five people killed included two children. A man and a 6-year-old boy were killed in different parts of Virginia, while an 11-year-old boy in New York state and a man in Rhode Island, both died. A 77-year-old woman died after being struck by a branch outside her home near Baltimore.

The National Weather Service expected wind gusts of up to 40 mph (64 kph) in coastal areas Saturday, down from Friday’s hurricane-force gusts.

“The primary remaining hazard is all the floodwater including the effects of the high tide with the continued onshore flow of the wind,” said Patrick Burke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center in Maryland. “The damaging winds we saw yesterday have calmed down just a bit. But it’s still going to be a windy day.”

Burke said the main part of the storm was about 350 miles (560 kilometers) southeast of Cape Cod on Saturday morning. With the storm so far away, the lingering hazards showed how powerful and massive it is, he said.

The storm swept in Friday and prompted more than 2,800 flight cancellations, mostly in the Northeast. LaGuardia and Kennedy airports in New York City were brought to a near standstill. By Saturday afternoon, airports from Washington, D.C. to Boston were still reporting dozens of delays and cancellations.

Rail systems weren’t faring much better.

Amtrak said riders should expect significant delays as it resumed service in its Northeast Corridor starting Saturday morning after completely shutting down the lines at the height of the storm Friday. The commuter system in parts of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts also reported suspending or delaying services Saturday for continuing flood-related problems.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency Saturday, joining governors in Maryland and Virginia who had earlier made the declarations, which allow states to deploy federal resources and request aid from other states. Floodwaters in Quincy, Massachusetts, submerged cars and trapped people in their homes. Local first-responders and National Guard troops rescued dozens of people overnight.

And in New Jersey, water-swamped roadways remained closed in several shore towns Saturday, though officials said conditions were improving.

Charlanne Nosal and her daughter Abby huddled on the beach in Avalon as a biting wind whipped sand around them. The two, who were in town for a cheerleading competition, told The Philadelphia Inquirer the storm put a damper on their trip, but not their spirit.

“Any day at the beach,” said Charlanne Nosal, “is a good day.”


Associated Press editor Bill Kole in Bourne, Massachusetts and Bruce Shipkowski in Trenton, New Jersey contributed to this story. Collins reported from Hartford, Connecticut.

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Kansas graduate gives $1 million for LGBTQ students

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 12:57

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – The University of Kansas will use a $1 million gift to provide scholarships to LGBTQ students.

The university announced Thursday that 60-year-old Chad Leat donated the gift this week to his alma mater. Leat, of New York City, is retired vice chairman of global banking at Citigroup.

Leat, a native of Tonganoxie, had already established a scholarship fund through the KU Endowment in 2006, with a goal of promoting a multicultural, inclusive environment at the university.

The university says the new scholarship is one of the largest gifts in support of LGBTQ’s students in the school’s history.

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Florida python devours deer that weighs nearly 4 lbs. more

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 12:24

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Researchers studying invasive Burmese pythons in Florida came upon something they’d never seen before: an 11-foot-long python had consumed an entire deer that weighed more than the snake itself.

The wildlife biologists tracking the slithery creatures stumbled upon bloated snake in Collier Seminole State Park, and when they moved the creature it began regurgitating a white-tailed deer fawn.

Biologist Ian Bartoszek told the Naples Daily News that the fawn weighed 35 pounds; the snake 31.5.

“We were sitting there just trying to process that an animal this size could get its head around what turned out to be a deer,” Bartoszek said. “It’s surreal to see that in the field.”

Bartoszek said it was the largest python-to-prey weight difference he had measured.

Burmese pythons, which can grow nearly 20-feet long, were brought to South Florida as pets in the late 1970s. They were released into the wild, and have become a problematic invasive species.

White-tailed deer are an important food source for Florida’s endangered panthers, so the researchers are concerned the pervasive snakes could also impact the health of the big cats.

If the snake had been left in the wild, it would have digested the entire deer, Bartoszek said.

He called the predator-to-prey size ratio stunned his team.

“It showed my team and myself what we were actually dealing with out there, what this python is capable of,” he told the newspaper.


Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, http://www.naplesnews.com

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Authorities say man shoots himself to death near White House

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 11:29

WASHINGTON (AP) – Authorities said a man shot himself to death outside the White House on Saturday.

The District of Columbia Police Department says in a tweet that “adult male has been declared deceased. We are working to notify next of kin.”

That tweet comes about two hours after the Secret Service first reported that it was responding to reports of a self-inflicted shooting along the White House’s north fence.

