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Western’s Weather Wrap: Even Milder, Staying Dry

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 06:35

Breezy winds are making for another chilly morning! Feels like it’s in the 20s and 30s, so you’ll definitely want that coat again if you’re headed out early.

But we will recover significantly this afternoon! Highs will soar into the mid 60s with lots of sunshine and just slightly breezy northwest winds. Get out and enjoy this unusual December weather!!

Tomorrow will be mild as well, but the winds will pick up significantly out of the northwest, and combined with the very dry conditions means our fire danger will increase even more tomorrow. Please be cautious!

And unfortunately fire danger will continue to be our main story over the next week, as there still isn’t a single chance for any sort of moisture in the forecast.

I’ll have more details on your weather all morning on KSN, or you can watch our latest forecast video right here: http://ksn.com/2017/03/08/weather-forecast-discussion/

~Katie the Weather Lady

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South High Boys Defeat East High

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 00:10

Wichita South Boys basketball played Wichita East at Wichita East high school on Saturday afternoon at five o’clock. Game was back and forth early on, before the titans grew a nice lead.

But the blue aces of Wichita East had a lot of fight. Second half was close, with the teams wanting the win, but in the end, it was the Wichita South Titans who won, 54-50.

 

 

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Kansas State Loses to Tulsa

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 23:46

 

WICHITA, Kan. – K-State found the defense it needed in the final minutes but couldn’t find the shots in a 61-54 loss to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Intrust Bank Arena Saturday night. Four Wildcats reached double figures, including a team-best 15 points from Xavier Sneed, but cold shooting – K-State missed its last eight attempts and didn’t have a field goal in the final five minutes – iced any rally and a 23-game home winning streak against non-conference foes.

Dean Wade (13), Kamau Stokes (11) and Barry Brown, Jr. (10) joined Sneed in double digits, but no Wildcat could find the bottom of the net away from the free throw line as Tulsa kept K-State at arms-length in the waning minutes.

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PM announces on state TV Iraq’s war against IS has ended

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 20:51

BAGHDAD (AP) — After more than three years of combat operations, Iraq announced Saturday that the fight against the Islamic State group is over after the country’s security forces drove the extremists from all of the territory they once held. Iraqi and American officials warned, however, that key challenges remain despite the military victory.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally announced the victory in an address to the nation aired on Iraqi state television Saturday evening.

“Honorable Iraqis, your land has been completely liberated,” he said. “The liberation dream has become a reality. We achieved victory in difficult circumstances and with God’s help, the steadfastness of our people and the bravery of our heroic forces we prevailed.”

“The flag of Iraq is flying high today over all Iraqi territory and at the farthest point on the border,” he added, standing before the most senior members of Iraq’s security forces.

Following al-Abadi’s remarks, his office declared a public holiday Sunday in celebration of the victory, according to an official statement from the prime minister’s office.

Iraqi forces mopped up the last pockets of IS fighters from Iraq’s western deserts Saturday, securing the country’s border with Syria, a step that marked the end of combat operations against the extremists.

“All Iraqi lands are liberated from terrorist Daesh gangs and our forces completely control the international Iraqi-Syrian border,” said Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Rasheed Yar Allah, a senior Iraqi military commander, in a statement Saturday afternoon.

The U.S. applauded the prime minister’s announcement.

The U.S. offers “sincere congratulations to the Iraqi people and to the brave Iraqi Security Forces, many of whom lost their lives heroically fighting ISIS,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a written statement, using an alternative acronym for IS.

“Our coalition will continue to stand with Iraq to support its security forces, economy and stabilization to help ensure that ISIS can never against threaten Iraq’s people or use its territory as a haven,” said Brett McGurk, U.S. special presidential envoy to the anti-IS coalition, in a statement posted to his official Twitter account.

“We mark today’s historic victory mindful of the work that remains,” he added.

Iraq’s government remains faced with significant security threats, an economic crisis and the enormous task of rebuilding swaths of territory decimated by the IS fight.

