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Judge blocks UNC from enforcing 'bathroom bill' against 3 plaintiffs

CNN Politics - 2 hours 18 min ago
A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked the University of North Carolina from enforcing the state's so-called "bathroom bill" from applying to three transgender plaintiffs in a challenge brought by LGBT rights groups.
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A president's best friend: Commanders in chief and their dogs

CNN Politics - 2 hours 20 min ago
The presidents' furry friends have been the source of adoration, humor and drama during their time as first dogs in the White House, from President Barack Obama's Portuguese water dogs Bo and Sunny to Franklin D. Roosevelt's beloved Scottish terrier Fala.
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Family members testify in Vonachen trial

KSN - 3 hours 7 min ago

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) — The grandmother of the Hutchinson teen accused of setting a fatal fire testified today about his relationship with his mother and sister who died in that blaze.

The defense started presenting their case Friday, calling several of Sam Vonachen’s former middle school teachers as well as family members to the stand.

All of them said Sam was a quiet, but pretty normal 14-year-old at the time he allegedly set fire to the family’s home.

Anna Vonachen, the defendant’s grandmother, took to the stand Friday afternoon. She said she had visited the family just four days before the fire. She said that she had no reason to believe there were any problems.

“I think it was just normal,” said Vonachen. “Normal family relationship. I didn’t see any problems anywhere.”

Sam Vonachen’s aunt, Kathleen Vonachen, also took the stand, saying they were a tight family unit. The defense questioned her about the emotions in the family — specifically how the men in the family reacted.

“My father, my brother and my nephew were all very reserved,” said Kathleen.

The defense presented a lot of evidence, including pictures taken of the home after the fire and a report of Sam’s call log and phone usage from May 2013 up until the phone was taken into evidence after the fire.

Detective Scott Carlton testified that they took more than 2,000 images from his phone into evidence and said there had been heavy downloading in the nearly 12-hour period right before the fire.

The prosecution pointed to one photo was downloaded several times that day by Vonachen.

“What is this? I’m not sure what to call it,” said Det. Scott Carlton, Hutchinson Police Department. “A My Little Pony picture and it says murder all over it several times — over the face of it.”

However, the defense said there were several other My Little Pony images in Sam’s phone that were much different.

The defense also called a man who led youth group in Sam’s church for three years. He said he last saw Sam during a summer camp in 2013, saying he was viewed as a leader amongst his peers and engaged often with the younger kids.

The defense will continue to present their case when the trial resumes on Monday.

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Clinton subject of new Trump campaign apparel

CNN Politics - 3 hours 8 min ago
Donald Trump's campaign has unveiled new additions to its merchandise range, with the latest line of products including "Hil-liar-y" T-shirts and "Hillary for Prison" buttons.
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An Arctic voyage -- in a kayak built for two

CNN Top Stories - 3 hours 9 min ago
Two men have set out in a kayak, eager to become the first travelers in centuries to reach Scotland from the Arctic Circle.
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Man steals truck, hits plane

CNN Top Stories - 3 hours 49 min ago
A man who breached a security gate at a Nebraska airport, stole a truck near the taxiways and rammed it into a parked Southwest Airlines plane was detained and taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation, police said Friday.
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FFF Game of the Week – You pick the game!

KSN - 3 hours 54 min ago

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — KSN is asking you to help us pick the Friday Football Fever Game of the Week!

Each week we will ask you to make your choice for the Game of the Week.

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Trump's immigration policy (or what we know about it) in 13 illuminating tweets

CNN Politics - 4 hours 2 min ago
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is expected to lay out his position on immigration in a speech next week in Arizona. But right now, very little is clear about Trump's immigration policy, other than the fact that he has hinted at a "softening" on his position on undocumented immigrants, while at the same time saying he would not be flip-flopping.
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City to welcome Nico Hernandez with parade on Saturday

KSN - 4 hours 4 min ago

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Celebrations for Nico Hernandez, the Olympic bronze-medal boxer, will continue Saturday with a parade in Wichita.

The parade is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, starting at 21st and Broadway at Nomar International Market and ending at 13th and Waco near North High School, where Hernandez is a 2014 graduate.

A community celebration will be held in the high school gymnasium after the parade.

In case of bad weather, the parade will be cancelled and all parade goers are asked to go directly to North High School. All ceremonies will take place inside the gymnasium.

The parade will be cancelled if there is rain starting at 9 a.m. If it is simply overcast or a light mist the parade will still take place.

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States reach consensus on Republican River Compact

KSN - 4 hours 27 min ago

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNW) — Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska established an agreement this week in the longstanding conflict over water from the Republican River basin, as the Republican River Compact Administration signed two resolutions.

