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  • Anteaters No Match for WildcatsAnteaters No Match for Wildcats

    Balanced attack allows Wildcats to cruise over UC Irvine. The post Anteaters No Match for Wildcats appeared first on WIBW News Now!.

    WIBW News Now! / 12 h. 25 min. ago
  • K-State men’s & women’s basketball rolls in doubleheaderK-State men’s & women’s basketball rolls in doubleheader

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – Kamau Stokes had 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting and Kansas State started quickly on its way to a 71-49 victory over UC Irvine on Friday night. The Wildcats (3-0) used a balanced attack to jump to an 11-0 lead while the Anteaters (2-2) could not get anything to fall with a 0-for-6 start from the field. Xavier Sneed added 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting, including two 3-point baskets, for the Wildcats. UC Irvine briefly got the deficit within single digits at 39-30 early in the second half but could not overcome its turnovers and poor shooting. Brad Greene had nine points to lead the Anteaters. BIG PICTURE For the second straight ballgame, the Wildcats held an opponent to under 30 percent shooting. On the offensive end, Kansas State was inconsistent and careless with the basketball at times. The interior was another concern for Kansas State as they were outrebounded 39-37. UP NEXT UC Irvine: The Anteaters travel to Tempe, Ariz., to play Arizona State on Sunday. Kansas State: The Wildcats will host Northern Arizona on Monday.

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  • Mykhailiuk helps No. 4 Kansas rout South Dakota StateMykhailiuk helps No. 4 Kansas rout South Dakota State

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Svi Mykhailiuk scored a career-high 27 points, Lagerald Vick finished with 22 and fourth-ranked Kansas routed Summit League favorite South Dakota State 98-64 on Friday night. Udoka Azubuike added 17 points and Malik Newman had 13 for the Jayhawks (3-0), who shot 60 percent from the field and didn’t commit a turnover until midway through the second half. By that point, the Jackrabbits (3-1) were staring at a 30-point deficit. Mike Daum led South Dakota State with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Tevin King contributed 12 points and David Jenkins Jr. scored 10 off the bench. Once again without heralded freshman Billy Preston, the Jayhawks were forced to use the same reduced rotation that managed to top seventh-ranked Kentucky on Tuesday night. But their perilous lack of depth became crippling in the first half when Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot picked up two fouls each. That forced coach Bill Self to use walk-on Clay Young in the post. The 6-foot-5 senior turned out to be a bright spot, too, keeping the ball moving on offense and handling the 6-9 Daum inside. The Jackrabbits’ leading scorer at more than 21 points per game had eight on 2-for-8 shooting in the first half, when Young spent a good chunk of time covering him. Nobody could cover Mykhailiuk, though. The senior from the Ukraine hit his first three shots – the Jayhawks made eight of their first nine – while getting into an easy rhythm. Even on the seemingly rare occasion that his jumper didn’t splash the net, it often rattled around the rim and dropped through to a thunderous ovation. Several of his baskets came on feeds from Devonte Graham, who didn’t hit a field goal until deep in the second half. He finished with eight points but also had 11 assists and five boards. PRESTON SITS Preston went through early warmups but remained on the bench as Kansas investigates an on-campus incident that raised questions about the “financial picture” of the car he was driving. Self declined to discuss the situation other than to say “we’re definitely going to hold him out until we get to the bottom of this.” Self did say he expects a resolution soon. BIG PICTURE South Dakota State can recover from its thumping in paradise with a trip to the Cayman Islands Classic up next. But their next trip to the Sunflower State figures to be just as tough: They visit No. 6 Wichita State on Dec. 5. Kansas cruised despite a shortened lineup again, and help is only a month away. Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe becomes eligible for a trip to Nebraska on Dec. 16, and there is a chance five-star prospect Silvio De Sousa from Florida’s IMG Academy enrolls at the semester break. UP NEXT South Dakota State plays Wyoming on Monday in George Town, Cayman Islands. Kansas continues a four-game home stand against Texas Southern on Tuesday night.

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  • Washburn Survives Late Rally From RockhurstWashburn Survives Late Rally From Rockhurst

    Smith hits two free throws to give the Ichabods the lead with 10 seconds left The post Washburn Survives Late Rally From Rockhurst appeared first on WIBW News Now!.

    WIBW News Now! / 12 h. 33 min. ago
  • Latest Hollywood tear jerker is reality for a local familyLatest Hollywood tear jerker is reality for a local family

    TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — It’s just a movie to most people, but for one local family, it’s reality. The latest Hollywood tear jerker, “Wonder” is about a boy who has Treacher Collins Syndrome. A condition that affects the development of bones and other tissue in the face. Makayla Hainline is 8 years old and has the syndrome, but she isn’t letting that stop her from lighting up a room. Makayla’s mom and dad had no idea she was going to be born with Treachers Collins, but when they did figure it out, it didn’t matter. “My husband took my hand and said this is our daughter and were going to raise her just like we raised our other daughter,” Angie Hainline said. “This is the four of us and if they can’t take it, then they don’t need to be a part of our life.” Makayla’s family agrees one of the hardest parts is when people stare. “If people would just say, hey you know we notice that she’s a little different, can you explain or do you want to talk about it, just ask questions, don’t just stare,” Angie Hainline said. “People stare at her and I think its very rude,” Makayla’s sister Mariah said. “And I literally step in front of her and I usually stare back, like how does it feel to be stared at.” Some days are harder than others, like January 27th, when Makayla had to be life-flighted to the hospital. Angie Hainline says even in the toughest of times, Makayla is the purpose of their family. “It’s like you know what, God gave her to us for a reason and he made our family a lot stronger and he knew she had a purpose and it was to be a part of our life,” Angie said. The three of them like to karaoke in the car, to see who’s best. “I love hearing their laugh, like that’s the best thing, even if you’re having a bad day, just hearing them two back there cracking up, it can’t help but put a smile on your face,” she said. And when Makayla was asked what else she wanted to say about her family, she only had one answer. “We’re a strong family,” Makayla Hainline said. “That’s a good thing to add, we are a strong family,” Angie Hainline said. Makayla said no matter what comes their family’s way they’ll take it on together. Even though Makayla’s family has already seen the movie Wonder, she and her classmates will be seeing it together on Tuesday morning. And doctors consider Treacher Collins Syndrome a rare disorder. It affects about 1 in 50,000 newborns worldwide. Some symptoms include small upper and lower jaws, ears, and cheekbones. And while there are treatments to help make life a little easier, there is no known cure.

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  • Football Frenzy 11/17/17Football Frenzy 11/17/17

    High school football scores from November 17, 2017: Andale 20 McPherson 13 Bishop Carroll 29 Goddard 17 Bishop Miege 56 De Soto 24 Blue Valley North 44 Blue Valley 37 Burlingame 34 St. Paul 43 Derby 53 Wichita NW 41 Hayden 21 Frontenac 37 Hoxie 44 Spearville 20 Marysville 30 Phillipsburg 24 Mill Valley 21 St. Thomas Aquinas 55 Olpe 12 St. Mary’s Colgan 15 Otis Bison 16 Hodgeman County 42 Pike Valley 24 Hanover 36 Plainville 0 Smith Center 51 Sabetha 17 Silver Lake 14 Scott City 13 Holcomb 34

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  • State Championship Football Games SetState Championship Football Games Set

    The finals will be contested two days after Thanksgiving. The post State Championship Football Games Set appeared first on WIBW News Now!.

    WIBW News Now! / 13 h. 22 min. ago
  • Showing unity in diversity, Interfaith of Topeka to present 37th annual Thanksgiving service Sunday night - Topeka Capital JournalShowing unity in diversity, Interfaith of Topeka to present 37th annual Thanksgiving service Sunday night - Topeka Capital Journal

    Topeka Capital JournalShowing unity in diversity, Interfaith of Topeka to present 37th annual Thanksgiving service Sunday nightTopeka Capital JournalRoger Neufeld Smith, Susan Zuber-Chall, the Rev. Vicki L. Smith and Kathy Thurbon are pictured inside the sanctuary of St. David's Episcopal Church, 3916 S.W. 17th, where the 37th annual Interfaith of Topeka Community Thanksgiving Service will be held ...and more »

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  • Law center named after well-known judgeLaw center named after well-known judge

    TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — The Kansas Bar Foundation is dedicating their center in downtown Topeka after the late Justice Robert L. Gernon. He lost his battle to cancer in 2005, but his impact on the legal community will last a lifetime. His daughter, Rebecca Gernon, spoke at the ceremony. She remembers her father as a man dedicated to work and family. “He especially enjoyed it when the decision-making had a sense of humor,” she said. “I guess that was the part he liked about being a lawyer and a judge. He taught us that when we are faced with difficult moments with difficult decisions on a daily basis, that would help give us a chance to make things better.” Thanks to donations, the center was able to retire the mortgage on the building.

