Weather and illness shut down a number of Kansas schools…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: February 20, 2019

Jackson SchneiderFebruary 20, 2019

Many schools across Kansas canceled classes today beacuse of snow and ice. But, in western Kansas, at least two school districts closed due to illness. Via social media Oakley schools announced their schools would be closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to staff illness. The district was already scheduled to be out of school on Friday and Monday so classes will resume next week on Tuesday. Greeley County Schools in Tribune say they will be closed for the rest of the week due to the high number of students who were out with the flu and other illness.

Kansas is feeling the impact of another winter storm.   A storm that blew in on Tuesday prompted winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings across the state.  Between three and five inches of snow was forecast for many areas. Some parts of central Kansas received at least six inches of frozen precipitation. In Salina, four inches of snow fell. Kingman County has some of the heaviest snow, with 10 inches falling. Authorities reported numerous accidents due to slick and snow-covered roads.

Police are investigating after an injured child was removed from a Kansas  home.  Authorities say the child was taken yesterday from a home in Wichita after being found with injuries to their body.  The child was transported to a hospital in critical condition.  Police have not said how the child was injured.

A man is accused of placing skimming devices on ATMs in Arkansas City.  Eighteen-year-old Vasile Serban was taken into custody in Texas on a warrant in connection with three incidents in Arkansas City in November and December of last year.  Serban faces more than 100 counts of identity theft, three counts of theft by deception, theft and criminal damage to property.  Authorities say Serban used the devices to steal victims’ account information.

The University of Kansas has been named one of 2019’s worst colleges for free speech. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education says KU made their list after university leaders folded to political pressure to censor an American flag art exhibition. In doing so, the school went against its own assertion that the university “values differences, free expression and free debate as it is vital for a community of scholars and the creation of new knowledge.”





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