Governor Kelly signs her first official act…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: January 16, 2019

Jackson SchneiderJanuary 16, 2019

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is restoring protections for LGBT state workers.  The Wichita Eagle reports that Kelly signed her first official act as governor yesterday, ordering state agencies to prohibit discrimination against LGBT employees.  Kelly’s order also covers people who work for state contractors.  The protections for LGBT state workers were eliminated by then Governor Sam Brownback in 2015.


A Kansas police officer is recovering after their patrol vehicle was rammed by a suspicious vehicle.  Authorities say the suspects intentionally collided with a patrol car yesterday near 21st Street North and Greenwich.  The officer in the patrol car suffered minor injuries, and the suspects were taken into custody after their vehicle broke down a short distance away from the crash scene.


A woman is dead after driving into a pond in Eastern Kansas. 61-one-year-old Helen Riddle suffered a medical emergency on January 10th while driving near an Olathe high school. Riddle struck a car before leaving the road and driving into the pond.  Emergency crews rescued Riddle from the pond, but she died at a hospital.


A federal judge has ruled that Somali immigrants can testify at the sentencing of three militia members convicted of plotting to bomb their Garden City apartment complex. The decision is a blow to the efforts by defense attorneys to block 20 short videos of testimony that prosecutors want to play at the men’s sentencing hearings later this month. Attorneys had argued that the Somalis aren’t victims because no one was hurt.


A new air refueling tanker will be delivered to McConnell Air Force Base.  The first KC-46A will be accepted during a ceremony at the base on January 25th.  McConnell Air Force base underwent 267-million-dollars in construction and renovations in preparation for the arrival of the new aircraft.


It looks like Sears will be staying in business.  Sears Holding Chairman Eddie Lampert has reportedly prevailed in a bankruptcy auction for the department store chain, allowing the 126-year-old retailer to keep its doors open.  The proposal will save about 45-thousand jobs at Sears, and keep 425 stores open in the U.S. including 16 across Kansas.


A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook parts of Kansas late Tuesday night. The quake was centered about 13 miles east of Caldwell in Sumner County. The US Geological Survey reports the earthquake registered about 9:34 p.m. at a depth of about 1.5 miles.


Worlds of Fun is showing its support for the Kansas City Chiefs.  The amusement park has a ride called ‘The Patriot,’ but the park has temporarily renamed the ride ‘The Patrick’ in honor of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.  Worlds of Fun officials posted a picture of the altered sign for the ride.  The Chiefs take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.






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