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ATLANTA, Ga. (WXIA) – An Atlanta mother accused of killing her two young sons put them in an oven and turned it on, according to an arrest warrant.
Authorities said that Lamora Williams called police Friday and said her children were dead.
Authorities arrived and found the bodies of 1-year-old son Ja’Karter Penn and 2-year-old Ke-Yaunte Penn.
A third boy, 3-year-old Jameel Penn Jr., was also found. He was unharmed.
The mother told police that she left the three children with her cousin for nearly 12 hours. When police arrived, the cousin was nowhere to be found. Authorities now believe that Williams left the children home alone.
According to the arrest warrant, the crimes happened between midnight Oct. 12 and 11 p.m. Oct. 13 — a span of nearly two days.
Williams is charged with two counts of murder as well as cruelty to children in the first degree. She waived her first court appearance on Monday and was denied bond.
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DENVER (AP) – A Denver prosecutor says no charges will be filed following an investigation into videos showing a high school coach pushing cheerleaders down in splits.
District Attorney Beth McCann said in a statement released Saturday there was insufficient evidence to warrant charges after a police investigation.
The former coach, Ozell Williams, was dismissed after the videos became public. An East High School principal retired, and an athletic director resigned.
The recordings were broadcast on KUSA-TV in August, showing eight cheerleaders repeatedly being pushed into splits. In one video, a girl appears to cry out in pain and repeatedly asks the coach to “please stop.”
McCann says the coaching technique “has no place in high school cheerleading coaching” but that the coach’s actions don’t constitute a prosecutable crime.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – An elderly Wichita woman has been sentenced to probation for stealing more than $57,000 from an 89-year-old acquaintance.
Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennet said Monday that 80-year-old Shirley Morgan was had durable power of attorney for the acquaintance, who he didn’t name.
Bennett says Morgan used the victim’s money and assets for gambling trips and other expenses, rather than paying nursing home bills.
Morgan was convicted of mistreatment of a dependent adult. She was sentenced to two years and 4 months in prison but given probation because of her age and lack of a criminal history.
She also must pay restitution and cannot gamble.
TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) – Authorities have arrested a man and found three sisters whose disappearance in August from their Kansas foster home touched off a larger debate about runaway foster children.
Tonganoxie police chief Jeffery Brandau says police in Kansas City, Missouri, arrested the 48-year-old man early Tuesday, hours after identifying him as a “person of interest” and saying the 12-, 14- and 15-year-old girls would be “in danger” if they were with him. Brandau says the man is being detained on a 24-hour investigative hold.
The case led to broader concerns among lawmakers who learned last week during a Statehouse meeting that more than 70 foster children are missing in Kansas. The number of missing represents about 1 percent of the state’s foster care population, which is in line with the national average.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Authorities say two people have been arrested in a shooting that killed three people and wounded two others in a popular downtown area of a Kansas college town.
The Lawrence Police Department said early Tuesday in a tweet that a 22-year-old is being held on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm. A 19-year-old is suspected of aggravated assault and battery.
The shooting happened early on Oct. 1 in an area crowded with people from concerts, bars and events at the nearby University of Kansas. Police have said it stemmed from an earlier altercation. Those killed were identified as 20-year-old Colwin Lynn Henderson, 24-year-old Tre’Mel Dupree Dean and 22-year-old Leah Elizabeth Brown.
Police and prosecutors have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon.
FRISCO, Texas (NBC) – A North Texas man had his head in the clouds as he proposed to his girlfriend over the weekend literally, proposing 1,000 feet from the ground.
Nick Cannan had just received his pilot’s license a few days prior and asked his girlfriend Kerryn Beattie to go on a ride with him.
Cannan video recorded the moments that followed.
Below the couple was a field with large white signs spelling out ‘Kez I (heart) U! Will You Marry Me?’
The proposal caught Beattie off-guard but once she caught her breath she did say yes.
A date for the big days has not been set.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the nation’s drug czar, is withdrawing from consideration following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government’s authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.
Marino “has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!”
