Winter weather impacts Kansas…again…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: February 6, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiFebruary 6, 2019

Winter weather is impacting much of Kansas. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of the state through early Thursday.  Ice accumulation of up to two-tenths of an inch is expected to cause slick conditions on roads, and isolated power outages are possible.

A suspect was shot and is recovering, and a Kansas Sheriff Deputy was injured when a bullet went through his windshield, during a wild chase.  It started when 24-year-old Colt F. Wright, of Derby allegedly stole a jeep at a Salina convenience store at gunpoint. He lead law enforcement on a high speed pursuit, reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour and at times firing shots at them. After crashing he was shot while exchanging gunfire with two officers. A deputy was hurt as well, hit in the face by glass shards when a bullet went through his windshield.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is looking into possible clergy abuse. The KBI has begun an investigation of the state’s four Catholic dioceses. The investigation was requested by the Kansas Attorney General’s office last November, and a task force was formed to handle allegations of abuse by Catholic priests.

A task force appointed to survey efforts in Kansas to prevent youth suicide and to recommend steps to improve the state’s response issued its report this week. Among the recommendations of the Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force are improving coordination between state and local officials, increasing communication and sharing of data, developing an app as a communication tool for at-risk youth, increasing availability of mental health services and lowering wait times for care particularly in rural areas, offering evidence-based youth suicide prevention training in schools, and creating a Kansas Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator within the attorney general’s office to coordinate awareness and prevention efforts.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is investigating after a pile of dead geese and ducks were found near Goddard. Authorities are encouraging anyone with information about the dead animals to come forward.

Kansas officials are reacting to President Donald Trump’s annual State of the Union Address.  Senator Pat Roberts noted that he was pleased to hear the President mention the importance of trade, but Roberts expressed concerns about the value and practice of tariffs.  Senator Jerry Moran noted that the President is right in focusing on rebuilding crumbling infrastructure.  Moran added that he shares Trump’s goal of better border security, but he was pleased that the President did not declare a national emergency at the border.

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