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  • Churches to hold holiday events this weekend - Topeka Capital JournalChurches to hold holiday events this weekend - Topeka Capital Journal

    The Hudson ReporterChurches to hold holiday events this weekendTopeka Capital JournalA joint Thanksgiving service sponsored by Lutheran churches in Topeka will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 731 S.W. Buchanan. — The Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, 2420 S.E. Bellview, will have a Thanksgiving Day ...Community Thanksgiving Dinner short $5000; needs your helpKSNT Newsall 103 news articles »

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  • Mykhailiuk Leads Kansas in Blowout of South Dakota State 98-64Mykhailiuk Leads Kansas in Blowout of South Dakota State 98-64

    Entering the day on the wake of a gritty win over the Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday, Kansas matched up with a fellow preseason conference favorite at Allen Fieldhouse on Friday. South Dakota State was the preseason pick to win the Summit League, but the Jayhawks dispatched the Jackrabbits as easily as if they were any […] The post Mykhailiuk Leads Kansas in Blowout of South Dakota State 98-64 appeared first on WIBW News Now!.

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  • Local middle school faces overcrowdingLocal middle school faces overcrowding

    HOLTON, Kan. (KSNT) — Too many students, not enough space. Holton Middle School is facing overcrowding problems and the school district is looking for a solution. Science teacher Travis Henry has taught at Holton Middle School for seven years. Lately he’s had to get creative with his small science classroom. “I have counters and I have counter space, so we have kids sitting on counter tops or I’ll change the chairs out and we’ll sit on the floor, or we’ll sit out in the hallway,” Henry said. “Sometimes we’ll be out of the room. Half of us will move and go do something else while the other half is doing something in the room.” The 40-year-old school building is designed to hold around 240 students. That’s about 80 students for each of its three grades. But next year’s 6th grade class could have as many as 100 students. As it is, there’s not room for the school to offer art classes or home economics. And the band class is already full. Holton Schools Superintendent Bob Davies said it shows how the town is growing. “Having overcrowding may not sound like a great problem, but it’s better than the alternative,” Davies said. He’s looking for a place to house next year’s 6th grade class. One possibility is the elementary school. “This annex building at the elementary school’s currently being used as office space, but it could be turned into classrooms for the 6th grade class.” Henry said apart from space issues, things are going well at the school. He’s concerned splitting the 6th grade off from the middle school building would make it difficult to prepare the students for high school. “I’d be a little nervous if we had to break that up, because I think that’s just going to break off a little of our flow,” Davies said. Superintendent Davies wants to make sure they do what’s best for the students. “We want to get everybody’s input and make the right decision, not a knee-jerk decision,” he said. He said he would like to have a plan for next year by March. He said the district is looking at a couple of other options as well, such as adding onto the middle school or renovating an old middle school building.

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  • Longtime Topeka restaurant Pepe & Chela's closingLongtime Topeka restaurant Pepe & Chela's closing

    Former owners of Pepe & Chela's, Celia Avila, left, Olga Smith, middle, and Jose Avila, stand in front of the restuarant, which was a fixture in Topeka for 31 years. Smith confirmed Friday that the business is closing.

    Topeka News / 15 h. 8 min. ago
  • Longtime Topeka restaurant Pepe & Chela's closing - Topeka Capital JournalLongtime Topeka restaurant Pepe & Chela's closing - Topeka Capital Journal

    Topeka Capital JournalLongtime Topeka restaurant Pepe & Chela's closingTopeka Capital Journal“But what an amazing gift you guys gave to the city of Topeka for 31 yrs! I have several memories as a child with my family and your parents there that I'll never forget. I'm sure Topekans will never forget.” “It will be missed!” wrote Karen Ray Gideon ...and more »

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  • Stanley Flowers says goodbye to Topeka by offering 75% off everything - WIBWStanley Flowers says goodbye to Topeka by offering 75% off everything - WIBW

    WIBWStanley Flowers says goodbye to Topeka by offering 75% off everythingWIBWAll of the proceeds from the sale will be given to Temple Beth Sholom of Topeka. Stanley's owner, Craig Maxon told 13 NEWS they decided to close up shop because they planned to move to be closer to family as well as a new job opportunity for his wife.and more »

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  • Washburn Tech students create alternatives to holiday drinksWashburn Tech students create alternatives to holiday drinks

    TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — Students at one NE Kansas college got to learn you can still enjoy the holidays without adding the booze to it. AAA Kansas teamed up with Washburn Tech to host a holiday mocktails event. The tech center’s culinary students gave “tasting” judges a non-alcoholic twist on popular holiday cocktails. the drinks were judged on presentation, creativity and taste. Jennifer Haugh of AAA Kansas just want students to be merry and safe heading into the holiday season. “We can kind have a discussion that there’s lots of options there. There’s lots of cool things you can do with these drinks. Lots of different things to put in them and really fun.” Our very own Christina Reis was one of the celebs who took part in judging the event. She enjoyed tasting all the samples. With @ChristinaKSNT as she’s judging holiday mocktails. See the story on #KSNTNews at 6! pic.twitter.com/1ZX9I5kADi — Vanessa Alonso (@VAlonsoKSNT) November 17, 2017 AAA wants to remind the public that if you are planning to drink at a holiday party, make sure you always have a designated driver.

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  • Breastfeeding benefits reduce risk of endometriosisBreastfeeding benefits reduce risk of endometriosis

    TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) Should I breastfeed my new baby? That’s a main question every new mom asks. A recent study out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital looks at the impact breastfeeding may have on endometriosis. “The endometriosis condition – which can cause very painful cramping and it can be very challenging around the time of periods and it’s one of those conditions that has very few ways to deal with it, said Libby Rosen, a registered nurse at Stormont Vail. What they found is the women who develop endometriosis were not as frequently as women who breastfed. They found women who breastfed 18 months of their lives or more, and that could be 2 or 3 babies, those women had a 30% reduction in getting endometriosis.” The reason? Hormones. “They contemplated that probably some of that had to do with the hormones that come into play during pregnancy and lactation and those hormones keep endometriosis from developing in those women. Besides its positive effects on preventing endometriosis, local moms breastfeed for other health benefits for them and baby. Stormont-Vail Breastfeeding Clinic “It helps Jude with the antibodies he needs to stay healthy. My doctor also told me it will help my uterus shrink back after having the baby. So it has all kinds of great health benefits. We’re really happy to breastfeed,” said Adam and Abby Hall. “For the babies, and the kids as well, as much as you can build up their immune systems in whatever way, is the best that I can do for them.   And that’s what we’ve tried to do,” said parents Kathy and Shane Harrington. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding As for how long you should breastfeed for, The American Pediatrics goal is, “to exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months, add complementary foods, and continue breastfeeding for that first year, and then as long as mother and baby want to. So they can nurse longer than that. All of that really helps to protect the mother and baby,” said Rosen. Breastfeeding Center Regular Walk-in Clinic Monday-Friday 10-12pm and Saturday Mornings 9:30-10:30 Baker School of Nursing Pump Class and Clinic Return to work/Pumping for baby: 2nd Thursday of each month 4:30–5:30 pm  Evening Walk-in:  2nd Thursday of each month 5:30–6:30 pm   · October 12th, 2017 · November 9th, 2017 · December 14th, 2017 · January 11th, 2018 · February 8th, 2018 · March 8th, 2018 · April 12th, 2018 · May 10th, 2018 · June 14th, 2018 · July 12th, 2018 · August 9th, 2018 · September 13th, 2018 · October 11th, 2018 · November 8th, 2018 · December 13th, 2018  

    KSNT Local / 18 h. 22 min. ago more
  • LKPD and RCPD warn students about safety during Thanksgiving breakLKPD and RCPD warn students about safety during Thanksgiving break

    LKPD and RCPD are working together to promote safer university communities. Please see the attached information on remaining vigilant and safe during the Thanksgiving break. pic.twitter.com/XPDQRQkvCM — Lawrence Police (@LawrenceKS_PD) November 17, 2017 MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) — The Lawrence Police Department and Riley County Police sent out a statement Friday about staying safe during holiday breaks. They want to remind students “areas of high densities of student housing are often targeted by criminals during breaks in the academic calendar because a majority of residents are out of town. Both agencies continue to investigate cases involving the Kansas College Rapist. All incidents, excluding the first one, happened during a break from classes at the University of Kansas or Kansas State University. The police departments encourage those who are not traveling during Thanksgiving break to pay extra attention to activities surrounding your home and to exercise personal safety. Some tips and suggestions they made are: Keep doors and windows closed/locked. Keep premises well lit at night. Never let strangers know if you live alone. Plan several escape routes from your home. Do not walk or jog alone at night. Never open door to strangers; require ID of service or repair people. Lawrence Police and Riley County PD encourage the public to report crimes in progress to 911. For non-emergent reports call (785) 537-2112 in Manhattan or (785) 832-7509 in Lawrence. The public can also contact CrimeStoppers by calling (785) 539-7777 in Manhattan and (785) 843-TIPS in Lawrence.  

    KSNT Local / 18 h. 56 min. ago more
  • Coffeyville man given prison sentence for attempting to purchase bomb onlineCoffeyville man given prison sentence for attempting to purchase bomb online

    19-year-old Carlos Francisco Martin was sentenced to two years in federal prison. The post Coffeyville man given prison sentence for attempting to purchase bomb online appeared first on WIBW News Now!.