Trump’s announcement comes a day after the president raised the possibility of nixing the nomination following reports by The Washington Post and CBS News. The reports detailed the Pennsylvania lawmaker’s involvement in crafting a 2016 law, signed by President Barack Obama, that weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration’s authority to curb opioid distribution.
Interviewed on Tuesday by Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade, Trump said Marino told him that “if there’s even a perception that he has a conflict of interest … he doesn’t want anything to do with” the job. Trump did not say when he and the congressman spoke.
“He felt compelled. He feels very strongly about the opioid problem and the drug problem and Tom Marino said, ‘Look, I’ll take a pass,'” Trump added.
Trump had told reporters during a news conference in the White House Rose Garden on Monday that he will look “very closely” at the news reports. He added: “If I think it’s 1 percent negative to doing what we want to do, I will make a change,” he said.
Democrats had called on Trump to withdraw the nomination. Marino could not immediately be reached Tuesday for comment.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Marino’s decision was the “right decision.”
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, whose home state of West Virginia has been among the hardest-hit by the opioid epidemic, welcomed the news.
“We need a drug czar who has seen these devastating effects and who is passionate about ending this opioid epidemic,” Manchin said Tuesday.
Manchin had scolded the Obama administration for failing to “sound the alarm on how harmful that bill would be for our efforts to effectively fight the opioid epidemic,” which kills an estimated 142 people a day nationwide.
In a letter to Trump, Manchin called the opioid crisis “the biggest public health crisis since HIV/AIDS,” and said, “we need someone leading the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy who believes we must protect our people, not the pharmaceutical industry.”
The Post reported Sunday that the drug industry worked behind the scenes with lobbyists and key members of Congress, including Marino, pouring more than a million dollars into their election campaigns. The major drug distributors prevailed upon the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Justice Department to agree to the industry-friendly law, which undermined efforts to restrict the flow of pain pills that have led to tens of thousands of deaths.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the bill’s lead Senate sponsor, defended the measure Monday, calling allegations that he or Marino “conspired” with drug companies “utterly ridiculous.” Hatch, a 40-year veteran of the Senate, said he was “no patsy” of the drug industry.
The language affecting DEA enforcement authority was suggested by DEA and the Justice Department, Hatch said, adding that the agencies could have tried to stop the bill at any time — or recommended that Obama veto the measure.
“Let’s not pretend that DEA, both houses of Congress and the Obama White House all somehow wilted under Representative Marino’s nefarious influences,” Hatch said.
A White House commission convened by Trump and led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has called on Trump to declare a national emergency to help deal with the growing opioid crisis. An initial report from the commission in July noted that the approximate 142 deaths each day from drug overdoses mean the death toll is “equal to September 11th every three weeks.”
Trump has said he will officially declare the opioid crisis a “national emergency” but so far has not done so. He said Monday he will make the designation next week.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Monday she will introduce legislation to repeal the 2016 law.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A 325-pound (150-kilogram) Florida woman is charged with killing her 9-year-old cousin by sitting on the child as punishment.
Veronica Green Posey, 64, was arrested and charged with homicide and cruelty toward a child, The Pensacola News Journal reported. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office report identified Posey as the girl’s cousin.
Paramedics and deputies responded to the family’s Pensacola home following a 911 call Saturday. Posey told deputies she sat on Dericka Lindsay as discipline “for being out of control.”
During the punishment, Dericka told Posey and two other adult relatives, who are identified in the report as the girl’s parents, that she couldn’t breathe. When Posey got up, Dericka wasn’t breathing. Authorities said Posey called 911 and started CPR on the child.
The arrest report said Grace Joan Smith, 69, and James Edmund Smith, are charged with child neglect.
Grace Smith called Posey, who is her niece, to her house to help with disciplining the girl, according to the report. She told investigators that Posey hit the girl with a ruler and metal pipe before the child ran to an armchair.
James Smith told investigators that Posey sat on the girl for about 10 minutes before she complained she couldn’t breathe. She stayed on the chair for an additional two minutes before getting up, he said.
Mike Carroll, secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, issued a statement that called the child’s death “appalling.” He said the agency will work with the sheriff’s office to hold those responsible for her death accountable.
