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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:05 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

KANSAS train derails
Mar 14, 2016
 -  Amtrak passenger train with 140 aboard derails in Gray County, SW Kansas.
5 Amtrak rail cars derailed 3 miles outside Cimarron just after midnight.  Multiple injuries reported.  The injured were taken to local hospitals.  Amtrak Southwest Chief from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed 20 miles west of Dodge City.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:50 am    Post subject: Wildfire burns more than 72K acres in Oklahoma and Kansas Reply with quote

Wildfire burns more than 72K acres in Oklahoma and Kansas
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Kansas * 4 federal agents shot
April 24, 2016
Topeka - Federal agents shot in motel stand-off with black most-wanted armed robber as he sets fire to building and escapes. Four federal agents raided motel in Topeka at 10 pm on Saturday. Gunman exchanged fire with cops, and witnesses heard around 50 shots. 4 federal agents from the U.S. Marshals and FBI were shot and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Suspect is black man Orlando Collins.

4 federal agents shot, motel destroyed in Kansas
What started as a would-be arrest at a Kansas motel ended with four federal agents shot and the motel engulfed in flames.
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Federal judge blocks Kansas from cutting Medicaid money to Planned Parenthood

Kansas cannot cut off Medicaid funding for two Planned Parenthood affiliates, a federal judge said Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson in Kansas City, Kansas, issued the temporary ruling in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri and the organization's St. Louis regional affiliate.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment planned to cut off funding by Thursday for health services offered at Planned Parenthood facilities, such as exams and cancer screenings, for poor patients receiving health coverage through the state's Medicaid program. Medicaid funds do not cover abortions.

Federal courts have blocked attempts by other states to cut off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, including Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana and Utah.

In its defense, Kansas' health department cited a dispute in December over its attempts to inspect the handling of solid waste at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park, Kan., which was later resolved. The department also cited allegations against Planned Parenthood affiliates in Oklahoma and Texas that Planned Parenthood called unfounded.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Obama has cops back

Kansas police officer shot n killed
July 19, 2016
 - Blue lives matter!
A Kansas City police officer was killed.
911 caller reported that 3 people were shooting at him from a vehicle. The suspects fled when officers arrived, and one of them was arrested at the scene.

Wasnt the Baton Rouge cop killer from KC?
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Just saw this news item as well. I remember back in the 90's, I was an avid Hollywood movie goer - saw numerous movies where cops were portrayed as the antagonists. (and it was also in a lot of rap music)

And not to mention the whole OJ Simpson trial, where the LA cops were portrayed as rotten (despite overwhelming evidence that OJ was guilty).

Predictive programming...
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Backlash in Kansas ousts at least 11 conservative lawmakers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A top Senate leader and at least 10 other conservative Kansas legislators have lost their seats as moderate Republicans made GOP primary races a referendum on education funding and the state's persistent budget woes.

Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce was among the lawmakers ousted amid a backlash against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his allies.

The voting occurred against the backdrop not only of the state's fiscal woes but ongoing legal and political disputes over funding for public schools. The state Supreme Court could rule by the end of the year on whether the Legislature is shorting schools on their state aid by hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

Kansas has struggled to balance its budget since the GOP-dominated Legislature slashed personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback's urging to stimulate the economy. That's created concerns among educators about future spending on schools, even as many Republicans see the $4 billion-plus a year the state now spends as generous.

Bruce, from Nickerson, fell in his south-central Kansas district to Ed Berger, former president of Hutchinson Community College.

Bruce was a particular target because of his visibility as the Senate's No. 2 leader. He also had disagreements with the Senate's top leader, President Susan Wagle, of Wichita. Bruce is closer to Brownback than Wagle is.

"He seemed to care more about what the Brownback administration wanted rather than what the people he represented wanted," said Mary Dondlinger, an 80-year-old retired Hutchinson teacher and Republican who voted for Berger.

Five other conservative senators lost in races that spanned the state. So did five conservative House members, all of them from affluent Kansas City-area suburbs in Johnson County, the state's most populous, where voters have cherished good public schools for decades.

Wagle issued a statement saying that while some statistics show a better economy in Kansas Brownback and his aides cite low unemployment, for example such data "do not reflect how everyday Kansans view the direction of the state."

Bruce leaned partly on his record as a strong advocate of gun rights, having been the key backer of successful legislation to allow Kansans to carry concealed weapons without a state permit. Steve Brady, a 54-year-old Hutchinson business owner, said he voted for Bruce because he "is doing more positive things."

But the primary results suggested many Republicans were unhappy.

"Too many Kansans still feel that the sun is not rising for them and their families, despite what some leaders tell them," Wagle said.

Besides Bruce, the conservative senators who were unseated were Tom Arpke, of Salina; Forrest Knox, of Altoona; Jeff Melcher, of Leawood; Larry Powell, of Garden City; and Greg Smith, of Overland Park. All are Brownback allies.

Some Brownback critics focused more on the Republican primary for House seats. Ousting conservatives would further their goal of building a governing coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats on key education and budget issues.

The House conservatives who lost Republican primaries were Rob Bruchman, of Leawood; Brett Hildabrand, of Shawnee; Jerry Lunn, of Overland Park; Charles Macheers, of Shawnee; and Craig McPherson, of Overland Park.

