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Headlines for Sunday, November 22, 2020

KCI Readies for Busy Thanksgiving Despite CDC Recommendation

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KPR) - Kansas City International Airport is getting ready for its busiest week since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Kansas City Star reports that KCI is expecting to see more than 200 daily flights on Wednesday and over the Thanksgiving weekend.  In a press release issued yesterday (SAT), KCI spokesman Joe McBride said that an esimated 180,000 passengers are expected to travel through KCI between November 20th and December 1st.  That's the busiest the airport will have been since March, but still represents a 55 percent decrease compared to 400,000 who traveled through the airport during the same time last year.  The Centers for Disease Control is strongly recommendation that people not travel this Thanksgiving, saying "postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year."

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Suspect Arrested in Fatal Arkansas City Shooting

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a suspect in a deadly shooting in south-central Kansas. Arkansas City police said in a Facebook post that officers rushed to a stretch of road Friday night in response to the shooting. They found 38-year-old Samuel Hutton wounded. Hutton was taken to a hospital, where he later died. Police said officers later learned that Hutton had been shot in the suspect’s home in Arkansas City. Officers searched throughout the night before arresting the suspect Saturday morning east of Arkansas City. The suspect has been booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree murder.

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Kansas Face Mandate to Get Boost from Media Campaign

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is preparing to launch a media campaign aimed at getting more of its residents to wear masks so that the coronavirus doesn’t keep spreading rapidly. Some officials are skeptical that it will move the needle much.  A mask mandate from Democratic Governor Laura Kelly is set to take effect Wednesday, but Kansas law allows the state’s 105 counties to opt out. The state has set aside $1.5 million for radio, television, print and social media ads promoting masks that are set to start before Thanksgiving. But some officials worry that politics are driving resistance to masks and others suggest that people already are bombarded with pro-mask messages.

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Three People Killed in Collision in Southern Kansas

ATTICA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Highway Patrol says three people died in a collision in southern Kansas. The crash happened Thursday evening on U.S. 160 between Attica and Sharon in Harper County. The patrol says a car driven by 48-year-old Johnathon Goulding crossed the center line and crashed head-on into another vehicle. Goulding and a passenger in his car, 19-year-old Haylee Goulding, died. They were from Las Vegas. The driver of the second car, 60-year-old Connie Randle of Medicine Lodge, also was killed.

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