“As the family has a prior interaction with the child welfare system, a thorough quality assurance review will be conducted to review all prior interactions this family has had with the child welfare system,” the statement said.
Posey was released Monday on $125,000 bail. The Smiths remained in jail, with Grace Smith’s bond set at $75,000 and James Smith’s bond at $50,000. Escambia County jail records didn’t list an attorney for Posey or the Smiths.Grace Smith, Veronica Posey and James Smith.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have reaffirmed their alliance of necessity in a raucous Rose Garden news conference that also underscored their sharp differences. The garrulous president claimed they were longtime friends, now closer than ever; the reserved Senate Republican leader allowed that they share goals and speak often.
It was a spectacle that mesmerized Washington, as Trump and McConnell appeared side by side for more than a half-hour, the president tossing off answers — sometimes mini-speeches — on all topics while McConnell, disciplined as always, delivered brief, scholarly explanations about the legislative process and the risks to their party of nominating candidates who can’t win.
At various points, the president denounced the Russia-Trump campaign investigation, lauded himself for his record on judicial nominations, argued wrongly that “it took years for the Reagan administration to get taxes done,” and claimed that past presidents hadn’t necessarily contacted bereaved family members to mourn lost service members — before backtracking on that assertion when pressed. He also noted, as he often does, that he won the presidential election last fall, and he implored Hillary Clinton to run again.
In front of a hastily assembled White House press corps, jostling each other on the lawn because there wasn’t time to bring out chairs, Trump began his remarks by saluting McConnell and, as he described it, their longstanding friendship.
“We’re probably now closer than ever before,” the president proclaimed as McConnell grinned stiffly at his side. “My relationship with this gentleman is outstanding.”
Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, over the weekend declared all-out political war on the GOP establishment, including McConnell and incumbent Republican senators Bannon has deemed unsupportive of the president’s agenda. Trump said earlier Monday during a Cabinet meeting that he “can understand fully how Steve Bannon feels” and even that some in the party “should be ashamed of themselves.” But he later suggested he might try to talk Bannon out of challenging some Senate Republicans whom McConnell has pledged to defend.
“Some of the people that he may be looking at, I’m going to see if we talk him out of that, because frankly, they’re great people,” Trump said.
Trump’s change in tone suggested that McConnell, whose allies regularly do battle with Bannon, might have talked Trump into intervening during their lunch together.
“Just so you understand, the Republican Party is very, very unified,” Trump insisted.
McConnell took the opportunity to lay out, for the public and for the audience of one standing beside him, why he and GOP allies work to protect Senate incumbents. He argued that some conservative Republicans nominated in the 2010 and 2012 cycles didn’t win because they weren’t able to “appeal to a broader electorate in the general election.”
“You have to nominate people who can actually win, because winners make policy and losers go home,” McConnell said.
Trump briefly pursed his lips as McConnell made those remarks, then took a question on another topic.
Bannon, meanwhile, seemed in no mood to back down. “Senator McConnell and the GOP Establishment have ‘sown the wind — now they reap the whirlwind,'” he said.
Bannon’s Brietbart News site also reveled in the attention. “Bitter Mitch! Triggered by Bannon,” one of its Monday headlines read.
Trump spent August assailing McConnell for his inability to pass legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, calling the failure “a disgrace” and ordering McConnell over Twitter to “get back to work.” For his part, McConnell has complained that Trump had “excessive expectations” for how quickly Congress could act.
Nevertheless the Kentucky senator seconded the president’s latest views.
“Contrary to what some of you may have reported, we are together, totally, on this agenda to move America forward,” McConnell said.
It was not clear what led to Monday’s sudden question-and-answer session, which followed lunch between McConnell and Trump at the White House. Their meeting came at a critical time, with the Senate poised to vote this week on a budget that would set the stage for tax legislation that many Republicans view as make-or-break following the failure on health care. Both McConnell and Trump recommitted themselves to the goal of passing a tax bill by the end of this year.
The last time McConnell was at the White House was early last month. On that occasion, Trump bypassed him and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan to cut a deal with the Senate’s Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on debt and spending.
