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With all the moisture West Nile Virus a concern…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: June 10, 2019

Sacha SanguinettiJune 10, 2019

The entire state of Kansas is under a moderate risk for West Nile Virus. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says floods throughout the state will cause an increase in the mosquito populations. An increase in temperatures mean it will take less time for mosquitoes to mature from eggs to biting adults.  They expect an increase in risk of West Nile virus transmission over the next several weeks. West Nile virus is the most common mosquito-borne disease in Kansas and the United States.  West Nile symptoms range from a slight headache and low-grade fever to swelling of the brain or brain tissue and in rare cases, death. State health officials say people can help stop the spread of West Nile by eliminating standing water from around homes, using insect repellent containing DEET and by staying indoors at dusk and dawn.

An infant is dead after being found in a hot vehicle in Butler County.  Authorities say the three-month-old girl was found unresponsive on Saturday after being left unattended in a vehicle east of Meadowlark Road on Southwest 160th.  The girl’s mother told deputies she had arrived home and took a nap before realizing she had left the baby in the car.  The incident is under investigation.

A man was killed in a single vehicle crash in western Kansas. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 31 Kyle Urban from Ellis driving a 1997 GMC Jimmy headed west on a rural road in Trego County. He went off the road  to the left. The SUV rolled, landing on its wheels. Urban was ejected, and died at the scene. The crash happened Saturday night on a rural road 3.5 miles east of K-147 Highway.

A man from Inman and a passenger in a truck he was driving suffered non-life threatening injuries in a crash in a work truck carrying a tank of herbicide near a school in rural Saline County. 75-year-old Kenneth Reh told deputies he fell asleep while he was driving. The 2015 Ford F550 left the road and hit a culvert. Staff from Saline County Emergency Management responded to the scene to check the area after a small leak was found in the tank that held Round-Up weed killer.

A woman was struck by a train.  Authorities say the victim was struck late Saturday in North Wichita. The injured woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition.  Investigators are trying to determine why the woman was on the railroad tracks at the time of the incident.

A man is headed to prison for attacking a Kansas police officer with a butter knife. 54-year-old  Darren Hutcherson will spend more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated assault charges and interference with law enforcement.  Prosecutors say police were trying to arrest Hutcherson at a homeless shelter in Wichita last October when he tried to stab an officer in the chest.  The officer was struck in the bullet-proof vest during the incident, but was not injured.

To honor the men and women of the “Big Red One” and its proud century long legacy, the 1st Infantry Division will host its annual Victory Week celebration June 10-14 at Fort Riley.  Soldiers participate in events of camaraderie and remembrance throughout the week.  While Victory Week is a time for celebration, it is also a time to honor the lives of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving with the division. A Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Victory Park is among planned activities.

Three children are under arrest after allegedly breaking into a Kansas school.  Police stopped three boys as they left Mueller Elementary School in Wichita.  Officers discovered that the children had stolen electronics.  One 11-year-old boy and two 14-year-old boys were taken into custody on burglary charges.

A new Miss Kansas is crowned.  Miss Wichita Annika Wooton was named Miss Kansas 2019 over the weekend in Pratt. Wooton is an Overland Park native and University of Kansas graduate.  Wooton, who competed against 27 other women for the Miss Kansas title, will take part in the Miss America pageant later this year.

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