MANHATTAN, Kan. – A balanced scoring effort led by a game-high 20 points from junior Dean Wade helped carry Kansas State to its second consecutive Top 25 win of the week in a 73-68 victory over No. 24/25 TCU before a season-best crowd of 11,194 fans at Bramlage Coliseum.
With today’s win, the Wildcats (14-5, 4-3 Big 12) posted back-to-back victories at home over Top 25 teams for the first time since knocking off No. 8 Kansas (70-63) and No. 12 Iowa State (70-69) on February 23 and 28, 2015. The team now has 36 wins over Top 25 teams at Bramlage Coliseum, including 16 under head coach Bruce Weber.
For the fourth consecutive game and eighth time this season, four Wildcats reached double figures, including a game-high 20 points from Wade, and a career-high 18 points from sophomore Makol Mawien. Junior Barry Brown, Jr., scored 12 of his 15 points after halftime, while sophomore Xavier Sneed added 10 points.
K-State connected on 52.9 percent (27-of-51) from the field, which is the 10th time this season the team has connected on 50 percent or better in a contest, including 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from beyond the arc.
TCU (14-5, 2-5 Big 12), which was held to 20 points below its scoring average of 88.6 points per game, was led by senior forward Vlad Brodziansky, who scored 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field.
It was unusually warm across most of Kansas today, so hopefully you got outside to enjoy it!
Tomorrow will actually still be very mild in Wichita, though much of the state will be cooler. We’ll also see mostly cloudy skies, gusty winds, and the chance for some patchy drizzle and spotty showers throughout the day.
So tomorrow will be fairly quiet for Wichita, but it’s a different story for northwestern Kansas. A *Winter Storm Warning* is in effect for the counties in pink, and a *Winter Weather Advisory* is in place for the counties in purple for tomorrow morning through Monday morning. Both of these areas are expected to see freezing drizzle and slick roads Sunday morning, then blowing snow and reduced visibility Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. The highest snow accumulations will be for the counties in pink with up to 4-8″ possible.
Wichita won’t see much, but a good chunk of the state will be experiencing drizzle tomorrow morning, with the biggest concern for icy roads being in northwestern Kansas.
Then the snow primarily starts to move in from the northwest tomorrow afternoon, accompanied by significant north winds, causing whiteout conditions at times and making travel extremely hazardous.
Get the latest on potential snowfall totals tonight on KSN News at 10, or watch my latest forecast right here: http://ksn.com/2017/03/08/weather-forecast-discussion/
~Katie the Weather Lady
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Local activists hosted a rally in Old Town Saturday to show support for DACA recipients living in Kansas.
Organizers for Saturday’s rally say 6,000 DACA recipients live in the Sunflower State.
Some attendees of the protest say the imminent DACA decision not only affects their life, but also the future of their families.
One DACA recipient explained how she is coping with the uncertainty.
“I’ve tried not to think about it too much, but have tried thinking of what I could do to avoid that and help my fellow ‘Dreamers’ in the fight for our lives,” said Guadalupe Martinez, DACA recipient.
Coming up on KSN News at 10:00 p.m., Ashonti Ford meets with local DACA recipients who just got back from Washington D.C. and have comments on the continued government shutdown.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Hundreds of women chanted “hear our vote” at Wichita’s city hall on Saturday afternoon, their passionate voices being carried further by the brutal wind.
The second annual Women’s March on the Air Capital was not a physical march, rather, a rally with a panel of speakers this year, from former city councilwoman to Black Women Empowered in Wichita’s Mary Dean.
“If you stay at home then you get what you get so it’s really important in 2018 that we flip this house,” Dean said.
Between each speaker, the crowd chanted, “Hear our vote, hear our vote, hear our vote!”
Volunteers were on hand getting women registered to vote and informing them of their polling place.
“It’s wonderful when we get together and we come out here and we feel empowered, and we march and we rally, we have to vote,” organizer Brandi Calvert told the crowd. “In November, we get a new governor and we get a new secretary of state and 125 house seats are up for election. Women make up 51 percent of the population, we have to vote.”
Fusion restaurant on Douglas hosted an after-march luncheon for women to connect with one another.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One person is in critical condition after a vehicle crashed into a building in the 3000 block of W. 13th Street.
The crash was first reported at 6:07 p.m. Saturday.
According to authorities, the car crashed into a Mexican grocery store. Authorities at the scene say one person was not breathing after the crash.
KSN has a crew on the way to the scene. Updates will be provided as more details are released.
WASHINGTON (KSNW WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT) – Much of the government is shut down after the Senate failed to pass a funding bill late last night.
The Senate and House are both at work at the Capitol today in an effort to find a compromise plan to restart the government before Monday morning.
Lawmakers in Washington are in crisis mode, but instead of working together to come up with a bipartisan solution, many of them are still pointing fingers.
Tennessee Republican Congressman Chuck Fleischmann says Democrats got them into this mess, and it should be Democrats who get them out.
“They’ve made a colossal mistake. They hurt the American people with this,” said Chuck Fleischmann, U.S. Congressman, R-TN. “They need to reverse course, stand up.”
However, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says it’s the Republicans who aren’t willing to compromise.
“The Republican leadership can’t get a tumultuous president on board with anything and they don’t offer us any compromises on their own,” said Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senator, D-New York.
