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Today In Kansas Report – Feb. 18, 2020

Jackson SchneiderFebruary 18, 2020

State health officials are trying to get the truth out about a story circulating on social media that there are six coronavirus cases in Wichita.  The Centers for Disease Control say there are 15 confirmed cases in seven states but none in Kansas.  The same fake story is making the rounds in other states as well.

An international relations group is raising funds to buy medical goggles for people affected by the coronavirus in China.  The group — the Kansas City Chinese American Association — has raised about ten-thousand dollars.  Meanwhile, local doctors caution that a bigger threat to Americans’ health is the flu.  The flu is reported to be widespread across the country, including Missouri and Kansas.

Following a months-long investigation, a Topeka man has been arrested in connection with suspected human trafficking.  The suspect is identified as 54-year-old Michael Anderson.  He faces charges of rape, aggravated kidnapping and battery.  The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says it expects to make more arrests in the case.

A used car dealership is paying 15-thousand dollars in fines after it sold a car on layaway, which is illegal.  The district attorney’s office says Joe’s Used Auto Sales of north Wichita also did not tell customers about safety recalls on its cars.  The district attorney has ordered the dealership to repay the customer who bought a car on layaway.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shootings of two horses belonging to a Clearwater woman.  Linda McLain told investigators she heard shots while inside her home last week and later discovered two of her horses had been shot.  One later died.  The other is recovering.  The sheriff’s office asks anyone who has information on the shootings to contact them.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has notified the City of Frontenac that it violated the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) when it requested a $3,500 fee in order to furnish copies of public records to a reporter. In October 2019, a representative of the media filed a KORA complaint with the attorney general’s office alleging, in part, that the city’s $3,500 fee request to furnish public records he requested on September 18 was unreasonable. Upon investigation, the attorney general’s office determined that Frontenac’s fee request was unreasonable and thus violated the KORA because it failed to explain or justify its $3,500 fee request, including why it was seeking $225.00 per hour for any time spent by its outside legal counsel. “While the city may recover its actual costs in responding to a KORA request, those costs must still be reasonable,” the attorney general’s office wrote in a finding of violation. “An hourly rate of $225.00 per hour for attorney time is per se unreasonable. Outside counsel may charge a governmental entity for its services. However, based on the public policy and purpose of the KORA, it is unreasonable for a public agency to pass those costs onto a requester without a significant reduction in the hourly fee rate.”

 

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