Kansas State News http://feed.informer.com/digests/UX1E0LJUMY/feeder Kansas State News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sat, 05 Sep 2020 13:12:04 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Students protest as Utah lawmakers resist changing 'Dixie' https://www.kctv5.com/news/us_world_news/students-protest-as-utah-lawmakers-resist-changing-dixie/article_80727bd1-9891-5d96-b85a-2cd3042769de.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:41ee4362-3a9d-ae7f-5582-0bd239801c8d Thu, 25 Feb 2021 01:50:46 +0000 At a university in southern Utah, the nationwide protests against racial injustice have lent new momentum to change a name that many consider offensive: Dixie State. Kansas Republicans renew efforts to strip Kelly’s emergency powers after COVID response https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article249496360.html Kansas urn:uuid:99ca095b-edab-4fe7-83ef-59c20cc75551 Thu, 25 Feb 2021 01:24:35 +0000 Bills in both chambers of the legislature would limit executive authority in a crisis. Kansas Republicans renew efforts to strip Kelly’s emergency powers after COVID response https://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article249496360.html State urn:uuid:1b5c299c-4291-b74e-a329-2e787afdcc50 Thu, 25 Feb 2021 01:24:35 +0000 Bills in both chambers of the legislature would limit executive authority in a crisis. Man killed in Sunday night KCK crash found Wednesday https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/man-killed-in-sunday-night-kck-crash-found-wednesday Local News urn:uuid:162a8172-a41d-9a49-8d72-c18d4dbd601f Thu, 25 Feb 2021 01:10:55 +0000 A man who died in a Sunday night car crash was found in his car Wednesday morning in Kansas City, Kansas. A man who died in a Sunday night car crash was found in his car Wednesday morning in Kansas City, Kansas.KCK police officers responded around 11:40 a.m. to the 6100 of Riverview Avenue to check the report of a vehicle in a creek bed, according to a police department news release.Officers found the vehicle in the creek bed, which is in an area that made it hard for passing motorists to see, the release stated.Investigators determined the crash happened as the vehicle traveled west on Riverview Road.The vehicle ran off the road, hit an embankment and landed in the creek, police said.The victim's name has not been released.Anyone with information about the crash should call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477). First-year Lee's Summit teacher honored with statewide award https://www.kshb.com/news/coronavirus/first-year-lees-summit-teacher-honored-with-statewide-award Local News urn:uuid:c862f476-21d3-93b2-81bf-d70057cfa9f7 Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:55:23 +0000 Parents and students of Lauren Kennedy say she's one of a kind. During one of the most challenging years for teachers, a high school biology teacher in Lee's Summit is excelling. In January, Lauren Kennedy, who teaches at Lee's Summit North High School, learned she is a recipient of the Missouri Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award. "I was ecstatic, I did not expect to get it," Kennedy said. "I was shocked and so surprised."The Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education presents the award, for which nominations are accepted every two years.Her alma mater, Missouri Southern State University, and the Lee's Summit School District nominated Kennedy for her exemplary work during her first year. Kennedy switched her major to education during her sophomore year at MSSU after co-teaching a class of college freshmen. "It has been the best decision I've ever made," Kennedy said. "I love what I do. It doesn't even feel like I work. I love my job."During her first year, she's had to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic, juggling virtual learning while trying to form relationships with her students. Her hard work doesn't go unnoticed. Students like Matthew Allen want to be in class when she's teaching. "I don't think I've ever had a boring day in her class because she always puts in the extra effort to make class worth going to," Allen said. Allen said Kennedy deserves the recognition because she goes the extra mile to support her students. "She's a very caring teacher," Allen said. "If you say something to her then you know she's listening, and if ever you need to reach out to her for anything she's always there."Allen's mom, Vanessa, said she appreciates Kennedy's dedication and positive attitude. "She's been very adaptive to just going with the flow and not being negative about it with the kids," Vanessa said. "She's just been like, 'OK, now we're going to do this.'"Kennedy's students have been through virtual, hybrid and in-person learning during the pandemic. Vanessa said she appreciates Kennedy's effort to engage students and make learning enjoyable. "You need to be in person for biology, but they just can't this year," Vanessa said, "but she's found a way to make it interesting and fun and enlightening and still learn what they need to learn."Kennedy said she's grateful to the Lee's Summit School District and its students for making her first year teaching a memorable one. "I have the best students I could ever have imagined teaching my first year," Kennedy said. "They're amazing."Kennedy will be recognized for her achievement during a virtual ceremony in March. KCPD Trying to Tackle Ongoing Car Sideshows https://www.kctv5.com/news/local_news/kcpd-trying-to-tackle-ongoing-car-sideshows/article_10749af2-7702-11eb-8901-97a0bffc0050.