National Voter Registration Day…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: September 24, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiSeptember 24, 2019

Volunteers across the U.S. , and Kansas, will be working to get people registered to vote today.  It’s National Voter Registration Day.  Organizers say every year millions of Americans can’t vote because they missed a deadline, didn’t update their registration, or just weren’t sure how to register.

A second vaping-related death is being reported in Kansas.  State officials confirmed the death yesterday and they say the patient was a man over 50-years-old who had underlying health conditions.  Kansas’ first vaping-related death was a woman over the age of 50 who died September 10th.  Kansas has seen nine probable and confirmed vaping-related health cases so far.

A Kansas soldier is accused of discussing a bomb attack against a major U.S. news network. FBI agents arrested the soldier, who also planned to travel to Ukraine to fight with a violent extremist group. He is identified as Jarrett William Smith. The FBI says the alleged discussions about bombs took place in online forums.  The news network was not identified.  Smith had been stationed at Fort Riley.

Wichita police are investigating a possible hate crime.  Authorities say someone burned a resident’s pride flag outside a home in the Riverside neighborhood sometime between 1:00 and 6:00 last Saturday morning.  No arrests have been announced, and police say they are also treating the case as an arson.

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will host the sixth annual Fly Kansas Air Tour later this week. Over 40 pilots have signed-up to fly.  Participants will visit 11 communities across Kansas during the three-day tour.  The tour focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Highlights for this year include opportunities for students to learn from pilots, tour through aviation museums and local business fairs and view historic aircraft participating in the tour and on static display. This year’s events take place in Wellington, Pittsburg, Garnett and Concordia on Thursday, Sept. 26; Rooks County, Goodland, Hays and Kingman on Sept. 27; and Benton, Abilene and Wichita on Sept. 28.

Some of the best aerobatic pilots are in the world are in Kansas this week. The Salina Regional Airport is hosting the U.S. National  Aerobatic Championships.  Pilots compete in five categories, fly at least three routines in each category. All routines are scored by judges, and those posting the highest scores in each category are named national champions. Top finishers will earn berths on the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team that will compete in the 2020 World Aerobatic Championships in Italy.

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