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Leon’s Breakfast Blog: Still Pretty Chilly

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 07:09

We are off to another very cold start in Central Kansas along with Wichita! Temps will be in the teens most of the morning and windchills will feel like it’s in the single digits! Bundle up well cause it’s a cold start and even with sun this morning we don’t warm up much. I think we will start to pick up a little cloud cover this afternoon that begins to clear again by late this afternoon… It will be warmer today but please keep in mind that yesterday we were only able to reach 33 degrees in Wichita, so even though today is more than 10 degrees warmer it’s still going to feel pretty chilly!!

The coldest temps will remain in the Eastern half of the state… Notice that Western Kansas will warm up pretty nicely compared to Wichita… But take a look at the winds you’ll be dealing with out west!!

We continue to slowly warm up as we head into the weekend… Sunday looks like the very best day of the whole week… Then next week we will have a series of these fast moving Alberta Clipper systems that bring quick punches of cold air into the plains,,, Unfortunately this forecast continues to look very very dry!!

 

 

Traveling today? It’s a clear and cold start but no delays out of ICT are being reported… Looks like the east coast will be pretty wet today and remember those devastating fires in Southern California will cause a great deal of smoke and haze.

 

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Wichita police officer gets new K-9 partner

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:54

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – An officer who lost his K-9 partner almost nine months ago now has a new four-legged friend to patrol the streets with him.

It was March 18th of this year that Rooster, a K-9 officer with the Wichita Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty.

He was the first, and to date, the only K-9 officer to be killed in WPD’s history.

This afternoon, Rooster’s former handler, Officer Daniel Gumm came to the Rooster K-9 Dog Park for the first time, since it was renamed following his death.

“This is only time I’ve been really ever, I’ve never been up here,” said Ofc. Gumm.

Ofc. Gumm says he has fond memories of his time spent with his old K-9 partner.

“I had him for about four years and we did a lot of stuff together,” said Ofc. Gumm.

Ofc Gumm says after the memorial service for rooster at the end of March, he traveled to Indiana to pick out his new K-9 partner at Vonch Liche Kennels.

He says a lot of things went into the selection process.

“There’s 14 tests that we have through our program that are pre-determined tests,” said Ofc. Gumm.

Ofc. Gumm says he ultimately settled on a two-year old Belgian Malinois, named Bane.

“We test for drug detection and what we call patrol work, apprehension side of work and he scored the best out of the, I think, 14 dogs that we looked at,” said Ofc. Gumm.

Ofc Gumm says K-9’s normally go through about 10 weeks of training to get ready to go out on the streets.

However, he says Bane was a fast learner, finishing a week ahead of schedule.

He says Bane learned plenty of things to help him be prepared.

“Drug detection, evidence, tracking, building searches, area searches,” said Ofc. Gumm.

Ofc Gumm says he and Bane have been working the streets together now since June.

He says Bane and Rooster are similar in that they are hard workers, but are totally different personality wise.

“Rooster was all work, all he knew was get up and go to work, he’d be disappointed if you came out not in uniform to let him out for a day, this guy is just happy to be alive and out bouncing around, he’s kind of a clown,” said Ofc. Gumm.

However, it’s that family bond that makes the relationship between this handler and K-9 so special.

“He’s got big shoes to fill, but yeah, he’s getting there,” said Ofc. Gumm.

While Bane did finish up training in June, Ofc. Gumm says he continues to train with Bane once a week.

The purpose being to replicate as much of what they would see out on the streets, to make sure bane is ready and prepared for any situation.

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Via Christi nurses help with hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:04

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – You can call them a “dynamic duo” in Kansas and beyond.

Rick and Georgia Stubby are both nurses at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis. They just recently returned from Puerto Rico where they helped with medical assistance.

The Stubby’s said they’re part of the national disaster medical system and worked alongside others in remote hospitals.

They did their typical nurse work, just in a very different environment.

The Stubby’s have returned to their typical halls at St. Francis, but say they’d travel to San Juan and Manati all over again to help.

“It has been a tough time for them, they…most of them are still without power… they have very limited resources,” said Rick Stubby, Via Christi Hospital St. Francis nurse.