IS fighters overran nearly a third of Iraqi territory, including Mosul, the country’s second largest city and Tikrit, the capital of Iraq’s central Salahuddin province in the summer of 2014. The following year, IS fighters also overran Anbar’s provincial capital of Ramadi.

Over the past 3 ½ half years, Iraqi ground forces closely backed by the U.S.-led coalition and mostly Shiite paramilitary forces backed by Iran have slowly retaken all of that territory.

The pace of the anti-IS operation accelerated last year as coalition-backed Iraqi ground forces prepared for the assault on Mosul that was formally launched in October 2016.

After more than nine months of mostly grueling urban combat, Al-Abadi declared victory over IS in Mosul in July.

In the months that followed Iraqi forces retook a handful of other IS held towns including Tal Afar in August, Hawija in September and Qaim in October. In November, Iraqi forces retook the last Iraqi town held by IS — Rawah, near the border with Syria.

However, IS fighters remain capable of carrying out insurgent attacks in Iraq, and the group has recovered from past setbacks.

IS insurgent networks continue to pose a threat to Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, a senior Iraqi security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. The official said intelligence gathering would become increasingly important in the post-military phase of the fight against IS.

“The triumph of military operations alone is not enough without stability,” government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said, explaining that rebuilding in the wake of military victories against IS remained a “big challenge” for the Iraqi government.

Additionally, some 3 million Iraqis remain displaced by the fight against IS, according to the United Nations.

Al-Abadi also remains faced with a political and military stand-off with the country’s Kurdish region over a referendum held on independence.

Federal government troops remain deployed throughout a string of disputed territories claimed by both Baghdad and Iraq’s Kurds — who were also backed by U.S.-led coalition forces in the fight against IS. While Baghdad and Irbil have both stated a willingness to talk, negotiations to end the dispute have not yet begun.

As he closed his national address, al-Abadi acknowledged the challenges that remain for Iraq.

“I urge everyone to refrain from returning to the inflammatory and sectarian discourse that empowered gangs to occupy our cities and villages,” he said.

“Our people have paid a dear price,” he added. “We must turn this page forever.”

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Associated Press writer Sinan Salaheddin contributed from Baghdad.

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Arab ministers demand reversal of Trump Jerusalem decision

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 20:49

CAIRO (AP) — Arab foreign ministers on Saturday demanded that the United States rescind President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, calling it a “grave” development that puts Washington on the same side as the occupation and the violation of international law.

In a strongly-worded resolution long on rhetoric but short on meaningful actions, the ministers also called for the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution condemning Trump’s decision.

For example, the draft resolution obtained by The Associated Press did not include any punitive actions against the United States, like calling for a boycott of American products or suspending or downgrading ties with Washington. Arab diplomats said some Arab League members had wanted the resolution to include punitive measures against any country that follows the U.S. example and recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

That, according to the diplomats, was considered too radical by moderate Arab nations and eventually dropped. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Trump’s decision, said the resolution, stripped the U.S. of its role as a “sponsor and broker” in the Middle East peace process. “It undermines efforts to bring about peace, deepens tension and will spark anger that will threaten to push the region to the edge of the abyss of violence, chaos and bloodshed.”

Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem, and his intention to move the U.S. Embassy there, triggered denunciations from around the world, with even close allies suggesting he had needlessly stirred more conflict in an already volatile region.

Jerusalem’s status lies at the core of the Israeli-Palestinians conflict, and Trump’s move was widely perceived as siding with Israel. Even small crises over Jerusalem’s status and that of the holy sites in its ancient Old City have sparked deadly bloodshed in the past.

Protests continued Saturday for the third consecutive day in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, while in Cairo the head of Egypt’s largest Christian church announced that he would not meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence when he visits Cairo Dec. 20. A similar decision was taken Friday by the head of Cairo’s al-Azhar mosque, Sunni Islam’s top seat of learning.