That kicked off a brief period when bipartisanship was in the air in Washington, and it seemed possible that Trump would make common cause with Democrats at the expense of Republicans on other issues, too. But the suggestion of a deal on immigration appears to have fallen apart. Questioned Monday about Schumer and Pelosi, Trump replied: “Well, I hope to have a relationship. If we don’t, we don’t.”
However, he claimed that his recent action to shut off certain payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act, denounced by Democrats as sabotage, was forcing bipartisan talks. Indeed there may be a renewed focus on Senate bipartisan negotiations aimed at addressing the payments, which go to subsidize costs for low-income people.
“Because of that, people are talking now, Democrats are talking to the Republicans,” Trump said, contending that a short-term fix would be followed next year by ultimate success in repealing “Obamacare,” and asserting with no evidence, as he’s done in the past, that the votes are there now to repeal the law.
Trump also denounced the investigation into his campaign’s involvement with Russia, being conducted by a special counsel and GOP-led congressional committees.
“The whole Russia thing was an excuse for the Democrats losing the election,” he said.
“There has been absolutely no collusion. It’s been stated that they have no collusion. They ought to get to the end of it, because I think the American public is sick of it.”
Associated Press writer Jill Colvin contributed to this report.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man sprayed a foul-smelling brown liquid on produce at a grocery store in South Carolina, telling police the store owed him money.
Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said 41-year-old Pau Hang was arrested Sunday afternoon at a Harris Teeter.
A police report says the manager called 911 after seeing Hang in the store. The former contractor was ordered to stay out two years ago.
Police say the manager saw Hang empty a bottle with a brown liquid and a bad odor like feces on the produce. He estimated it would cost at least $3,000 to throw away the produce and clean the cases.
Investigators are testing the substance.
Hang is charged with damage to personal property and trespassing after notice. Jail records do not list a lawyer.
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian plane maker Bombardier announced Monday it has sold a majority stake in its C Series passenger jet business to European aerospace giant Airbus for no cost.
U.S. rival Boeing called it a questionable deal by two state-subsidized competitors.
The move comes after lackluster sales and after the U.S. Commerce Department imposed harsh duties on Bombardier, charging the Canadian company is selling the C Series planes in America below cost and receiving government subsidies.
The Commerce Department recently announced it would impose an 80 percent duty on top of duties of nearly 220 percent. The case has been a win for Boeing, which brought the complaint.
Boeing has said it didn’t move early enough against Airbus subsidies in the 1970s. Airbus is now is a global giant.
“This looks like a questionable deal between two heavily state-subsidized competitors to skirt the recent findings of the U.S. government. Our position remains that everyone should play by the same rules for free and fair trade to work,” Boeing spokeman Dan Curran said in a statement.
The move by Bombardier could possibly circumvent duties being imposed on the C Series. The C Series headquarters will remain in the Montreal area but a second assembly line for the 100- to 150-seat plane will be set up at Airbus’ facility in Mobil, Alabama, so the plane can be sold in the United States.
Airbus Chief Executive Office Tom Enders said an aircraft produced at an U.S. Airbus facility would not be subject to duties under the pending U.S. investigation.
Enders said the acquisition extends the company’s product offering into the fast-growing 100-150 seat market sector. The current Airbus A320, a rival for the C Series, is for 180 passengers or more and Airbus hasn’t sold an A320 in three years.
Enders said some airlines have been reluctant to purchase Bombardier’s plane because of doubts the program would continue. It has been bailed out by governments in Quebec and Canada.
“Some customers will be convinced it will be a great product and it is here to stay,” Enders said.
The Airbus acquisition will be subject to Canadian government review but a federal official said the administration is aware of the challenges facing the C Series without a partner of the scale of Airbus. The official noted the plane has stalled at 300 orders but with Airbus they could get up to 6,000 orders over the next 20 to 30 years. The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the deal, said the federal government has received a guarantee from Airbus that no jobs will be replaced or lost in Quebec because of the deal.
Enders said the talks started in August and were not motivated by what competitors are doing. He rejected a deal to acquire the C Series three years ago but said circumstances have changed, saying the plane is now certified and receiving rave reviews.