“She didn’t have any water, so she was catching rain water to flush the toilets with,” said Georgia Stubby, Via Christi Hospital St. Francis nurse.

Since Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, hospitals are also backlogged because of closed doctor offices. At times Rick and Georgia helped 100 people a day at remote hospitals to take pressure off local resources. It was a service they wanted to do together.

“He’s a good nurse and so we make a good team i don’t think i would’ve wanted to go without him,” said Georgia.

The relief effort. is far from over.

But what shocked the Stubby’s the most about Puerto Rico wasn’t the disaster’s aftermath, but people’s acceptance of what happened and how to move forward.

“It was just surreal that they could all be playing with the kites and trying to make life as normal as they could,” said Georgia.

People hugged and thanked them for their help, and were extremely grateful they were there.

“They don’t take it for granted, and I think they would do the same for us,” said Rick.

The couple said their supervisor was great about their time away from Kansas, and coworkers have been asking them questions about their experience.

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Long anticipated Goddard entertainment district back on track to open

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 23:11

GODDARD, Kan. (KSNW) – The City of Goddard’s highly anticipated entertainment district is one step closer to becoming a reality.

On Monday, the city council approved an amended development agreement transferring master development rights from Goddard Destination Development to S&O Investments, Inc. of Garden City to move forward with its STAR Bond District.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to improve the quality of life for our residents, but also for west Sedgwick county and Wichita as well,” said Goddard City Administrator Brian Silcott.

The district has been in the works since April of 2014 when the development agreement for the district was adopted. The City of Goddard held a groundbreaking ceremony in January of 2016, however some financial issues put the project on hold.

“They were unable to secure funding within the time allotted of the development agreement and S&O incorporated out of Garden City, Kansas was sought,” Silcott said.

Silcott said the new agreement keeps many of the original district plans in place, but some of the project will be scaled down.

“We will be able to create a synergy with this development that also includes 15 retail-out parcels and a future pedestrian mall development that would be an anchor point of growth of west Wichita and the Goddard community,” he said.

The new development includes a 100-room luxury hotel, an indoor aquatic center consisting of an 8 lane 25 meter competition pool with spectator seating for 600 plus, an indoor water park with slides, four competition baseball and softball fields, 15 retail shops and an Old Chicago.

“We want to create a venue where people can participate in their events whether that be swimming, baseball, softball, where they can shop and where they can stay and where they can eat,” Silcott said.

Silcott said the development should bring in visitors and money to the Goddard community, making the city’s overall economy even healthier.

The city expects to break ground on the district in the spring of 2018. Officials said they plan to have phase one of the $30 million project completed no later than 2020.

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Newton PD educates parents, kids after close call with ‘toy’ gun

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 22:11

NEWTON, Kan. (KSNW) – The Newton Police Department released a video Thursday sending a message to parents and children to treat toy or air soft guns like the real thing.

According to the department, they encountered a close call involving a 13-year-old boy and his “toy” gun. Officers were sent to a disturbance call when someone reported the boy was holding what was believed to be a rifle.

Thankfully the boy’s mother called and notified them that her son was holding a “toy” gun and the situation was resolved without incident.

In the video, the department placed a real rifle and the “toy” rifle side-by-side and simply asked, “Which is the real gun? Are you willing to bet your life on it?”

The video went on to urge parents to have a conversation with their kids and noted that working together can help prevent tragedies.

Watch the entire video below.

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Commissioner says Sedgwick Co. won’t meet Tyson’s “list of demands”

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:13

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) For months, it’s been the talk of economic development in Kansas, a new 320 million dollar Tyson plant.

After dozens of communities made pitches to Tyson, it came down to three, Cloud County, Montgomery County and Sedgwick County.

Now one of the first counties to express public interest is pulling back.

“It is more just what are the political realities in Sedgwick County and the Wichita region today, and let’s celebrate the huge win we had yesterday with Spirit Aerosystems,” says Sedgwick County Commissoner Micahel O’Donnell.

The talk of the town Wednesday was Spirit Aerosystems after it announced adding 1,000 jobs to Wichita and investing one billion dollars.

O’Donnell says. “You have unanimous support for Spirit, and Tyson was a controversial situation for us.”