The resolution adopted by the ministers reiterated that only the creation of an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital would end the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The ministers would meet again in a month’s time to review the situation, said the resolution.

During a 2 ½ hour session carried live on regional and local TV networks, the ministers gave speech after speech on the issue of Jerusalem. The session, which began at 9 p.m., was taken up by nearly 20 speeches, with comments ranging from blasting Trump’s decision to the need for concrete action to musings on whether fiery speeches would change anything.

“If we do nothing about this one (Trump’s decision), there will be many, many more tragedies,” warned Iraq’s foreign minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari. “No normalization (with Israel) and no compromises.”

Lebanon’s foreign minister, Gibran Bassil, suggested that there might be a silver lining in the latest crisis to hit an Arab world locked in conflict with Israel for nearly 70 years.

“Could this calamity bring us together and wake us from our slumber?” he told the meeting.

Bassil also called for an emergency Arab summit, a proposition that’s said to have been embraced by several Arab league member-states.

Earlier, Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki called on world nations to recognize the State of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital in response to Trump’s decision.

Aboul-Gheit said Trump’s decision “condemned” the country that took it and the administration that passed it. It also raised a question mark over Washington’s role as a peace mediator, not just in the Middle East but in the entire world.

“The decision amounts to the legalization of occupation,” said Aboul-Gheit, alluding to the occupation and later annexation of east Jerusalem by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.

Al-Maliki called on the league to instruct its envoys in the United Nations to submit a draft resolution to the Security Council condemning Trump’s decision.

Trump’s decision, he said, “betrays its hostility and bias against the Palestinian people.”

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Snow exits South, marches toward Northeast

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 20:49

ATLANTA (AP) — A pre-winter storm that roared through the Deep South and coated half of North Carolina and portions of Virginia in snow pushed northward on Saturday, leaving motorists to brave potentially icy roads and utility crews trying to restore heat and light to thousands.

Forecasters were warning that the slush created during daylight would turn to ice from temperatures dropping below freezing, creating black ice on roads, bridges and other elevated surfaces.

“That catches people more off guard than when you see snow,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Moneypenny of the Raleigh, North Carolina, office.

Before Friday, the forecast for North Carolina called for little more than an inch of snow for the central counties with more expected for the higher elevations. The frigid temperatures behind a cold front combined with moisture off the Gulf of Mexico to bring the unusual wintry weather to parts of the South.

By Saturday, Burnsville had reported 14½ inches (35 centimeters) of snow. The Hendersonville area had 12 inches (30 centimeters) and Asheville recorded 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow. Across the South, preliminary reports to the National Weather Service showed up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snowfall in northwest Georgia, with 7 inches (18 centimeters) of accumulation in parts of metro Atlanta. Another 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow was reported in Anniston, Alabama, while up to 7 inches (18 centimeters) were reported in Mississippi. Rare flurries were even reported in New Orleans.

“It’s very, very abnormal and rare that we would get totals like that this time of year,” said Sid King, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in the Atlanta area. “It’s really not even winter yet. I would not be surprised if we broke a lot of records.”

By Saturday evening, Duke Energy was reporting 22,340 customers without power in North Carolina, down from more than 39,000 earlier in the day.

A winter storm warning was scheduled to expire at 7 p.m. Saturday for parts of Virginia. Richmond had 3½ inches (8 centimeters) of snow, as did Prince Edward. Virginia State police reported hundreds of crashes blamed on icy weather.

Temperatures forecast for Sunday weren’t favorable for melting the snow, according to forecasters. Highs across much of North Carolina were not expected to get out of the 30s on Sunday, and after a brief warm up on Monday, a second round of cold air was likely to stall the melting.

At the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which sees more passengers annually than any other airport in the world, spokesman Reese McCranie said more than 400 flights were cancelled Saturday. That’s after nearly 1,200 cancellations Friday.

Not everyone was anxious to flee. Members of a central Florida family found their way to Atlanta specifically to witness the white drifts.