    WIBW News Now! / 19 h. 7 min. ago
  • City gives updates on construction before holiday travelCity gives updates on construction before holiday travel

    TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — Two major street projects will continue throughout the holiday season as weather permits. A third project will be opened to through traffic until spring. Wanamaker — 21st St. Intersection and 21st St. west of Wanamaker The city is on schedule to have the entire SW 21st St. and SW Wanamaker intersection (as well as SW 21st St. west of Wanamaker) open by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. There will be minor additional work after Nov. 22, such as sidewalk completion and sod installation, that may require short term temporary lane restrictions. SW Wanamaker and SW 10th Intersection So far, the NE quadrant has been completed, while the SE quadrant is scheduled next. Once these two are complete, they city will determine whether the project should be winterized and reopened, or if construction on the remaining two quadrants on the west side should continue through the winter months. This is part of the larger SW Wanamaker from 4th to 10th St. Reconstruction Project that began May 15. The original completion date was Dec. 1, but the city modified the phasing at the request of businesses in that area, to allow the intersection at 10th and Wanamaker to remain open in the beginning phases of the project. N Kansas Ave — Curtis to Norris  The project came to a halt in late August after a heavy rain exposed a failed storm water sewer pipe. Design work has begun to replace the pipe and will be completed in the spring. At this time, the intersection of Kansas and Norris, and the other open section, is being temporarily patched and will be opened for the winter.  

    KSNT Local / 19 h. 25 min. ago more
  • Cost of protesting at the Kansas State Capitol to increase in JanuaryCost of protesting at the Kansas State Capitol to increase in January

    Prices will depend on if group requires a podium, PA system or tables and chairs. The post Cost of protesting at the Kansas State Capitol to increase in January appeared first on WIBW News Now!.

    WIBW News Now! / 19 h. 39 min. ago
  • PHOTOS: 20 Under 40 Banquet 2017PHOTOS: 20 Under 40 Banquet 2017

    The Boy Scouts of America, Jayhawk Area Council recognized Topeka's Top 20 Under 40 honorees Thursday evening at the Downtown Ramada Inn and Convention Center. 20 members of the Topeka/Shawnee County Community were recognized for their commitment and contributions to the Community.

    Topeka News / 19 h. 54 min. ago
  • Republican Party Chair running for Secretary of State looking for more business filings if tax cuts pass CongressRepublican Party Chair running for Secretary of State looking for more business filings if tax cuts pass Congress

    Arnold believes that if the tax cuts in Congress make it through, the Secretary of State's office will have plenty to do. The post Republican Party Chair running for Secretary of State looking for more business filings if tax cuts pass Congress appeared first on WIBW News Now!.

    WIBW News Now! / 20 h. 16 min. ago
  • Audio: The Danielle Norwood Show – November 17, 2017Audio: The Danielle Norwood Show – November 17, 2017

    Shelley Ramos and David Porterfield discuss the CASA Homes for the Holidays Tour The post Audio: The Danielle Norwood Show – November 17, 2017 appeared first on WIBW News Now!.

    WIBW News Now! / 20 h. 37 min. ago
  • Kansas Public Transit Association members to get sex trafficking training from Kansas Attorney General’s officeKansas Public Transit Association members to get sex trafficking training from Kansas Attorney General’s office

    Human trafficking is the criminal activity of holding another person for the purposes of exploitation through forced labor and sex trafficking. The post Kansas Public Transit Association members to get sex trafficking training from Kansas Attorney General’s office appeared first on WIBW News Now!.

    WIBW News Now! / 21 h. 8 min. ago
  • Rep. Jenkins says tax bill was “easy yes vote”Rep. Jenkins says tax bill was “easy yes vote”

    TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) is back in Kansas after voting “yes” on the GOP’s new tax plan. While at her own job fair in Topeka, Jenkins said that casting one of the 227 “yes” votes wasn’t a difficult decision. “When you represent a district like mine in Kansas, you know it’s going to benefit the vast majority of Kansans, so it was an easy yes vote.” Thirteen other Republicans in the House of Representatives voted the other way. Jenkins believes they did so because their constituents don’t like the loopholes that were removed that helped the wealthiest Americans. As for Kansas, Jenkins says most economists say this plan will do great things for the state’s economy and help the most vulnerable. She says the plan has, “given a much needed tax break to hard working low-to-middle income families.” On the Senate side of things, Jenkins says she will let them work out if they will add the removal of the Affordable Care Act mandate.  If passed, both chambers will meet in a conference committee and work out the differences of the two plans.

    KSNT Local / 21 h. 18 min. ago more
  • Fees to protest at Kansas Capitol to rise substantiallyFees to protest at Kansas Capitol to rise substantially

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The cost of protesting at the Kansas Capitol in Topeka is increasing — sometimes substantially. Currently, Kansas charges $20 for any event at the Capitol. But beginning Jan. 1, it will charge based on the size of the event and other factors. The lowest price will be $50 for events that require no setup or cleanup. The Kansas City Star reports factors increasing the price will include if groups require a podium, access to the public address system or tables and chairs. Kansas Department of Administration spokesman John Milburn says the increase will help the state recover costs it incurs from providing space and cleanup for protests. Davis Hammet, a Topeka activist, says the price for his group’s event in January went from $20 last year to $500 this year.

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  • Source: Payless plans to move out of Topeka - WIBWSource: Payless plans to move out of Topeka - WIBW

    WIBWSource: Payless plans to move out of TopekaWIBWAccording to the source, interim CEO Martin Wade III held another meeting with employees Friday during which he reportedly told them the company will leave Topeka and move out of state. No timeline was given for the move. The sources also said Wade ...More layoffs reported at Payless ShoeSource in Topeka, company silentKSNT NewsPayless officials decline to comment on scope of Topeka job cutsWIBW News Nowall 13 news articles »

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  • Defendant in triple homicide sentenced to life in prisonDefendant in triple homicide sentenced to life in prison

    Joseph Krahn, 34, of Topeka, was sentenced Friday morning for the March 12 murders 19-year-old Matthew Leavitt, 38-year-old Nichole Fisher and 20-year-old Luke Davis. The post Defendant in triple homicide sentenced to life in prison appeared first on WIBW News Now!.

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  • Krahn gets three life sentences for North Topeka murdersKrahn gets three life sentences for North Topeka murders

    Joseph Aaron Krahn pleaded no contest to three charges of first-degree murder for the deaths of Luke Davis, 20; Nicole Fisher, 38; and Matthew Leavitt, 19. Joseph Aaron Krahn was sentenced Friday morning to three consecutive life sentences of 50 years each in a triple murder in March at a North Topeka home. Shawnee County District Court Judge David Debenham imposed the punishment in a 25-minute sentencing hearing, ensuring Krahn never leaves prison.

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  • October 2017 Labor ReportOctober 2017 Labor Report

    Since October 2016, Kansas lost 5,200 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs and 4,700 private sector jobs. The post October 2017 Labor Report appeared first on WIBW News Now!.

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  • Man involved in north Topeka triple murder sentenced to life in prisonMan involved in north Topeka triple murder sentenced to life in prison

    TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A 34-year-old Topeka man has been sentenced in connection with a triple murder earlier this year. On Friday, Joseph Krahn was senteced in Shawnee County District Court to three life sentences. He would be eligible for parole after 150 years. Last month Krahn entered a plea to no contest to three counts of first degree murder for the deaths of Luke Davis, Nicole Fisher and Matt Leavitt.  Their bodies were discovered in mid-March at a North Topeka house in the 100 block of NW Grant St. Three others are being held for trial. The trial for Brian Flowers is set for March 19, 2018, the trial for Shane Mays is set for March 12, 2018 and Joseph Lowry’s trial has been set for April 9, 2018. Kora Liles is also charged with two counts of first degree murder, two counts of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated assault in the case. Her trial is set for February 12, 2018.

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  • Keystone pipeline spill leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in rural South DakotaKeystone pipeline spill leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in rural South Dakota

    The leak comes just days before Nebraska regulators decide whether to allow the pipeline to pass through the state The post Keystone pipeline spill leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in rural South Dakota appeared first on WIBW News Now!.

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  • Krahn will never leave prison for series of planned, 'brutal' murders in North Topeka - Topeka Capital JournalKrahn will never leave prison for series of planned, 'brutal' murders in North Topeka - Topeka Capital Journal

    KSNT NewsKrahn will never leave prison for series of planned, 'brutal' murders in North TopekaTopeka Capital JournalKrahn, 34, was sentenced Friday morning to three consecutive life sentences in a triple murder on March 12 at 115 N.W. Grant, a North Topeka home. Shawnee County District Judge David Debenham asked Krahn whether he wanted to say anything before ...1 of 5 suspects in triple Kansas homicide gets 3 life termsSeattle TimesMan involved in north Topeka triple murder sentenced to life in prisonKSNT NewsDefendant in triple homicide sentenced to life in prisonWIBW News NowKWCHall 11 news articles »

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  • Forgery and theft incident being investigated in ManhattanForgery and theft incident being investigated in Manhattan

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – Police are investigating a recent forgery and theft incident in Riley County. Riley County Police filed the report Thursday morning at 10:15 in the 300 block of Plymate Ln. Officers listed Julian Latham, 36, of Manhattan, as the victim when he reported a known male suspect forged a check in his name and cashed it. RCPD said the total loss reported in this case is $800. Police tell KSNT News no arrest has been made at this time. Police are asking anyone with information to contact RCPD at 785-537-2112. or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777.

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  • Housing agency accuses landlord of demanding sex for rentHousing agency accuses landlord of demanding sex for rent

    The Wichita landlord is accused of smacking two female tenants on the buttocks and grabbing one woman's breast The post Housing agency accuses landlord of demanding sex for rent appeared first on WIBW News Now!.