The incident took place before President Donald Trump’s scheduled late afternoon return to the White House from Florida. The White House says it was aware of the situation and that Trump was briefed.

The Secret Service says there were no other reported injuries.

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Two teens robbed at gunpoint

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 09:35

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) –  Wichita police say they are looking for a suspect after they report two teens were robbed Friday afternoon.

A 16 year-old and a 19 year-old report being in a car outside of the Po’Boy Pizza near Lincoln and Edgemoor.

They tell police a male entered through a back door with a firearm.

Victims report money, property and prescription medications were taken.

The suspect fled on foot.

He is described as 5’9 with a heavy build.

If anyone has information, they are urged to call Crime Stoppers at (316)267-2111 or WPD Detectives at (316)268-4407.

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Neighboring movement makes ‘SoCe’ a smaller world

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:43

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Four people are making the south central, or “SoCe,” part of Wichita a friendlier place to live.

Two couples, Matt and Catherine Johnson and Adam and Ashley Barlow-Thompson launched the “Neighboring Movement by SoCe” two years ago in their two-square mile section of the city, going from Kellogg, to Washington, to Pawnee to the Arkansas River. The goal? Fostering positive connections among neighbors and building social capital.

“It makes your neighborhood safer, there’s less violence. There’s less isolation…elderly folks can stay in their home longer without having to get outside care when they know someone’s watching out for them. There’s mental health benefits. There’s studies of less incidents of Alzheimers when people are even just slightly connected in their neighborhood,” Catherine Johnson said.

The group runs a blog and provides a neighboring tip each week. It can be something as simple as baking a batch of cookies and taking it to a neighbor’s home.

“Who can say no to cookies?” Johnson laughed.

Johnson explained even the economic benefits of living in a well-connected neighborhood. One of her neighbors was  unemployed for a long time but was so connected within his neighborhood, people hired him out for jobs and he was able to get by until he got a job again.

Another one of her neighbors struggled with addiction and was down on herself. Johnson asked the woman what she was good at, to which the woman revealed she was talented at macrame and floral design. Johnson got a group together the next day for the woman to teach her craft to.

“It was the first time she had ever headed something up, the first time she had ever been the leader and had skills to share,” Johnson said.

They’ve gone door-knocking, asking what neighbors visions are for the area.

Larry Mong answered the door on Friday.

“It’s a cool neighborhood if you know it.  They gotta get that bad taste of south out. Because you know it’s only five blocks from downtown,” Mong said.

Mong is a craftsman, collecting dozens of antique clocks and old electric fans. He plans to put a SoCe sign up in his yard to show his pride for the area.

“People of all ages and abilities are real treasures if you find out what they love to do and what they want to share,” Johnson said.

For more: https://www.facebook.com/neighboringmovement/

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Documents show Evan Brewer case not properly handled before his death

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:10

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – In documents released to KSN, the Department for Children and Families admitted that it did not properly handle the case of Evan Brewer in the months before his death was discovered.

Evan Brewer’s body was found encased in concrete in the home he lived in with his mother and her live-in boyfriend.

Both Miranda Miller and Stephen Bodine have now been charged with his murder.

KSN began requesting documents relating to Evan Brewer on September 5, 2017, and have made repeated requests for documents since that time.

Late Friday, DCF officials delivered 284 pages of documents relating to those open record requests that detail how the agency handled allegations of abuse and neglect involving Brewer. There are multiple redactions of personal information and names in the documents, but the documents indicate Brewer’s mother, Miranda Miller, and her boyfriend, Stephen Bodine, were accused of using methamphetamine and not taking care of the child. In other documents “severe PHA” — or physical abuse — is indicated against Evan.

The document reveals that abuse reported to DCF on May 14, 2017 was not originally included in the report given to supervisors in the case. The allegation — that Bodine “chokes [redacted] out and then does CPR to bring him back” — was not in the original report.

After Brewer’s death, DCF’s executive team ordered review of the case and found that the May 14, 2017 “record was modified so that it now inaccurately indicates that the reported information… was communicated to the assigned social worker and the social worker’s supervisor contemporaneously [at the same time] with the reporting.”

Instead it says that the information about that alleged abuse was added on September 5, 2017. Brewer’s body was found encased in concrete on September 2, 2017. The document says “this inaccuracy was reported to DCF Personnel for further investigation and possible disciplinary action.”

“The purpose of this (note) is to accurately reflect what transpired and to correct any misperception that either the regional SW or the SW supervisor or PA had knowledge of the additional allegations prior to September 5, 2017,” the document noted.

Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel met with Evan Brewer’s family hours before releasing the documents to hear their concerns and provide the family a copy of the file.

KSN has reached out to members of the Brewer family to get their response to the information in the documents. The family has previously told KSN that for months before Evan was found, they had reported the abuse and neglect to both DCF and Wichita Police.

In November Carlo Brewer, Evan’s father, told KSN that he believed the system failed his son.

“I don’t feel like this is a wound that will ever heal,” Carlo Brewer said in a November interview with KSN. “It’s really that difficult. I feel failed. I feel like everybody failed Evan. I wish there was something else that I could have done.”

“Changes to strengthen the system have already begun, and I vow these will continue,” Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel said in a press release released to KSN with the documents, late Friday. “These reforms include, but are not limited to, personnel, policies, procedures and training. Personnel will be held accountable. Policies and procedures will be updated, improved and strongly enforced. Mandatory training will occur.”

KSN has reached out to DCF representatives to ask questions about the documents, how the agency handled the case and specifically how the agency is responding to its finding of errors in the case. The calls and emails were made after business hours, and as yet, KSN has not received a response.


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Wichita man who worked at youth center charged with multiple counts of child sex crimes

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 21:17

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Wichita man has been charged with multiple counts of child sex crimes.

Chauncey Maurice Walker, 47, of Wichita has been charged with one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and two counts of criminal sodomy. Court documents show the alleged crime happened on or between May 22, 2012 and May 22, 2013.

According to court documents, Walker was employed at Lakeside Academy at the time of his arrest. Previously he worked at Life Prep Academy in Wichita.

Walker was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on August 23, 2017. His first appearance in court was on September 7, 2017.

He is being held on a $100,000 bond.

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Mental health expert: mental illness and gun violence don’t go together

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 20:51

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – How do you judge who should and shouldn’t be allowed to get a weapon?

The Florida school shooting in February has sparked a national conversation about gun control and who should have access to weapons. Some have said guns should be off limits to people with a mental illness, however the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas said it strongly disagrees.

“We know statistically that people with mental illness are much more likely to be a victim of a violent crime than a perpetrator of a violent crime and so when we hear these things we start thinking about further stigma and less treatment for people,” said Mary Jones, the President and CEO of the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said one in four Americans have a mental illness. The term mental illness covers a wide range of things like anxiety, depression and ADHD.

Jones said it’s unfair for people to say everyone who has a mental illness is too dangerous to own a gun.

“When we are seeking to understand how a violent crime happens, when a school shooting occurs, the easiest thing to do is to pinpoint a single thing, like that person has a mental health issue,” Jones said. “It’s really difficult because what you really see is an association that doesn’t need to be an association.”

Since the Florida shooting, President Donald Trump has said there is a need to improve school safety. He has also called for stricter gun laws.

“We’re going to be doing very strong background checks, very strong emphasis on the mental health of somebody and we are going to do plenty of other things,” said President Trump during an interview this week.

“One of the things we need to look at is not a particular segment of people who need to get a gun, for example, people with mental illness, but look at factors that might be critical factors in their lives. For example, histories of criminal records or histories of criminal violence. That would be far more pertinent information than a diagnosis,” Jones said.

Jones added she’s glad the conversation about mental health is happening, however she’d rather the conversation be about treatment.

“If we are going to start talking about people with mental illness, then let’s talk about it and let’s talk about access to care and funding treatment and funding prevention and intervention and early intervention because we know those are things that provide successful outcomes for people with mental illness,” she said.

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Area schools say they focus on safety and procedures after school threats

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 19:39

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – We’ve reported on multiple threats recently to area schools. Friday we sat down with a couple of districts to see how they respond to concerns to ensure students and faculty feel safe.

School officials say it’s important to continue the conversation with students and parents after hearing about a threat.  They focus on safety and specific procedures to hopefully prevent any further threat or violence.

It has happened at Valley Center Public Schools before.

“It’s not our first but it doesn’t happen quite often,” said Mike Bonner, Valley Center Public Schools Assistant Superintendent.

And Bonner says every time the threat is taken seriously and is investigated. He says if it involves a student or students, there’s typically school and legal consequences.

“They’re always removed for a short time period, some kids are removed for even longer,” said Bonner.

Time removed he says depends on the level of threat, and in some cases, a student can be expelled for close to a calendar year.

Bonner says during this time they communicate with their parents and try to connect them to resources for help. Wichita Public Schools’ safety director says their response is also situational.

