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Looming crackdown on e-cigs…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: September 12, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiSeptember 12, 2019

A crack down on e-cigarettes could be looming. Federal officials at the highest level are expressing concern about flavored e-cigs which are marketed to kids.  The government is investigating deaths from vaping.  Six people have died from lung disease linked to vaping.  A Kansas resident this week was the sixth to die from a vaping-related respiratory illness that’s sweeping the nation.  Five other deaths were reported in Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, Minnesota and California.  The CDC is investigating more than 470 cases of vaping-related illnesses and severe lung injury in 33 states  Meantime, the American Lung Association has put out a statement saying e-cigarettes are definitely not safe.

Authorities are investigating after a body was found at a lake in Eastern Kansas. The Miami County Sheriff’s Office says a man fishing at Hillsdale Lake Wednesday morning spotted a body floating in the water.  The victim was identified as 63-year-old Robert Masters of Hillsdale, and his car was found submerged in the water.  Investigators do not believe foul play was involved in Masters’ death.

One woman is dead following a two-vehicle crash involving a semi in south central Kansas. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2017 Ford Focus passenger car was headed west on  K 96 Highway in Reno County. As the cat was slowing to make a right hand turn it was rear-ended by a 2016 Kenworth semi. The driver of the car, identified as 55-year-old Mary Rosenberger of Medicine Lodge, was killed. The driver of the semi was not hurt. The crash happened Wednesday afternoon in Reno County at the intersection of K 96 Highway and Halstead Road.

A pilot was able to walk away from a belly landing at a Kansas airport. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 42-year-old Jeremiah Brandt of Wichita was piloting a 1975 Piper fixed wing aircraft. He attempted to put down landing gear as he approached the Kingman County Airport. The landing gear did not operate, so Brandt conducted a gear-up landing on the runway. No other people were aboard the plane at the time of the landing.

A suspect is under arrest following a police chase in Winfield.  Police were sent to a home  to make contact with 25-year-old John McCoy, who had active arrest warrants.  McCoy then ran from a convenience store and was later found in a vehicle. McCoy allegedly caused damage to police vehicles and private property during an ensuing chase before he crashed and was taken into custody.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center and Midwest Cancer Alliance have been awarded a grant to expand the reach of cancer clinical trials to Kansas’ rural communities. The six-year grant designates the team as a minority/underserved (MU) community site of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). There are 14 such sites in the United States., and the KU Cancer Center-Midwest Cancer Alliance site is the only one that focuses on rural communities. As an NCORP MU community site, KU Cancer Center and Midwest Cancer Alliance will accrue individuals to NCI-approved cancer clinical trials and research studies that encompass cancer prevention, screening, supportive care and symptom management, treatment, quality of life and cancer care delivery.

The University of Kansas Health System is launching a new suicide awareness program.  The health system’s Marillac Campus in Overland Park is hosting a program called Insights that aims to change suicidal thoughts in people.  The program includes recreational, art, music and drama therapy for patients.  The Insights program officially started on Monday.

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