It all comes down to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. It’s the program that protects immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children from deportation.
Democrats say they want a DACA deal attached to the spending bill, but Republicans, like Texas Congressman Jodey Arrington, say they aren’t willing to start negotiating DACA until the government is back up and running.
“It’s unbelievable to think that Democrats would actually put American citizens at risk, our military at risk, shut the American government down on people who are here illegally,” said Jodey Arrington, U.S. Congressman, R-Texas.
But Texas Democrat Lloyd Doggett says he’s willing to keep DACA out of the spending bill if Republicans promise a vote on DACA in the next few days.
“It doesn’t have to be included in this agreement but there has to be a firm understanding of how we address that,” said Lloyd Doggett, US Congressman, D-Texas.
Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar agrees. He says lawmakers need to work out their differences.
“You got to put people in one room, people that know the subject, sit down, roll up your sleeves and get the job done,” said Henry Cuellar, U.S. Congressman, D-Texas. “The people are frustrated.”
Today’s shutdown also marks President Trump’s one year anniversary in office. The president fired out a series of tweets today, all blaming the Democrats for the impasse, calling it a “nice present.”
Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. issued a statement after a short-term funding bill failed, causing a government shutdown.
In the statement, Marshall said he will be donating his salary every day during the government shutdown to USO Fort Riley.
The following statement was released:
I am deeply disappointed that the Democrats decided to shut the government down. Perhaps Democrats do not fully understand what this will mean for our military, our children, and millions of families across the country. I will be donating my pay every single day this government is shutdown to USO Fort Riley. This organization supports military families and spouses who are coping with long deployments and separations from their loved ones in uniform”
It’s frustrating to me that at a time when our nations is seeing incredible successes, with our military, our economy and our national security, that Democrats are turning a simple CR into political games. They are hanging their hats on a DACA solution by creating arbitrary deadlines. Here are the facts, we have until March to pass a DACA deal, and this Congress fully intends to do so. However, we do not need to tag DACA legislation on a simple CR that funds our military and extends CHIP funding, which serves more than 9 million uninsured children.
Marshall also released the following statement regarding the CHIP program:
As a doctor and a father, I couldn’t imagine voting against a bill that ensures children get access to the care they need. Yet Nancy Pelosi says that she is proud of her party and this shutdown. I can’t understand how Mrs. Pelosi can support a shutdown, with more than 107,913 children in her district, this shutdown will leave a large percentage of those kids without health insurance.”
“Holding our military and our kids hostage over this issue is just not acceptable. We need to pass a DACA bill separately, and I have complete confidence that we will meet that deadline. I came to Washington to help end these political stunts, but Dems can’t seem to operate any other way.
BAKERSFIELD, CA (WCMH) — As flu season intensifies across the country, a California family is pleading for people to listen to doctors after a woman died after getting the flu.
Public health officials in Bakersfield, California have confirmed Michelle Maroney-Placencia, a 39-year-old mother of five, has died from complications from the flu.
“It is a tragedy and it is a reminder of how devastating and serious this disease or this illness can be,” said Michelle Corson with the Kern County Public Health Department.
KGET reports Maroney-Placencia began feeling ill last Sunday. Her husband, Gary Placencia, said she went to an urgent care Tuesday night but woke up feeling even worse Wednesday morning.
“She woke me up at 2 o’clock in the morning complaining of shortness of breath, just aches and pains and wanted me to get her in the bathtub,” Placencia said. Maroney-Placencia couldn’t stay in the tub for long, and got up and went to the couch where she fell asleep for a few hours.
“She kept on telling me she was sick and she was going to die and she felt bad,” Placencia told KGET. He called 911 and medics transported her to the hospital, where she later died.
“The doctor came in and said her heart rate was pretty much next to nothing, that she was dying and she wasn’t going to make it,” Placencia said. “I demanded I go to see her. I didn’t want her to die by herself.”
Her family says she was otherwise healthy, and they hope the community will listen to health officials after this tragedy.
“If you’ve got it, stay home with it. Listen to what the doctors and the CDC people are telling you,” said Maroney-Placencia’s father, Wes Maroney. “If you don’t, you’re going to wind up with us. I lost my daughter. I don’t want anyone else to have to go through this.”
Congressman Ron Estes is asking for his pay to be withheld in light of the government shutdown.
According to a tweet from Estes, the lawmaker sent a letter to Chief Administrative Officer Phil Kiko requesting his pay be withheld until legislation is passed to fund the government.
The full letter states:
Dear Mr. Kiko,
It is my understanding that despite the lapse in appropriations, Members of Congress will continue receiving their salary.
I am writing you today to request that my pay be withheld during the current lapse in appropriations that began on January 20, 2018 at midnight.
Should you have any questions please contact me at 202-225-6216.
Ron Estes, Member of Congress
The full letter can be seen on the congressman’s Twitter feed.
Today, I sent a letter requesting that during the current lapse in appropriations my pay be withheld until we fund the government. pic.twitter.com/v1aUcjzD8n
— Rep. Ron Estes (@RepRonEstes) January 20, 2018
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Officials are investigating after a brush fire burned multiple acres near Pawnee Prairie Park.