“It’s beautiful,” said Tim Moss, while his two sons and wife threw snowballs at each other near a McDonald’s parking lot early Saturday. He said the family — including his mother — made a spontaneous decision late Friday to leave 80-degree weather in Florida and drive seven hours to see snow for the first time.

“A lot of people who live here are staying in,” said Moss. “They don’t want to get out in it. But we want to get out and run around in it.”

More than 334,000 homes and businesses were still without electricity Saturday afternoon in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. About 235,000 of those still in the dark were in Georgia.

Southern Pine Electric Co-operative had more than 10,500 customers without power Saturday in south Mississippi. The co-op had more than twice that many outages at the storm’s peak, utility spokesman Brock Williamson said. He said getting everyone’s electricity restored could take days.

In Atlanta, a fallen power line was blamed for electrocuting a man late Friday. Bystanders tried to warn the man before he walked into the dangling live wire, Atlanta police Sgt. John Chafee said Saturday. He said it was unclear if the wire was downed because of the icy weather.

A freeze warning was in effect Saturday for parts of northern Florida, southeast Alabama and southwest Georgia. The weather service said freezing temperatures can harm vulnerable plants and animals.

Parts of the Northeast and New England are also expecting a share of the snowfall this weekend.

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Associated Press writers Russ Bynum in Savannah, Georgia, Jeff Martin in Atlanta and Jay Reeves in Birmingham, Alabama, contributed to this report.

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Charlie Sheen sues tabloid over assault allegation

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 20:47

NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Sheen is suing the National Enquirer, saying that the magazine defamed him by alleging he sexually assaulted teen actor Corey Haim.

In papers filed Friday in Los Angeles, Sheen called the tabloid’s allegations “ridiculous” and “disgusting.” The Enquirer’s Nov. 8 edition includes a quote from actor Dominick Brascia, saying that Sheen had assaulted Haim when he was in his mid-teens and Sheen around 20. Sheen and Haim, who died in 2010, both appeared in the 1986 release “Lucas.” Brascia told the Enquirer that the assault came during the film’s production.

Sheen is seeking unspecified damages.

The Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., said in a statement Saturday that it looked “forward to litigating” the case and welcomed the chance to expose Sheen’s “depravities.”

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K-9 officer attacks innocent woman

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 20:42

WARNING: This video contains material that some viewers may find disturbing due to the graphic nature of the material. 

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNN) – Police are apologizing after one of their K-9 officers attacked an innocent woman in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The incident was captured by a police body cam in September.

The dog clamped the arm of 52-year-old Desiree Collins and would not let go. The footage shows her in agonizing pain, with police officers trying to help her.

They eventually managed to pull her away from the dog, but not before she suffered bite injuries. Police later said the attack was a terrible accident that should have never happened.

One officer was suspended for a day after the incident.

Collins was attacked while taking garbage out near her home, just as police were waiting to catch burglary suspects.

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Kansas amputee, Paralympic athlete inspires other amputees to overcome obstacles

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 19:32

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita kids who have had a leg or arm amputated got the opportunity to meet a Paralympian who is just like them on Saturday.

Liz Willis is a Paralympic athlete who now spends her time inspiring others to overcome their obstacles. Willis lost the bottom half of her left leg due to a complication during the birth of her son, but she says the loss gave her a new lease on life.

“During those hard times in life when I couldn’t walk and I couldn’t take care of myself or my son, I had to say ‘OK God, I don’t understand why you did this to me but there has to be a greater purpose,'” said Willis.

Willis says she never lost her hope or her mission and Saturday was a chance to make sure others felt the same. Saturday Liz spoke to a Wichita amputee support group about her greater purpose while encouraging them to find their own.

“I was bleeding internally and in order to save my life and my son’s life they ended up having to amputate,” Willis explained to the group.

Willis opened the floor for questions. Some asked about her injury and how she managed to compete in the Olympics, others asked about her family dynamic and how it changed after she lost her leg. But Monty Rush only asked for her presence.