O’Donnell says he recognized the large opposition from many communities in Sedgwick County but he says the biggest challenge would have been what Tyson needed from the county.

“At the end of the day I think we just evaluated what our economic development incentives are going to be, where they are going to put them, and Spirit was easy for us to decide,” explains O’Donnell.

He says two companies that size required many of financial incentives, and Spirit was who got them.

But he also says once Tyson narrowed its search down to three communities, he never felt Tyson was being direct about their timeline on making a decision.

“They kept moving the ball. I was joking that it was like Charlie Brown and Lucy and the football kept getting taken away from us,” says O’Donnell.

He says it is not a formal withdrawal but he adds the county won’t offer any incentives to lure them to Sedgwick County.

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Lindsey Vonn: I won’t represent US president at Winter Olympics

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:36

ST MORITZ, Switzerland (WCMH) — American olympic skier Lindsey Vonn is working hard to get ready for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Vonn, 33, says she’s proud to represent the American people, but in a conversation with CNN, she made her feelings clear about President Trump and his administration.

“Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” Vonn said. “I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the Opening Ceremony… I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.”

Vonn was also asked if she would accept an invitation to the White House if she Olympic Gold.

“Absolutely not,” Vonn said. “No. But I have to win to be invited. No actually I think every U.S. team member is invited so no I won’t go.

Vonn’s downhill triumph in the Vancouver Games in 2010 turned her into a global star. According to Forbes, she’s one of the world’s best-paid winter athletes with a net worth of about three million dollars.

Injuries have kept her out of Olympic competition since then.

Several other Winter Olympics competitors have also said publicly that they won’t go to the White House if they win the gold, including free skier Gus Kenworthy and figure skaters Ashley Wagner, Nathan Chen and Adam Rippon.

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Other counties still vying for Tyson

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:32

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – While Sedgwick County is out of the running for a Tyson chicken plant, two Kansas counties are still welcoming the plant with open arms.

KSN reached out to Montgomery County in southeast Kansas and Cloud County, north of Salina today for their reactions to the news that Sedgwick County is no longer a contender for a Tyson plant.

“Nothing really changes with the announcement from Sedgwick County today. We are just going to be working as hard as we have been working to try to entice Tyson to come to Cloud County,” executive director of Cloud Corps, Ashley Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson has argued that Cloud County is a strong fit for a Tyson plant because it is an agricultural community.

Nearly 300 miles to the south of Cloud County, Montgomery County has also vied for Tyson, based on their large skilled workforce, the number of underemployed and unemployed people in the area, and that they have a plant site, utilities and water ready to offer.

“We’re still very excited for this project. Just like the Greater Wichita Partnership, we have worked diligently to gather information and analysis on the project, and we, our elected officials, the city of Coffeyville, we’re all very confident that this is an excellent fit for Montgomery County,” executive director of Montgomery County Action Council, Trisha Purdon said.

But the warm welcome by the counties, may not matter.

Tyson sent a statement to KSN saying,

“We’re currently moving forward with our new poultry operation in Humboldt, Tennessee, and are working with officials there who’ve been great partners throughout the planning process.

We may one day decide to build an additional plant as demand for our chicken continues to grow, but no decisions have been made. While a number of Kansas communities have expressed interest in a new Tyson poultry operation, we’ve not been actively engaged in planning discussions with any city or county since making our announcement in Tennessee, and are not currently considering any potential property in Kansas. That’s why we believe any speculation, conjecture or government action about a potential Tyson Foods facility in Kansas is premature.”

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Main Street Kansas: Tiny town, big brewery

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:22

BEAVER, Kan. (KSNW) –  Breweries continue to pop up all around the country and even here in Kansas. However, maybe the most unlikely place you would find to sample that unique beer is just two hours northwest from Wichita in a town of just 18 people.

Tucked away in Barton County, you’ll find the quiet town of Beaver.

A majority of people who live and frequent the town work their nine to five job at Beaver Grain. However, it might be the hidden jewel of this small town that has become a destination for many.

It is known as Beaver Brewery at Mo’s Place.

Austin Bell and his friend, Dale Kaiser, bought Mo’s Place a year and a half ago.

