Shutdown impacting Kansans…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: January 8, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiJanuary 8, 2019

The impact of the government shutdown continues to be felt in Kansas. Some farmers around the state are experiencing some challenges. Among them are the closure of the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency. Farmers that depend on the agency for resources and aid won’t be getting any until the government reopens.

Authorities are investigating after an inmate escaped from the Lansing Correctional Center.  Thirty-six-year-old Cal Henry Green the Third left the prison without permission yesterday in a green “Army” dump truck, but that vehicle was later found abandoned in the Kansas City area. Green was serving a prison sentence for an aggravated battery conviction in Wyandotte County.

A man accused of kicking a toddler at a Kansas grocery store is charged.  Thirty-one-year-old Trace Riff appeared in court yesterday and was charged with felony attempted battery, interference with law enforcement and two counts of disorderly conduct.  Riff allegedly kicked a one-year-old African-American boy in the back while yelling racial slurs at a Dillons store in Wichita.  The child was not injured in the incident.

Kansas police are investigating an accidental shooting.  Authorities say a person in a car was trying to put a firearm in a holster when they accidentally fired the weapon. The victim was taken to a Wichita hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Kansas Governor-elect Laura Kelly and Lieutenant Governor-elect Lynn Rogers are planning a day of service and community celebrations across the state.  Saturday’s activities are part of Kelly’s inaugural festivities.  Rogers will attend food bank events at Wichita’s Advanced Learning Library and Cargill Cares Complex.  Kelly will attend a similar event in Topeka.

A Kansas native has a national championship for the second time in three years. Clemson rolled right past Alabama to become the new king of college football with a 44-16 win over the defending champions in the National Championship Game.  Clemson’s defense, under Kansas native Brent Venables, smothered Alabama all night.  Venables, a graduate of Salina South High School and Kansas State University, is the Clemson Defensive Coordinator and considered to be one of the best defensive minds in the country.

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