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KSU coaching legend announces retirement…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: December 3, 2018

Sacha SanguinettiDecember 3, 2018

Bill Snyder, architect of the greatest turnaround in the history of college football and arguably one of the best college football coaches of all time, announced his retirement today as the head football coach at Kansas State. The winningest coach in the history of K-State football with a 215-117-1 record, Snyder will transition to a special ambassador role for the University as stated in his current employment agreement.

Governor Jeff Colyer has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff immediately for 30 days due to the death of former President George H.W. Bush. Bush, who was the 41st President, died at his home in Houston Friday at the age of 94.

The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will host a special memorial display honoring the legacy of former President George H.W. Bush and his relationship with former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole. Guests will also be able to sign a memorial book and share their condolences. The book will be presented to the Bush family. The display will be available to the general public beginning at noon Monday.

Kansas officials are remembering former President George H.W. Bush, who died in Houston on Friday at age 94.  Governor Jeff Colyer honored the nation’s 41st president, and he has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff for 30 days.  U.S. Senator Jerry Moran tweeted that Bush was a defender of liberty and freedom, and that his legacy of faith and service will live on.

A new state senator is appointed in Sedgwick County.  The county’s Democratic Party selected Mary Ware during Saturday’s 25th Senate District Vacancy Convention, which was held at the Service Employees International Union.  Ware will replace former State Senator Lynn Rogers, who will become Kansas’ new Lieutenant Governor next month.

A large fire broke out at a plastic manufacturing company in the Northwest Kansas community of Quinter Sunday afternoon. Multiple agencies responded to the fire at the Formation Plastics facility including the Quinter Fire Department. Greenfield Fire, Grinnell Fire, Trego County Rural Fire, the Gove County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

A Nebraska man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Western Kansas. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 59-year-old Michael Burton was driving a 2013 Peterbilt Semi headed north on U183 Highway in Clark County. He went left of center into the left ditch, lost control, and rolled landing on the passenger side.

Police in Manhattan are looking for a hit and run driver who seriously injured a pedestrian. According to the RCPD officers responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident. The pedestrian was seriously injured and the vehicle involved, described as a small white 4-door car, fled the scene.

A man convicted of killing a Kansas police officer is headed to prison.  Jamaal Lewis was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree felony murder, and he will be eligible for parole in 27 years.  Lewis was originally charged with capital murder in the death of KCK Police Department Captain Robert Melton.  Melton was shot and killed while responding to a shots fired call in July 2016.

A Hays woman has admitted to mistreatment of a dependent adult and a drug crime. 39-year-old Nichole Denee Burns was caring for her father, who was prescribed fentanyl patches to manage his pain. She would remove the patches, use them herself, and then reapply the used patch to her father. The defendant’s father was later admitted to the emergency room in severe pain because he was not receiving his prescribed medication from the used patch.

A lake in Kansas will be the location of a national fishing event this coming spring. Milford Lake will be a Cabela’s King Kat Championship Qualifier lake in 2019. The tournament is set for March 30, 2019 and is a two-person team event. The competition will provide the opportunity for a team to win a spot at the national championship. The tournament will be headquartered at Acorns Resort.

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