“I went in for surgery,” explained Rush. “They were going to remove an abscess. Check to see why it was not healing and I woke up and my wife told me they had amputated the lower portion on my right leg.”

This came as a shock to Rush and his wife who expected him to be in and out of the hospital within a few hours. Rush explained how losing his leg to a bacterial infection changed his life, adding that support groups like this helps him to overcome some of his biggest obstacles.

“This is inspiring,” said Rush. “Hearing her story has inspired me and coming to something like this; meeting other people that encountered the same problems you’re encountering, it’s important for people to have something like this.”

There were also children with amputations at this event who were able to interact in physical activities with Paralympian Liz Willis. Rush says he hopes that he continues to see more events like this for amputee survivors.

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Kansas woman dies after being badly burned at home

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 17:47

NETAWAKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A Jackson County woman has died after being badly burned at her home.

Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse said his office received the 911 call at 7:43 a.m. Friday from 622 Commercial Street in Netawaka.

Morse said Catherine A. Duncan, 75, of Netawaka, apparently caught fire from a cooking stove where the open flames ignited her clothing. Morse said the stove was being used to heat the residence.

Duncan was airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead around 9:25 Friday night.

The structure was not damaged according to the sheriff’s office.

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Laura’s Look: Keeps getting better!

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 17:29

The warming trend continues this weekend! We’ll finish out the weekend on a delightful note.

Clear and cold tonight with temperatures in the 20s by morning. It’ll stay brisk in western Kansas with chilly northwest winds.

Kansas Tonight

A superb Sunday with sunny skies and highs in the 60s across the board! This is well above normal for this time of year. Winds will be breezy at times from the northwest.

Kansas Tomorrow

It does look like the warm weather will last though. We have another temperature tumble on the way this week.

Next 3 Days

This week features a lot of day-to-day changes. Warm one day, cold the next. Make sure to check in with us on KSN News at 6 and 10, I’ll have your forecast to show you if we can squeeze out any moisture with all these changes. Have a great Saturday, all!  – Laura Bannon

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Garbage truck hits, kills 8-year-old boy in KCMO

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 16:32

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSHB) – Police said an 8-year-old boy died after he was hit by a garbage truck Friday afternoon.

Neighbors and family are mourning the death of Dra’Viontay Baker.

Around 3:30 p.m., Dra’Viontay and his friend were playing with a red wagon when the driver of a Town and Country garbage truck struck the young boy in front of his grandparents’ home at E. 100th Street and Drury Ave.

“My heart goes out to all their family. I’m saddened by it I really am,” Monica Thomas, a neighbor, said.

The impact sent the boy underneath the truck. Paramedics took him to the hospital where he died.

“He’d just ride his bike up and down the street. [Dra’Viontay] was full of joy. He always had a smile on his face,” Shemar Chatmon, a friend, told 41 Action News.

Dra’Viontay’s friend is expected to survive.

“We’re like basically big brothers to [Dra’Viontay], playing basketball with him, keeping him out of trouble and stuff,” Zyair Taylor, another friend, said.

The boys are well known to many on this block.

“They was never in any you know dangerous where they just played in the street and a car came and they didn’t get out of the way. It was never like that,” Thomas said.

The boy’s father told 41 Action News Dra’Viontay is the oldest of six children. Dra’Viontay is his mother’s only child.

Police spent several hours reconstructing the scene and examining the entire truck including its brakes.

Clarence Hickman, who’s lived on the block for 45 years, told 41 Action News the street doesn’t see any traffic issues.

“We have some very safe drivers that come around and pick up our trash, and I’m sure he’s devastated about what happened,” Hickman said.

Investigators said the driver was not under the influence before striking Dra’Viontay.

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Rock Chalk, flooded? Water main breaks at Allen Fieldhouse

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 16:11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSHB) – Just two days before fans wave the wheat in a big matchup for second ranked KU, a water main broke Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

According to Athletic Department spokesman James Marchiony, the break occurred on the third floor. Water got on the concourses on the south end of all three levels of the building

Marchiony said the water did not reach the court at the 62-year-old facility.

