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🎥Biden urges unity to stem racial hate after weekend shootings

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden urged unity Sunday to address the “hate that remains a stain on the soul of America” after a deadly mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, while state officials pleaded for federal action to end the ”uniquely American phenomenon” of mass shootings.
BUFFALO, NY
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KHP investigating fatal vehicle vs deer crash

FINNEY COUNTY—Authorities are investigating a fatal accident that occurred just before 10p.m. Sunday in Finney County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a vehicle was north bound on Pierceville Road at Plymell Road and hit a deer. The vehicle traveled off the road to the right, rolled and come to...
FINNEY COUNTY, KS
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Two men admit to role in nationwide phone scam

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Two men who participated in an elaborate phone scam that cheated people from across the nation have agreed to repay their victims but avoided time behind bars, Massachusetts prosecutors said. Ajaykumar Chaudhari, 26, of Pownal, Vermont, and Jitendra Chaudhari, 29, of Williamstown, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty...
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA

Class of 2022 graduates from Junction City High School

Junction City High School graduates in the class of 2022 went through a lot. That was one message delivered by senior Jada Nabus during her speech at commencement Sunday. "We were the last class to attend the Freshman Success Academy, and school getting cancelled after spring break of our sophomore year due to COVID leading to the longest summer ever. " Nabus mentioned other challenges including online school and Zoom classes plus going to school in masks. "New principals and admin, starting our senior year two weeks late, extended school days due to late start and too many snow days and more."
JUNCTION CITY, KS

Police search for suspect who killed 16-year-old Kansas boy

SEDGWICK COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating a weekend shooting in Wichita. Just after 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a shooting call in the 500 block of South Lulu in Wichita, according to Officer Trevor Macy. At the scene, police located a 16-year-old boy with a gunshot wound....
WICHITA, KS

Storm produces tree damage in central Junction City

There used to be a large tree in front of the building at 222 West 6th Street housing the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce, Geary County Convention & Visitors Bureau and other organizations including 107.9 FM and 1420 KJCK AM. That is no longer the case after a brief but intense thunderstorm that swept through Junction City Sunday morning.
JUNCTION CITY, KS

Sheriff: Wanted Kan. woman tried to jump from moving car

SHAWNEE COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are investigating two suspects on multiple charges after an incident in northeast Kansas. Just before 10a.m. Friday, the Shawnee County Emergency Communications Center broadcasted information regarding a woman attempting to jump out of a vehicle near SE 22nd Street and SE California Avenue, according to Deputy Abigail Christian.
SHAWNEE COUNTY, KS

'From crisis to death': Probing Kan. teen's last, desperate hours

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — “Y’all here to protect me,” the youth asked the officers, beseechingly. “Right?”. The 17-year-old’s foster father, unable to deal with a teen who seemed to be in the throes of schizophrenia, had called Wichita police. When they arrived, Cedric “C.J.” Lofton refused to leave the porch and go with them; he was obstinate but afraid, meek but frantic.
KANSAS STATE

Liberty drop defensive duel with Omaha

After falling behind Omaha for a second time this season the Salina Liberty once again battled back but this time, came up just short in the fourth quarter falling to the Beef 14-11. Salina falls to 4-3 on the season, dropping to fifth place in the CIF standings while the...
SALINA, KS

ANALYSIS: What’s behind the U.S. infant formula shortage?

A baby formula shortage has added to the woes of American parents already confronted with the pressures of raising an infant during a pandemic in a country ranked low for family-friendly policies. Media reports have highlighted the plight of mothers, fathers and caregivers across the U.S. who have scrambled to...
HEALTH

Sheriff: 9-year-old Kan. girl dies from injuries in hit-and-run

DOUGLAS COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating a fatal hit and run accident and asking the public for help to locate a van and driver that fled the scene. Just after 5p.m. Saturday, police responded to a two-vehicle crash in the 1300 Block of East 1900 Road on the ramp over Kansas 10 Highway between Lawrence and Eudora, according to the Douglas County Sheriff.
DOUGLAS COUNTY, KS

Tips on protecting gardens during storm season

MANHATTAN — Storm season can be stressful for many reasons, but for Kansas gardeners, protecting their plants is a priority. With Kansas’ storm season in full swing, Kansas State University horticulture expert Ward Upham has tips on how to protect and recover gardens from severe weather damage. “We...
MANHATTAN, KS

KCPD: Child was still in backseat when suspect stole vehicle

KANSAS CITY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating a suspect for alleged kidnapping after an arrest on Saturday. Just after 11:30a.m., police responded to report of a stolen vehicle in the 1300 Block of North 78th Street, according to a media release. Police learned that a child was still in...
KANSAS CITY, KS

Flint Hills Discovery Center Prairie Playscape grand opening scheduled

Second floor renovation project for the Flint Hills Discovery Center. At 10 a.m. May 27, the Flint Hills Discovery Center will celebrate the grand opening of Prairie Playscape, a complete renovation of the second-floor children’s area. This new exhibit fulfills the original vision of the Discovery Center to enhance the connection of children to the Flint Hills.
LIFESTYLE

Some Catholic abortion foes are uneasy about overturning Roe

NEW YORK (AP) — Top leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called on the faithful to pray and fast Friday, in hopes the Supreme Court is on track to overturn the constitutional right to abortion. Yet even among Catholics who oppose abortion, there is some unease about the consequences of such a ruling.
LOS ANGELES, CA

Retired School Personnel present scholarships to JCHS students

The Junction City Association of Retired School Personnel awarded three scholarships at their meeting Friday at the Zion United Church of Christ. Elijah Evans, a senior at Junction City High School, was awarded the JCARSP Scholarship for $500.00. He will be majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Coaching Education at Bethany College. Madison Cynova is also a senior at JCHS and received the Grace Burkhead Memorial Scholarship for $500.00. She will attend Kansas State University with a major in Interior Design. Makayla Powell is a JCHS graduate and is in her senior year of college. She is majoring in Elementary Education. Makayla was awarded the Harley and Elsie Blanka Scholarship for $1,000.
JUNCTION CITY, KS

Moon goes blood red tonight: Total lunar eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A total lunar eclipse will grace the night skies this weekend, providing longer than usual thrills for stargazers across North and South America. The celestial action unfolds Sunday night into early Monday morning, with the moon bathed in the reflected red and orange hues of Earth’s sunsets and sunrises for about 1 1/2 hours, one of the longest totalities of the decade. It will be the first so-called blood moon in a year.
ASTRONOMY