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Headlines for Sunday, January 3, 2021

Senator-Elect Marshall Joins Electoral College Challenge

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KPR) - Kansas' new junior senator Roger Marshall says he's joining about a dozen other Republican senators who plan to challenge this week's Electoral College certification process.  Marshall made the announcement yesterday (SAT), as the 117th Congress prepares to be sworn in today (SUN).  Some Republicans -- including former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole -- have been highly critical of attempts to delegitimize president-elect Joe Biden's victory without providing evidence.

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Kansas City Marks Deadliest Year Ever with 180 Killings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City recorded 180 homicide victims in 2020, the highest number of killings in a single year in its history, as gun violence surged nationwide. The Kansas City Star reports that the last time the city saw anywhere close to as many homicides was 2017, when it recorded 155 killings, including four fatal police shootings. In addition to the homicide record, 2020 also marked a dramatic surge in nonfatal shootings. More than 620 people were shot and survived — a statistic that Mayor Quinton Lucas described as “crazy” and “embarrassing.”

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Kansas Leaders Reflect on Pandemic Lessons from 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As 2021 begins, health officials and elected leaders in Kansas are reflecting on the lessons learned so far about the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Governor Laura Kelly said the pandemic showed Kansas that a “patchwork” response does not work. She closed schools in mid-March and later that month issued a statewide stay-at-home order that remained in place for five weeks. A law approved in June by the Republican-controlled Legislature gave the state’s 105 counties the authority to opt out of Kelly’s orders. She argued recently that she was forced to accept local control to keep a state of emergency for the pandemic in effect.

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25-year-old Topeka Man Identified as Shooting Victim

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have identified the victim of a New Year’s Eve shooting in Topeka. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that police said the death of 25-year-old Jesus Noel Soto-Villareal brought the city’s homicide total for 2020 to 25. Police said in a news release that officers were on patrol around 5:40 p.m. Thursday when they heard gunshots. Police were then notified that a man suffering from life-threatening injuries had arrived at a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  

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Two People Killed in Separate New Year's Shootings in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita recorded two deaths in separate shootings just hours into the New Year. Police say 22-year-old Gabriel Campos-Torres died after being shot just after midnight in southeast Wichita. Police say 18-year-old Noah Martin of Wichita and a 16-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder. The second fatal shooting occurred at a New Year's Eve party in northwest Wichita. Police spokesman Charley Davidson said 26-year-old Nicholas Sims was shot at a party attended by about 50 people. Davidson said Sims got into an argument with someone at the party. Investigators are trying to determine the circumstances of that shooting.

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KCK Police: Man Found Dead was Victim of Shooting

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man found dead in the snow on New Year’s Day in Kansas City, Kansas, apparently had been shot. Police said in a news release that it appears that the shooting happened in the early morning hours. The name of the man who was killed wasn’t immediately released. Police also provided no information on a suspect or motive. Anyone with information is urged to call a tips hotline.

 

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