The fire was first reported around 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the area of W. May St. and S. Carrwood Dr. Officials say the fire started as two separate fires that merged together. They think the fire was man-made.
Multiple fire crews initially responded to the fire and the fire is under control. Approximately five acres burned.
OSBORNE, Kan. (KSNW) – Osborne police are looking for an escaped inmate.
According to the department, Joel W. Wagoner escaped from the Osborne County Jail Friday at around 2:42 p.m.
Wagoner is believed to be wearing standard orange pants and shirt and he may have a dark blue cotton blanket.
If you have any information regarding Wagoner’s whereabouts, please contact Osborne dispatch at 785-346-2001 or call 911. Authorities say you should not approach this man but instead call law enforcement.
A year after more than 1 million people rallied at women’s marches worldwide with a message of female empowerment and protest against President Donald Trump, activists will return to the streets this weekend in hopes of converting anger and enthusiasm into political force.
The 2017 rally in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of similar marches created solidarity for those denouncing Trump’s views on abortion, immigration, LGBT rights and more. Since then, a wave of women decided to run for elected office and the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct became a cultural phenomenon.
“We made a lot of noise,” said Elaine Wynn, an organizer. “But now how do we translate that noise into something concrete or fulfilling?”
Along with hundreds of gatherings Saturday and Sunday across the U.S. and in places such as Beijing, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Nairobi, Kenya, a rally Sunday in Las Vegas will launch an effort to register 1 million voters and target swing states in the midterm elections.
Linda Sarsour, one of the four organizers of last year’s Washington march, said Las Vegas was targeted for a major rally because it’s a strategic swing state that gave Hillary Clinton a narrow win in the presidential election and will have one of the most competitive Senate races in 2018. Democrats believe they have a good chance of winning the seat held by embattled Republican Sen. Dean Heller and weakening the GOP’s hold on the chamber.
Wynn, president of the Nevada State Board of Education and former wife of casino mogul Steve Wynn, said women make up half of the state’s congressional delegation, including Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, who became the first Latina in the U.S. Senate in 2016. Nevada also has one of the highest percentages of female state lawmakers in the country, and women are mayors of its three largest cities.
Organizers say Nevada is also a microcosm of larger national issues like immigration, as well as the debate over gun control after the deadliest mass shooting in modern history.
Following the October massacre, the rally will be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ stadium 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of the famous Strip where a gunman opened fire onto a concert, killing 58 people.
Authorities have kept details confidential about security at the 40,000-seat stadium.
Minnie Wood, a nurse practitioner who participated in the 2017 gathering in Las Vegas, said she was left with a sense of solidarity and “this feeling of almost a quickening, this resistance brewing.”
It also laid the groundwork for the recent movement that brought a reckoning for powerful men accused of sexual misconduct, Sarsour said.
“I think when women see visible women’s leadership, bold and fierce, going up against a very racist, sexist, misogynist administration, it gives you a different level of courage that you may not have felt you had,” she said.
Many women inspired by last year’s massive marches have sought higher office, such as Mindi Messmer, a 54-year-old environmental scientist from Rye, New Hampshire.
Messmer was a state legislator when she attended the 2017 march in her state capital of Portsmouth. She’s now a candidate for the seat held by retiring U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, a fellow Democrat.
“Last year was really empowering and uplifting at a time when we women feel we are being assaulted on a daily basis,” she said.
Other women running for Congress include newcomer Chrissy Houlahan, who hopes to unseat a Republican in suburban Philadelphia, and Sara Jacobs, a former aide to Barack Obama, seeking the Southern California seat held by retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa.
“There are women all over the country deciding to be candidates,” said veteran feminist Kathy Bonk, who worked in the 1970s for the women’s advocacy group NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Democratic officeholders pledging to elect more progressive candidates in swing states will be among the speakers in Las Vegas. Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood also will address the crowd.
Last year’s march in Washington sparked debate over inclusion, with some transgender minority women complaining that the event seemed designed for white women born female. Some anti-abortion activists said the event did not welcome them.
The organizers for the Sunday rally are striving for greater inclusion this year, with Latina and transgender female speakers, said Carmen Perez, another co-chair of the 2017 Washington march. Women in the U.S. illegally, sex workers and those formerly incarcerated are welcome, she said.
Eman Hassaballa Aly, a 38-year-old digital communications manager and activist, said after last year’s gathering in the Chicago area, she saw women become more politically active, including two Muslim women she knows who are running for office — one for state Senate and one for Congress.
“It was incredible that all these people came together,” said Aly, who addressed the 2017 Chicago event. “We realized how powerful this thing could be.”
Price reported from Salt Lake City and Snow from Phoenix. Associated Press writers Ken Ritter in Las Vegas, Teresa Crawford and Sara Burnett in Chicago, Jocelyn Noveck in New York and Bill Barrow in Atlanta contributed to this report.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Several high school boys’ basketball tournaments continued tonight, with spots in tomorrow’s championship games on the line. Cheney and Andale both won up at the Adolph Rupp Tournament in Halstead, setting up a big showdown tomorrow for the title.
At the Bluestem Classic up in El Dorado, Trinity Academy and Kapaun Mt. Carmel both won and will play each other. Elsewhere, it’ll be McPherson and Bishop Carroll tomorrow for the MIT title, while Wichita Southeast will play Topeka Seaman for the Valley Center January Jam tournament title.