Crews worked Friday night to resolve the issue and clean up the mess.

The water main break will not impact Sunday’s game against 16th ranked Arizona State. The game will tip-off at 1:00 pm.

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Push to amend Kansas Constitution on schools appears futile

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 15:33

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Supreme Court’s latest order to legislators to boost spending on public schools has Republicans talking again about amending the state constitution to curb the courts’ power.

Moves to amend the constitution have become nearly automatic for conservative Republicans over the past dozen years as the state has lost school funding lawsuits.

The proposals have failed to attract the two-thirds majorities in the GOP-controlled Legislature to get on the ballot for a statewide vote.

So this effort doesn’t look to be any different.

Democrats are all but certain to vote together against any proposed amendment.

Conservative Republicans need the votes of GOP moderates to get the two-thirds majorities to put a proposal on the ballot.

And GOP moderates say they are skeptical of proposed amendments.

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KU paid $395,000 to 2 women to settle Title IX lawsuit

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 15:30

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – The University of Kansas paid out a total of $395,000 to settle lawsuits by two former rowers who said the school didn’t respond properly to their reports of being sexually assaulted on campus.

The Kansas City Star reports that the university admits no liability in agreeing to pay former rower Daisy Tackett $245,000 and former rower Sarah McClure $150,000.

Tackett reported a Kansas football player raped her in 2014 and McClure alleged she was assaulted by the same man a year later. The women claimed the school violated Title IX because officials should have anticipated a heightened risk of sexual assaults at the apartments where football players live.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify victims of alleged sexual assault, but Tackett and McClure have said they want their names used.

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Trump hails civil rights heroes; protesters pan his record

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 15:22

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions among Americans about his commitment to that legacy.

As Trump gazed at an exhibit on Freedom Riders at the new Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, demonstrators near the site held up signs that said “Make America Civil Again” and “Lock Him Up.” Some shouted “No Trump, no hate, no KKK in the USA.”

Trump spent about 30 minutes at the museums, gave a 10-minute speech to select guests inside and then flew back to his Florida estate, skipping the public schedule of the dedication ceremony held outside on a chilly day. He spent more time getting to Jackson than he did on the ground.

Trump’s remarks steered clear of addressing the anger that his participation had sparked leading up to the dedication. In a deliberate voice and rarely diverting from his prepared words, the president sought to honor the famous and the anonymous for their efforts on behalf of freedom for all.

“The civil rights museum records the oppression, cruelty and injustice inflicted on the African-American community, the fight to bring down Jim Crow and end segregation, to gain the right to vote and to achieve the sacred birthright of equality. And it’s big stuff. That’s big stuff,” he said.

“Those are very big phrases, very big words. Here we memorialize the brave men and women who struggled to sacrifice and sacrifice so much so that others might live in freedom,” he said.

The national president of the NAACP and the mayor of Mississippi’s capital city said they kept their distance from Trump because of his “pompous disregard” for the values embodied by the civil rights movement.

Derrick Johnson, head of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, and Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said at a news conference that they looked forward to a “grander opening” of the museum that they can attend.

Johnson, a Mississippian, charged that Trump opposes labor rights, education, health care and voting rights for all Americans.

“We will never cede the stage to an individual who will fight against us,” Johnson said. “We will not allow the history of those who sacrificed to be tarnished for political expediency.”

Johnson and Lumumba spoke to about 100 supporters, including some who participated in the civil rights demonstrations of the 1960s, at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center. Once the first public school built for African-Americans in Jackson, it’s now a museum to black history and culture.

Lumumba called Trump to task for “his pompous disregard for all of those factors that will not enable us to stand with him today.”

The state’s attorney general, Jim Hood, criticized Republican Gov. Phil Bryant for inviting Trump. “It threw cold water in the face of people who fought the battles for civil rights,” Hood said.