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:a251fce4-40b5-7ea2-aed6-62468562d20a Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:40:00 +0000 Huge smoke clouds were what Darwin Pennye, the Executive Director of the Urban Youth Academy saw last night as they were wrapping up their baseball tournament in honor of the negro leagues. Coming soon: Digital COVID-19 vaccine 'passport' keeps records readily available for travel, events https://www.kshb.com/news/coronavirus/coming-soon-digital-covid-19-vaccine-passport-to-keep-your-records-readily-available-for-travel-events Local News urn:uuid:c851de50-980d-f1f5-6e31-202dd5a9e5ca Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:22:46 +0000 Several corporations, like Cerner, are working on an initiative that would allow you to store your COVID-19 vaccination records on your phone. Many people might be itching to go to that concert or on that big vacation but worry about who's vaccinated against COVID-19 or not. The ticket to all those places you love could be right on your phone.Major corporations, like Cerner in Kansas City, are working on a project that will digitally store your COVID-19 vaccination records, called the Vaccination Credential Initiative."It will be a stimulation for our travel economy for people getting out and about again," said Mark Ebbitts, president of Shelton Travel Service. Ebbitts said it'll be a more convenient way for people to prove they got a COVID vaccine, if they're required to, before they go on a cruise, get on a flight or go overseas."It's got to be big, and it will be big once it comes out," Ebbitts said. "They want to be sure that you're vaccinated. The way they do that now is you have to take a COVID test anywhere from 3-5 days before you go someplace. And the U.S. now requires you have a three-day test before you come back."Your records will be encrypted on a QR code (like a bar code) that is unique to you. Cerner compares it to the Google or Apple wallet feature where you have your credit cards, concert tickets, or airline tickets readily available.If you don't have a smart phone, the QR code can be mailed to you to print out."Embedded in that QR code will actually be the core information about who you are, where you received your vaccine, which version of the vaccine," said Dick Flanigan, senior vice president at Cerner. "And making that available in as modest a form, the smallest amount of information as necessary, to do one thing: to validate you've had a credible vaccine from a credible supplier." Flanigan said Cerner is among companies such as Oracle, Microsoft and not-for-profit companies like Mitre and The Commons Project that are working to build the project's digital infrastructure through state agencies and healthcare providers."I think the concern would be maybe a little bit of privacy knowing that your passport, you medical information is sitting out there on your phone," Ebbitts said. "But those are not as overwhelming as the benefit of getting out and traveling." Flanigan said testing will happen in the spring to show that it's safe and private."I'd say you'll see some great demonstration projects by spring and, hopefully, by mid-summer you'll see this available and in wide use," Flanigan said. — WeSeeYou: Mavericks players donate meals to healthcare workers https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/we-see-you/weseeyou-mavericks-players-donate-meals-to-healthcare-workers Local News urn:uuid:7137d754-2475-07ae-5323-d64b25fca29d Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:09:18 +0000 Mavericks hockey players brought Chik-Fil-A meals to frontline workers at Centerpoint Medical Center. Mavericks hockey players brought Chik-Fil-A meals to frontline workers at Centerpoint Medical Center.Players spent the day off the ice to volunteer and serve healthcare workers. Willie Corrin said those risking their lives to keep others healthy deserve appreciation and recognition for what they do.“We want to give back to the community, especially our first responders here giving vaccinations out and stuff like that,” Corrin said. “It’s great what they’re doing and we’re just here to help them out as much as we can.”Mavericks players will bring more meals to Overland Park Regional Medical Center Thursday.—During the pandemic, 41 Action News wants to spotlight people, organizations and companies helping the community. To share these stories, use #WeSeeYouKSHB on social media. Man found dead in crash site in KCK found three days later https://www.kctv5.com/news/man-found-dead-in-crash-site-in-kck-found-three-days-later/article_91ff554e-76fd-11eb-b82b-4f43b3dbeff8.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:5e8e78a4-dfe9-7055-6091-304f8231daa7 Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:08:00 +0000 One person has died following a crash in KCK that was discovered a few days after it happened. Burglars steal donations and nearly $15,000 in electronics from KCK church https://www.kctv5.com/news/local_news/burglars-steal-donations-and-nearly-15-000-in-electronics-from-kck-church/article_e159e17e-76fb-11eb-97d3-efab05d3f792.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:7e105a38-84d7-50c2-a065-7aa032ae3caa Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:56:00 +0000 KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- When the Food Pantry Team at New Jerusalem Apostolic Church in Kansas City, Kansas walked into the church this week, they were shocked to find it had been ransacked. Never too late: Pandemic propels older shoppers online https://www.kctv5.com/news/us_world_news/never-too-late-pandemic-propels-older-shoppers-online/article_d97cf7dc-ec38-58ae-84c6-b2ce8a42ae3d.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:80ddc35f-bd1a-41e2-2f26-e8f8d9c3e5c7 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:47:53 +0000 In November, Paula Mont did something new: The 86-year-old, who hasn't left her New Jersey senior living community in nearly a year, went shopping — online. Urban League, KCATA partner on racial equity, social justice bus https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/urban-league-kcata-partner-on-racial-equity-social-justice-bus Local News urn:uuid:0db9031b-be1e-297c-31f4-d49c6e927f1a Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:39:32 +0000 The Urban League of Greater Kansas City partnered with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority to roll out a racial equity and social justice bus. The Urban League of Greater Kansas City partnered with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority to roll out a racial equity and social justice bus.The bus commemorates Black History Month and the Urban League’s 100-year civil rights legacy. A team of associates at Barkley designed the bus wrap with bold, positive statements calling for unity, equity and justice."This is a bus about access, about opportunity, about promoting freedom, justice and equality," said Gwen Grant, CEO of the Urban League. "This bus will travel the roadways citywide in Kansas City to send this strong and powerful message about unity and about peace and justice."Grant said she hopes the messages on the bus inspire and motivate people to play an active role in bridging Kansas City’s racial divide. Man exits church after years in sanctuary from deportation https://www.kctv5.com/news/us_world_news/man-exits-church-after-years-in-sanctuary-from-deportation/article_caea75ac-020b-5854-bc16-5ecc2de91bd6.