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Headlines for Sunday, September 13, 2020

Man Arrested after 6-Hour Standoff Outside Arrowhead Stadium

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man who fired shots at employees outside Arrowhead Stadium was arrested Saturday after a daylong standoff.  Kansas City police spokesman Capt. David Jackson said the man arrived at the Truman Sports Complex around 10:30 a.m. Saturday and fired several shots at employees but did not hit anyone. The man was arrested shortly after 6 p.m. Jackson said the man didn’t appear to have any connection to the Kansas City Chiefs or Royals. During the standoff, some stadium employees took shelter inside the complex. The Kansas City Royals’ game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was delayed about half an hour because of the standoff.

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KC Records Deadliest Summer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KPR) Kansas City had its deadliest summer in ten years, with 69 homicides reported from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  The Kansas City Star reports that the city is on pace to suffer its deadliest year ever, with 143 people killed in homicides as of this weekend.  The year began with 17 murders in January 2020.  Local officials say efforts to reduce violence have been challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The high homicide rate led federal officials earlier this summer to launch Operation LeGend to crack down on homicide and violent crime in Kansas City, St. Louis, and several other cities.

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Missouri Tops 100,000 Cases of COVID-19

UNDATED (AP)  Missouri has reached a grim milestone, topping 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.  The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' coronavirus dashboard cited 1974 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 yesterday (SAT), bringing the total since the pandemic began to more than 101,000. Authorities suspect the actual number is higher since many people with the illness go undiagnosed.  The state also added three new deaths.  The number of cases in Missouri is growing at a rate faster than most states.  Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that over the seven-day period of September 4-10th, Missouri saw the sixth highest number of new cases among all states.

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GOP-Led Council Extends Kansas COVID-19 Emergency Order

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s emergency declaration meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus will remain in effect until October 15th. The State Finance Council voted unanimously Friday to extend the order, which was to expire Tuesday. The vote came after a contentious meeting during which Kelly, a Democrat, and GOP members of the council sparred over the governor's power to order the closing of businesses during the pandemic. The governor said repeatedly that she would not order a statewide business closure. But the council approved the extension only after a clause was inserted saying Kelly doesn't intend to use her authority to close businesses in response to the virus.

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Kansas Supreme Court Tosses Convictions in 2 Criminal Cases

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has thrown out a first-degree premeditated murder conviction after finding that a trial judge erred in refusing to give jurors instructions of self-defense and involuntary manslaughter. The court on Friday sent the case of Michael Alan Keyes back to Grant County District Court. In its ruling, the Supreme Court said whether Keyes used self-defense boils down to a “credibility question.” It said it cannot be sure that the failure to instruct the jury on self-defense did not affect the trial's outcome. Keyes had been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 50 years in the 2016 death of Jimmy Martin.

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Suspect Arrested in Kansas Double Homicide Arrested in Kentucky

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a second suspect in a Kansas double homicide after finding him in Kentucky. Junction City, Kansas, police said in a news release Friday that Nathaniel Roderick Holmes was arrested Wednesday in Radcliff, Kentucky, on a warrant for suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder in the May 7th deaths of 21-year-old Dylan Spencer and 19-year-old Aaron Villarreal. He is awaiting extradition. Another suspect, 18-year-old Dontavion Wright, was arrested in June in his hometown of Talladega, Alabama, also on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder.

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Indictment: Kansas Man Threatened Black Teen in Racist Rant

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Kansas man used social media to send a racist threat to a 15-year-old Black student. A federal indictment made public Friday charges 20-year-old Gage H. Clausen of Cheney, Kansas, with one count of making a threat via interstate communications. Clausen is accused of threatening the Derby High School student and using racist slurs via Snapchat that referred to the teenager as “a filthy farm animal.” The U.S. attorney's office says in a news release that if convicted, he could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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Kansas Judge Orders Officials to Remove Lawmaker's Name from Ballot

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge has ordered the Kansas Secretary of State’s office to allow state Senator Julia Lynn to remove her name from November’s ballot so she can care for her ailing sister. The Kansas City Star reports that the judge in Shawnee County found Friday that the Olathe Republican had submitted all of the necessary documentation. At issue was technical issues with the initial version of the doctor’s note she submitted attesting to the fact that her sister required continuous care.

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Man Shot in North Wichita Dies in Hospital

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a man was fatally shot at a Wichita gathering. KSNW-TV reports that Sedgwick County Dispatch received a shooting call around 4:15 a.m. Saturday in the northern part of the city. A 22-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to an area hospital where he later died of his injuries. Police say they are looking for suspects and talking to the man’s family for clues. No arrests have been made.

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Report: Kansas Forecast to Harvest Record Soybean Crop

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is forecast to harvest a record soybean crop this fall, but corn production in the state is expected to be down from last year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service said Friday in its monthly crop update that the state’s corn expected corn production of 782 million bushels is down 2% from a year ago. Soybean production in the state is forecast at a record 231 million bushels, up 24% from last year. Kansas growers are also expected to harvest 217 million bushels of sorghum for grain, up 6% from a year ago.

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Several Low Temperature, Snow Records Broken across Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The National Weather Service says several low temperature and a snow record across Kansas have been broken this week as unseasonably cold weather moved across the region. National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Kleinsasser tells the Wichita Eagle that a large weather system over the Rockies this week has pushed an unprecedented cold front into Kansas. Among new records this were were a low of 47 degrees in Wichita on Tuesday, where the previous record had been 48 in 1890, and low of 41 degrees in Russell, where the previous record was 44 in 1962. Goodland also saw its earliest measurable snow on record Wednesday with about a half-inch.

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