2 West Nile Virus cases confirmed in KS…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: September 10, 2019

Jackson SchneiderSeptember 10, 2019

Two human cases of West Nile virus are being confirmed in Kansas.  The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says one case is in Sedgwick County and the other is in McPherson County.  The Centers for Disease Control says most people who contract the mosquito-borne virus never develop symptoms.

Kansas health officials have confirmed the first death in the state associated with an outbreak of serious lung disease related to vaping or using e-cigarettes. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the recent death was a Kansas resident over the age of 50. The national investigation has not identified any specific vaping or e-cigarette products linked to all cases. Many patients report using vaping or e-cigarette products with liquids that contain cannabinoid products, such as tetrahydrocannabinol. Kansas does not have detailed information on what types of products were used by the deceased.

A rainy spring and summer is costing Kansas state parks needed revenue.  Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism officials tell KSNW that the state made three-point-six-million-dollars in park fees between May and August of this year.  That’s down from four-point-seven-million-dollars during the same period in 2018.  Officials say flooding at the state parks impacted two of the busiest holidays for visitors, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

The Wichita Police Department is debunking an online rumor about human trafficking.  A woman reported in an online post that she was approached by a woman in a minivan at Towne East Mall on Sunday, and the woman asked her to watch her baby.  The woman reported the incident to a security officer and she claimed the security guard told her it was part of human trafficking and she could have been pulled inside the van.  Jennifer White with ICT SOS says she has never seen a local case where someone was abducted in public, and Wichita police have not received any recent reports of human trafficking cases stemming from a victim being lured into a vehicle.

Kansas is part of a multistate investigation of tech giant Google’s business practices in accordance with state and federal antitrust laws. Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s Office is one of 50 state and territory attorneys general participating in a joint investigation into whether Google’s overarching control of online advertising markets and search traffic may have led to anticompetitive behavior that harms consumers. Past investigations of Google uncovered violations ranging from advertising illegal drugs in the United States to antitrust actions brought by the European Commission. None of these previous investigations, however, fully addresses the source of Google’s sustained market power and its ability to protect and maintain that power.

The 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley will host a 9/11 commemoration ceremony Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Global War on Terrorism monument. The monument is a small replica of the World Trade Center Twin Towers on a Pentagon-shaped base.  It bears the names of Fort Riley Soldiers who have

given their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq. Col. Kevin Lambert, 1st Infantry Division Chief of Staff, will speak at the event, which includes a wreath-laying, a three-round salute fired by an honor guard and “Taps.” First responders from Junction City and Manhattan will join Fort Riley Directorate of Emergency Services professionals in the commemoration.



A Kansas woman is sentenced in connection with an animal cruelty case.   Carlett McPherson-Bey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty and a judge sentenced her to six months of probation and ordered her to pay the veterinarian bill in the case.  The incident took place last November at a home in Wichita where police spotted people beating a dog with a tire iron and letting other dogs attack the animal.  The dog later died from its injuries.





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