Shareholders Approve Westar/Great Plains Merger

Shareholders have overwhelmingly approved a proposed merger of Kansas’ largest electric company with a Missouri firm. Kansas City, Missouri-based Great Plains Energy Inc. and Topeka-based Westar Energy Inc. announced in a news release Tuesday that more than 90 percent of the shares voted at each company approved the transaction. The revised deal creating a company with a combined equity value of about $14 billion still requires regulatory approval. The Kansas Corporation Commission issued an order Tuesday setting out a schedule next year that includes an evidentiary hearing March 19-27. Its order is due by June 5.

City Council Approves SPending $600K For Dunbar Theater

The Wichita City COuncil has approved spending more than $600,000 to restore and reopen the Dunbar Theater. The theater is located in the 1000 block of North Cleveland Street and is on the national register of historic places. It was closed in the 1960’s and before the civil rights movement, it was the only movie theater that black people could go to. A non profit organization called Power COmmunity Development Corporation says it hopes to raise as much as $5 million dollars in private money and grants to restore and renovate the theater and have it reopened in 2020.

Tyson Says Kansas Chicken Processing Plant Plans Are “On Hold”

New developments in the Tyson chicken processing plant plans in Sedgwick County. The Arkansas-based company now says plans for a Wichita-area chicken plant are “on hold” while the company focuses on building a new plant in Tennessee. The company did not rule out that it might consider a Kansas plant in the future. It said it would bring some 1,600 jobs to the economy, but opponents say the plant would also harm the environment and overload area schools with children.

Protesters Gather Downtown In Objection Of Tyson Plant

A big protest in Wichita on Saturday… organized by people who do not want Arkansas-based Tyson Chicken to build a mega plant in Sedgwick County. Doznes of people gathered at the intersection of Douglas and Emporia Saturday, holding signs and waving to traffic driving by. Rumors have been circulating that Tyson is eyeing a parcel of land in Southwest Sedgwick County for the possible plant. The city of CLearwater even passing a ceremonial resolution noting that it is against a Tyson plant. Tyson, meanwhile, says it will build the multi-million dollar plant and emply some 1,600 people.

Accidental Shooting While Hunting In Reno County

Local news now. Am accidental shooting in Reno County. Ren oCounty SHeriff Randy Henderson says on his Facebook page that an 11 year-old boy and his father were hunting near the town of Pretty Prairie. Henderson identifies the father as Jean Alcala, who accidentally shot his son Gabriel Alcala, while bird hunting in the 26000 block of South Dean Road. The boy is now recovering at a Wichita hospital and is expected to recover.

Police Release Identity of Woman Killed In Trash Truck Accident

Police have released the name of the woman killed in a tragic accident in the Forest Hills neighborhood near Central and Webb Road this week. Carol Denning was reportedly walking along her residential street on Laurel when a trash truck driver did not see her. The driver ran over 79 year-old Carol Denning, dragging her a number of feet before realizing what had happened.

Police Issue New Information On Missing Maize Woman

New information in the case of a missing woman in Maize. Kendra Nystrom was last seen May 4th in the 12000 block of West 29th Street North. Police say she tripped the alarm of her parents home, but when officers arrived, she had fled out a back door. Police say Kendra does have a drug addiction problem, but they believe she may be in danger. Kendra Nystrom is described as 5-fgoot 4 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds. She has long red hair past her shoulders. Kendra also has the initials RJ tattooed on her left ring finger. If you have any information, call crimestoppers at 267-2111.

Woman Struck; Killed By Trash Truck

A Wichita woman has died after she was struck by trash truck Wednesday. Police responded just after noon to the area near Central and Laurel, near Webb Road. The woman was reportedly walking on the residential street when the trash truck driver reported he didn’t see her. The female victim is said to be 79 years old. She died of her injuries.

Barber County Family Sues Sheriff Over Man’s Death

The family man who was shot and killed by police in Southern Kansas is now suing the Barbner County Sheriff’s Department. 42 year-old Steven Myers, of Sun City, was shot with what law enforcement consider a less-than-lethal bean bag. However, Myers died of his injuries on October 6th. The man’s family is suing because they say the Barber County Sheriff refuses to release body camera footage. They also claim deputies used excessive force. The sheriff has previously said that Myers refused to comply with repeated commands. A judge has postponed a hearing in the case until December 1st.

Wichita Man Gunned Down Near 31st South and Hydraulic

That shooting we told you about earlyWednesday has led ro a death. Wichita Police say they responded at about 1:30 a.m. to the 1400 block of Gidley Street, which is near 31st South and Hydraulic. They found a 51 year-old man in the street suffering from a gunshot wound. Family and friends identify the victim was Michael Nelson. Lieutenant Todd Ojile says Nelson was in the area to visit a friend when he was approched by someone else in the street. Words were exchanged, and then the shooting happened. Ojile said detectives believed Nelson was targeted somehow. No suspect information is known. If you know anything call Crimestoppers at 267-2111.