“What pulls people, the uniqueness of it, the fact that it is out-of-the-way, people like to get out-of-town and road trip,” said Bell.

Bell says the three thousand square foot building stood as a bar and grill for 40 years, before the previous owners closed it, back in 2014. When Bell and Kaiser stepped in to buy and re-open Mo’s Place, they learned the tricks of the trade, when it came to brewing beer.

“I had never brewed beer before, we, I like to say, Dale and I did something really smart, we bought a brewery and then learned how to brew beer, that’s just our style,” said Bell.

Bell says him and Kaiser spend every Tuesday brewing beer in a little, 237 square foot area in the corner of the building. He admits while him and Kaiser are both novices at brewing beer, they are always finding ways to improve their recipes.

“Seven beers on tap, our seasonal right now is the Gun Barrel Java,” said Bell.

While the beer is a main draw for some people, it’s also the food that brings many people in

“There is not too many other places that brew beer and you can get a good burger and people want to come out here to see us,” said Kaiser.

Bell says while they have their regular customers, it isn’t uncommon to see people come in from near and far.

“A lot of Wichita, Hutchinson, of course we are not terribly far from I-70, so people will come in from Russell and Hays, and even Victoria,” said Bell.

Jen Davison came to eat at Mo’s Place with her husband and daughter. She says they frequently make the drive from Russell to enjoy the atmosphere this staple of Beaver has to offer.

“You can come in, you are welcomed no matter what, somebody greets you at the door, just the friendliness,” said Davison.

Becky Hite has lived in Beaver for over a decade. She says she comes to Mo’s Place every weekend.

“It’s like our own little Cheers, everybody knows our name,” said Hite.

Bell says on average, they get about 150 to 200 people who come in on a daily basis. He hopes to expand the brewery and perhaps brew more beer.

Bell says his ultimate goal is being to make Beaver Brewery a household name in Kansas.

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CDC: Farming has highest suicide rate of any profession

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 18:16

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) — Farming is a major industry in western Kansas, but a study by the CDC found that farming, fishing, and forestry workers have the highest rates of suicide compared to other professions.

“A lot of what happens with it depends on markets, climate, things that are definitely out of the farmer’s control,” said Megan Garcia with Compass Behavioral Health. “So if there’s a bad year, people can start to feel pretty hopeless.”

Garcia says there are warning signs to watch out for.

“If you hear somebody talking about that they feel like a burden or that they feel trapped and there’s nothing that they can do,” she said, “or that they have no reason to live, those are things to start to pay attention to. If there’s abrupt changes in mood, or if they start sleeping more, sleeping less, or start to drink more alcohol, those are all warning signs to start to watch out for.”

She says if you notice these signs, it’s important to speak up.

“Don’t be afraid to ask somebody if they’re having suicidal thoughts. Also, it’s never a bad idea to reach out to a professional and to involve your local mental health center or private practitioners that you know.”

While farming communities generally have fewer healthcare options than cities, rural communities still have resources available.

“We actually have 13 counties that we cover within Compass,” said Garcia, “and that includes four regional offices and several satellite clinics, so we are all over southwest Kansas.”

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Nancy Shoemaker kidnapper denied parole, will be eligible again in 2019

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:45

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The man convicted of kidnapping and being an accomplice in the murder of 9-year-old Nancy Shoemaker 27 years ago had a parole hearing in November.

Today, Todd Fertig with the KDOC, announced Donald Wacker was denied parole.

The parole board passed on Donald Wacker because of the serious nature of the crime and because he denies any responsibility.

Wacker will be eligible for parole again in December of 2019.

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Tyson releases statement saying the company ‘is not currently considering potential property in Kansas’

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:38

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Tyson officials said Thursday “they have not been actively engaged in planning discussions with any city or county” since making an earlier announcement of their new poultry operation in Humboldt, Tennessee.

The following statement was released to the media Thursday afternoon:

We’re currently moving forward with our new poultry operation in Humboldt, Tennessee, and are working with officials there who’ve been great partners throughout the planning process.     We may one day decide to build an additional plant as demand for our chicken continues to grow, but no decisions have been made. While a number of Kansas communities have expressed interest in a new Tyson poultry operation, we’ve not been actively engaged in planning discussions with any city or county since making our announcement in Tennessee, and are not currently considering any potential property in Kansas. That’s why we believe any speculation, conjecture or government action about a potential Tyson Foods facility in Kansas is premature.