“Sometimes these cases it’s had nothing to do with the, we’ve had people from another school make a threat against a school,” said Terri Moses, Wichita Public Schools Safety Director.

She says most schools are doing safety drills at this point and having conversations with students about threats. And for non-direct threats, she says they try to educate students on the topic.

“It’s going to be coaching, mentoring, talking to them about good social media practices, about how they deal with things, but when we get into the direct threat realm, that’s when it turns criminal and again we turn that over to law enforcement,” said Moses.

Moses says it’s also important for parents to have these types of conversations with their children about threats and what they say in school, outside of school, or online.

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Plenty of buzz, excitement as Shockers head into regular season finale on Sunday

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 19:00

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – – The Wichita State Shockers will play their final regular season game of the year at home on Sunday.

The game will not only celebrate the six seniors on the team but also give the Shockers a chance at the American Athletic Conference title.

With a lot of excitement swirling around the big game, many students, fans and even local businesses are already getting amped up and ready.

Shocker fan Scott Bartu is gearing up for Sunday’s big game.

Bartu, a Wichita State graduate from 1988 says it will be the first game he’s gone to this season.

“I understand tickets are through the roof, I can’t even imagine, I know there is a waiting list, I looked into that,” said Bartu.

The overall excitement and hype surrounding the big game has also translated into big business for those, like Tad’s Locker Room.

“In the past 10 days, it has ticked up almost 40-percent, so it has been really healthy, it’s been a really good thing,” said Tad Snarenberger, Owner of Tad’s Locker Room.  “It doesn’t hurt the fact that Sunday is supposed to be a yellow out, so a lot of people who would normally wear black or white, they’re coming in to get a yellow shirt,” added Snarenberger.

Over at WSU on Friday, the topic of this weekend’s game and even the game Thursday night against UCF was a big deal.

Several prospective students were talking about Shocker hoops at the Community College Day event inside the Rhatigan Student Center.

“It has helped us to start conversations with them, they say they were watching the game and they were on the edge of their seat like I was,” said Bobby Gandu, Director at the Office of Admissions.

Gandu says that helps spark more interest in the university itself.

“What I think has happened is we have benefited from attention regionally and nationally, more people are aware of the brand that is Wichita State,” said Gandu.

As for the Shockers showdown with the Cincinnati Bearcats, everyone agrees, the atmosphere inside the arena should be electric.

“Charles Koch Arena gets really loud during those games, but I expect it to just be more loud and out of control and just everybody rooting on the Shockers,” said Laura Schaar, Freshman at Wichita State.

For those still looking to get a ticket to the game on Sunday, the tickets are getting pretty pricey.

KSN checked StubHub this evening and tickets are going anywhere a hundred dollars, up to almost five hundred dollars.

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Western’s Weather Wrap: Warm & Windy Weekend

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 17:55

The winds have been a big problem today, causing several grass fires across the state.

We will stay windy for the rest of the night, too, but that combined with increasing moisture will keep our temperature from falling very much.

Then tomorrow will be similar to today – warm and windy, but with a few more clouds.

Because of the continued strong winds and dry conditions, *Fire Weather Warnings and Watches* remain in effect for mainly western Kansas all the way through Sunday, so please be cautious!

On the flip side, we’re tracking the potential for a few strong to severe storms for the other side of the state Sunday evening. This is our first severe weather risk of the season, so it’s time to get prepared for spring, though thankfully the risk is very low for this weekend.

I’ll time our weekend storms out for you coming up on KSN News at 5, 6, and 10, or you can watch my latest forecast right here: http://ksn.com/2017/03/08/weather-forecast-discussion/

~Katie the Weather Lady

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McPherson County emergency radios experiencing some dead spots in coverage

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 17:13

MCPHERSON COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – McPherson County has very good coverage for almost all of its 900 square miles, when it comes to emergency hand-held radio coverage.

But there remain some dead spots, and that’s a real concern for some 911 leaders in the county.

“The system was installed in 1993,” says 911 Director, Julie McClure. “But it’s a 23-year-old system. It’s old technology.”

McClure says the dead spots in some areas is a huge concern now that grass fire season is here.

“There are some coverage issues in parts of the county with terrain and the way the system was built and populations have expanded into rural areas,” explains McClure. “Keeping coverage in those areas is a big obstacle and a priority right now.”

KSN asked McClure if a firefighter or two, alone in rural areas, could face a life or death situation where their radios do not get through.

“You bet that’s a concern. Huge,” says McCLure.