Here are some of tonight’s scores from around the state:
Maur Hill – Mount Academy 72, Christ Preparatory Academy 61Adolph Rupp Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Minneapolis 65, Winfield 62Semifinal
Andale 55, Haven 28
Cheney 61, Halstead 52Army National Gaurd Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Monett, Mo. 49, Wichita Independent 39Semifinal
Pacific, Mo. 52, Frontenac 29Baldwin Tournament Semifinal
Augusta 68, Wellsville 33Basehor Linwood Invitational Pool Play
Topeka Hayden 66, KC Schlagle 49Semifinal
SM North 50, Ottawa 42Burlington Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Independence 57, Iola 52
Labette County 69, Prairie View 34Semifinal
Rock Creek 81, Sabetha 73, OTCanton-Galva Tournament Third Place
Bennington 56, Ell-Saline 54Centre Tournament Semifinal
Elyria Christian 49, Rural Vista 27Chanute Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Shawnee Heights 48, Goddard 45
SM South 80, Chanute 58Semifinal
Andover Central 66, Emporia 55
Olathe North 64, Joplin, Mo. 48Chaparral Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Chaparral 75, Mulvane 58Semifinal
Arkansas City 54, Clearwater 23
Belle Plaine 54, Kingman 53Colby Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Scott City 52, Lotus School of Excellence, Colo. 33Semifinal
Falcon, Colo. 50, Colby 47Dodge City Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Manhattan 54, Leavenworth 44
Wichita East 76, Dodge City 58Semifinal
Maize 64, Bishop Miege 59
Wichita Heights 76, Hays 51El Dorado Bluestem Classic Consolation Semifinal
Great Bend 60, El Dorado 46
Wichita Collegiate 81, Newton 68Semifinal
Wichita Trinity 70, Circle 0Hi-Plains League Tournament Consolation
Syracuse 46, Sublette 34Semifinal
Cimarron 48, Stanton County 28
Lakin 78, Meade 63Hillsboro Tournament
Holcomb 71, Hesston 41
Riley County 39, Republic County 32Hoisington Tournament Semifinal
Hoisington 58, Otis-Bison 46
Pratt 52, Ellsworth 50McPherson Invitational Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Derby 73, Junction City 68
Wichita North 60, BV West 48Semifinal
McPherson 61, SM East 49
Wichita Bishop Carroll 59, Lawrence Free State 53Mid Continent League Tournament Semifinal
Hays-TMP-Marian 65, Plainville 49
Phillipsburg 66, Oakley 39Northern Plains League Tournament Consolation
Thunder Ridge 50, Tescott 35Consolation Semifinal
Glasco/Miltonvale-Southern Cloud 43, Sylvan-Lucas 38
Lakeside 64, Pike Valley 55Semifinal
Osborne 57, Wilson 24
Rock Hills 60, St. John’s Beloit-Tipton 57Northwest Kansas League Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Wallace County 61, Quinter 55Semifinal
Hoxie 77, Dighton 43
Rawlins County 63, St. Francis 53Pittsburg Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Carl Junction, Mo. 64, Atchison 41Pleasanton Tournament Seventh Place
Oswego 43, Altoona-Midway 14Fifth Place
Marmaton Valley 56, Pleasanton 44Third Place
Heritage Christian 53, Uniontown 46Royal Valley Panther Classic
Chapman 73, Wabaunsee 31
Santa Fe Trail 78, Royal Valley 63Salina Invitational Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Andover 54, Salina South 49
Liberal 69, Concordia 38Semifinal
Abilene 53, Goodland 43
Salina Central 56, Buhler 44Shawnee Mission West Tournament Pool Play
BV North 72, Blue Springs South, Mo. 63Third Place
KC Wyandotte 82, Lansing 68Skyline Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Kinsley 52, Norwich 46
Stafford 75, Cunningham 31Semifinal
Attica 52, South Barber 51South Central Border League Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Cedar Vale/Dexter 51, Flinthills 25
Udall 57, Burden Central 31Semifinal
Sedan 45, Caldwell 37
West Elk 61, Oxford 24Ninth Place
Argonia 53, South Haven 38Southeast Cherokee Tournament Semifinal
Parsons 64, Pierce City, Mo. 48Spring Hill Tournament Seventh Place
KC Sumner 57, Veritas Christian 31Fifth Place
Spring Hill 55, BV Southwest 51Third Place
KC Piper 71, Gardner-Edgerton 53Championship
Goddard-Eisenhower 72, Olathe South 49St. John Tournament Consolation Semifinal
KC Christian 60, Nickerson 56Semifinal
Central Plains 75, Wichita Defenders 48
St. John 44, Macksville 33St. Thomas Aquinas Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Washburn Rural 53, Mill Valley 42Semifinal
Barstow, Mo. 80, Olathe East 63
St. Thomas Aquinas 49, Blue Valley 42Sterling Tournament Seventh Place
Remington 34, Lyons 33Fifth Place
Smoky Valley 59, Hugoton 57Third Place
Beloit 57, Southeast Saline 43Topeka Invitational Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Topeka 63, Wichita Northwest 46Semifinal
Topeka West 57, Wichita South 53
Vashon, Mo. 64, Lawrence 53Twin Valley League Tournament Consolation
Linn 44, Troy 31Consolation Semifinal