Bryant, who introduced Trump, spoke of “the emotion that comes over you in waves as you see the past, the struggle, the conflict. I’m so very proud today that the president of the United States was here to see and witness it.”

Trump reflected on the past and hoped for a bright future, drawing on the achievements of civil rights veterans:

“Today we strive to be worthy of their sacrifice. We pray for inspiration from their example. We want our country to be a place where every child from every background can grow up free from fear, innocent of hatred and surrounded by love, opportunity and hope. Today we pay solemn tribute to our heroes of the past and dedicate ourselves to building a future of freedom, equality, justice and peace.”

He called the museums “labors of love — love for Mississippi, love for your nation, love for God-given dignity written into every human soul. These buildings embody the hope that has lived in the hearts of every American for generations, the hope in a future that is more just and more free.”

Singled out by the president was Medgar Evers, the Mississippi NAACP leader who was shot to death outside his home in 1963. His widow, Myrlie, was in the audience for Trump’s speech and drew a standing ovation when he acknowledged her.

Trump said Medgar Evers “knew it was long past time for his nation to fulfill its founding promise to treat every citizen as an equal child of God.” Evers, Trump said, now rests in Arlington National Cemetery “beside men and women of all races, backgrounds and walks of life who’ve served and sacrificed for our country. Their headstones do not mark the color of their skin but immortalize the courage of their deeds.”

Myrlie Evers did not mention Trump in her remarks a short time later at the public ceremony outside the museum. “Regardless of race, creed or color, we are all Americans. … If Mississippi can rise to the occasion, then the rest of the country should be able to do the same thing,” she said.

Among the high-profile figures to stay away was U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a leader of the civil rights movement. Lewis, among the scores of Democratic lawmakers who skipped Trump’s inauguration in January to protest his record on race, said Trump’s presence at the museum opening was an insult.

The White House accused Lewis and others of injecting politics into a moment it said could be used to bring people together.

Trump has been accused of harboring racial animosity, and critics cite his blaming of “both sides” for deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the summer. Trump has also relentlessly criticized NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality largely directed at African-American males.

During the presidential campaign, Trump called for a “complete and total shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S.

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Associated Press writers Jeff Amy and Emily Wagster Pettus contributed to this report.

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Thief steals little girl’s wheelchair

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 14:34

CINCINNATI, Ohio (CNN) – An Ohio woman is pleading with whoever may have stolen her six-year-old daughter’s wheelchair.

The wheelchair was last seen behind a van outside of her home. Hamilton went inside her home for a few moments, came back outside, and it was gone.

“It’s very hurtful and it hurts for her to not go to school because she loves school,” said Casey Hamilton.

For six-year-old Austyn Bloebaum, who has spina bifida, her only way around is on her wheelchair.

“I want my chair back,” said Austyn.

The chair was put outside Thursday morning and as they waited for the school bus inside the chair vanished.

“Everybody on the street know Austyn they know her chair they know her,” said Casey. “Everybody loves her so I was like ‘I don’t understand,’ and then reality it, somebody took her wheelchair.”

Casey can’t believe someone would do this.

“I’m not sure what you thought you were going to get out of it, but you took her legs and her ability to function outside the house away from her and that’s not fair,” said Casey.

The chair is an $8,500 custom wheelchair. And Casey says not having it is putting her daughter’s life on pause.

“She cannot walk, so the wheelchair gives her the ability to function outside of the house,” said Casey.

Now, Casey is hoping someone will come forward with information on where her daughter’s wheelchair might be.

“If you stole it like I’ve been praying for you because that’s really really low,” said Casey. “Like clearly you need some help.”

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Trump trying to help push Moore across Alabama finish line

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 13:21

PENSACOLA, Florida (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to push embattled GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore across the finish line in Tuesday’s election in Alabama by contending the Democratic nominee would oppose “what we must do” for the nation.

Trump, in a tweet early Saturday, hours after boosting Moore’s campaign during a Florida rally, framed the race as a referendum on his efforts to reshape the country and said Democrat Doug Jones would work in lockstep with his party’s leaders on Capitol Hill to oppose the Trump agenda.