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:28d032dc-5289-3fd8-0984-36094222d3a6 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:35:58 +0000 After 3 1/2 years living inside a Missouri church to avoid deportation, Honduran immigrant Alex Garcia finally stepped outside Wednesday, following a promise from President Joe Biden's administration to let him be. Fresh Market donates $30,000 worth of food to northeast KC groups https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/we-see-you/fresh-market-donates-30-000-worth-of-food-to-northeast-kc-groups Local News urn:uuid:1a9870ec-eff8-f6fb-5f6a-7ae081931e4f Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:31:48 +0000 The owner of Fresh Market donated $30,000 worth of nonperishable foods to two northeast Kansas City organizations. The owner of Fresh Market donated $30,000 worth of nonperishable foods to two northeast Kansas City organizations.The Gathering Table and Healing House received multiple truckloads of food on Wednesday from the grocery store. Subhi Zaben, Fresh Market manager and the owner's son, said he sees the need in his community.“We see a lot of people that are using benefits such as EBT, WIC, you know, different benefits from the government,” Zaben said. “We like to help out as much as we can.”Pastor Ann Rundquist with the Gathering Table Lutheran Church said the church served more than 10,000 meals last year – twice the number served in 2019. She said she knows the need is there, and now the church will be able to better meet that need.“We've wanted to start a pantry, and we didn't have the resources," Rundquist said, "and voila, now we do."This all came together in just a few days. On Monday, Fresh Market's owner called the Northeast Chamber of Commerce wanting to donate food. Chamber leaders called Rundquist, who contacted other agencies to see what they needed.—During the pandemic, 41 Action News wants to spotlight people, organizations and companies helping the community. To share these stories, use #WeSeeYouKSHB on social media. Evergy extends disconnection moratorium through May 2 https://www.kctv5.com/news/local_news/evergy-extends-disconnection-moratorium-through-may-2/article_21922020-76f8-11eb-872e-b3569077b061.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:7acdf5bc-8330-0076-6da6-cbb289fb50ce Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:29:00 +0000 Evergy says they will not disconnect customers' electric service through May 2, which is an extension of a disconnection moratorium that's been in place since before Thanksgiving. CIA nominee pledges to provide 'unvarnished' intelligence https://www.kctv5.com/news/cia-nominee-pledges-to-provide-unvarnished-intelligence/article_0212a4ba-0b23-5d37-b767-4115d6445783.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:567e410e-4c18-66f6-5769-ae868d4109c3 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:27:56 +0000 President Joe Biden's nominee to run the CIA told lawmakers Wednesday that he would keep politics out of the job and deliver “unvarnished” intelligence to politicians and policymakers even if they don't want to hear it. Authorities looking for man after infant is seriously burned by hot bath water https://www.kctv5.com/news/local_news/authorities-looking-for-man-after-infant-is-seriously-burned-by-hot-bath-water/article_490cb464-76f6-11eb-8bec-e7b718e664aa.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:3926401d-c4e4-1d07-4916-f206f8a585fe Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:16:00 +0000 The authorities in Camden County, MO are looking for a man accused of burning a child in hot bath water, which left the child seriously injured. Former aide says Cuomo kissed her, suggested strip poker https://www.kctv5.com/news/us_world_news/former-aide-says-cuomo-kissed-her-suggested-strip-poker/article_1e59f558-1ed9-567f-abd2-37a53b7e5de6.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:62eb081b-18cf-cb3d-7bad-5ac0f1cbeb05 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:13:30 +0000 A former member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration who previously accused him of sexual harassment offered new details Wednesday, saying he once kissed her on the lips without consent after a private meeting. KC family searches for justice following loved one's death https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/kc-family-searches-for-justice-following-loved-ones-death Local News urn:uuid:ad35792c-22d0-0413-9e64-fe6d4b9e6c39 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:13:02 +0000 A Kansas City, Missouri, family still is searching for answers after their loved one was shot and killed while at home with his grandchildren. A Kansas City, Missouri, family still is searching for answers after their loved one was shot and killed while at home with his grandchildren."Still to this day, I ask God why did it happen to him," Rhonda Garcia said of her husband, Paul Garcia, who died last summer. "He was such a good person. He was innocent.Paul had returned from a dialysis appointment and was visiting with family when he was shot by someone outside his home."Today they still talk about him," Rhonda said. "'I miss my Uncle Pappy.' That's what he was."Flowers line the front of the Garcia home to represent a life taken too soon."There was no reason for my house to be hit at all," Rhonda