Axtell 49, Washington County 39
Valley Heights 68, Wetmore 58Semifinal
Doniphan West 60, Centralia 49
Hanover 81, Clifton-Clyde 57Valley Center Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Coffeyville 80, Garden City 71
Valley Center 50, KC Turner 47Semifinal
Topeka Seaman 63, Maize South 57
Wichita Southeast 61, Ulysses 60Valley Falls Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Atchison County 60, Oskaloosa 53
Rossville 57, Valley Falls 49Semifinal
Perry-Lecompton 61, Pleasant Ridge 43Wilson County Classic Consolation Semifinal
Bluestem 59, Fredonia 32
Douglass 46, Neodesha 36Semifinal
Yates Center 70, Cherryvale 49POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS Northern Plains League Tournament Consolation
Natoma vs. Thunder Ridge, ppd. to Jan 20.GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
Hutchinson Central Christian 63, Norwich 37
Jackson Heights 48, St. Mary’s 40
Lawrence Free State 52, Gardner-Edgerton 44
Logan 46, Palco 29
Maize 59, Maize South 32
Manhattan 63, Topeka Seaman 50
Minneapolis 61, Ell-Saline 43
Moundridge 45, Goessel 28
Rose Hill 57, Andover Central 54
Russell 46, Ellsworth 40
Shawnee Heights 37, Emporia 34Basehor Linwood Invitational Semifinal
Benton, Mo. 50, Basehor-Linwood 23
Topeka Hayden 47, Holton 30Burlington Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Iola 48, Prairie View 35Semifinal
Labette County 54, Sabetha 46Colby Tournament
Falcon, Colo. 50, Colby 47Semifinal
Scott City 54, Kearney Catholic, Neb. 45Hi-Plains League Tournament Consolation
Stanton County 33, Lakin 30Hillsboro Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Riley County 39, Republic County 32
Wichita Sunrise 55, Cornerstone Family 44Semifinal
Clay Center 39, Hillsboro 18
Hesston 41, Holcomb 24Hoisington Tournament Semifinal
Otis-Bison 29, La Crosse 23Mid Continent League Tournament Semifinal
Hays-TMP-Marian 39, Hill City 27
Smith Center 44, Stockton 42Northern Plains League Tournament Consolation
Natoma 53, Rock Hills 38Consolation Semifinal
Glasco/Miltonvale-Southern Cloud 35, Osborne 30
Lakeside 56, Chase 34Semifinal
Thunder Ridge 50, Sylvan-Lucas 35
Wilson 49, St. John’s Beloit-Tipton 41Northwest Kansas League Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Greeley County 43, Oberlin-Decatur 40
Wallace County 40, Rawlins County 35Semifinal
Quinter 41, Dighton 34Pittsburg Tournament Consolation Semifinal
BV Northwest 47, North Kansas City (B), Mo. 16
Pittsburg 62, Wichita West 46Pleasanton Tournament Seventh Place
Oswego 45, Altoona-Midway 19Fifth Place
Heritage Christian 45, Uniontown 30Royal Valley Panther Classic
Royal Valley 60, Santa Fe Trail 22
Wabaunsee 66, Chapman 30Salina Invitational Tournament Consolation Semifinal
Andover 58, Goodland 36
Concordia 53, Buhler 50Semifinal
Liberal 47, Salina South 26
Salina Central 52, Abilene 40SPIAA Tournament Play-In
Bucklin 50, Minneola 46Sterling Tournament Fifth Place
Lyons 39, Southeast Saline 31Third Place
Hugoton 44, Remington 36Championship
Sterling 59, Beloit 48Tonganoxie Invitational Semifinal
DeSoto 44, Bonner Springs 25
Jefferson West 36, Eudora 21Wilson County Classic Consolation Semifinal
Caney Valley 54, Wichita North 40
Fredonia 62, Neodesha 45Semifinal
Cherryvale 43, Yates Center 39
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) She was robbed, kidnapped at gun point and forced to drive around town.
Now she is opening up about what she says is one of the scariest days of her life.
“I feel like I should be a wreck right now but I am not,” says Sarah Packard.
Sarah Packard keeps things light.
So much so, you might not believe what happened to her this week.
“I did not intend for anyone getting in my car that day,” Packard explains.
It was supposed to be a simple exchange. Money for a ring she was selling online. Packard met with the buyer at a local Jimmy Johns.
“He was kind of muttering about how cold it was and it was. It was freezing,” says Packard.
She says she let the buyer, Miguel Ibanez, into her car.
“I had my guard down,” she says.
Instead of pulling out cash, Packard says Ibanez pulled out a gun.
“He just said you are going to drive and you are going to do nothing else,” she says.
So, she drove.
“He said you won’t run because if you run I will get you and I will shoot you,” Packard explains.
Short on options, the 24-year-old gripped her rosary beads and followed his directions.
“I react to fear with humor,” says Packard. “So I was trying to make him laugh the whole time.”
“I made him put his seat belt on and he thought that was hilarious,” she says. “I knew the best plan of action was to be calm and wait for your chance.”
The chance eventually came.
“Yep. My chance was my awfully small bladder.”
