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Kansas sends first responders to assist with Hurricane Dorian…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: September 3, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiSeptember 3, 2019

Kansas first responders are taking part in hurricane response efforts.  Kansas Task Force One, an Urban Search and Rescue team of 42 first responders, left for Florida last night.  The task force will spend 14 days in Florida. The team is prepared to search for and transport any people and animals stranded by rising storm surge and flood waters. They are also ready to provide basic life support and medical care, while supporting any other urban search and rescue efforts.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas Department of Corrections are investigating the death of an inmate at a Kansas prison.  Officials say 29-year-old Michael Fancher died at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility. The cause of death is pending an autopsy. Fancher was serving sentences from Lyon County for felony drug crimes.

A suspect is under arrest in connection with a 2014 murder in Kansas.  Fifty-seven-year-old James Leon Edwards was booked into jail on Sunday for first-degree murder in commission of a felony.  Authorities believe Edwards shot and killed Nathanial Jackson during an altercation in Wichita in October 2014.  Bond in the case has been set at 500-thousand-dollars.

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver the first Landon Lecture of the school year at Kansas State University, the 190th presentation in the distinguished lecture series. Pompeo will speak at 10:30 a.m. this Friday, Sept. 6th, in McCain Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Tucked away behind a business in the eastern Kansas community of Rossville, an unassuming bit of equipment quietly goes about its business, detecting wind speed, precipitation, air temperature and more. The information automatically goes to the Weather Data Library at Kansas State University where it’s archived and available free to the public. The Rossville station is one of 62 weather stations across the state that make up Kansas Mesonet, an expanding network of stations that collects weather and climate data.  The data is used by farmers, science teachers, construction companies, gardeners, watershed managers and anyone interested in current and historical weather information for the state. That occasionally includes law enforcement or legal teams interested in knowing what the weather conditions were at a specific date and time of day in a certain area.

Degree programs offered by Fort Hays State University through its FHSU Virtual College received 10 top-10 recognitions, including a No. 1 and six top-five ratings in July and August. They were recognized for being among the best and most affordable programs offered by U.S. colleges and universities.

The 2019 Kansas State Fair will kick off 10 days of fun later this week. From Pronto Pup eating contests to an Explore Kansas Festival and a draft horse parade, this year’s Kansas State Fair has something for everyone. There will be traditional fair favorites, along with new sights, sounds, flavors and excitement from all corners of the state. From viewing the rich yellow butter sculpture to filling your stomach with all things deep-fried, there is no shortage of things to experience. The Kansas State Fair begins its 10-day run in Hutchinson on Friday.

For those who don’t hunt, fall may officially start on September 23, the Autumn Equinox. For hunters, though, fall started on Sunday when dove season opened. Mourning doves are the most widespread and abundant game bird in North America, and Kansas boasts one of the highest breeding populations in the Midwest.

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