said.On June 22, 2020, Rhonda said gunmen were chasing someone down the street. The person they were after stopped in front of her house, and that's when the unknown suspects started shooting. One bullet hit her husband, who died at an area hospital at the age of 50 – an innocent victim caught in the crossfire.RELATED: KCMO homicide victims remembered during 'The Longest Night'Witnesses told police they saw two to three men shooting into the house. Police said the men got into a car after the shooting and sped from the scene.Eight months later, the suspects remain on the run."Sadly, this happens a lot where these bullets are striking homes with families and children inside," Sgt. Janice Heins, of the KCPD Homicide Unit, said. "We should all be on the same page in agreeing that is not acceptable."Rhonda said if someone knows who was involved in the shooting, they should speak up."I can have justice. I will feel at ease. I will be able to sleep better," Rhonda said.–For jurisdictions that utilize the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline, anonymous tips can be made by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at P3Tips.com.Annual homicide details and data for the Kansas City area are available through the 41 Action News Homicide Tracker, which was launched in 2015. Read the 41 Action News Mug Shot Policy. Audit: Bogus unemployment claims may have cost Kansas $600M https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/audit-bogus-unemployment-claims-may-have-cost-kansas-600m Local News urn:uuid:95f2959d-6709-943f-3310-d2958c7fb309 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:09:10 +0000 Kansas may have paid $600 million worth of bogus claims for unemployment benefits last year, a legislative audit said Wednesday, more than double an estimate from the state Department of Labor. Kansas may have paid $600 million worth of bogus claims for unemployment benefits last year, a legislative audit said Wednesday, more than double an estimate from the state Department of Labor.The report from the Republican-controlled Legislature's nonpartisan auditing division suggested that nearly 1 in 4 unemployment claims paid last year could have been fraudulent amid a surge in filings during the COVID-19 pandemic, based on the Department of Labor's own data. The department on Tuesday estimated last year's fraudulent claims as worth $290 million.The department strongly disputed the audit's figure and said in a written response that the report was "rife" with "factual errors." The department took the uncommon step of asking the auditing division to withdraw its estimate, but Justin Stowe, the division's director, immediately stood by its work, calling its estimate not precise but "reasonable."Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, who's faced intensifying criticism from GOP lawmakers over the department's problems, defended the department's figure. But she added that she has ordered a separate, outside audit to determine the amount of fraud. Kelly said that with the legislative audit, "There are questions that people have.""We want to answer those questions," Kelly said during a Statehouse news conference.For Republican lawmakers, the legislative audit Wednesday confirmed their view that problems with unemployment fraud and distributing legitimate benefits to jobless workers represents a major failure of Kelly's administration."The fraud has been there for a long time, and they've mismanaged it," said Senate Commerce Committee Chair Rob Olson, an Olathe Republican, who called the fraud problem "a disgrace."Kelly has said her administration is doing "everything in our power" to combat fraud and resolve problems with distributing benefits during the pandemic. She and department officials also have said the problems are nationwide.Deputy Labor Secretary Brett Flachsbarth told the legislative committee overseeing auditors' work that Republican lawmakers' repeated suggestions that fraud in Kansas is worse than in other states is a misleading "preconceived narrative.""Any sort of assertion - that we have had publicly made and numerous times - that Kansas is somehow the only state or an outlier or No. 1 in fraud is categorically false," Flachsbarth said.Republican lawmakers said their assertions that Kansas' fraud problems are unusually bad are based on information from companies with operations in multiple states and data indicating unusual spikes in claims."From what we can tell, Kansas was a much bigger problem," said House commerce committee Chair Sean Tarwater, a Stilwell Republican.Olson renewed his call to strip the governor of control over the department and create an independent board to oversee its day-to-day operations, similar to the board that oversees the state pension system for teachers and government workers. Olson said he's holding off on a committee vote on a bill aimed at overhauling the unemployment system so that he can develop a proposal.Republican legislators have expressed concerns that employers, who pay taxes to finance benefits, could be on the hook for covering the costs of bogus claims.Kelly and the department have blamed the problems on decades-old computer technology. They've said that system wasn't equipped to handle the surge of 4 million claims that came after restrictions imposed to check the spread of COVID-19, including a statewide stay-at-home order imposed by Kelly last spring. Kelly has included $37.5 million in her proposed budget to upgrade the department's technology.The Department of Labor shut down the Kansas unemployment system from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 to install new security protocols. It said it has blocked about 5 million fraudulent log-in attempts by scammers or internet bots, or roughly three every second. The department said it has referred more than 50,000 cases to federal law enforcement officials.The governor also sees much of the criticism as Republicans "just laying the groundwork" to try to prevent her reelection in 2022.Acting Labor Secretary Amber Schultz on Tuesday also blamed Congress for some of the problems when it created several new programs to provide additional benefits to jobless workers. She said congressional measures handcuffed states' efforts to limit fraud until the most recent COVID-19 relief package in December.The audit agreed that how Congress structured a program aimed at providing benefits for the first time to self-employed workers and independent contractors made it a big and early target for scammers. It also said scammers have relied on "large scale identity theft."But the auditors also said that the department relied on "manual" methods to detect fraud that were "ineffective" amid a flood of claims."I want to know when we're going to stop blaming other people," said Rep. Kristey Williams, an Augusta Republican and chair of the legislative audit committee. "Somebody has to be responsible."