She says she told Ibanez she had to go to the bathroom.
“I was trying to make a joke but he believed me I guess because he said well there is a Quik Trip right there go there,” says Packard.
Packard went inside, flagged down an employee, and they called police.
She says a QT employee went above the call of duty when she protected her from Ibanez.
“That is why I called her a hero, because she ran between us and she was amazing and she stared him down and he left,” she says.
It’s a day that changed Packard’s life, but not who she is.
As for the suspect, Ibanez has been booked on charges with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery.
He is being held on a $100,000.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local):
Senate Democrats appear to have derailed a Republican bill aimed at preventing a federal shutdown set to begin as soon as the calendar flips to Saturday.
Friday’s late-night vote means at least a short government closure is all but unavoidable. There have been no clear public signs that the two parties have significantly narrowed their disputes over immigration and the budget.
The House approved the measure Thursday over Democratic opposition. It would keep agencies afloat through Feb. 16, but Democrats want a package lasting just days in hopes of intensifying pressure on the GOP to compromise.
Republicans control the Senate 51-49. The GOP needed 60 votes to prevail, but the tally was 50-48 as of 11 p.m. Eastern time. The Senate is awaiting a final vote from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The Trump administration will exempt several hundred presidential staffers from mandatory furloughs if the government shuts down at midnight.
Contingency plans released Friday night show that 659 Executive Office of the President staffers would be allowed to report to duty because they are considered essential workers. More than 1,000 of 1,700 staffers would be furloughed.
The number is higher than the Obama administration, which deemed 545 staffers essential in 2015.
The Executive Office of the President includes those who work in White House Office, the Office of the Vice President and the National Security Council, among others.
President Donald Trump says efforts to avert a government shutdown are “Not looking good.”
Trump says in a tweet late Friday evening that it’s “Not looking good for our great Military or Safety & Security on the very dangerous Southern Border.”
Not looking good for our great Military or Safety & Security on the very dangerous Southern Border. Dems want a Shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
And he’s blaming Democrats, saying they want a federal government shutdown “in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy.”
Lawmakers are trying to hash out a deal to keep the federal government open. A partial shutdown will begin at midnight if Congress doesn’t pass a funding bill.
Newly minted Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones is breaking ranks with party leaders and will vote for the House-passed Republican bill preventing a federal shutdown.
Jones tells The Associated Press he will “reluctantly” vote for the measure late Friday. He says he’s backing it because the measure contains fresh financing for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which helps low-income children.
It will be Jones’ highest-profile vote since he joined the Senate Jan. 3 after his upset special election victory over conservative Roy Moore.
Democrats say they have the votes to block the GOP measure. Republicans control the Senate 51-49 but need 60 votes to prevail.
Jones joins at least three other Democrats saying they’ll support the bill: North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, Indiana’s Joe Donnelly and West Virginia’s Joe Manchin.
Administration officials say President Donald Trump would be allowed to travel to Davos, Switzerland, next week even if the government has been partially shut down.
Senior administration officials told reporters in a background briefing call that the president is permitted to continue to exercise his constitutional duties during a funding lapse. That includes carrying out diplomacy.
The officials declined to comment on whether the president would be able to travel to Florida this weekend to spend time at his Mar-a-Lago club.
Trump is planning to attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting next week in Switzerland. He plans to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May, among others.
The Senate has scheduled a showdown vote for 10 p.m. EST on preventing a federal government shutdown. Democrats are ready to block the Republican measure.
Unless Congress approves some legislation providing money, government agencies will begin shutting down at midnight.
The initial impact on most people will be slight, but the closure will raise the stakes in a partisan fight over immigration and the budget.
The House approved a bill Thursday keeping agencies open through Feb. 16.
Led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, most Democrats are opposing the measure.
Republicans control the Senate 51-49 but need 60 votes to prevail. More than enough Democrats appear ready to vote “no.”
President Donald Trump is striking an optimistic tone as the deadline for a federal government shutdown nears.
Trump tweeted Friday afternoon, less than seven hours before the midnight deadline, that he had “an excellent preliminary meeting” in the Oval Office with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
He is also praising the role being played by fellow Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Trump says negotiators are “making progress” and says a four-week spending extension “would be best.” That’s what the House passed Thursday.
Schumer told reporters after the White House meeting that progress had been made but a deal had not yet been reached.
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer says he and President Donald Trump “made some progress” at a White House meeting, “but we still have a good number of disagreements.”
The New York Democrat said “discussions will continue.”
Trump asked Schumer to the White House for a meeting that lasted more than an hour.
The Oval Office session came with hours to go before a partial government shutdown at midnight.
Schumer’ss pressing for protections for younger immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, but the White House and Republicans say talks on that issue should be kept separate from legislation to prevent a shutdown.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has left the White House after a lengthy meeting with President Donald Trump.
Trump invited the Senate’s top Democrat to try to reach a deal to avert a government shutdown.
Schumer did not address reporters as he left the building.
President Donald Trump has invited Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to the White House to try to reach a deal to avoid a government shutdown.
That’s according to a person familiar with Trump’s outreach who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversation.
Schumer is expected to meet with Trump shortly.
The House has voted to remain in session — for now at least — while a Senate vote to avert a government shutdown looms.
