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Headlines from the Today in Kansas: October 18, 2018

Sacha SanguinettiOctober 18, 2018

A woman was critically injured following a workplace accident in Saline County. Authorities say the woman was part of a work crew using a tractor to power an auger at the KOA Campground on West Diamond Drive on Tuesday when her jacket became caught in the tractor.  The 50-year-old victim lost her left arm and was taken to a Wichita hospital for treatment.

One person was killed when a utility truck overturned in Southwest  Kansas. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, as a semi attempted to pass the utility truck both vehicles veered off the road and overturned. A 45-year-old man from North Dakota was killed. The crash happened on K 51 Highway in Seward County north of Liberal.

A child was shot during a road rage incident in Wichita.  Police say two vehicles were traveling near 13th and Broadway yesterday when one car cut off the other.  The vehicles then traveled to the area of 12th and North Topeka where someone in one car opened fire and struck a four-year-old boy in the other vehicle.  The boy was taken to a hospital for treatment for a gunshot wound to the stomach, and police later found the vehicle that the alleged shooter was traveling in.

A Kansas man is facing federal charges in connection with a robbery at a Walgreens store in Topeka. He allegedly lifted his shirt and showed the cashier what appeared to be the butt of a gun. The cashier emptied the register. Surveillance video showed the robber was driving a four-door Nissan Maxima with a sunroof. An investigator used data from a license plate reader to help narrow the search for cars of the type in the video and owners who fit the description of the robber.

A man is facing several charges after a Wichita crash involving two Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicles.  Authorities say the deputies were assisting Wichita police with an injury crash when a vehicle driven by 39-year-old Charles Grant sped through the intersection and collided with four other cars including the deputies’ vehicles.  No one was injured. Grant was arrested for driving under the influence and possession of narcotics.

The personal information of thousands of people could be at risk following a phishing attack at a Kansas hospital.  Authorities say Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa fell victim to an outside hack on September 25th.  Hospital officials say more than 16-thousand people may have had their health information, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, social security numbers and other data exposed to hackers.  Ransom Memorial Hospital is contacting everyone whose information may have been compromised and offering them one year of free credit monitoring.

Based on success of the initial effort,  a second Mary L. Vanier K-State Family Scholarship match fund of $1 million has been established at Kansas State University.  The fund will create 30 additional matching gift scholarships for Kansas State University students as part of the K-State Family Scholarship Program. This new gift continues the momentum of the KSU Foundation’s Family Scholarship Program begun in 2017.

A professor and a graduate assistant from Wichita State University are trying to change the world, one mouth at a time. The team is researching synergistic properties contained in cranberries and other natural extracts that will, in theory, stop the decay of teeth and provide an alternative to traditional oral health care. The duo is working with Ocean Spray a prominent brand behind many juices and snacks, for support. The company has provided extracts as well as other vital materials for the team’s research and has been a significantly helpful part of their work.

Headquartered at the University of Kansas School of Engineering, a research team is envisioning what U.S. roads, highways, bridges and supporting infrastructure could look like in coming decades, a time when autonomous vehicles, more traffic and harsher weather driven by climate change could stress the American transportation system. The work is taking place under a planning grant from the National Science Foundation and includes multidisciplinary researchers from multiple institutions. The researchers hope the one-year, $100,000 project might result in establishment of an Engineering Research Center at KU to advance basic science that will underpin next-generation transport technology.

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