With Moore denying allegations of sexual misconduct that have arisen late in the campaign, Trump basked in what he called “a big contingent of very enthusiastic Roy Moore fans” at the Friday night event in Pensacola, the Florida Panhandle city near the state line with Alabama.

In a rally cry to Alabama voters, the president tweeted that “we can’t have” a liberal in the mold of Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holding the seat in a Senate where the GOP hold a slim 52-48 edge.

“Need your vote to Make America Great Again! Jones will always vote against what we must do for our Country,” Trump wrote.

At the campaign-style event in Pensacola, Trump claimed Jones was the Democratic leaders’ “total puppet and everybody knows it.”

Trump’s wide-ranging speech also touched on the immigration system and the nation’s economic performance since he took office. As Trump spoke about Moore, the Republican candidate tweeted Trump’s comments to his own followers.

Trump also taunted Beverly Nelson, one of Moore’s accusers, who had presented a yearbook inscription by Moore as a key piece of evidence that the candidate knew his accuser. Nelson said Friday she had added a notation marking the date and place where it was signed.

“Did you see what happened today? You know, the yearbook? Did you see that? There was a little mistake made,” Trump said, shifting to singsong. “She started writing things in the yearbook.”

Moore, who is 70, is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including accusations that he molested two teenage girls and pursued romantic relationships with several others while in his 30s. Moore has denied the allegations.

During the rally, Trump also crowed about stock market gains and other upbeat economic indicators. He said he was confident he’d win re-election in 2020, despite his dismal approval rating.

The White House said the rally was a campaign event for Trump. But the location — so close to Alabama and feeding its television markets — stoked speculation that it was a backdoor way for the president to boost Moore’s campaign without actually setting foot in the state.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said the president and White House have made clear that the Moore allegations are “troubling and concerning” and “should be taken seriously.” He also noted that Moore has maintained his innocence, and said that should be considered as well.

“Ultimately his endorsement is about the issues,” Shah said.

Trump, who overcame allegations of sexual misconduct to win last year’s presidential election, looked past the charges against Moore and formally endorsed the former Alabama judge this past week for the seat once held by Jeff Sessions, now U.S. attorney general.

Friday’s campaign rally was Trump’s first since September, when he went to Alabama to campaign for Sen. Luther Strange, who lost the GOP runoff election to Moore.

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Associated Press writer Jill Colvin in Washington contributed to this report.

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Police arrest man in fatal shooting Saturday

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 11:18

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A suspect is behind bars in connection to a shooting that left one man dead and another injured.

Police tell us it started around 12:45 a.m. Saturday, after they found a 31-year-old man who had been shot in the leg in the area of Pawnee and Cardington.

The victim directed officers to a home in the 2200 block of South Parkridge and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

When officers arrived, they say a 21-year-old man came out of the home holding a gun. The suspect was arrested without incident.

After the arrest, police tell us they went into the home and found a 44-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers also found a 38-year-old woman inside, unharmed.

The 21 year old was arrested on suspicion of first degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Although WPD has not released the name of the suspect, they say this is not a random act.

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Western’s Weather Wrap: Turning Milder Again

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 06:16

Yet another cold start this morning with a slight breeze making it feel like it’s in the teens and 20s – bundle up before you head out!

But, temperatures will warm fairly nicely again today, with highs around 50, dry conditions, lots of sunshine, and breezy northwest winds at 10-20 mph.

There isn’t a single chance for rain or snow or anything on the horizon… We’ll just keep with up-and-down temperatures, though staying above normal, with weak cold fronts passing throughout the week. The main concern with these dry conditions will be the elevated fire danger that continues each day, so please be cautious.

I’ll have more on your weekend forecast all morning on KSN! Or you can watch the latest weather video right here: http://ksn.com/2017/03/08/weather-forecast-discussion/

~Katie the Weather Lady

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