Republican leaders planned to adjourn Friday after approving a four-week spending bill Thursday night that would avert a government shutdown. They changed course Friday after Democrats forced a formal vote on adjournment. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, said lawmakers have not completed their work and should not leave Washington.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other Republicans want to go to Davos, Switzerland “hobnobbing with their elitist friends instead of honoring their responsibilities to the American people.”
A GOP aide said McCarthy won’t attend the World Economic Forum in Davos if the government shuts down.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that Democrats will get the blame for a partial government shutdown that looks increasingly likely.
The Kentucky Republican says Senate Democrats will “own” the shutdown because they oppose a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open for a month.
McConnell says he looks forward to a vote soon, though Democrats and a handful of Republicans are expected to filibuster the measure.
The Trump administration is minimizing the looming budget crisis that could produce a government shutdown, saying former President Barack Obama “weaponized” hardcore negotiating tactics.
Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters that any such shuttering of the government would “look very different” from the 16-day government closure in 2013 under Obama. He said the previous administration “weaponized” the government shutdown in budget negotiations and did not encourage agencies to lessen the impact with unobligated funds.
He says, “they chose to make it worse.”
Mulvaney and Marc Short, the White House legislative director, spoke as the Republican-controlled Congress battled through budget negotiations in the shadow of a midnight deadline. If no resolution is reached, the government would shut down most operations.
As a government shutdown loomed, the White House said Friday that President Donald Trump would not leave for a planned weekend in Florida unless a spending bill passes.
Trump had been set to leave Friday afternoon to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his inauguration at his Palm Beach estate.
Vice President Mike Pence still plans to travel to the Middle East on Friday night despite the potential for a shutdown of the federal government.
White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is putting the chances of a government shutdown at “between 50 and 60 percent.”
Mulvaney spoke to reporters at the White House Friday as the prospect of a shutdown loomed. He said he was “handicapping it” between 50 and 60 percent. But, he added, “we’re planning for it as though it’s 100 percent.”
After the House passed a four-week, government-wide spending bill, Senate Democrats vowed a filibuster unless there’s a deal to protect certain young immigrants.
Asked about a Plan B, Mulvaney noted talks over a shorter term deal, but said the House may be leaving which could create a funding lapse.
Still, he said that he’s open to that. He says: “we’d like to keep the government open.”
President Donald Trump will not leave for a weekend at his Palm Beach estate unless a government shutdown is averted.
The White House said Friday that Trump will not head to Florida unless a funding bill passes.
Trump was set to leave Friday afternoon and planned to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his inauguration at Mar-a-Lago.
Trump tweeted Friday morning about the Friday night shutdown deadline, suggesting Democrats would be to blame.
President Donald Trump says Senate Democrats are focused on “illegal immigration and weak borders” as a government shutdown looms.
Trump says on Twitter Friday: “Government Funding Bill past (sic) last night in the House of Representatives. Now Democrats are needed if it is to pass in the Senate – but they want illegal immigration and weak borders.”
He adds: “Shutdown coming? We need more Republican victories in 2018!”
A divided Congress stared down a government shutdown Friday as Republicans and Democrats remain deadlocked on immigration.
After the House passed a four-week, government-wide spending bill, Senate Democrats vowed a filibuster unless there’s a deal to protect around 700,000 immigrants from deportation who arrived in the U.S. as children and stayed illegally.
A bitterly-divided Congress is hurtling toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.
Democrats in the Senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that passed the House Thursday evening, seeking to shape a subsequent measure but exposing themselves to charges they are responsible for a looming shutdown.
Republicans controlling the narrowly-divided chamber took up the fight, arguing that Democrats were holding the entire government hostage over demands to protect “Dreamer” immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.
Wichita Police Chief on federal investigation: ‘There is no place for unethical behavior on this police department’
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita’s Police Chief is speaking out after two former officers are charged in a federal illegal gambling case.
Chief Gordon Ramsay addressed the media about the illegal gambling investigation and the strides he’s taking to make improvements to the department.
Two former Wichita Police Department officers, Bruce Mackey and Michael Zajkowski were indicted as part of that federal investigation.
Chief Ramsay couldn’t speak on too many of the specifics of the investigation, because it is being headed up by the FBI.
However, he did say he was given word about the investigation when he took over as the department in 2016.
“I was made aware of them upon my arrival, within the first month,” said Chief Ramsay. “That federal investigation goes all the way back to 2014, when it began and our department had significant involvement in it and all that was laid out yesterday by the US Attorney’s Office and in the indictment,” he added.
Police say both Mackey and Zajkowsi started working for the department back in the 1990’s.
They say one of the officer’s employment ended in April of last year, the other officer’s employment ended yesterday.
“They both resigned, their reasons would have to be provided by them,” said Chief Ramsay.
Chief Ramsay says in his two years as chief, he’s tried to ramp up the expectations he has for his officers.
He says he has audited the hiring and training of officers, trying to make sure they are hiring the right people for the department.
“I expect our staff to serve with professionalism and an unwavering commitment to honesty and integrity,” said Chief Ramsay. “There is no place for unethical behavior on this police department,” he added.
Both Mackey and Zajkowsi are expected to be in court next month.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Two men have pleaded guilty in connection to a case of illegal gambling, as more charges were filed against three former law enforcement officials.
