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Today In Kansas Report – Feb. 17, 2020

Jackson SchneiderFebruary 17, 2020

No serious injuries are reported after a plane crashed in Valley Center.  Officials say a Cessna taking off from a grassy area went down about 3:00 yesterday afternoon behind the Valley Center Christian Church.  The pilot suffered minor injuries in the crash, but refused medical treatment, and three other people aboard the aircraft were not hurt.  The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.

A teenager is dead following a crash in Jefferson County.  The Kansas Highway Patrol says 16-year-old Kyler Postma was driving on Kansas Highway Four in Meriden yesterday morning when his car went into oncoming traffic and struck a semi head-on.  Postma died at the scene, and the driver of the semi complained of pain, but was not taken to a hospital by emergency crews.  The deadly crash is under investigation.

Police in the largest city in Kansas are warning residents about a scam.  Authorities say someone called a 64-year-old woman last week claiming to be a Wichita police officer requesting money and threatened she would be arrested for not cooperating with the Social Security Administration.   Police say the call was a scam and the department will never contact someone and ask them for money over the phone.

A Georgia nursing home company has been banned from doing business in Kansas for 10 years and fined $100,000 for failing to protect patient and employee records, According to Attorney General Derek Schmidt AltaCare Corporation  d/b/a Pinecrest Nursing Home in Humboldt, has been enjoined from doing business in the state of Kansas for 10 years and was also ordered to properly destroy all Pinecrest Nursing Home records at the company’s expense by shredding, erasing, or otherwise modifying the personal information in the records to make them unreadable. The judgment resolves a lawsuit filed by Schmidt in May 2017 alleging AltaCare, as the manager of Pinecrest Nursing Home, violated Kansas data-protection laws by failing to implement and maintain reasonable procedures and practices to protect personal information and by failing to take reasonable steps to destroy or arrange for the secure destruction of records containing personal information when the records no longer are to be used. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division learned that Pinecrest Nursing Home was unsecured and was broken into and vandalized by unknown persons multiple times after the facility closed in 2011. Records containing personal information had been left observable and accessible in plain sight. Although Humboldt city officials notified AltaCare that the records were not secure within the Pinecrest building, the company failed to take action to protect those records and the personal information they contained. The attorney general’s office secured the records to prevent further potential unauthorized disclosure of personal information. “Personal information” includes information such as a social security number, driver’s license number, financial account number or credit or debit card number that can be misused to commit identity theft or otherwise harm the person whose information is compromised. It also includes any information, such as medical records, for which a security obligation is imposed by federal or state statute.

239 youth delegates ranging in ages from 13 to 18 are learning how to work together and pass via a hands-on civics lesson at the state capitol. Citizenship in Action, hosted by Kansas 4-H Youth Development, a statewide K-State Research and Extension program, features  with teens from 50 Kansas counties learning how the lawmaking process works. Before learning the process of crafting, debating, and passing bills into law, youth delegates learned skills in deliberative dialogue and finding common ground around issues. A mock legislative process took place on Sunday, with tours of the Kansas Statehouse on Monday. Delegates will meet local legislators and practice communication skills while advocating for how youth can have greater engagement in their communities.

Through a unique partnership, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and Humboldt High School have successfully created a safe haven for area birds that would have otherwise been displaced. Two years ago, Humboldt High School had a large colony of chimney swift birds that had nested and roosted in the school’s abandoned boiler chimney. Because the school had plans of eventually demolishing the old structure, Humboldt High School staff knew it was essential that an alternative roost site be built for the birds – a colony that, at one point, had grown to nearly a thousand birds. Enter KDWPT’s nongame donation program, Chickadee Checkoff.  Thanks to Chickadee Checkoff, Wildlife Integration LLC and B&W Trailer Hitches, Humboldt High School was able to construct a combined habitat improvement and educational wildlife display on school grounds. The display consists of a chimney swift roost tower and a bat house, providing much-needed shelter for both winged species. Interpretative signage was also placed near the roost tower, providing students, teachers and school visitors with educational information about the display and live nest site. Just last year, several dozen chimney swifts were observed roosting at night in the newly built tower, and evidence of new nests were also discovered.

Today is Presidents’ Day, a day to honor America’s commanders-in-chief past and present. Congress originally implemented the federal holiday in 1879 as Washington’s Birthday. It was also the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen. President’s Day is traditionally celebrated on the third Monday of February each year to coincide with Washington’s birth, February 22nd. Up until 1968, however, it was celebrated on the actual date of his birthday. President Nixon later called the holiday “Presidents’ Day” as a way to honor all past presidents. Many federal, state, and local government offices will be closed in observance of President’s Day. That includes U.S. post offices, along with some schools and libraries.

 

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