— Pharmacy students, dentists, other health care providers can administer COVID-19 vaccine in Kansas https://www.kshb.com/news/coronavirus/pharmacy-students-dentists-other-health-care-providers-can-administer-covid-19-vaccine-in-kansas Local News urn:uuid:644b837e-2b23-af41-d4eb-4cb55645ff2a Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:00:48 +0000 As Kansas receives increasing doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, state officials want to make sure there are enough qualified vaccinators to administer them. As Kansas receives increasing doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, state officials want to make sure there are enough qualified vaccinators to administer them.Gov. Laura Kelly said she issued an executive order on who can administer the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday.The order says pharmacy students, dentists, paramedics and others in health care professions are able to vaccinate people against COVID-19.Kelly said people in these roles already routinely administer injections.Her order makes it clear their authority also extends to the COVID-19 vaccine.The state expects to receive a total of 120,000 Moderna and Pfizer vaccines next week, Kelly said, with additional shipments coming to pharmacies and other clinics across the state as well.— Legislative audit pegs Kansas unemployment fraud at $600 million; KDOL says it’s bunk https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article249487440.html Kansas urn:uuid:70a7c209-27ec-c72e-e511-0d0f05d00f33 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:54:48 +0000 <p>Kansas Legislative auditors are estimating that fraudulent claims accounted for at least $600 million worth of unemployment payments since the COVID-19 pandemic started last year — twice the rate the state Department of Labor is acknowledging.</p> Legislative audit pegs Kansas unemployment fraud at $600 million; KDOL says it’s bunk https://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article249487440.html State urn:uuid:675a377d-d789-adda-4862-6f7ae374eb0a Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:54:48 +0000 <p>Kansas Legislative auditors are estimating that fraudulent claims accounted for at least $600 million worth of unemployment payments since the COVID-19 pandemic started last year — twice the rate the state Department of Labor is acknowledging.</p> KC woman indicted for 2 armed robberies and high-speed chase https://www.kctv5.com/news/local_news/kc-woman-indicted-for-2-armed-robberies-and-high-speed-chase/article_ee287a90-76f2-11eb-b0dd-8f5cc2b562ac.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:f8118703-1e4a-5ed8-16cf-33211925fd83 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:52:00 +0000 A KCMO woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury today after two-armed bank robberies, then leading police on a high-speed chase that happened early February. Kansas City woman charged following string of bank robberies https://www.kshb.com/news/crime/kansas-city-woman-charged-following-string-of-bank-robberies Local News urn:uuid:a79a8541-0655-809c-83e7-9a17e441a858 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:47:30 +0000 A woman accused of robbing two banks within two days was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri’s office. A woman accused of robbing two banks within two days was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri’s office.Sarah Theresa Watkins, 41, is charged with armed robbery at a Central Bank branch in Claycomo on Feb. 1 and Capitol Federal Savings branch on Feb. 2 in Liberty.Watkins entered the Central Bank on Feb. 1 and handed a bank teller a note that, according to court documents, read, "Hand over all the money, and I won't shoot." That day, Watkins escaped with a little more than $1,800.The following day, Watkins entered the Capitol Federal Saving branch and presented a similar note. This time the note read, "Hand me all the money, or I will shoot." Watkins left the bank with $971.Surveillance video captured a white Hyundai four-door sedan which officers with the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department tracked down on Feb. 4.Officers attempted to conduct traffic stop near East 27th Street and Brooklyn Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, when Watkins fled the scene.A chase followed and eventually ended near East 21st and Walnut streets, where Watkins was arrested.