Three other conservative Republicans trailed, but their races were close. They were Will Carpenter, of El Dorado; Kasha Kelley, of Arkansas City; and Connie O'Brien, of Tonganoxie.

Democratic Rep. Ben Scott, of Topeka, lost his seat to a former state lawmaker and Topeka-area political veteran, Vic Miller. The district has no GOP candidate in November.
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Kansas waterslide remains closed amid probe of boy's death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Kansas thrill ride billed as the world's tallest waterslide remained off-limits Monday as authorities pressed to figure out how a state lawmaker's 10-year-old son was killed on a day the park honored elected officials and their families.

Details remained murky about how Caleb Thomas Schwab died Sunday on the 168-foot-tall "Verruckt" German for "insane" that since its debut two years ago has been the top draw at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas.

In a statement Monday afternoon, Schlitterbahn said it was "deeply and intensely saddened for the Schwab family and all who were impacted by the tragic accident." The park was tentatively scheduled to reopen Wednesday, but "Verruckt is closed," according to the statement.

Officer Cameron Morgan, a police spokesman, said no police report about the incident was available. He said investigators were treating Caleb's death as a "civil matter" rather than a criminal one and referred additional questions to the park.

Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio declined interview requests Monday but told reporters a day earlier that Caleb had been at the park with family members, adding that "we honestly don't know what's happened."

It wasn't immediately clear whether results of an autopsy Monday on Caleb would be publicly released or, if so, how soon, said Margaret Studyvin with the Wyandotte County coroner's office.

Leslie Castaneda, who was at Schlitterbahn on Sunday, told The Kansas City Star that she saw Caleb's crumpled shorts or bathing suit at the bottom of the ride, along with blood on the slide's white descending flume.

"I'm really having a tough time with it. I really am," said Castaneda, of Kansas City, Kansas. "I saw his (Caleb's) brother. He was screaming."

On the waterslide certified by Guinness World Records as the world's tallest, riders sit in multi-person rafts during "the ultimate in water slide thrills," subjecting "adventure seekers" to a "jaw dropping" 17-story drop, the park's website says. Passengers then are "blasted back up a second massive hill and then sent down yet another gut wrenching 50 foot drop," the website adds.

Each rider must be at least 54 inches tall, and the group's weight is limited to a total of 400 to 550 pounds. Authorities didn't release information about Caleb's height or the combined weight of his group of riders.

Caleb's parents Republican state Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife, Michele have requested privacy as the family grieves, saying in a statement Sunday that "since the day he was born, (Caleb) brought abundant joy to our family and all those he came in contact with."

"As we try to mend our home with him no longer with us, we are comforted knowing he believed in our Savior Jesus, and they are forever together now. We will see him another day," the statement added.

The tragedy happened on day the park offered lawmakers and other elected officials a buffet lunch, hot dogs and hamburgers.

Authorities initially said the victim was 12 years old, but Clint Sprague, a pastor acting as the family's spokesman, said Caleb was 10 and is among the couple's four sons. According to rules sent to the media in 2014, riders had to be at least 14 years old, but that requirement is no longer listed on the park's website.

Verruckt's 2014 opening repeatedly was delayed, though the operators didn't explain why. Two media sneak preview days in 2014 were canceled because of problems with a conveyor system that hauls 100-pound rafts to the top of the slide.

In a news article linked to the news release announcing a 2014 delay, Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry told USA Today that he and senior designer John Schooley had based their calculations when designing the slide on roller coasters, but that didn't translate well to a waterslide like Verruckt.

In early tests, rafts carrying sandbags flew off the slide, prompting engineers to tear down half of the ride and reconfigure some angles at a cost of $1 million, Henry said.

A promotional video about building the slide includes footage of two men riding a raft down a half-size test model and going slightly airborne as it crests the top of the first big hill.

The Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County said it does not inspect the operations of such rides and is responsible only for ensuring they've adhered to local building codes.

Without specifically mentioning water slides, Kansas statutes define an "amusement ride" as any mechanical or electrical conveyance "for the purpose of giving its passengers amusement, pleasure, thrills or excitement." Such rides, by statute, commonly are Ferris wheels, carousels, parachute towers, bungee jumps and roller coasters.

State law leaves it to the Kansas Department of Labor to adopt rules and regulations relating to certification and inspection of rides, adding that a permanent amusement ride must be scrutinized by "a qualified inspector" at least every 12 months. Kansas' Labor Department didn't return messages Monday.

Prosapio said Sunday the park's rides are inspected daily and by an "outside party" before the start of each season.

Kansas state Sen. Greg Smith, an Overland Park Republican, said that although state law doesn't specifically address waterslides, it's clear they "would fall into that category." He called any potential legislative response to Sunday's tragedy premature, saying the investigation should be given time to play out.
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Kansas fire
Mar 21, 2017  Overland Park
-  A huge fire at an apartment building under construction in Kansas City has sparked fires at several homes blocks away. The 8 alarm fire broke out about 3:30 pm at the CityPlace in Overland Park, Kansas, sending plumes of smoke and embers toward homes in the neighborhood.  Embers jumped from roof to roof, spreading the blaze. No serious injuries were reported.

Neighborhood residents heard an explosion like a bomb.
Second big fire at an apartment complex under construction.  One last week in Raleigh NC. Coincidence?
Were Muslims hired?  They use fire jihad.

JIHAD?   Question

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