Two county commissioners confirmed they are ready to take bids on a new system. McClure says the system specs would add new software, and change the number of radio towers on parts of the system from three, to four.

“But, will it be approved?” asks McClure.

Fire Chief Jeff Deal in McPherson did not want to talk specifically about radio dead spots in rural areas. But he did confirm the city trucks do go out into rural areas to run “mutual aid” when they get big grass fires.

“Of course, radio communication is just so vital, not only for talking to dispatch, but for command decisions,” said Deal. “If we have trucks at one part of a fire, we need to be able to communicate effectively where the other crews need to be. Especially in rural areas with mutual aid.”

Deal said McPherson county fire departments do a spectacular job of communicating and offering mutual aid. And, he says, the fire danger this year is a huge concern so they will double down on keeping the lines of communication open with other departments.

But Deal also mentioned the phrase “fuel load” several times while talking to KSN.

“The grass is a heavy fuel load. The grass… it has grown tall and it is standing straight up. Nothing’s laid over from a hard winter,” explains Deal. “No heavy snow, so it’s all standing straight up. And it doesn’t take anything to dry it out. And a fire? It will run through that top like it’s going out of style and then there’s plenty of stuff underneath and it’s, it’s just not going to be good.”

As fire crews throughout the county prep for wildfires, McPherson County commissioners say they will have a first bid to look for a new radio system on March 19.

“This is something we simply need, and I feel passionately about it,” says McClure.

McClure said again there is great coverage inside the city of McPherson. And they have worked hard over the years to ensure dead spots for radios get some coverage. But she also says there is a sense of frustration in the county that firefighter lives could be in jeopardy with some radio dead spots.

“Absolutely. On any call that is a fear,” says McClure. “Radio coverage. Radio malfunction. I mean it’s a 23-year-old system, so…”

County commissioners will look at the first Request For Proposal on the 19th and they have other bids they will consider.



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Kansas lawmaker proposes Delta move headquarters to Kansas

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 16:34

TOPEKA (CAPITOL BUREAU) — Moving the Delta headquarters to Kansas is what one lawmaker is proposing after Georgia lawmakers voted to eliminate a tax cut benefiting the airline company.

“I think what Georgia did was a knee-jerk decision to score political points,” said State Rep. Brandon Whipple, D-Wichita.

Hours after Georgia lawmakers voted on a tax bill to eliminate a fuel tax exemption worth about $38 million to Delta, Whipple took to Twitter to invite the airline company to relocate to the Sunflower State.

“If Delta is looking for a state that knows how to treat a business right, then Kansas is the perfect place, particularly Wichita,” explained Whipple.

Georgia lawmakers made the decision to eliminate the tax breaks after Delta said it would no longer offer NRA members discounts. In a memo posted on the airline’s website Friday, the company’s CEO said “Our decision was not made for economic gain and our values are not for sale.”

Whipple said while the gun debate is at the center of the dispute between Delta and the state of Georgia, putting politics aside for economic growth is something Kansans could do.

“I think if we were able to bring those jobs here, then personal politics would be set aside,” he said.

He admits it’s a long shot, but said it doesn’t hurt to ask.

“If Delta isn’t looking to move and someone else is, then maybe we can pull them in and bring jobs to our state,” he said.

There are other states looking to entice Delta including Connecticut where the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting occurred.

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Valley Center Leeker’s closing in April

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 16:10

VALLEY CENTER, Kan. (KSNW) – Leeker’s Family Foods in Valley Center has announced it will be closing.

According to Ark Valley News, the owner of the beloved story, Chris Steindler, announced the store will close in mid to late April.

Steindler said the closure comes after failed negotiations on the terms of the lease of the building.

Leeker’s has been a grocery store in Valley Center since 1968.

Ark Valley News reports the Leeker’s in Park City will remain open.

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Several crews battle grass fire in Harvey County

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 15:11

BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Sedgwick County crews assisted Harvey County fire crews with a grass fire Friday afternoon. The fire was located in the 7800 block of SE 36th.

So far, one outbuilding was destroyed in the fire. Firefighters were able to save a home.

The National Weather Service says a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to fires.

KSN’s John Asebes is at the scene. Look for the latest updates on KSN and KSN.com.

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Police investigating after bank robbery in Wichita

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 15:09

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Police officers are on the scene of a bank robbery in Wichita.

The robbery happened around 2:45 at the Intrust Bank at 37th and Rock.

Police are on the scene investigating.

Stay with KSN for updates. More details will be provided once more information becomes available.

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