—For jurisdictions that utilize the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline, anonymous tips can be made by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at P3Tips.com.Annual homicide details and data for the Kansas City area are available through the 41 Action News Homicide Tracker, which was launched in 2015. Read the 41 Action News Mug Shot Policy. Kansas lawmakers consider speedy trials, emergency response https://www.kshb.com/news/coronavirus/kansas-lawmakers-consider-speedy-trials-emergency-response Local News urn:uuid:e51fc0bf-98e8-ea40-5d5a-1d83cf1ef367 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:35:07 +0000 Kansas lawmakers moved ahead Wednesday with a measure designed to help courts and prosecutors deal with a backlog of criminal cases caused by the coronavirus pandemic and a proposal to limit state and local officials' power in setting restrictions in future pandemics. Kansas lawmakers moved ahead Wednesday with a measure designed to help courts and prosecutors deal with a backlog of criminal cases caused by the coronavirus pandemic and a proposal to limit state and local officials' power in setting restrictions in future pandemics.The House gave first-round approval to a bill that would suspend until May 2024 a Kansas law that sets deadlines for criminal trials to protect defendants' constitutional right to a speedy resolution of their cases. Those deadlines have been suspended during the pandemic, but prosecutors fear that once Kansas ends its state of emergency for COVID-19, they won't be able to get all the cases to court in time to avoid having them dismissed.The House expected to take a final vote Thursday to determine whether the bill goes to the Senate. But Wednesday's debate showed that some lawmakers are nervous about a three-year suspension."Delaying it to 2024 is just asking for people drag their feet," said Rep. Barbara Wasinger, a Hays Republican. "I say we do one year at a time."Kansas' speedy trial law generally requires defendants to be brought to trial within six months of entering a plea, or the case against them is dismissed. But courts have postponed trials throughout the pandemic, and House Judiciary Committee Chair Fred Patton, a Topeka Republican, said there's now a backlog of about 5,000 cases.The Kansas Supreme Court's chief justice can suspend the deadlines for the pandemic, but that authority ends with the current state of emergency, which expires March 31."We will face the reality that many individuals bound over for trial will simply have their cases dismissed, and in many of these cases, these are for violent crimes," said Rep. Nick Hoheisel, a Wichita Republican.The bill initially suspended speedy trial deadlines for existing cases and eliminated them for future ones, but defense attorneys and some lawmakers balked. Defense attorneys and prosecutors agreed to a three-year suspension with guidelines for courts to use in determining which cases get heard first.Some top Republican lawmakers don't think the existing state of emergency needs to be extended. Kansas has seen a decline in new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks to levels not seen since the fall.Kansas had an average of 589 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases for the seven days ending Wednesday, according to state Department of Health and Environment data. The state added 1,122 cases since Monday to its total for the pandemic, making it 292,837, or one-tenth of the state's 2.9 million residents.The state also added 81 COVID-19 deaths, for a total of 4,724.Republican legislators and Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly have been at odds over the state's response to the pandemic, and lawmakers are looking at long-term changes to the state's emergency management law. The Senate Judiciary Committee had a hearing Wednesday on a measure from GOP senators.Legislators last year forced Kelly to accept county officials having control over restrictions on businesses and public gatherings to keep the state of emergency in place. The Senate GOP's measure aims to curb the powers of the governor and state and local health officials.The bill would require the governor to allow the state attorney general up to 24 hours to weigh in on an executive order before it is issued. A committee of lawmakers would then vote on whether to approve the proposed order.The bill would also allow for a resident "aggrieved" by a local or state public health emergency order to request a court hearing to contest it.The legislation also would end the authority of health officials to close schools or issue quarantine or self-isolation orders.Sen. Beverly Gossage, a Eudora Republican, said some constituents have expressed concerns that county health officials have too much authority."They felt that, if they are issuing an order, that it becomes a mandate and that the county commission, or whomever, feels that they have to bow down to whatever was ordered of them without realizing that actually they could be making the decision," Gossage said.___Andy Tsubasa Field is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues. Woman charged in connection with Raytown homicide https://www.kctv5.com/news/local_news/woman-charged-in-connection-with-raytown-homicide/article_bf3c6e3a-76ed-11eb-84ac-6f81dfd47727.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:20d4f0fc-443e-86a6-8215-a6672f37107b Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:15:00 +0000 RAYTOWN, MO (KCTV) -- A woman is facing charges in connection with a homicide that happened today. FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID https://www.kctv5.com/coronavirus/vaccine_tracker/fda-says-single-dose-shot-from-j-j-prevents-severe-covid/article_89ef8717-0216-5795-96f1-de2bdf7ac420.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:47303c04-2e29-b234-4797-30d5fca094bb Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:13:06 +0000 Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. Lawsuits filed against auto insurers over rates in pandemic https://www.kctv5.com/news/us_world_news/lawsuits-filed-against-auto-insurers-over-rates-in-pandemic/article_0e095134-b538-5771-9664-e48dda6e4ed0.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:ec5946e4-9a49-547a-4247-d8e6729485ed Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:12:57 +0000 Class action lawsuits were filed in Nevada against 10 major auto insurance companies on Tuesday, contending that the companies charged excessive insurance premiums during the pandemic by failing to account for a drop in driving and crashes. Palm Beach County refuses to lower flags for Rush Limbaugh https://www.kctv5.com/news/local_news/palm-beach-county-refuses-to-lower-flags-for-rush-limbaugh/article_6e93dbff-6403-5bea-999a-ef69921fe835.