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  • Topeka police arrest man after kidnapping, attempted rape in central TopekaTopeka police arrest man after kidnapping, attempted rape in central Topeka

    Leroy Hudson a 67-year-old homeless man, was booked into Shawnee County Jail in connection with kidnapping aggravated battery and attempted rape. Topeka police have arrested a man who they say tried to rape a woman after forcing her into a vehicle in central Topeka late Thursday night.

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  • A Deeper Look at Franchise BusinessA Deeper Look at Franchise Business

    By KATHY WEBBER and JEREMY GRABER | Attorney The business of franchising in the United States has been around since the 1800s when a druggist named John S. Pemberton concocted a drink made of molasses, sugar, spices and cocaine (this ingredient is no longer used). Pemberton licensed select people to bottle and sell his drink that we know today as Coca-Cola. FRANCHISING IS AN ARRANGEMENT where one party (the franchisor) gives another party (the franchisee) the right to use its trademark or brand name and provides a business model and expertise. The franchisee typically pays a one-time franchise fee plus a percentage of sales revenue as royalty. Franchising should be a win-win for both parties. The franchisor grows rapidly for minimum or no capital outlay, and the franchise in return gains immediate name recognition, a successful business plan, and the ongoing support of the franchisor. BECOMING A FRANCHISEE Dobski & Associates McDonald’s represents the epitome of franchising success. With 36,899 restaurants in 120 countries around the world, 31,230 of which are franchised, McDonald’s is the world’s second largest private employer with 1.5 million working for its franchises compared to Walmart’s 1.9 million employees. Tom and Marilyn Dobski bought into the McDonald’s franchise nearly 36 years ago and own 14 restaurants located throughout Northeast Kansas. The Dobskis owned eight of the nine McDonald’s in Topeka until recently, when their middle son, Kevin, purchased one of the locations. Kevin Dobski plans to continue keeping the franchises in the family with his purchase of another location before the end of this year. Being a McDonald’s franchisee truly is a family business for the Dobskis. Tom Dobski and his two brothers each owned a grocery store in the Chicago area called Edmunds Foods, but when the big grocery store chains moved into the area, the brothers sold their stores and each purchased a McDonald’s restaurant in a different state. Tom Dobski’s first McDonald’s was located in Leavenworth, Kansas, and he eventually purchased additional McDonald’s franchises in Lawrence and then Topeka. The process to become a McDonald’s franchisee is highly regulated and can take several years. It took Kevin Dobski four and a half years to complete. As part of the process, McDonald’s corporation requires a candidate to be the General Manager of a McDonald’s for one year to prove they have sufficient business skills, and all applicants must attend Hamburger University located in McDonald’s Corporation headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. “It is a real thing,” Kevin Dobski said. “People think it is just McDonald’s terminology, but we actually have a fully functioning accredited University called Hamburger University where you get your degree in Hamburgerology.” Once qualified, owners are expected to sign a 20-year lease, pay monthly fees and undergo inspections every 18 months. Kevin Dobski said the McDonald’s corporation also expects its franchise owners to invest in their restaurants and keep up with current trends and designs. “They want more successful, profitable operators that can afford the reinvestments that are expected,” Kevin Dobski said. “When you have been in business for as long as McDonald’s has, they only want the best of the best. I can understand that. It hurts us as a brand if we aren’t invested like they expect us to be.” Kevin Dobski said his dad always wanted his sons to be in the McDonald’s business and was pleased when he decided to begin the process to be a franchisee. “My dad did not necessarily want to be the most successful; he wanted to be the most well respected. He has set the expectations for us high, so just trying to meet or exceed those has always been a little challenging,” Kevin Dobski said. MULTIPLE FRANCHISE LOCATIONS Congratulations, you are expanding into new markets. In addition to having a larger footprint, you are also presumably obtaining various efficiencies and economies of scale based on your growth. Hopefully, it also means more revenue. Before moving into new locales, you should keep in mind the following: Are there any new permits, fees, license or related authorizations that you need to obtain? These permits, etc. can vary by city, even within the same county. Is there proper zoning in place for where you want to locate? Crossing state lines raises a whole host of additional issues. Will you be creating a new entity? Or will the existing entity be used? If the existing entity, it likely needs to be registered as a foreign entity with that state’s secretary of state (or equivalent) to do business there. If creating a new entity, follow that state’s laws (and annual filing requirements). Some states impose franchise taxes that will be triggered by either registering an existing entity or creating a new one. Be sure you are handling sales and income taxes correctly. Each city, county, and special taxing districts charge varying levels of sales tax. It is typically your obligation (as the selling merchant) to collect and remit those properly. In addition, some municipalities charge an earnings tax (like Kansas City, MO). Is this new location subject to any of these sorts of special taxes? Expansion likely means more employees. Does this growth cause you to be subject to additional employment laws that you were not previously subject to? For example, do you now have to offer health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act? You also may be subject to FMLA and WARN if you have grown to more than 50 employees. Do you have any license agreements for software (e.g., point-of-sale software and equipment) that has limits on the number of users or various size restrictions? Will your growth cause possible violations of the current agreements? If so, they should be restructured or new agreements entered into. Lastly, any political issues with opening in the new location? Understand local politics for your franchise before signing a lease or expending significant resources if the politics simply will not allow you to operate business there. In short, hire an expert (or experts) in tax, business, and employment matters before expanding to new markets. Provided by: Jeremy L. Graber, Attorney Foulston Siefkin LLP BECOMING A FRANCHISOR GreatLIFE Rick Farrant owner of GreatLIFE started his business with three separate golf country clubs in Topeka and the surrounding area: Berkshire Country Club, Lake Perry Country Club and Prairie View. In 2006 Farrant made the decision to change the three properties he owned to be branded under one name, GreatLIFE. GreatLIFE added the fitness side of the business in 2006 and grew to include eight golf and fitness facilities. It wasn’t until around 2009 that Farrant determined he needed to look at other options to grow his company and began to look into the concept of franchising. He credits the economy crash during that time period for helping facilitate that business decision. Because of economic conditions, Farrant said, it was extremely difficult for anybody to obtain a business loan for a golf course, so he needed to be a little creative. GreatLIFE acquired its first franchisee in 2011 in Lebanon, Missouri, but after Farrant’s attorney became terminally ill, the franchise business model stalled for a few years. However, Farrant did not let this setback stall his company’s growth. GreatLIFE now has 60 golf and fitness clubs, four of which are franchisees. Farrant said GreatLIFE will continue to focus on the franchise model going forward because it is a much easier way to grow the business. “When we buy a location, we put our heart and soul into it. You grow at a lot slower pace if you are buying and growing them internally than you do if you franchise,” Farrant said. While franchising has helped his own company grow, Farrant said it also gives franchisees a stronger foundation on which to grow their own businesses. “We can go to a business and say, “Here are 20 or 30 mistakes we made, and you don’t have to make those now,”” Farrant said. “We can also use our buying power to pass our discounts on to the franchisee, and almost always, the net benefit of that pays for the franchise fees. We believe that we can help a lot of golf courses that are financially struggling.” OFFERING FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES You must be doing something well because other people want to expand on your ideas. This allows you to grow, without taking all of the financial risk. It also permits your brand to gain access to untapped markets that you are not familiar with or could not navigate on your own. Although franchising can be complicated, there are two key documents/requirements to keep in mind: (1) the franchise agreement between the franchisor and franchisee, and (2) complying with state and federal franchise laws. THE AGREEMENT The franchise agreement is the contract you have with your franchisees that outlines the control you retain versus the autonomy the franchisee has and the sharing of revenues, expenses, advertising costs, etc. As a new franchisor, you may be more willing to be flexible with a franchisee that shows significant potential. As you grow, most, if not all, of your franchise agreements will be identical. Individualized franchise agreements are too unwieldy for the Subways and McDonald’s of the world. This may not be true for a newer franchise. FRANCHISE OFFERING If you are offering a franchise, you must comply with federal law, particularly the disclosure requirements of the Federal Trade Commission’s Franchise Rule. This applies regardless of the state you will be offering the franchise in. Secondly, certain states have additional requirements. For some states, this is filing a simple form, and for other states the process is more complicated. Individualized filing requirements should be understood before considering new markets. FRANCHISE VS. SECURITY Lastly, be certain that you are offering a franchise and not a security. A franchise is a contractual agreement between franchisee and franchisor where both parties have some degree of control over, and involvement in, the underlying business. A security is an investment and is subject to state and federal securities law requirements, such as registration and anti-fraud rules. The line can be gray, and you should obtain the advice of counsel before offering any franchising arrangement. Provided by: Jeremy L. Graber, Attorney Foulston Siefkin LLP CHOOSING A DIFFERENT PATH CryoX When Heather Keener and Eric Buckman, co-owners of CryoX, opened in Topeka in October of 2016, they had the opportunity to buy into an existing franchise to start the business. While it might have made the initial setup and marketing easier, Keener said they chose to start the company from scratch and haven’t regretted that decision. CryoX provides cryotherapy, a treatment that uses freezing temperatures to relieve chronic pain and inflammation, as well as other medical benefits. Cryotherapy, which has been used medically for many years in other countries, is relatively new to the United States, so a limited number of franchise choices were available for purchase. Keener said she didn’t see any franchises that looked like a viable option. “I had an idea already in my head of what I wanted the business to be and how I thought it should look,” Keener said. “I wanted to go more toward the relaxing spa feeling rather than the sporty gym doctor’s office feeling, which is what most of them were geared toward.” While Keener admits purchasing a company with an established business plan might have been easier at times, she stands firm on their decision to create their own business model. “Looking back now, I am glad we did it. I felt we could create everything we were going to get out of a franchise without having to pay franchise fees, and not have to stick to certain standards and restrictions,” Keener said. Now that CryoX has established a successful business model, Keener said they are researching ways to grow their business—even possibly offering a franchise opportunity to others. “We designed and built this to be a cookie cutter for additional locations, whether it be opening other locations with investors or franchising this business format,” Keener said. MAKING THE FRANCHISING DECISION Regardless of whether a business chooses to purchase an existing franchise, expand its own footprint by selling franchises to others, or forge its own path, the guidance of a legal expert is always a good decision. CHARTING YOUR OWN COURSE Paving your own trail comes with increased risk, but also increased reward. You have total control over your business and its operations, and therefore, you control all of the upside benefits. You are also not subject to any limitations of a franchise agreement or particular standards or requirements of a franchisor. The downside flows from the upside. You do not have the same brand recognition as a franchise. Financing may be more difficult and other support that may accompany an existing and established franchise (e.g., relationships with vendors and associated discounts) will not be there. Be careful not to infringe on any intellectual property of a similar business. This may include trade dress (the general appearance) and any patented or trademarked processes, symbols, etc. An over-the-top example of what not to do is the fast food restaurant “McDowell’s” mimicking McDonald’s in the classic 80’s movie, “Coming to America.” Don’t be Mr. McDowell. Heather Keener, co-owner of CryoX, stands firm that creating their own business model was the right decision to provide what they envisioned. Provided by: Jeremy L. Graber, Attorney Foulston Siefkin LLP