In just the last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has released information on four cases, all revolving around illegal gambling in Wichita.
It is an investigation that dates back to more than six years ago. One document shows the federal investigation going back to November of 2011.
It says investigators have been conducting an investigation into an illegal gambling business with ties to public corruption in Wichita, Kansas.
Last Friday, KSN received documents related to Danny Chapman and Daven Flax. Both men pleaded guilty to operating an illegal gambling business and fraudulent tax charges.
It says between January 2013 to February 10, 2017, both Chapman and Flax directed or owned an illegal gambling operation.
That operation, according to the documents, had a gross revenue of $2,000 in any single day.
The documents show a long list of items were seized from Chapman over the course of a month back in 2017. This includes cars, jewelry and more than $1.6 million worth of funds.
An indictment unsealed Thursday charges Brock Wedman, Michael Zajkowski and Bruce Mackey with obstruction of law enforcement. Wedman was also charged with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Michael Zajkowski and Bruce Mackey are both former WPD police officers with more than 20 years of experience with the department.
The documents accuse both Zajkowski and Mackey of using WPD resources, at the request of Wedman and other co-conspirators, to try and locate a suspected undercover officer who was investigating illegal gambling.
Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay addressed the media about the federal investigation involving two of his former officers Friday morning.
“That federal investigation goes all the way back to 2014, when it began and our department had significant involvement in it and all that was laid out yesterday by the US Attorney’s Office and in the indictment,” said Chief Ramsay.
Police say that one of the officers left the department in April of 2017. The other resigned on Thursday.
A retired highway patrol trooper, Michael Fredericksen, of Derby, has also been charged with two counts of making false statements to FBI investigators.
The indictment says he was filmed taking part in an illegal cash poker game in 2014, when he was still a trooper and lied to federal agents about being at that poker game.
The four men charged in the cases unsealed Thursday are expected to be in court next month.
LAKIN, Kan. (KSNW) – With all the coverage of the tax bill that passed late last year, one aspect that may have been overlooked was its effect on rural hospitals. Administrators tell KSN the tax law will make it harder to keep the doors open.
The new tax law removed the individual mandate from the Affordable Care Act. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, that means 13 million fewer people will be insured.
“We’re heading in the wrong direction if we’re disincentivizing people to carry health insurance,” said Ben Anderson, Kearny County Hospital CEO.
Anderson says they see an additional 2,000 patients every year.
“As we take care of more and more people, as some of those people are uninsured, we are analyzing what is the sustainability of this growth, and we’re having to choose profitable areas for growth,” explained Anderson.
One of those unprofitable areas is obstetrics. But cutting that would have a big impact on southwest Kansas.
“We delivered 327 babies last year from over a dozen Kansas counties, and we’re continuing to deliver more babies from these counties, primarily because we see it as the right thing to do,” said Anderson.
According to the National Rural Health Association, rural hospitals are projected to lose $2.8 billion in Medicare reimbursements over 10 years as a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011.
Congressman Roger Marshall says the issue for rural hospitals isn’t the number of people insured but the reimbursement rate for hospitals.
“Certainly the ACA has made it very hard on folks in rural hospitals,” said Marshall. “And I think number one is they’ve got decreased reimbursements for Medicare patients, and that decreased reimbursements for Medicare patients disproportionate affects rural hospitals who have more Medicare patients.”
Anderson says as resources tighten on rural hospitals, local taxes tend to rise to keep the doors open.
TOPEKA (CAPITOL BUREAU) — After a deadly swatting phone call led to the death of an innocent man, lawmakers are looking to prevent it from happening again.
Two Wichita lawmakers on different sides of the aisle are working together to toughen the penalties against someone who makes a swatting call. Swatting is when a person makes a false report to get a SWAT team go to a certain location.
On December 28, Wichita police shot and killed unarmed Andrew Finch. Police said they received a fake report about a shooting and kidnapping at the home where Finch was staying.
Tyler Barriss, 25, has been charged with making a false alarm, interfering with police, and involuntary manslaughter.
“His actions directly led to an innocent man losing his life and he needs to face consequences for his actions,” said Republican State Rep. John Whitmer.
According to current state law, a person who makes a swatting call, that doesn’t result in death, only faces a misdemeanor or low-level felony charge. Which is why Whitmer and Democratic State Representative John Carmichael are working together to tighten the penalties.
“We need to make sure that people understand that this is not a joke, it’s not a trick, it’s not a stunt. It’s a serious crime and you will go to jail if you do it,” explained Carmichael.
The Wichita swatting incident isn’t the only one in the state. Last week police in Overland Park were called to a home after receiving a swatting call, although in that case no one was hurt.
“We want to make sure this is a serious felony and will result in someone going to jail,” said Carmichael.
The bill is still in its drafting phase. Whitmer and Carmichael are working with law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office to get the bill right so when it goes to the floor it’ll pass with no problems.
“We obviously can’t do anything for what’s happened in the past, but if we can prevent this in the future than we’ve done our jobs,” said Whitmer.
We did reach out to the attorney for Finch’s family, but did not hear back. Last week, civil rights attorney Andrew Stroth told KSN News, the family would like criminal charges brought against the police officer who pulled the trigger. The name of the officer involved has not been released.