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Teachman’s Take: Raw Winds Warm Soon

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:34

Today looks gorgeous, but it sure doesn’t feel like it.  This morning at Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita, we bottomed out at 18°.  This was the coldest morning since February 25.

Wind chills are still rather raw this afternoon — even with plenty of sunshine.

Temperatures will drop after dark into the teens and lower 20s.  Looks like Wichita will be bitter in the upper teens.

As winds move in from the northwest on Friday, this will actually start the warming process that will linger into the weekend.  Soon, temps will be back into the 50s and even the 60s!  Join me tonight on KSN News for a look at your weekend forecast.  I’ll help you pick out the best day for taking the pups outside for a long walk. – Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman

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House passes stopgap spending bill to avert weekend shutdown

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 16:27

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill.

The measure passed mostly along party lines, 235-193, and would keep the government running through Dec. 22. The Senate began a vote to send the measure to President Donald Trump.

The vote came as Trump and top congressional leaders in both parties huddled to discuss a range of unfinished bipartisan business on Capitol Hill, including the budget, a key children’s health program and aid to hurricane-slammed Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida — and, for Democrats and many Republicans, protections for immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

In back-to-back statements, both sides declared the meeting “productive.”

“We had a productive conversation on a wide variety of issues. Nothing specific has been agreed to, but discussions continue,” said Capitol Hill’s top Democrats, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, ticking off a roster of Democratic priorities, including domestic spending increases, funding for veterans and money to battle opioid abuse, immigration and health care.

GOP leaders promised help for immigrants known as Dreamers by their supporters, many of whom have only known America as their home.

Spokesmen for House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said GOP leaders “stressed the need to address border security, interior enforcement and other parts of our broken immigration system,” adding that the tricky immigration issue “should be a separate process and not used to hold hostage funding for our men and women in uniform.”

Negotiations are sure to be tricky. Pelosi staked out a hard line Thursday and insisted that any year-end deal solve the immigration issue.

The immigrants are viewed sympathetically by the public and most lawmakers but face deportation in a few months because Trump reversed administrative protections provided to them by former President Barack Obama.

Pelosi told reporters before the meeting that “We will not leave here” without helping the immigrants. Her stance was noteworthy because GOP leaders are likely to require Democratic votes for the pre-Christmas spending bill.

Pelosi returned from the White House to oppose Thursday’s stopgap bill. Fourteen Democrats supported the measure, however, while 18 Republicans were opposed.

Among Republicans, the conservative House Freedom Caucus had resisted the pending stopgap measure earlier in the week, fearing it would lead to a bad deal for conservatives down the road. But on Thursday, the group’s chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said the group will likely give leaders whatever support they need to pass the legislation.

Meadows said they’ll help it pass to avoid distractions from the GOP drive to push their treasured $1.5 trillion tax bill through Congress this month. That measure, which mostly benefits businesses and upper-income people, is Trump’s and the GOP’s top remaining priority and would be their first major legislative triumph of the year.

But hours before Trump was to bargain with congressional leaders at the White House over longer-term spending decisions, Meadows said the conservatives would oppose any agreement they feel allows excessive federal spending.

“I want to avoid a headline that says President Trump’s administration just passes the highest spending levels in U.S. history,” Meadows told two reporters. “There will be zero support on numbers that are too high, regardless of anybody’s position on that.”

He also said Ryan promised he’d fight in coming weeks to pass a full-year budget for the military and leave fights with Democrats over domestic spending for later. It is unclear how that strategy would work, since Republicans control the Senate 52-48 and will need at least eight Democratic votes to pass any spending legislation.

The prospects for successful White House talks were buffeted Wednesday when the impulsive Trump blurted to reporters that a shutdown “could happen.” He blamed Democrats, saying they want “illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime.”

Last week, an unexpected attack by Trump on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Pelosi prompted the two to skip a bargaining session that was planned then.

