Deer activity heavy near highways…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: October 8, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiOctober 8, 2019

With peak season just beginning, there have already been crashes reported involving deer and vehicles. Deer activity on and near Kansas’ roadways poses a seasonal traffic hazard. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, because deer-breeding season runs from October and into December, law enforcement officers routinely investigate a large number of vehicle-deer crashes this time of year. Stay alert, pay more attention to the road and roadside, and intentionally look for deer. Be especially alert at dawn and dusk, the peak movement times for deer and when visibility is low.

Kroger is joining the long list of retailers who are no longer selling electronic cigarettes. The supermarket chain says they’ll stop selling the vaping products once current supplies run out. Company officials cited the mounting concerns over the safety of e-cigarettes in their decision. This includes all stores and fuel center locations at Kansas Dillons stores. Kroger has 50 stores and fuel centers across Kansas.

A Kansas man was injured following a motorcycle crash. Authorities say 60-year-old Gregory Allison was riding his motorcycle on a rural road near the Barton/Russell County line when he failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle went into a slide, and Allison was thrown from the bike. Allison was taken to a Wichita hospital for treatment. Officials believe excess speed was a factor in the incident.

Charges are officially filed in the death of an off-duty Wyandotte County deputy. Twenty-two-year-old Zachary Arnold was charged yesterday with second-degree murder in the death of his father, Captain Chris Arnold. Captain Arnold was shot Saturday evening at a home in Kansas City, Kansas.

A Kansas animal shelter is temporarily closed due to a virus. Officials at the Caring Hands Humane Society say three dogs at the shelter died from parvovirus. Officials say a man brought in a stray dog last month that later tested positive for parvo, which later spread to two other dogs. Shelter officials say the best way to stop parvovirus is for people to vaccinate their dogs.

About 100 people attended an event recently for an organization that has the singular purpose of helping children learn to read and working with the communities the children live in to encourage this basic life skill. The Kansas Masonic Literacy Center is now open at Emporis State University. In March 2016, when the Masons of Kansas provided a $4 million gift to create the statewide literacy center, the goal was to impact all Kansans and allow the nearly 20,000 members of the Masons in the state to help facilitate literacy programming in local communities. The gift was the largest gift in the history of Emporia State.

Following several weeks tracking fires and tracing smoke throughout western and southeastern United States, dozens of government scientists returned home from Kansas, toting computers crammed with data. They will reflect on measurements of microscopic particles, plot their movements through the atmosphere, and endeavor to make life safer and healthier for all. Improvements to weather forecasting might occur as well. The FIREX-AQ project was conducted by NASA and NOAA. A team of about 100 based at the Salina Regional Airport to focus on agriculture fires, and prescribed burns, mostly targeting the southeastern U.S. They were able to sample 85 individual fires from Florida to Kansas and from southern Nebraska into Illinois, some small crop fires and grasslands in the Mississippi River Valley, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The data will help scientists better understand the weather impacts of smoke, and also the chemical makeup of smoke .Another group of scientists will return to Salina next summer, flying the ER-2 High-Altitude Airborne Science Aircraft.

A couple of full days of events are planned in celebration of the 129th anniversary of the birth of the 34th president. The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene has planned events Friday and Saturday to celebrate the birth date of Dwight Eisenhower. The highlingt will be Saturday’s Museum Rededication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, with a keynote address delivered by Mary Jean Eisenhower, Dwight and Mamie’s granddaughter. October 14th will mark the 129th anniversary of the birth Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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