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  • SBA LOANS 101SBA LOANS 101

    Ben Tenpenny Capital City Bank In its mission statement, the Small Business Administration (SBA) states its purpose has always been to help Americans start, build and grow businesses. TO AID AND ASSIST small businesses in achieving growth and success, there are two primary loan types offered by SBA today—504 and the 7a loans. 504 loan—This loan is for lending on a new purchase, construction or a refinance of hard assets such as land, buildings and equipment. Borrowers can get into these loans for as little as 10% down for most projects and can also have as much as 40% of the project placed on a long term 10 or 20-year fixed rate loan. 7a loan—These loans are more flexible and used more for working capital, business purchases and business startups. Interest rates and terms will vary, but generally loan maturities will be 5-10 years. 4 COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS about SBA Loans. Q. Are these SBA loans from the Government? A 504 loan is a combination of a loan with your local lender and a direct loan from the SBA that is serviced by a local Certified Development Company. 7a loan funds are offered through local financial institutions, such as Capital City Bank, which participate in a variety of SBA lending programs. 7a loans are backed by a partial guaranty from the SBA, but are made by and serviced by the financial institution. Q. What does that mean to me? With a 504 loan, the borrower gets the benefits of putting as little as 10% down and also having as much as 40% of the amount borrowed locked into a fixed rate loan of either 10 or 20 years. Utilizing the SBA’s 7a guarantee makes it less risky for the financial institution to make the loan and, therefore, easier for the borrower to get approved. Q. Do my borrowing needs fit into the SBA programs? Most borrowing needs can fit into an SBA loan program. From business startups, buying an existing business, equipment purchases, real estate purchases, construction, remodeling, leasehold improvements, and working capital to debt consolidation; all are examples of eligible uses of proceeds for an SBA loan. Q. How do I apply? The process is similar to applying for a conventional commercial loan. An application containing financial statements, financial projections and a detailed business plan outlining how you intend to pay the loan back will be required. Ben Tenpenny is vice-president and commercial lender at Capital City Bank, a full-service bank that focuses on serving individuals and small to mid-sized businesses.  

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  • Recruiting and Social MediaRecruiting and Social Media

    Kristina Dietrick HR Partners In a world where 90 percent of businesses use social media, the temptation to incorporate the wealth of knowledge available through social media during the recruitment process is growing in popularity. WITH 43 PERCENT of employers actively using social media to screen candidates, the risks of violating a potential employee’s rights increase significantly. This can be concerning as 36 percent of organizations have disqualified candidates based on the collection of data through social media. FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW if you are screening employment candidates through social media. Potential Risks of Screening Candidates through Social Media: — Invasion of privacy. — Violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. — Disparate impact/treatment. — Exposure of protected status, i.e., race/color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/ transgender status and marital status/parental status. — Exposure of protected activities/complaints, i.e., discrimination/harassment, NLRA/NLRB union activities, common law “Whistle Blowing,” workers’ compensation history, political affiliation, military status and protected leaves. — Bankruptcy or credit difficulties. — Criminal convictions. So, is there a benefit to using social media for recruiting purposes? The simple answer is yes. The one benefit to using social media when sourcing applicants is the avoidance of negligent hiring. With that being said, to eliminate the potential risks, each business should check its company’s procedures. Is Your Business Compliant? — Is management checking on each applicant through social media in an equal, consistent manner? Deviation is discrimination. — Do the business’ policies prohibit managers from gathering their own “background” information? — Does the business have a written procedure to obtain the applicant’s consent to gather information from social media? Best Practice Key Learnings: – Businesses must obtain the applicant’s written permission to conduct the background check. – They must advise the applicant that they may use the background information to make decisions about his/her employment. – This notice must be in writing and in a standalone format (the notice cannot be included in the verbiage of an employment application). There are benefits to conducting informal background checks through social media, and the trend will most likely continue to increase in popularity. If your company chooses to use social media to conduct background checks on applicants, be sure to avoid the risks and use “best practices” to prevent potential violations of the applicant’s rights. You should have a written policy in place, and be consistent in its application.   HR Partners specializes in ensuring each of our valued clients is in compliance with all laws and regulations applicable to their respective businesses, including proper recruitment strategies and processes. Kristina Dietrick, PHR, president of HR Partners, has over 20 years of experience in the human resource field and holds the distinguished designation of Professional in Human Resources.

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    ROBERT SIMMONS Lieutenant Narcotics/Organized Crime and Gang Units Topeka Police Department Besides being named the Topeka Police Department’s youngest sergeant at the age of 26 and the department’s youngest lieutenant at the age of 31, Robert has taken on multiple other roles throughout his career with TPD that have displayed his passion for teaching. He is an adjunct criminal justice professor at Washburn University and was appointed to the Shawnee County Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board by the mayor. Robbie is a founding member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Red Shoe Crew and helped create the TPD Junior Pathfinders Academy. Where do you see Topeka in 10 years? You just never know how much progress a city can make in 10 years. The optimist in me thinks Topeka will continue to make significant improvements. There is a lot of motivation and energy behind these improvements, so I hope to see Topeka continue to grow and become an even more exciting place to be. Why did you choose Topeka as the place to build your career? Topeka has always been home. I think what kept me here was a pretty overwhelming feeling and need to stay here with my family and friends and look for ways to make positive change in Topeka.

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  • 20 Under 40: KEVIN CHRISTIANSEN20 Under 40: KEVIN CHRISTIANSEN

    KEVIN CHRISTIANSEN Executive Director/Founder Barnabas Movement, Inc. In 2012, a series of teen suicides inspired Kevin to create Café Barnabas, a place he hoped young people could feel comfortable connecting with caring adult mentors. Café Barnabas, located in West Ridge Mall, employs youth volunteers and allows students to develop employable skillsets, provide community service hours, and build a resume. The tea shop has directly impacted the lives of 250 students since inception and indirectly made over 3,000 student connections in 2017 alone. What do you see as your role in making Topeka a better place to live and work? My firm belief in three things allows me to enhance the community of Topeka. First, students possess the potential to vastly improve their community when challenged to do so, mentored to develop required skills, and empowered to secure the resources necessary to accomplish their vision of a better tomorrow. My role is to constantly improve the platform from which this leadership journey begins. Second, Topeka is blessed with many incredible community leaders and youth pastors. Collaborative efforts are always more effective and efficient. I diligently promote and connect community influencers with the goal of increasing Topeka’s mentorship capacity. Third, I’ve been blessed to launch and use a business as a ministry tool. One of my personal distinguishing characteristics is I strive to serve with excellence. We have gained national recognition as a top teashop resulting from our constant desire for improvement and innovation. My role is to educate, develop, and promote the enjoyment of sensory captivating tea.

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  • 20 Under 40: BEN BROXTERMAN20 Under 40: BEN BROXTERMAN

    BEN BROXTERMAN Supervisor, Child Life Services Stormont Vail Health As a Certified Child Life Specialist at Stormont Vail Health, Ben helps kids and their families cope with the various experiences and emotions that come with illness and treatments. Ben also serves on advisory councils for the Midland Care Center for Hope & Healing–Grief Center and St. Matthew Catholic School, and is a core committee member and events coordinator for the Safe Kids Shawnee County Coalition. What do you see as your role in making Topeka a better place to live and work? I see my role as a cheerleader and champion for our community. Changing people’s attitudes takes time and commitment, but there are opportunities every day to highlight the great things happening here. Where do you see Topeka in 10 years? I see us building a community that our kids will be proud of and want to stay in as they grow.