Governor Sam Brownback’s office announced Friday that representatives from the three states have been meeting monthly for over two years, in an effort to change the approach and improve how they manage interstate water matters. Brownback reports that this effort has created a new focus on transparency and certainty as all three states work to serve their water users. The intent of these resolutions is to replace the need for annual reviews and instead provide long-term surety to water users.

“Signing these resolutions shows the commitment from all three states to engage in open and transparent dialogue for the past two years,” said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. “This long-term agreement will ultimately improve water management for water users in Kansas as well as Nebraska and Colorado.”

The resolutions signed this week will provide flexibility and greater certainty to all water users in the region, while remaining consistent with the terms of the Republican River Compact and the Final Settlement Stipulation of 2002. The three states have been involved in various litigation and arbitrations for the past 15 years over administration of water in the Republican River basin, and this agreement is a significant and positive step forward, with the next steps focusing on working with the basin’s water users to implement these agreements.

“We are proud to be part of this historic agreement,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “For the first time since signing the Compact, the three states have worked together to resolve their issues without litigation and have brought certainty to the water users in the basin. This is how we do our best work in Colorado and defines our approach to addressing our water challenges — cooperation and collaboration.”

It has been a priority of the states to collaborate on interstate water matters to ensure each state’s water users are protected while also maintaining a positive working relationship between the compacting states. “These resolutions represent a long-term strategy for representing each state and ultimately improving water management for water users in all three states,” said Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.

The Republican River basin begins in the plains of eastern Colorado and flows through northwest Kansas and southern Nebraska, ultimately returning to Kansas. The Republican River Compact was negotiated during the early 1940s with participation by the states of Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska and a representative of the President of the United States. The Compact was formally signed in 1942.

Its purposes are to provide for equitable division of such waters, remove all causes of controversy, promote interstate comity, promote joint action by the states and the United States in the efficient use of water and the control of destructive floods, and provide for the most efficient use of waters in the Republican River basin.

The state official in each of the three states who is charged with administering water law serves on the Republican River Compact Administration. For more information about the Compact, go to the following websites:

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Dolly Parton on 2016 candidates: 'They're both nuts'

CNN Top Stories - 4 hours 45 min ago
Country music legend Dolly Parton might be undecided on whom to back in the presidential race, but there's one thing she's certain of.
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Box Office Preview for Aug 26, 2016

KSN - 4 hours 58 min ago

Considering a movie this weekend? Here is this week’s Box Office Preview.

“Hands of Stone” – R
Starring: Edgar Ramirez, Usher, Robert De Niro
Follows the life of Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year-old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50.

“Mechanic Resurrection” – R
The Mechanic thought he’d escaped his former deadly life and disappeared. But now somebody’s found him, and kidnapped the woman he loves.
Starring: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh

“The Hollars” – PG-13
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Margo Martindale, Anna Kendrick

“Southside with You” – PG-13
Starring: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers
Chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago’s South Side.

 

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Dolly Parton on 2016 candidates: 'I think they're both nuts'

CNN Politics - 5 hours 12 min ago
Country music legend Dolly Parton might be undecided on whom to back in the presidential race, but there's one thing she's certain of.
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Paul Wolfowitz 'might have to vote' for Hillary Clinton

CNN Top Stories - 5 hours 36 min ago
Former Bush administration official Paul Wolfowitz said he is considering voting for Hillary Clinton in an interview in which he lambasted Donald Trump as dangerous.
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Paul Wolfowitz 'might have to vote' for Hillary Clinton

CNN Politics - 5 hours 36 min ago
Former Bush administration official Paul Wolfowitz said he is considering voting for Hillary Clinton in an interview in which he lambasted Donald Trump as dangerous.
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Biden announces $2.45 billion federal loan to Amtrak

CNN Politics - 5 hours 45 min ago
Vice President Joe Biden on Friday is set to announce a $2.45 billion loan to Amtrak from the Department of Transportation, the largest loan in the department's history.
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US blood supply should be screened for Zika, FDA says

CNN Top Stories - 5 hours 53 min ago
The Food and Drug Administration has recommended screening the entire US blood supply for the Zika virus, it announced today, noting that screening donated blood is already underway in Florida and Puerto Rico.
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US wants to force lower speeds on truck and bus drivers

KSN - 6 hours 16 min ago

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation’s highways.

A new proposal Friday would impose a nationwide limit by electronically capping speeds with a device on newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. Regulators are considering a cap of 60, 65 or 68 mph, though that could change. Whatever the speed limit, drivers would be physically prevented from exceeding it. The proposal does not force older heavy vehicles to add the speed-limiting technology, but regulators are still considering it.

The government said capping speeds for new large vehicles will reduce the 1,115 fatal crashes involving heavy trucks that occur each year and save $1 billion in fuel costs.

While the news is being welcomed by some safety advocates and non-professional drivers, many truckers say that such changes could lead to dangerous scenarios where they are traveling at much lower speeds than everyone else.