Airbus is not assuming any debt as part of the deal and it has an option to buy out Bombardier after 7 1/2 years and the Quebec government in 2023.
The C Series program drove Bombardier to the brink of bankruptcy two years ago before it was bailed out by the Quebec government.
Bombardier chief Alain Bellemare said having Airbus as a strategic partner “increases confidence that the aircraft is here to stay.”
He predicted they will secure more orders and double the value of the program. “By securing the U.S. market you end up securing the program,” he said.
Airbus will acquire a 50.01 percent interest in C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership, which manufactures and sells the plane. Bombardier will own 31 percent and the Quebec government’s investment agency will hold 19 percent.
Montreal-based Bombardier had dreamed of capturing half the global market for 100-to 149-seat planes. It has marketed the plane as being 20 percent more fuel-efficient than the comparable Airbus A320 and Boeing 737.
Chicago-based Boeing’s complaint claims Bombardier’s new C Series passenger aircraft receives Canadian government subsidies that give it an advantage internationally. The Quebec government invested US$1 billion in exchange for a 49.5 percent stake in the C Series last year. Canada’s federal government also recently provided a US$275 million loan to Bombardier, which struggled to win orders.
Bombardier won a 75-plane order for the C Series from U.S.-based Delta Air Lines in 2016. Bombardier said its planes never competed with Boeing in the sale to Delta.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said his government could stop doing business with Boeing if the U.S. company doesn’t drop its trade complaint against Bombardier. Canada had been in talks to purchase 18 Super Hornet fighter jets from Boeing, but those have been on hold because of the Bombardier dispute.
“The attempt to weaken Bombardier has pushed it to join with one of its competitors, which should not have had needed to happen,” said Jerry Dias, national president of Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union. “Ultimately, the U.S. actions have created a stronger Bombardier.”
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – It’s been just over 24 hours since a man was shot outside his home in Newton, and the search for the suspect continues tonight.
The shooting happened around 8:30 Sunday night near the 400 block of Normandy road.
KSN spoke to neighbors in the area who say they’re concerned for their safety.
Lee Curle says he saw who he believes to be the suspect in Sunday night’s shooting come towards his home. He says it’s too close for comfort.
“It seems like they’re getting more and more violent, you know, from a robbery or a broken window to now they’re just shooting first,” said Lee Curle, Newton.
He used a tactical light on his firearm to illuminate the subject who he says, then moved away from his property.
“When they came around the corner, they saw me looking in their direction and so they kind of backed away and knew someone was looking at them,” said Curle.
Some residents say they stayed indoors during the gunfire. Katlyn Grimes says it became a night of panic.
“I could see the blue and red flashing lights not too far from my front door and like I said, being home alone with my two little girls by myself not knowing is the shooter running around,” said Katlyn Grimes, Newton.
Grimes says it’s a safe neighborhood and what happened to her neighbor was very unexpected. But Curle says he is ready to pack up his home and leave.
“Go someplace where my daughters can grow up without being in fear of getting hurt or something like that,” said Curle.
The Newton Police say they have no new updates on the case and they are still searching for the suspect.
We also talked to the family of the victim. They weren’t ready to talk on camera but they say he is in stable condition.
GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – It’s been one year since authorities stopped an anti-Islamic bomb plot that would have destroyed a Garden City apartment complex, home to 100 Somali refugees. It’s known as the “Kansas Plot.”
On Saturday, the one year anniversary, Garden City refugees reflected on the past year.
“Terror, fear,” said Ifrad Ahmed, recalling how she felt when she learned about the plot against her community. “Having to leave, start all over again.”
“It was scary and traumatic,” recounted Halima Farah.
Last year’s terror threat was almost enough to drive members of the Somali community out of Garden City, out of fear.
Cousins Farah and Ahmed say they, and others, stayed because of the response from locals.
“The support, that made a big difference, the support from everybody,” said Ahmed. “We didn’t expect that.”
That support created countless new friendships this past year.
“One of the reasons why I’ll never leave this town is because of the people,” said Ahmed. “The people make a big difference.”
“The people, the friends that we have here,” added Farah.