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  • 20 Under 40: AMANDA VOGELSBERG20 Under 40: AMANDA VOGELSBERG

    AMANDA VOGELSBERG Partner Henson, Hutton, Mudrick, Gragson & Vogelsberg, LLP As an attorney Amanda helps her clients by providing legal advice and guidance. She also provides continuing legal education for the Kansas Bar Association. Amanda is an active member and board member of several professional organizations, but also serves on multiple committees for ARTSConnect. She has committed most of her spare time since 2013 to Junior League’s Diaper Depot program. Under her leadership, the Junior League provided diapers to thousands of families in Shawnee County. What do you see as your role in making Topeka a better place to live and work? As I see it, I am a part owner of this City and I am proud to live and work here. I think that every action counts and so I volunteer locally. Where do you see Topeka in 10 years? By 2027, Topeka businesses, particularly in the areas of finance, insurance and manufacturing, will have increased in size, providing more job opportunities for our residents. Topeka’s downtown and riverfront will be thriving, the city will have an expanded biking trail system, and residents will enjoy increased access to the Kansas River. Topeka will be THE place everyone else will wish they had invested in 10 years earlier.

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  • Investing in East TopekaInvesting in East Topeka

    By Lisa Loewen For the past 17 years, the Topeka Planning Department has been evaluating the “health” of the City’s neighborhoods to set priorities for funding and infrastructure planning. Based on measures from the five key indicators—poverty level, public safety, residential property values, single family home ownership and boarded houses—neighborhoods are scored to determine their overall health as follows: THE LATEST HEALTH EVALUATION in 2014 showed that while most neighborhoods in Topeka have made improvement in all categories, a few still fall under the “Intensive Care” classification. While a large part of the prescription to nurse these neighborhoods back to health is public safety and infrastructure improvement, another key ingredient is investment by private businesses to build economic opportunities in these areas. Several Topeka businesses have been operating in these “Intensive Care” neighborhoods for years and have chosen to stay and help improve the economic climate. Others are new to the area, looking to invest in these communities while growing viable businesses. NEW BUSINESS When T. K. and Lindsey Adams were searching for a location to open their second Owls Nest Antique Store and Flea Market, they originally decided it would be in Manhattan, Kansas. However, when the owner of Boyles Joyland Flea Market approached them about purchasing his building at the corner of 29th and Adams, the couple reconsidered. They already had a location open at 3411 SW Topeka Blvd., and the idea of a second location in a different part of town appealed to them. “We love Topeka so much that when the opportunity came up to have another store here, we jumped at it,” Lindsey said. Lindsey says they did have people question their decision to purchase the old building in the Hi-Crest neighborhood because it wasn’t exactly in the best area of town. But the couple felt this opportunity was a win-win for both the Owls Nest and the community. “If no one is willing to step in and take a chance on these neighborhoods that need help, then all they will do is keep going downhill,” Lindsey said. ‘We just felt like it was an opportunity for us to make a difference in Topeka.” Even though they knew it was going to take a lot of hard work and a significant financial investment, T. K. and Lindsey wanted to be part of revitalizing that area of town, so they purchased the building in 2016. “It didn’t scare us to do the hard work,” Lindsey said. “I grew up with a dad who bought houses and fixed them up, so we knew what were getting into.” The couple spent the next several months hauling off more than 100 tons of trash, including old freezers left behind from when the building housed a Harry’s IGA, replacing the roof, adding a new concrete floor, installing an HVAC system (it didn’t have one before), repainting the entire exterior and interior (including the ceiling) and adding new signage. The costs ended up being more than double what the couple expected to spend. “We didn’t get any government grants. We didn’t use any tax dollars. We saved our money and took out a loan to pay for this building,” Lindsey said. Now that the Owls Nest Joyland is open for business, Lindsey says they couldn’t be happier about their choice. The vendors appreciate having another location where they can market their goods, and customers are happy to have a place to shop for unique antiques and crafts. “People love the store,” Lindsey said. “Everyone who drops in just stops and gasps at what this building has become.” EXISTING BUSINESS While the Owls Nest Joyland represents new business investing in this “Intensive Care” neighborhood, other businesses have been operating and investing in this area for years. American Tax Service has been serving customers out of its location at 420 SE 29th Street for more than 20 years. When the company decided to consolidate its two locations into one office 10 years ago, owner Kurt Guth opted to move from the west side of town to the HiCrest location because of its proximity to a majority of his customer base. While he says it was sometimes challenging in the past to attract new customers, the future is looking pretty bright. “The perception issue is sometimes hard to get over,” Guth said. “But in the past couple of years, people don’t seem to have the same concerns that they used to have about coming into this part of town.” Guth said he is excited about the changes he is seeing all around him: street improvements, new businesses coming in, and existing businesses taking more pride in their locations. As older buildings are renovated and vacant spaces fill up, Guth says he hopes their corner of the neighborhood becomes a beacon to attract even more people to the area. ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT A growing number of people see the value of investing resources to grow business in an area of town neglected by others. The old K-Mart building on SE 29th Street, which has been vacant since 2002, will be the new home to 450-500 self-storage units owned by O&H Investments out of Iowa. The company hopes to have the facility open early next year. Just a little farther south on Kansas Avenue, the new BMW and Volkswagen dealership opened its doors in May to a brand new facility, boasting the largest new car showroom in Kansas. The addition of the luxury import dealership brings welcome excitement to not only the surrounding businesses, but also to the people in the neighborhood. Continuing the momentum, Sharp Honda plans to move its dealership to a new 34,000-square-foot facility at 32nd Terrace and Kansas Avenue sometime next year. NEIGHBORHOOD BENEFITS Joe Ledbetter, Highland Crest Neighborhood Improvement Association president, says he is happy to finally see a serious turnaround happening in his community. The NIA lobbied extensively for major infrastructure improvements to the roads in Hi-Crest, Ledbetter says, and now most of the residential streets have been improved. “In the past five years, I have lobbied for $10 million in roadwork improvement in the Hi-Crest neighborhood,” Ledbetter said. “Of course we didn’t get everything we asked for, but we have seen significant improvements.” One of those infrastructure improvements still underway is the widening of SE Fremont Street from 29th to 31st streets. This project replaces the 2-lane street with a new 3-lane section, updates storm sewers and water lines, and includes a sidewalk and walking trail. With these improvements, as well as businesses continuing to open their doors in Hi-Crest, Ledbetter says the neighborhood as a whole benefits economically. “Commercially, Hi-Crest is seeing great investment by local business,” Ledbetter said. “I hope that leads to investment by homeowners and rental property companies as well.” In addition to private investment, the NET Reach (Neighborhood Empowerment and Transformation) program, which was founded by the Topeka Rescue Mission, strives to combat homelessness in neighborhoods labeled as Intensive Care on the city health map. Operating out of the Avondale East NET Center since July of 2013, NET Reach has worked to bring about increased quality of life, as well as homeless, poverty and hunger prevention. Monroe is another Topeka neighborhood that falls under the Intensive Care rating. Stretching from 21st to 14th streets, between Topeka Boulevard and Adams, this neighborhood also has its challenges. With poverty levels close to 60 percent and one of the highest crime rates in the city, Monroe doesn’t have the best environment to attract business investment. However, a number of businesses continue to thrive in that area. Concentrated along Kansas Avenue because of the high visibility and easy access, businesses including Schendel Pest Control, Stearns Super Center and Bob Florence Contractor have been serving customers for years from their locations along the avenue. L & H Mobile Electronics sits in this corridor at 1818 S. Kansas Ave. and has been doing business out of the Monroe neighborhood since 1986. When owner Jonathan Gorman purchased the business 10 years ago, it never occurred to him to change its location. “We are right on Kansas Avenue, so we have high visibility,” Gorman said. “I like the proximity to downtown and we are centrally located to car dealers, which make up about 15 to 20 percent of our business.” Gorman also credits lower real estate costs and availability as part of his decision to stay in his existing location. “It costs a lot less to do business on this side of town,” Gorman said. “It would cost me three times as much for a location on the west side of town, if I could even find one that fit my needs.” While Gorman hasn’t noticed a lot of changes in his immediate vicinity, he said he is pleased by the improvements he has seen in other areas. “We are pretty good here in our corridor,” Gorman said. “It is nice to see some investment in areas along the stretch of Kansas Avenue farther down, and the things happening in downtown and North Topeka are pretty exciting too.” Gorman says that even though his business is technically located in a neighborhood noted for some blighted areas, he doesn’t feel like he is in one. “I haven’t had any more issues with break-ins or crime over here than I did when I had a business on Wanamaker,” Gorman said. “Every business around me has been here as long as I have or longer, and we are proud to do business on the east side.” ECONOMIC IMPACT The investment by local businesses into these less advantageous neighborhoods, combined with the efforts of neighborhood improvement associations and social services, is beginning to make a difference. As these areas become more viable and businesses continue to thrive and grow, the entire community benefits. Strong neighborhoods plus strong businesses equals a strong Topeka. TK

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  • Jurors Acquit Man in 2006 Death of 2-Year-Old in Topeka - U.S. News & World ReportJurors Acquit Man in 2006 Death of 2-Year-Old in Topeka - U.S. News & World Report

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  • Electric bus manufacturer shows off one of its vehicles in Topeka on ThursdayElectric bus manufacturer shows off one of its vehicles in Topeka on Thursday

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  • Adopt-A-Pet: November 16, 2017Adopt-A-Pet: November 16, 2017

