Archives for October 2016

Kingman Settles ADA Lawsuit

The city of Kingman has settled a lawsuit involving a federal act on accessibility for the disabled. Kingman recently settled the case over the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The settlement stems from a case filed in federal court in October 2015. In the settlement, the city denies violating the law but authorizes payment to two Kingman residents who use wheelchairs.

Three Bodies Found At Rural Home West Of Hesston

We begin with that tragic story out of Harvey County, where authorities are investigating the discovery of three bodies west of Hesston. The victims are believed to have been shot to death. Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said during a news conference Sunday that an 18 month old child was also discovered insided the home, but unharmed. Two of the victims of the shooting are the child’s parents. While police say no suspects have been identified, they also say there is no danger to the public and that this appears to have been a targeted attack, not a random act.

Man Killed After Being Struck By Train Near Belle Plaine

Sumner County deputies are investigating a deadly train incident. It happened near Belle Plaine last night, according to Sheriff Darren Chambers. Chambers say a 27 year-old man standing on the tracks near 90th and Hillside was struck. The conductor reported that the man stepped out onto the tracks as the train approached.

Westar Energy Seeks Yet Another Rate Hike

Westar Energy is seeking to raise its prices by about $17.4 million, increasing the average residential bill in Kansas by about $1.54 per month. Westar spokeswoman Gina Penzig says the company filed the request Wednesday with the Kansas Corporation Commission to recover costs that weren’t available when last year’s full price review was conducted. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that most of money is for environmental upgrades to meet federal requirements.

KS Health Plans On Federal Marketplace To See 46% Premium Hikes

You may have heard the national headlines this week that the health insurance plans offered on the federal marketplace will see premiums rise by an average of 25 percent? Now the local numbers for Kansas are in, and it appears most Kansans who purchase their health insurance at will see an average premium increase of 46 percent. Kansas will continue to have two participating companies in all 105 counties. Many states only have one company.

Deadly Shooting In S. Wichita Wednesday

A south Wichita shooting has left a man dead. It happened Wednesday in the 2000 block of South Seneca. Police say they believe the suspect fled the scene in a white Range Rover with California tags. That vehicle was later found, but the suspect was not there. The shooting happened during a fight in a parking lot. The victim’s name not released yet, but police say he is a 46 year-old Hispanic male.

KS Supreme Court Refuses To Consider Pot Case

The Kansas Supreme Court won’t consider the case of a couple whose children were taken into state custody. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the court Friday declined to hear the case of Raymond and Amelia Schwab, who claimed their children were placed in state custody because of Raymond Schwab use of medical marijuana. A Kansas appellate court said earlier the children were taken into state custody because of neglect and Schwab’s suspected drug use, not because of medical marijuana.

Tulsa’s ONEOK Fined For KS Violations

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced fines totaling $732,000 against Tulsa-based ONEOK following a fire at a ONEOK facility in Bushton, Kansas. The PHMSA says 15 safety violations of pipeline safety regulations were found during an investigation following the fire. ONEOK spokeswoman Stephanie Higgins said there were no injuries as a result of the fire and the company is reviewing the orders and considering its legal options.

KS Representative Criticized For Social Media Post

A south central Kansas lawmaker is criticizing a public protest by singer Denasia Lawrence after the performer kneeled to sing the national anthem at an NBA game in Miami on Friday. Representative Joe Seiwert reportedly posted for the performer to go back to where she claimed as home. Two black legislators and the Democrat opoosing his re-election bid say the post was offensive.

Orangutan Escapes Enclosure At Sedgwick County Zoo

A little bit of commotion at the Sedgwick County Zoo Tuesday. The orangutan exhibit had to be closed after one of the primates escaped its confines. Visitors were escorted to a safe location. A soo spokesperson says 11 year-old Tao got out through a mesh enclosure. Deputy Zoo Director Ryan Gulker says Tao did make contact with a visitor, but appeared to act friendly, putting her arms around the woman and trying to play with her water bottle. The orangutan exhibit will remained closed until the zoo determines it is safe.