Kansas officials respond to the Mueller investigation…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: March 25, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiMarch 25, 2019

Kansas officials are reacting to the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings in the Russia probe.  Kansas Senator Jerry Moran tweeted that officials must now work to address issues with more cooperation and less division.  Fourth District Congressman Ron Estes released a statement  noting his hope that with the conclusion of Mueller’s investigation, the nation can unite and move past the partisan divide of the 2016 presidential election.  U.S. Attorney General William Barr says Mueller’s report found that neither the Trump administration or anyone connected to it colluded or conspired with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

A woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash in south central Kansas late Sunday afternoon. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 66-year-old Dwight Sharp from Council Grove was driving a 1995 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck headed north on K 177 Highway in Geary county, a couple of miles south of Interstate 70. He went left of center and struck an oncoming 2011 Subaru Outback head-on. The driver of the Subaru, 31-year-old Kayla Jacobson from Alta Vista, was killed. Sharp was seriously injured and flown to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka. The crash happened.

State officials are recommending increased enforcement along a Sedgwick County highway.  Kansas Department of Transportation officials say stepping up enforcement on K-254 will help reduce the number of incidents on the road.  KDOT is not recommending reducing the speed limit from the current 70-miles-per-hour, and additional signage is being installed to improve safety.  The state recommendations were made using data gathered from 2014 to 2018.

A new Initiative at Kansas State University will assist manufacturers and technology entrepreneurs, particularly in rural regions. The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the addition of the Great Plains Technology and Manufacturing Cluster. The program has been awarded $500,000 for the first year with a four-year option for a total award of up to $2.5 million over five years.

A Kansas zoo is mourning the loss of one of its animal family. Rolling Hills Zoo is mourning the loss of one of the its iconic and beloved species, Motomba, an African lion. According to the zoo, Motomba had to be humanely euthanized on Friday due to complications from a long term illness.

The Powerball jackpot is now at an estimated 750-million-dollars after no one won Saturday night’s drawing.  It’s the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history, with a cash value of more than 465 million bucks.  No one has won the big prize since December.  The next drawing is Wednesday and the odds of winning are one in 292. Powerball tickets are sold in Kansas everywhere Kansas Lottery tickets are sold.

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