The rule has been ensnared in a regulatory maze in the decade since the nonprofit group Roadsafe America issued its first petition in 2006. The group was founded by Atlanta financial adviser Scott Owings and his wife Susan, whose son Cullum was killed by a speeding tractor-trailer during a trip back to school in Virginia after Thanksgiving in 2002. The nonprofit was later joined by the American Trucking Associations, the nation’s largest trucking industry group.

Owings said he will continue to push NHTSA to force older heavy vehicles to limit their speeds.

“We are dismayed and outraged to learn the proposed rule will be for newly manufactured trucks and will not apply to the millions of trucks with which we continue to share the roads today,” he said.

NHTSA said retrofitting vehicles made after 1990 with the speed-limiting technology could be too costly, and it is still seeking comments and additional information. NHTSA said it could cost anywhere from $100 to $2,000 per vehicle, depending on when the vehicle was made. Changes to some engines could also be required, increasing the costs, NHTSA said.

The government agencies involved will take public comment for 60 days, then determine the final limit and decide if the regulation should be put in place.

To James Chapman, a big rig driver from Spartanburg, South Carolina, 68 mph would be the best option and he’d accept 65. But 60 would be too big of a difference from cars that go 75 or more.

“To me it would be a safety hazard unless it slowed everybody else down,” he said while refueling his truck Friday along interstate 75 near Findlay, Ohio.

The agencies said that limiting the speed of heavy vehicles to 60 mph could save as many as 498 lives annually. Limiting it to 65 mph could save as many as 214 lives, and limiting it to 68 mph could save as many as 96.

The agencies said the proposal is based on available safety data and the additional benefit of better fuel economy. The cost would be minimal because all of the 3.6 million big rigs on U.S. roads have speed-limiting devices installed already, but some don’t have the limits set, according to agency documents.

But Norita Taylor, spokeswoman for the 157,000-member Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association, said her group has opposed the speed limiters because they create dangerous interactions between vehicles as faster cars slow down for trucks. “Differentials in speed increase interactions between vehicles, which increases the likelihood of crashes,” Taylor said.

Yet there is another compelling reason to limit truck speeds. An investigation last year by The Associated Press found that 14 states have speed limits for big trucks that are equal to or higher than their tires were designed to handle. Most truck tires aren’t designed to go faster than 75 mph, and tire manufacturers say traveling faster than that can cause tires to fail and blow out, creating safety issues.

Most of the states with the higher speed limits are west of the Mississippi River. Of the 14, five have speed limits of 80 mph or more and allow trucks to exceed the capability of their tires. NHTSA has said the speed limiters should take care of the discrepancy between state speed limits and truck tire capabilities.

Most of the states with speed limits of 80 or above either didn’t know about the truck tire speed ratings or didn’t consider them. States set their own speed limits, having been given sole authority to do so by Congress in the mid-1990s.

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69 people treated after new batch of K2 circulates Austin

KSN - 6 hours 26 min ago

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new batch of K2 circulating around downtown Austin has led to a spike in emergency calls bringing the new total to 69 cases.

Since 7 a.m. Thursday, Austin-Travis County EMS has responded to 60 emergency calls related to K2. Medics have treated a total of 69 patients in downtown Austin. So far no one has died.

Around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Austin Police says using cameras downtown, officers in the Real Time Crime Center identified possible suspects. Officers took three people they believe may have been dealing the K2 into custody at the Salvation Army downtown.

Investigators say charges could range from a misdemeanor drug possession charge to a felony for dealing drugs.

Police say the uptick in K2-related calls is straining resources, but say the department’s Watch Commander can move officers from another part of the city downtown if call volume increases.

The last time KXAN reported K2 being dealt across Austin was earlier this month when Austin police named 10 people accused of selling the drug. Seven of the suspects are still at large.

Police say K2 is commonly rolled in paper and referred to as a “stick” on the streets where it is sold for around $5. A stick commonly contains about .5 grams of K2.

In February, University of Texas Police said K2 cases were increasing near the school. Ten people were arrested in one month in the area of just a few blocks of Guadalupe Street.

Last summer, ATCEMS said more than 200 people were treated for K2 following an outbreak of overdoses. 

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Cessna Caravan production moves to Independence

KSN - 7 hours 7 min ago

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Textron says it is moving some of its production out of Wichita, but it will not affect any local jobs.

The company is moving production of the Cessna Caravan to its Independence facility.

The company sent KSN a statement that reads:

We remain focused on new product development and, as such, must ensure our footprint and facilities meet the current and future needs of the business.

This move will utilize capacity at our Independence, Kansas facility, while making our Wichita workforce available for new products such as the Citation Longitude and Cessna Denali.

No employee jobs are expected to be impacted.

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