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Goodland schools cancel classes due to illness…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: February 21, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiFebruary 21, 2019

Another western Kansas school district is cancelling classes due to illness. Schools in Goodland have cancelled class for the rest of the week due to a high number of sick students and staff. Goodland joins schools in Oakley and Tribune who have done the same.

While there has been attention recently related to outbreaks of measles in multiple states, authorities say there are no current outbreaks of measles in Kansas. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there have been five outbreaks of measles in the United States reported in 2019 in the following states: New York (three outbreaks, including one in New York City and two in other counties), Washington and Texas. These outbreaks are linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries such as Israel and Ukraine, where large measles outbreaks are occurring. Most people in Kansas are fully vaccinated against measles. To protect against the potential of outbreaks in the state and to protect those who are too young to be vaccinated or are unable to be vaccinated because of certain health conditions, KDHE encourages all people in Kansas to be fully vaccinated.

A slick road is blamed for at least two fatal crashed in Kansas. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, in Pottawattamie county on Wednesday a 67-year-old Manhattan man was killed  his SUV left the road due to snow and ice conditions and landed on its top in a ravine.

A bicycle rider was killed after being hit by an SUV in SE Kansas.  The Kansas Highway patrol says a bicycle crossed into the path of an SUV on K66 Highway near Galena Wednesday night. The bike rider, a 47-year-old man from Galena, was killed.

Skeletal remains found in Neosho County are identified.  Authorities say the remains belong to 39-year-old Marissa Craft, who was last seen leaving her mobile home in Chanute in December 2017.  She was spotted traveling with three men in a white Dodge pickup.  Craft’s remains were discovered last August in a field near Ford and 50th roads in Neosho County, and her death is under investigation.

A Kansas woman is facing a felony child abuse charge.  Twenty-eight-year-old Amanda Rogers-Moore was arrested after her two-year-old stepdaughter was taken to a hospital with critical head injuries on Tuesday.  Wichita police have not said how the girl was injured, but three other children who were at the suspect’s home were placed in protective custody.

A Kansas youth baseball league is getting financial assistance as it tries to replace stolen equipment.  League 42 officials say businessman Wink Hartman and an anonymous donor each gave 10-thousand-dollars to the organization.  The donation comes after someone stole 200 bats from the league earlier this year.  League 41 serves children in northeast Wichita.

A western Kansas college boasts one of the best teams of its kind. The Fort Hays State University Shotgun Team has some of the best skeet shooters in the country. The team recently picked up first place honors at the ACUI Lower East Coast Conference Championship in Savannah, Ga.

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