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:685aeb92-a7d1-922c-7753-5c268b5dedf4 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:58:24 +0000 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is moving ahead with plans to honor recently deceased conservative radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh by lowering flags to half-staff despite protests from some public officials who don’t see Limbaugh as worthy of the honor. Man exits church after years in sanctuary from deportation https://www.kctv5.com/news/us_world_news/man-exits-church-after-years-in-sanctuary-from-deportation/article_caea75ac-020b-5854-bc16-5ecc2de91bd6.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:cf0e2fa2-a093-d3a9-e3e0-4c347922f912 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:49:39 +0000 After 3 1/2 years living inside a Missouri church to avoid deportation, Honduran immigrant Alex Garcia finally stepped outside Wednesday, following a promise from President Joe Biden's administration to let him be. House Democrats reintroduce police reform bill named in honor of George Floyd https://www.kctv5.com/news/us_world_news/house-democrats-reintroduce-police-reform-bill-named-in-honor-of-george-floyd/article_d1d82ae7-6762-5707-bdb1-74a33cd8b889.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:72f73d05-aa42-ea64-7822-3cdd6560c102 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:49:00 +0000 House Democrats on Wednesday reintroduced policing legislation named in honor of George Floyd, whose death in police custody last year sparked nationwide calls to address police misconduct and racial injustice. KCPD on illegal street racing: 'We want it to stop' https://www.kshb.com/news/crime/kcpd-on-illegal-street-racing-we-want-it-to-stop Local News urn:uuid:3fe5396c-8226-f981-7c3a-c5a2f9d38359 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:31:30 +0000 Following a night filled with chaos due to street racing around Kansas City, Missouri, the city's police department issued a clear message. Following a night filled with chaos due to street racing around Kansas City, Missouri, the city's police department issued a clear message. "We want it to stop" KCPD Capt. Dave Jackson said. "Several of them have ended in violence where somebody has been shot. I know that there have been homicides associated with this." Last September, six people were injured during one of these events. Within days of that event, 19-year-old Daisy Martinez was killed after an event celebrating Mexican Independence Day turned deadly.The illegal street racing has occurred citywide, including downtown, midtown, the northeast and in the east side of the city. KCPD said there were shots fired and fireworks set off at several of these locations. "I think that people are concerned, they see cars driving like maniacs," Jackson said. "These people are driving in a way that is so selfish that they don't realize that they are sharing these streets with the rest of the city." KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas, along with KCPD, has worked to address sideshows by revising an ordinance that would impound vehicles involved in stunts.Tuesday, the department put that technique into play, towing about 18 vehicles.However, the department said it still faces enforcement challenges. "What is the safest way to get these folks in custody?" Jackson said. "I don't think that chasing these cars through the street makes it safer." Still, he said the department is working on it.—For jurisdictions that utilize the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline, anonymous tips can be made by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at P3Tips.com.Annual homicide details and data for the Kansas City area are available through the 41 Action News Homicide Tracker, which was launched in 2015. Read the 41 Action News Mug Shot Policy. 5.6% of Americans identify as LGBTQ – more than ever before, poll finds https://www.kctv5.com/news/us_world_news/5-6-of-americans-identify-as-lgbtq-more-than-ever-before-poll-finds/article_40b1393f-fa20-5787-ae99-ec82ee33fbba.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:9e308365-3199-586b-a8e8-1ee51646a69a Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:24:00 +0000 A new poll shows that an unprecedented number of US adults identify as LGBTQ -- and that young people, especially Generation Z, are driving the increase. Never too late: Pandemic propels older shoppers online https://www.kctv5.com/news/us_world_news/never-too-late-pandemic-propels-older-shoppers-online/article_d97cf7dc-ec38-58ae-84c6-b2ce8a42ae3d.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:96d5bff4-14e5-7a1a-2981-d78ba8c37105 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:22:24 +0000 In November, Paula Mont did something new: The 86-year-old, who hasn't left her New Jersey senior living community in nearly a year, went shopping — online. White nationalist gets prison over rape threat, extortion https://www.kctv5.com/news/us_world_news/white-nationalist-gets-prison-over-rape-threat-extortion/article_388f0fab-ae71-5c68-a666-f70455727536.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:3222496b-8ab1-8e82-3db3-521d1291c9ba Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:19:36 +0000 A self-proclaimed white nationalist was sentenced Wednesday to nearly three-and-a-half years in federal prison for threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a separate racist group that he believed was harassing him. Urban League ‘bus about unity’ rolls on Kansas City streets with social justice call https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article249480560.html Kansas urn:uuid:d23ce360-5ed8-3c5e-f73a-c6cbfd63795f Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:05:16 +0000 “Still in the Fight,” “Working for Unity,” “Honor Black History” and “With Equity & Justice for All” are just some of the messages on the side of the bus. Man exits church after years in sanctuary from deportation https://www.kctv5.com/news/us_world_news/man-exits-church-after-years-in-sanctuary-from-deportation/article_caea75ac-020b-5854-bc16-5ecc2de91bd6.