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  • Topeka weather for Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017: After several cloudy days, sunshine returns todayTopeka weather for Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017: After several cloudy days, sunshine returns today

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  • KSNT News Special Report: Walking away from WestboroKSNT News Special Report: Walking away from Westboro

    TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) - It's arguably the most controversial church in America and it sits in the capital city. The Westboro Baptist Church regularly travels the country and world to picket against homosexuality. The church was founded by Pastor Fred Phelps Sr. in 1955 and is most notorious for protesting the funerals of soldiers, claiming God is allowing them to be killed because the United States tolerates gays. Gallery: Westboro Baptist Church Fred Phelps Sr., demonstrates in Topeka's Gage Park in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal) Fred Phelps, who represents the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., protests Bob Dole's position on homosexuality outside of the Republican National Convention in San Diego, Wednesday Aug. 14, 1996. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) Pastor Fred Phelps, of Topeka, Kan., looks to the sky as he wields placards protesting homosexuality outside the Albany County Courthouse in Laramie, Wyo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) This file photo shows Fred Phelps Sr. displays one of his many infamous protest signs. (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal) Walking AwayLibby Phelps left in 2009. Growing up, picketing was part of her everyday routine. "We're pretty much conditioned from birth that the way you love your neighbor is to warn them of their sins. So, telling them that God hates them and that they're going to hell was a loving thing to do," Libby said. She says she walked away from the church because her family caught her wearing a bikini on a trip to the ocean. Photo credit: Libby Phelps "It wasn't like, oh so you wore a bikini, then you got in trouble, so you left. It was the way they reacted. I stood up for myself for once in my life and then I saw how they really were," she said. Her cousin, Lydia Phelps says she left in 2015 and is the most recent member to leave. Lydia says she lost her job and her family was accusing her of having a sexual relationship with a young man. "I remember my aunt asking me, 'Will you go to the doctor to prove it?' and I told her yes," Lydia said. Libby and Lydia say once you leave, you can never go back. "So I looked at my siblings and they were just playing and I went upstairs and I took everything from the public places, the bathroom, the hallway and everything. I took everything that was mine and I put it in my room so no one would see me taking my stuff," Lydia said. KSNT News asked the church to comment on the claims, but leaders refused. Moving ForwardWhen you see Libby and Lydia today, two mothers, you would never guess the way they grew up. Lydia says she isn't going to raise her son Jordan the same way she was raised. "I want to travel with them and just be there, like going to the pizza party with them. just spending time with them and not taking them out and telling everyone they're going to hell and that God hates them." Libby and Lydia say they aren't afraid of their past and want to speak out about why they left. "I think something positive can come out of it and just show that we can all change," Libby said Libby says she wants others to have that same courage.

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  • Topeka motorist taken to hospital after tow truck crosses center lineTopeka motorist taken to hospital after tow truck crosses center line

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  • Veterans Day 2017: List of free and discounted meals for America’s heroesVeterans Day 2017: List of free and discounted meals for America’s heroes

    COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Veterans Day is Saturday, Nov. 11, and many local businesses and organizations are showing their appreciation for those who’ve sacrificed so much by offering dozens of freebies and discounts to veterans and active military members. Check out our running list of deals for veterans and service members in the area. Please note that proof of service is necessary to cash in on most of the deals. Restaurant Discounts & Freebies Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill: Veterans can get a free meal from a special menu on Saturday at any of the nearly 1,800 locations nationwide. Selections include burgers, shrimp and meat and potatoes. Bob Evans: Bob Evans is offering veterans and active duty military personnel the choice of one of six free meals on November 11 at all Bob Evans restaurants. The choice of select breakfast (available all day), lunch, and dinner menu items are: Stack of Hotcakes (Buttermilk or Multigrain) Fresh Baked Brioche French Toast Country Biscuit Breakfast Mini Sampler Breakfast Farm Boy Sandwich Country Fried Steak Dinner Boston Market: If you buy one individual meal, you can get a second one free. The deal is good both Friday through Sunday at participating locations. You don’t need a military ID, but you will need to print out the coupon. Cracker Barrel: All veterans get a complimentary piece of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake at all 646 store locations. Denny’s: Servicemen and women are invited to Denny’s to enjoy a free Build Your Own Grand Slam from 5am until noon on Veterans Day. Fazoli’s: Veterans can get free spaghetti with meat or marina sauce all weekend long. Veterans can also use a new 10 percent military discount on future orders. Buffalo Wild Wings: Veterans get a free small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries. You will have to show your Military ID. Chili’s: Free meal from a special menu. It is dine-in only and at participating locations only. Proof of military service required. Chuck E. Cheese: Free personal one-topping pizza to veterans, active duty personnel and eligible dependents. You must show your military ID, proof of service and mention promo code 5500. Dunkin’ Donuts: Veterans can get a free doughnut of their choice while supplies last at participating locations. IKEA: Veterans who stop by the store can get a free meal up to $9.99. Little Caesars: All US Armed Forces veterans and active military members can get a free Hot-N-Ready lunch combo from 11am to 2pm. Logan’s Roadhouse: Veterans can order a free meal from a special menu between 11am and 6pm on Saturday. Meals include steak, bbq pork, fried fish, grilled chicken and more. LongHorn Steakhouse: Veterans get a free appetizer or dessert plus 10% off for everyone else at the table. Olive Garden: Free meal from a select menu plus unlimited soup or salad and bread sticks. Proof of service is required. Outback Steakhouse: Veterans get a free Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic beverage on Veterans day and then 15% off future visits for the rest of the year. Panera Bread: Veterans can get a free breakfast sandwich until 10am Saturday at participating locations. Red Lobster: Veterans can order a free appetizer or dessert off of a select menu. Red Robin: Veterans can get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with bottomless fries. Proof of service is required. Ruby Tuesday: Veterans get a free appetizer up to $10 at participating locations. Proof of ID is required. Starbucks: Free tall coffee for any veteran, active duty military and military spouse on Saturday. Texas Roadhouse: Free meal from a special menu and choice of non-alcoholic drink. Meals include steaks, burgers, chicken and more. Proof of service is required. TGI Friday’s: Free lunch menu item up to $12 from 11am to 2pm Saturday. Veterans also get a coupon for $5 off their next meal. White Castle: Veterans and active duty service members can get a free Breakfast Combo or Castle Combo meal #1-6. Services & Shopping Babies R Us: 15% in-store purchases through Saturday Bed Bath & Beyond: Veterans, active duty, Reserves, Guard and spouses get 25% off their entire purchase through Sunday Cabela’s: The store offers an every day military discount of 5 percent, but it offering even bigger discounts through Sunday, including an additional 5 percent off in stock firearms. Dollar General: Veterans, active duty military and immediate family members get 11% discount on Nov. 11 Great Clips: Veterans and active duty can get a free haircut on Veterans Day. Non-veterans have to pay full price, but they’ll also get a free haircut card to give to a veteran they know. Home Depot: 10% discount to all military on Saturday. You’ll need to sign up online. Lowe’s: 10% off for veterans every day Michaels: 15% off for veterans every day Rack Room Shoes: Veterans will get a 10 percent discount on Veterans Day as well as every Tuesday. Sport Clips: Free haircuts for veterans and active duty military at participating locations on Veterans Day. Stores are also collecting money for scholarships. Target: 10% off discount for active duty, veterans and spouses/dependent children through Veterans Day. Toys R Us: 15% in-store purchases through Saturday Walgreens: Veterans and military personnel, as well as family members, with Walgreens Balance Rewards card get 20% discount on Nov. 11 World Market: 25 percent off entire purchase through Nov. 12, in-store only.

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  • Community volunteers plan to curb youth violenceCommunity volunteers plan to curb youth violence

    TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Community activist Curtis Pitts has created a step by step plan to curb youth violence. He said when he was in high school he and his friends used to find places around town to go fishing, but these days, he said, there aren’t many opportunities in Topeka for young people to do things like that. Pitts plan is called “Stop Youth Violence.” The plan brings together the school district, city leaders, and community members to provide safe and positive activities for teens on weekends. He says the idea is to let kids, be kids again. “They should be laughing and doing silly stuff, you know rather than trying to survive out here on these streets,” Pitts said. One step in Pitts’ plan is something from his past. He organized basketball and dinners, on weekends, at a high school gym. He’d like to see it happen again, at Highland Park High School. “That was one major deterrent from kids getting caught up in gangs and deviant behavior because everyone wanted to come and hang out,” he said. Keith Rayton graduated from Highland Park High School and has sisters there now. “If you don’t have anything to do then you’re bored and you wonder a lot,” Rayton said. “And you can get easily influenced by the wrong things.” Rayton said a plan like Pitts’ will get rid of that boredom and give kids the chance to meet other kids. “More community events will defeat the enemy feeling,” he said. “If kids had a place where they could go and see each other more often then they wouldn’t feel as much an enemy toward each other.” Pitts says a plan like his doesn’t work without community support to make it a reality and provide these opportunities for teens. To read more on the Emergency Youth Success Plan and how to help, CLICK HERE

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  • NE Kansas native and family left without a home after California wildfiresNE Kansas native and family left without a home after California wildfires