This time, the White House smoothed the waters by following up with a more peaceable, written statement. It praised Pelosi and Schumer for choosing to “put their responsibility to the American people above partisanship” and said Trump was anticipating productive talks between “leaders who put their differences aside.”

The two-week spending bill also makes money available to several states that are running out of funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. That widely popular program provides medical care to more than 8 million children.

While many Democrats seemed likely to oppose the short-term bill, enough were expected to support it in the Senate to allow its passage there. They know they’d still have leverage on subsequent bills needed to keep the government running.

Democrats promise to us their leverage to insist on spending boosts for health care, infrastructure and other domestic programs that would match increases Republicans want for defense.

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Associated Press writer Ken Thomas contributed to this report.

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Stafford schools close for firearm search

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:56

STAFFORD, Kan. (KSNW) — Stafford Schools, USD 349, has closed school to search for a reported firearm in the school.

The Stafford Police Department announced on Facebook that they would have more information later but that this was not an active shooter situation. They say a firearm was reported in the school.

According to police, backpacks were searched and school was dismissed to allow a “thorough and complete building search.”

Several agencies are responding with staff and K-9 units to search the school.

KSN will have more on this as information becomes available.

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White ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for fatal shooting

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:59

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Attorneys for ex-North Charleston Officer Michael Slager said he shot 50-year-old Walter Scott in self-defense after the two fought and Scott grabbed Slager’s stun gun. They said race didn’t play a role in the shooting and Slager never had any “racial animus” toward minorities.

Still, Slager pleaded guilty in federal court to violating Scott’s civil rights. As part of the plea agreement reached in May, prosecutors dropped state murder charges. A year ago, a state judge declared a mistrial when jurors deadlocked in that case.

“This is a tragedy that shouldn’t have happened,” U.S. District Judge David Norton said.

A bystander recorded the shooting on a cellphone, and it was shared around the world, setting off protests across the U.S. as demonstrators said it was another egregious example of police officers mistreating African-Americans.

Slager fired at Scott’s back from 17 feet (5 meters) away. Five of eight bullets hit him.

The video was seized on by many as vivid proof of what they had been arguing for years: that white officers too often use deadly force unnecessarily against black people.

When the jury failed to reach a verdict in the state murder case, many black people and others were shocked and distressed, because the video seemed to some to be an open-and-shut case. Some despaired of ever seeing justice.

Scott’s family testified before the sentence was handed down and said they had forgiven Slager.

“I’m not angry at you, Michael. Michael, I forgive you, and Michael, I do pray for you now and for your family, because we’ve gone through a traumatic time,” said Scott’s brother Anthony.

The shooting angered local African-Americans who complained for years that North Charleston police harassed blacks, pulling them over or questioning them unnecessarily as they cracked down on crime. But after the shooting, the Scott family successfully pleaded for calm, asking everyone to let the justice system run its course.

Two months after the shooting, a young white man killed nine black church members in a racially motivated attacked during a Bible study in Charleston. The family members of those victims struck a similar forgiveness tone after that attack.

Before the sentence was handed down, the judge had to decide whether the shooting amounted to second-degree murder or manslaughter. Norton found that it was murder.

“No matter what sentence I give, neither the Scott family nor the Slager family is going to think that it’s right,” the judge said.

After the shooting, Slager picked up his stun gun and placed it next to Scott. Slager contends he was securing the weapon. Prosecutors think he put it there to bolster his self-defense story.

An emotional Slager told the Scott family that he was grateful for their forgiveness.

“This tragic event that occurred in seconds has changed the lives of everyone involved,” he said. “With my actions that day, Walter Scott is no longer with his family, and I am responsible for that.”

The judge also found that Slager, 36, obstructed justice when he made statements to state police after the shooting.

A pre-sentencing report for Slager found that he committed manslaughter and recommended 10 to nearly 13 years in prison. But the judge was not bound by that review.

If Slager had faced another state trial and been convicted of murder, he could have been sentenced to anywhere from 30 years to life in prison.

Convictions in police officer shootings are uncommon in the U.S. and prison time is even rarer.

