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Another weekend and another potential winter storm…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: February 28, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiFebruary 28, 2019

Forecasters are keeping watch on a developing weekend storm system that could dump heavy snow on Kansas. According to the National Weather Service, snow will rapidly develop across Kansas Saturday evening. Continuing until around midday Sunday, the snow may be heavy, with accumulations of up to a half foot. If you are planning to travel, they advise to closely monitor forecasts for Saturday night and Sunday.

A former Kansan who became lost after his vehicle broke down in the mountains of Oregon is still missing. 30-year-old Jeff Vance, who grew up in the Abilene and Salina areas, has been missing since early February. The search has been paused several times due to inclement winter weather. Multiple feet of snow has fallen on the area. Vance’s family, who still lives in Kansas, traveled to Oregon earlier this month, but has since had to return back home to Kansas. His mother hopes to travel back to Oregon, and this time stay until there is a resolution in the case.

A shooting in Kansas that left a child dead is ruled to be accidental in nature.  The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office released its findings in the case yesterday.  Police say nine-year-old Roy’Ale Spencer and an 11-year-old boy got into a locked gun safe and were playing with a weapon when it fired last month.  The 11-year-old accidentally shot Spencer, who died from his injuries.

Amtrak is providing $3 million in matching funds to complete a federal grant for safety upgrades and maintenance on the Southwest Chief route in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. This grant and matching funds from the partners will result in an investment of more than $26 million in the Southwest Chief, and it prohibits Amtrak from replacing long-distance train service with buses.

One hundred years after the U.S. Constitution was amended, a Kansas College professor wants to celebrate. In celebration of the 19th amendment, which gave the women the right to vote, Kansas Wesleyan University Director of Bands Carl Rowles is leading a consortium of schools to commission four new musical compositions  by four female composers. Additionally, KWU is commissioning Makenzi Johnson of Garden City High School to write a new work to be premiered.

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