They’ve been in Garden City for years. They’re both working at the Tyson plant and earning their college degrees.
“She’s working on a paper about the American dream,” said Ahmed, pointing to her cousin. “Isn’t that funny?”
One year after the bomb threat, they say their community refuses to be scared.
“It’s really great to see that people have moved on from that,” said Ahmed. “Nobody really talks about the bomb threat or even mentions it anymore.”
The cousins spent the anniversary studying, working to build a better life.
“My dream? To become rich one day,” joked Farah.
“You mean in your heart, right,” asked Ahmed, teasing her cousin. “She wants to be rich in her heart.”
“Deep down in my heart,” said Farah.
Ahmed just applied for her citizenship and is studying psychology. Halima wants to be a nurse. Their resilience is partly inspired by another strong woman.
“A wise woman once said, ‘When you do your best, people notice, and when you do your best, you will get where you want to be,’” said Ahmed. “Oprah Winfrey. She’s my favorite.”
As KSN has been reporting over the past year, the community has launched several different programs for southwest Kansas refugees, including translation services and a special clinic.
The clinic, however, has since closed.
NEWTON, Kan. (KSNW) – Some officers with the Newton Police Department are wearing pink badges this month to show support for breast cancer survivors.
The department said in a post on its Facebook page several members of the department have purchased the badges at their own expense. A portion of the price of each badge will go toward breast cancer research.
Newton PD Sgt. Jason Thompson said in the post, “Unfortunately many people in our community and department have been impacted by this terrible disease. We want to show support for our family, friends, and our community. We want to raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screenings, and encourage people to get tested.”
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s run for the Republican nomination for Kansas governor is getting a boost from President Donald Trump’s son.
Kobach announced Monday that Donald Trump Jr. will be in Kansas on Nov. 28 for a campaign fundraiser. Kobach is vice chairman of the President’s commission on election fraud.
So far 18 candidates – 11 Republicans, six Democrats and an independent – have appointed treasurers or committees for a campaign for governor next year, a requirement to raise money.
Kobach says in a news release it is an honor that Trump Jr. will join his campaign “at this important time.”
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is term-limited and is expected to step down this fall to become U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.
ORLANDO, FL (AP) — A man arrested in Florida after police mistook doughnut glaze in his car for meth has received a $37,500 settlement.
Daniel Rushing told the Orlando Sentinel that he received a check last week from the city of Orlando.
Rushing was arrested in December 2015 when Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins spotted flakes of glaze on his car’s floorboard and thought they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine. Rushing told officers it was likely sugar from Krispy Kreme doughnuts he’d eaten, but roadside drug tests were positive for the illegal substance.
A state crime lab test cleared Rushing several weeks later, and he filed a lawsuit.
Orlando police ended up training more than 730 officers how to properly use the field-test kits.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Louisville’s Athletic Association has officially fired coach Rick Pitino nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men’s basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe.
The association, which oversees Louisville’s sports programs and is composed of trustees, faculty, students and administrators, voted to oust the longtime Cardinals coach following a board meeting Monday.
The association on Oct. 2 authorized university interim President Greg Postel to begin the process of firing Pitino for cause after Postel placed him on unpaid administrative leave Sept. 27.
Pitino, 65, is not named in court complaints in the federal probe but Postel said in a disciplinary letter that the allegations violated his contract.
The move Monday officially ends Pitino’s 16-year tenure with the program, a run that included winning the 2013 NCAA championship but was tarnished by several embarrassing off-court incidents.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas State University has apologized to a concession worker who complained on Facebook about being told she would have to put her breast pump in a clear plastic bag before entering the football stadium.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Katie Doyle, of Holton, said she was humiliated by the experience Saturday. The mother of a 5-month-old son says she decided against putting the pump in a clear bag because she didn’t think anybody wanted to look at the milk-covered pump parts.
Kansas State began requiring clear bags for ticketed athletic events last school year, although breast pumps are exempted as medically necessary. Kansas State senior associate athletic director for communications, Kenny Lannou, says there will be more staff training.
Doyle told the newspaper that a security official was “very apologetic.”