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Heavy rains across Kansas…plus other headlines: October 9, 2018

Sacha SanguinettiOctober 9, 2018

Heavy rainfall over the past couple of days have prompted some flooding issues around Kansas. Motorists are urged to be wary of flooding in some areas, and to “turn around don’t drown”. Road crews across the state are working overtime during this week’s rainy weather Crews in some areas are working 12-hour shifts during the storms.

More than 20 high school students and a driver are safe after being rescued from a school bus stranded in high water in Kansas City.  The bus carrying students to Raytown South High School got stuck in flood water.  All students and the driver were safely evacuated from the bus within 20 minutes.  No one was injured in the incident, and another bus transported the students to school.

Reports of a religious group on the campus of Bethany College in Lindsborg approaching students as ruse to cover human trafficking are not accurate. According to the school,  This group has been identified as the World Society Church of God. They are a fundamentalist church with a congregation in Wichita and are not linked to sex trafficking. The school says the church group is not a danger to individuals, but are very persistent. School officials were contacted by the church and believe there to be no safety concerns for Bethany students.

A professor along with two students from the FHSU Department of Geosciences, have been announced as recipients of international awards. Dr. Hendratta Ali, and students Russell Krug, Luke Rijfkogle are being honored by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. The international organization has 27,000 members from 128 different countries. The awards will be presented later this month at an International Exhibition in Anaheim, California.

The largest study of its kind will gauge community efforts to combat childhood obesity, a key risk factor for later chronic disease. Two researchers at the University of Kansas Institute are spearheading the community measurement aspect of the work, dubbed the Healthy Communities Study.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration has designated the Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Kansas State University as part of its University Center Program. This designation is a collaborative initiative of the university and the Kansas Department of Commerce to boost development of new products and technologies in the state.  The initiative will provide $1.6 million over five years to assist entrepreneurs and existing businesses in Kansas with strategic planning efforts to identify and overcome the technical challenges faced in new product and technology development.

Bucking the usual trend most years during this time of year, gas prices in Kansas and across the nation continue to rise. Kansas saw only a modest 1-cent increase in the past week to $2.75, but is up 8 cents in the past month and up 19 percent from a year ago. Generally, motorists experience some autumn relief at the pumps, with less affordable gasoline blends and lower demand, but those trends have not held true this year.

The Kansas American Legion’s 38th annual Eisenhower Pilgrimage will be held in Abilene this weekend. The event is Saturday, at the Eisenhower Museum and Library in front of General Eisenhower’s statue. Activities include a Presidential wreath ceremony and a presentation by featured speaker Dodge City native Naval Captain Mark Oberly.

The owners of the Wichita Thunder hockey team are helping the family of a fallen Sedgwick County deputy.  Thunder co-owners Rodney Steven, Brandon Steven and Johnny Steven went to the roof of the Wichita Ice Center and vowed to stay there until $50,000 as raised for the family of Deputy Robert Kunze and that every seat at INTRUST Bank Arena was sold for the Thunder’s opening weekend.  The Steven’s say they surpassed the 50-thousand-dollar goal, but tickets remained for the Thunder’s opening contests.  Deputy Kunze was shot in the line of duty last month, but he was able to kill the suspect before dying from his own injuries.

Two suspects are under arrest after one of them allegedly fired shots at Olathe police.   Officers investigating four overnight armed robberies at local businesses had stopped the suspects when one of them allegedly exchanged gunfire with police.  No one was hurt, and three nearby schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution.  The alleged shooter was later taken into custody in a wooded area, and the other suspect was also apprehended.

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