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:35d207e5-361b-c530-6851-1f0051aeebef Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:00:00 +0000 After 3 1/2 years living inside a Missouri church to avoid deportation, Honduran immigrant Alex Garcia finally stepped outside Wednesday, following a promise from President Joe Biden's administration to let him be. High court inclined to expand warrantless entry into homes https://www.kctv5.com/politics/high-court-inclined-to-expand-warrantless-entry-into-homes/article_f35767b9-9dde-5890-81e3-225cf043f156.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:cd366cd6-214c-b95d-439c-80e55a173c42 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:58:00 +0000 The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed inclined to expand when officers can enter a suspect's home without a warrant. Former aide says Cuomo kissed her, suggested strip poker https://www.kctv5.com/news/us_world_news/former-aide-says-cuomo-kissed-her-suggested-strip-poker/article_1e59f558-1ed9-567f-abd2-37a53b7e5de6.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:9740a5a2-a1c2-44b5-a16f-e3bacfc124d6 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:52:13 +0000 A former member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration who previously accused him of sexual harassment offered new details Wednesday, saying he once kissed her on the lips without consent after a private meeting. FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID https://www.kctv5.com/coronavirus/vaccine_tracker/fda-says-single-dose-shot-from-j-j-prevents-severe-covid/article_89ef8717-0216-5795-96f1-de2bdf7ac420.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:8462c574-9905-e546-c1ef-1550d6c2799e Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:48:45 +0000 Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. Students protest as Utah lawmakers resist changing 'Dixie' https://www.kctv5.com/news/us_world_news/students-protest-as-utah-lawmakers-resist-changing-dixie/article_80727bd1-9891-5d96-b85a-2cd3042769de.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:e23bfdc8-86ef-9719-d48a-963567bc92b4 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:36:05 +0000 At a university in southern Utah, the nationwide protests against racial injustice have lent new momentum to change a name that many consider offensive: Dixie State. Health network allowed employees' kin to skip vaccine line https://www.kctv5.com/coronavirus/health-network-allowed-employees-kin-to-skip-vaccine-line/article_d79e1c05-3533-51f3-9d13-3bf0661469ad.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:057a8f11-e833-4749-9de0-aecdcd3bd429 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:11:00 +0000 One of Pennsylvania’s largest health networks allowed employees' family members to skip the COVID-19 vaccine line, raising questions of fairness at a time of strong public demand and scarce supply. CIA nominee pledges to provide 'unvarnished' intelligence https://www.kctv5.com/news/cia-nominee-pledges-to-provide-unvarnished-intelligence/article_0212a4ba-0b23-5d37-b767-4115d6445783.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:d8f7c165-0b41-64f5-4ba9-108f628a5398 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:03:48 +0000 President Joe Biden's nominee to run the CIA told lawmakers Wednesday that he would keep politics out of the job and deliver “unvarnished” intelligence to politicians and policymakers even if they don't want to hear it. Georgia counties seek legal fees for 'frivolous' Trump voter-fraud lawsuit https://www.kctv5.com/news/us_world_news/georgia-counties-seek-legal-fees-for-frivolous-trump-voter-fraud-lawsuit/article_b66c3123-9b63-53a3-a7e6-07889a679f86.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:4734e80b-c2d4-cf8c-fef0-295ef3a1aa82 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:03:00 +0000 Two counties in Georgia are seeking to recoup attorneys' fees from former President Donald Trump and Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer stemming from their lawsuit that made "frivolous" and "baseless" claims of voter fraud in Georgia's count during the… CIA nominee pledges to provide 'unvarnished' intelligence https://www.kctv5.com/news/cia-nominee-pledges-to-provide-unvarnished-intelligence/article_0212a4ba-0b23-5d37-b767-4115d6445783.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:00152934-6ac8-799e-adcc-ca11e7a185cc Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:03:00 +0000 President Joe Biden's nominee to run the CIA told lawmakers Wednesday that he would keep politics out of the job and deliver “unvarnished” intelligence to politicians and policymakers even if they don't want to hear it. Shopping online eases isolation for older adults https://www.kctv5.com/news/us_world_news/shopping-online-eases-isolation-for-older-adults/article_d97cf7dc-ec38-58ae-84c6-b2ce8a42ae3d.html www.kctv5.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:662ff9ba-7280-411b-561f-0c5ae175e47c Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:00:00 +0000 In November, Paula Mont did something new: The 86-year-old, who hasn't left her New Jersey senior living community in nearly a year, went shopping — online. Kansas Frito-Lay plant faces more allegations of racial discrimination, lawsuit says https://www.kansascity.com/news/state/kansas/article249471390.html Kansas urn:uuid:a4c5e74b-a472-a340-f5c6-fe28615d5b27 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 19:56:55 +0000 One employee told The Star on Wednesday that he feels “degraded” and like he has felt “less than human” while at work. Kansas Frito-Lay plant faces more allegations of racial discrimination, lawsuit says https://www.kansas.com/news/article249471390.html State urn:uuid:32030ccd-60b7-09df-e1f1-4f579d127046 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 19:56:55 +0000 One employee told The Star on Wednesday that he feels “degraded” and like he has felt “less than human” while at work. Kansas Frito-Lay plant faces more allegations of racial discrimination, lawsuit says https://www.kansas.com/news/business/article249471390.html State urn:uuid:78d4c205-fa03-0627-3b87-4992c58c2630 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 19:56:55 +0000 One employee told The Star on Wednesday that he feels “degraded” and like he has felt “less than human” while at work.