South Carolina has been aggressive in charging white officers who shoot unarmed black people. Four have pleaded guilty in state or federal court in the past six years. But only Slager and former state trooper Sean Groubert, who shot a man as he tried to get his wallet during a seat belt violation check, will have been sent to prison. Groubert was sentenced to five years behind bars.

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Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP . Read her work at https://apnews.com/search/meg%20kinnard .

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Western’s Weather Wrap: Bitterly Cold Today

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:37

It looks beautiful on our SkyView in Downtown Wichita right now with perfectly blue skies!

But don’t let that sunshine fool you… It is VERY cold outside with wind chills still in the teens!

And you’ll need to bundle up at any point that you’re headed out today, because we will barely climb above freezing, with breezy northwest winds keeping our wind chill in the 20s.

Our latest drought monitor that was just updated today shows continued worsening conditions across the state, and unfortunately we don’t see any good chances for moisture in the near future…

I’ll have more on all of this, plus a look ahead to your milder weekend forecast, all coming up on KSN News at Noon! Or you can catch the latest forecast right here: http://ksn.com/2017/03/08/weather-forecast-discussion/

~Katie the Weather Lady

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Sedgwick County out of running for Tyson chicken plant

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:35

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Greater Wichita Partnership on Thursday announced that there is not support in Sedgwick County for incentives and that the county has taken itself out of the running, confirming what District 4 Commissioner Richard Ranzau told KSN-TV Wednesday.

The group issued the following statement Thursday morning:

Through preliminary research and discussions with key partners, it has become clear there is not support in Sedgwick County for incentives for this project at this time. Given this information we thought it was best for the project team to let state partners know that Sedgwick County would likely not be competitive for this particular project.

“The Partnership has done excellent work gathering information and analyzing this potential project,” said Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell. “However, the marketplace for new jobs especially at this level is very competitive and no community has unlimited resources. That means every community has to make decisions on when and where in the marketplace to compete. Sedgwick County has communicated to our state partners that this is one of those times when we need to focus our energy and resources on other economic development opportunities. We wish Tyson, the State of Kansas and especially all other communities who compete for this project the best. Tyson Foods already has many jobs and sites throughout Kansas and those communities greatly value the company’s investment and commitment. We believe this will be another one of those opportunities for a Kansas county.”

Part of the Partnership’s role is to conduct analysis of and discussions of all potential projects. When it comes to public investment in any of those potential projects, we respect that it’s the role of elected officials to determine when and if public investments are made. The positive news is that our staff is working on multiple projects in a variety of industries, and we are seeing increased interest in the opportunities available within our region. Agriculture continues to be an important industry cluster within our region and is an integral part of our community’s Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth (BREG) plan. It’s also important to note that local governments do not provide investments or incentives for all projects. We will continue to compete as aggressively as possible for economic development opportunities for this area and will work with our state and local partners to grow our region.

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Sheriff: 3 dead in New Mexico school shooting

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:20

AZTEC, N.M. (KRQE / AP) – Authorities say three people are dead following a shooting at a New Mexico high school.

San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen told reporters that three people believed to be students died Thursday at Aztec High School. He says the shooter also was dead but didn’t say if the suspect was among the three.

Authorities said they had cleared all the buildings at the school and that students were boarding buses to another location where they could be reunited with their parents.

Deputies with the sheriff’s office and surrounding police departments responded to the school after reports of a shooting. Federal agents and state police are investigating.

The school is in the Four Corners region and is near the Navajo Nation.

Bloomfield and Farmington High Schools are also on preventative lockdown. All students faculty and staff are accounted for.

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Father shoots gunman threatening family in Texas restaurant

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:15

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Police say a father eating with his family at a fast food restaurant in San Antonio fatally shot a robber who threatened his family with a gun.

Police Capt. Michael Starnes told the San Antonio Express-News that the robber died at the scene Wednesday evening.

San Antonio police Sgt. Roy Miller says the gunman threatened the father and restaurant employees and the employees ran out the back of the restaurant. The gunman demanded money and, when the father refused, the gunman turned his weapon toward the man’s family. At that point, the father, who is licensed to carry a firearm, pulled out his own gun and fired.

Starnes says the father isn’t facing charges and that he “really saved the day and protected a lot of people.”

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