    HOLTON, Kan. (KSNT) – A Holton native and his family are left without a home after it was one of many destroyed by the wildfires in California. Rob Stous grew up in Holton before joining the U.S. Coast Guard. He then moved to California and married his wife Erin. The Stous family is one of many left without a home after the wildfires in northern California burned it down. Erin, Rob, their two daughters and pets evacuated the home not knowing if it would withstand the fires. When a neighbor called them, they were given the heartbreaking news. “If it weren’t for the numbers on the curb, we wouldn’t have known. It’s unrecognizable. You wouldn’t believe it.” The Petaluma Coast Guard base has provided the Stous family a townhome. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family. TONIGHT AT 5: I spoke with a #Holton native and his wife who were affected by the #CaliforniaWildfires. Hear their story @KSNTNews pic.twitter.com/luy4cQCx9o — Tiffany Littler (@TiffanyLittler) October 13, 2017

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  • Brownback issues first and only executive pardonBrownback issues first and only executive pardon

    TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive pardon on Tuesday to a felon convicted in a 1994 felony theft. According to Brownback’s office, this is the first and only pardon signed by the governor to date. At the same time, his office said he denied 72 other requests for executive clemency. To see the full list of who Brownback denied CLICK HERE The pardon is for Mark Schmitt, stemming from a false insurance claim amounting to $1,551.64. Schmitt, a native of Liberal, currently resides in Parker, Colorado. Brownback’s office said at the time of the incident, Schmitt was a 19-years-old college student living in Ottawa. Brownback said this request for clemency was unanimously supported at all levels of the process. “He has demonstrated he is a man of character, having already paid his debt to society, having had his criminal record expunged, and having worked through the process of requesting a pardon, and proving the worthiness of his request at every step.” Schmitt first sought a pardon under former Governor Mark Parkinson but the application was lost where he then reapplied under Governor Brownback.  

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  • Woman opens up about overcoming suicidal thoughtsWoman opens up about overcoming suicidal thoughts

    EMPORIA, Kan. (KSNT) — In honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Crosswinds Counseling and Wellness in Emporia is raising awareness and saving lives. They’ve helped several people save their lives including Emporia woman, Brandy Baker. When Baker was 11 years old she was sexually abused. Shortly after that is when the suicidal thoughts came along. She says she felt like everything was her fault and dealt with those feelings and was depressed her whole life. In 2010, Brandy Baker suffered a brain injury and the suicidal thoughts got worse. She says became overwhelmed as a parent. Two years later she was introduced to Crosswinds Counseling and Wellness in Emporia. “It’s actually been fabulous,” Baker said. “Don’t get me wrong, there are days that I struggle with depression. Suicidal thoughts aren’t really a thing right now, but I know that they can come back at any point. But, I’ve learned coping skills to help me through that stuff.” Now Baker is a peer support specialist at Crosswinds. She’s able to tell others who want to kill themselves *her story and how she got from being suicidal to where she is now. If you have or known someone who has suicidal thoughts, you can visit here. You can even visit the Kansas Suicide Prevention website here.

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  • White supremacist flyers found at K-StateWhite supremacist flyers found at K-State

    MANHATTAN, Kan. – (KSNT) Students arrived to racist flyers taped around Kansas State University’s campus Wednesday morning.  Senior Jonathan Cole took pictures of some of the flyers before taking them down. Cole said he was angry about the flier’s white supremacist messages that advocate for less racial diversity in America. Cole is strongly against ethnic and racial discrimination. “Why are you attacking someone that’s a different color than you or a different background than you?” he asked about the people who put up the flyers. One flier read “20% of polled U.S. Muslims said terrorist attacks against civilians are justified in some cases.” The flyer continued its anti-immigration message by asking “How many is too many?” in reference to Muslim immigrants. Courtesy Jonathan Cole Another flyer had a picture of a white family above the words “We have a right to exist.” The statement “Diversity means less white people,” appeared above the picture. Courtesy Jonathan Cole The university removed the flyers because they were posted where flyers are not allowed. The Kansas State University Vice President of Communications and Marketing, Jeff Morris, said the people who posted the flyers did not go through the proper channels to distribute the literature. “We have very strict policies about where people can post things, and a process to go through to get things posted in approved places on campus,” Morris said. He said the flyers would be allowed if a group asked permission to post them in the designated flyer area. “These do not represent our values,” Morris said on behalf of the university. “At the same time we respect the right of free speech. We are a public university and people have a right to express their opinions.” The flyers follow an incident in May where someone hung a noose from a tree on campus. Many believe the noose was in reference to lynching, as it happened after someone hung bananas from nooses at American University in Washington. In September 2016, two Kansas State University students sparked national outrage by imitating blackface with facial mud masks in a viral Snapchat post. Morris said the school does not believe any of the events are related. Kansas State Student Body President and Vice President sent out the below statement on Twitter. Please see the statement below regarding the hateful posters found on campus this morning. pic.twitter.com/xb9PEJPnYi — K-State SBP & VP (@KStateSBP_SBVP) September 13, 2017

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  • Puppies from pet store chain sicken 39 people in 7 states, including KansasPuppies from pet store chain sicken 39 people in 7 states, including Kansas

    TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a multistate outbreak of infections linked to contact with puppies sold through Petland, a national pet store chain with locations in Kansas. The CDC said investigators are looking for the source of campylobacter infections in people and puppies so they can recommend how to stop the outbreak and prevent more illnesses. As of Monday, the outbreak includes 39 cases in 7 states including Kansas, Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Five cases have been reported in Kansas so far. According to the CDC, illnesses began on Sept. 15, 2016. The most recent illness was reported on September 1, 2017. Nine people have been hospitalized so far but no deaths have been reported. Epidemiologic and laboratory findings have linked the outbreak to contact with puppies sold through Petland stores. According to the CDC report, among the 39 ill people, 12 are Petland employees from 4 states and 27 either recently purchased a puppy at Petland, visited a Petland, or visited or live in a home with a puppy sold through Petland before illness began. The Petland store in Topeka said the CDC has not contacted them and would contact them to test their puppies if it was there. Petland released the following statement to KSNT News: Campylobacter is one of the most common causes of diarrhea in the U.s., according to the CDC. Regardless of where they are from, ANY puppy and dog may carry Campylobacter germs. Out of 12 million visitors to Petland stores annually, Campylobacter was linked to 39 Petland customers. The CDC has not identified any failures of Petland’s operating system that would lead to any Campylobacter infection. The CDC has not provided any details regarding which stores are linked or customer data. Therefore, we don’t know where those infected are from or what state they contracted it in. For example, although someone lives in Kansas, they may have been in Florida when they contracted it. The CDC states “investigators are looking for the source” which means it has not been identified. They also have not identified any failures of Petland’s operating system that would lead to any campylobacter infection. To see the list of the number of cases by state CLICK HERE The following information is provided by the CDC: Know the symptoms of a Campylobacter infection and what to do if you have a serious infection: Most people with a Campylobacterinfection develop symptoms 2 to 5 days after being exposed to the bacteria. Symptoms usually last about a week. The following are typical symptoms: Diarrhea (that is often bloody) Fever Stomach cramps Nausea Vomiting People more likely to get a severe infection include: People with weakened immune systems (such as people with the genetic blood disorder thalassemia or HIV or people receiving chemotherapy) Children younger than 5 years Adults 65 years and older Pregnant women Follow these steps when choosing a puppy or dog: Pick a puppy or dog that is bright, alert, and playful. Puppies and dogs should have shiny, soft fur that is free of poop (feces). Take your new puppy or dog to the veterinarian for a health check-up within a few days to a week after adoption. More information on choosing and caring for a puppy or dog is available here. Follow these steps if your puppy or dog is ill: Contact your veterinarian. Signs of illness include appearing sluggish, not eating, diarrhea, and abnormal breathing. Keep in mind that even a dog that appears healthy might spread germs to people and other animals. If your puppy or dog becomes sick or dies soon after purchase or adoption, take it to the veterinarian promptly, and inform the pet store, breeder, or rescue organization about your dog’s illness or death. Thoroughly clean the area occupied by your ill pet. If your puppy died, consider waiting at least a few weeks before purchasing or adopting another pet to reduce the chance of spreading disease to your new pet. Follow these steps to prevent the spreading of disease between people and puppies and dogs: Wash your hands thoroughly with running water and soap for at least 20 seconds every time you touch dogs, their food, or clean up after them. Adults should supervise handwashing for young children. If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer until you are able to wash your hands with soap and water. Pick up and dispose of dog poop, especially in areas where children might play. Use disposable gloves and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Clean up any pee (urine), poop (stool), or vomit in the house immediately, and disinfect the area. Use disposable gloves to handle anything that has touched pee, poop, or vomit, and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Take your dog to the veterinarian regularly to keep it healthy and to help prevent the spread of disease. Don’t let pets lick around your mouth and face. Don’t let pets lick your open wound or areas with broken skin.

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  • Local sheriff’s office wants community involved in naming new K-9Local sheriff’s office wants community involved in naming new K-9

    TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office wants to involve citizens in naming their newest addition to the office. Sgt. Todd Stallbaumer said a couple of their K-9 handlers are heading back to Topeka from Texas with a male German Sheperd who is just under 2-years-old. The K-9 is expected to begin training with officers over the next several weeks. According to Stallbaumer, the person with the winning name will have an opportunity to meet the new K-9. To submit a name CLICK HERE The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office said they will be accepting names thru next week and will announce the winner on Friday, September 15.

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