A massive farm bill is headed to President Trump’s desk. The House joined the Senate in easily approving the more than 800 billion dollar measure today. American farmers will benefit from billions of dollars in subsidies. Ranchers and farmers have been hurt by declines in commodities prices because of the U.S. trade war with China. The legal production of hemp is also in the farm bill. Hemp is a form of cannabis with lower THC levels than marijuana. The Kansas Congressional Contingent supported the measure.
High wind in Kansas Thursday comes with a high fire danger. Some areas in western Kansas could see wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. The National Weather Service says a very high grassland fire danger exists across the western half of Kansas today. Outdoor burning should be avoided.
A South Carolina man is under arrest in Kansas for allegedly running a Ponzi scheme. 51-year-old Thomas Lanzana was arrested yesterday. Federal prosecutors say he ran a 900-thousand-dollar foreign currency Ponzi scheme that defrauded at least 20 people since 2013. Lanzana is charged with wire fraud and commodities. If convicted he faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of $1.25 million.
A Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputy was hurt in a crash. Authorities say a driver accidentally ran a red light and struck the deputy’s patrol car. The deputy suffered minor injuries, and a K-9 deputy was evaluated at the scene.
A man was hurt in a nail gun accident. Sedgwick County Sheriff deputies and Derby police were working a traffic accident when a man approached them. The man was working on a nearby house. He said he fell off a ladder while holding a nail gun. The nail gun struck him in the back of his head, and he inadvertently pulled the trigger at the same time. The man had a nail lodged in the back of his head. He was transported to Wesley Medical Center in critical condition.
A Kansas lawmaker is changing party affiliation. Johnson County State Senator Barbara Bollier will change her party affiliation from Republican to Democrat when the legislature convenes next month. Bollier says last month’s election made her believe the Kansas Republican Party no longer is accepting of moderate candidates. Bollier was first elected to the Kansas Legislature in 2010.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI), Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, and local partners, have created the Northeast Child Victims Task Force (NECVTF). The Task Force was created in order to focus criminal investigative efforts and resources on cases where children are victimized in the northeast region of the state. Task Force partners from the KBI, Attorney General’s Office, Topeka Police Department, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, and Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office, will conduct investigations and pursue charges against those who physically or sexually abuse children, or exploit children through the use of technology. The 2,500 square foot facility will operate out of KBI Headquarters in Topeka.