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Watch lava from volcano flow into Pacific Ocean

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 23:18
Lava from the Kilauea Volcano on The Big Island of Hawaii is flowing into the Pacific Ocean.
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Sandy Hook Elementary to reopen

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 23:15
Sandy Hook Elementary will be filled with students again this August.
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Facebook Live changing our world, for good or bad?

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 23:09
Facebook Live has only been available to the masses since January, and in that time we've pretty much witnessed the full scope of humanity.
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Constance Wu on 'whitewashing'

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 22:44
"Fresh Off the Boat" star Constance Wu says she is sick of Hollywood "whitewashing" heroism.
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One dead in I-70 crash in Saline County

KSN - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 22:36

SALINE COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – One person died in a two-vehicle crash in eastern Saline County Friday night. The crash occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-70 near the rest area west of N. Amos Rd.

Trooper Ben Gardner said the crash involved a commercial vehicle and a van.

Eastbound I-70 was closed while troopers investigated the crash. Gardner did not give an estimate when the lanes would be re-opened.

KSN is following this story and will have more information when it becomes available on KSN.com and on KSN News at 10.

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7.7-magnitude quake strikes islands

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 22:01
A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck the Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean early Saturday.
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Senator seeks reconvening of Congress over Zika

KSN - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 21:25

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reconvene Congress so lawmakers can pass an emergency spending bill to fight the spread of the Zika virus.

Nelson sent McConnell a letter Friday after health officials confirmed four people in South Florida likely contracted Zika from mosquito bites. It is the first local transmission in the U.S. mainland.

The Republican-controlled Congress left on a seven-week vacation without giving the Obama administration any of the $1.9 billion it sought for mosquito control, vaccine development and other steps to battle Zika.

Nelson, a Florida Democrat, says the time is now for Congress to act.

Some residents of the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami say they plan to stop eating outside now that four people likely contracted the Zika virus from mosquito bites in South Florida.

State officials on Friday pinpointed the cases to the Wynwood area, a trendy neighborhood of art galleries and boutiques.

Property manager Marlon Lizano says the news is scary. He regularly eats lunch outside but now says he will start eating indoors.

Jenny Gray, who works for an art designer in Wynwood, says she is concerned and plans to start wearing bug repellant.

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Tim Kaine under scrutiny for abortion comment

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 21:11
Hillary Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, sparked confusion Friday after saying he supports the anti-abortion Hyde Amendment and the Clinton campaign's call to repeal the measure.
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Kaine under fire for abortion comment

CNN Politics - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 21:11
Hillary Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, sparked confusion Friday after saying he supports the anti-abortion Hyde Amendment and the Clinton campaign's call to repeal the measure.
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One killed, two injured in Butler County crash

KSN - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 21:08

EL DORADO, Kan. (KSNW) – One person was killed Friday night in a roll-over crash in Butler County.

Butler County emergency dispatchers confirm the crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m.on Purity Springs Rd. near El Dorado.

One person died at the scene, and two others received serious injuries. Both of them were taken by ambulance to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

KSN is following this story and will have more information when it becomes available on KSN.com and on KSN News at 10.

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White House invites Trump, Clinton reps for transition meetings

CNN Politics - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 21:00
With the Republican and Democratic nominees officially in place, White House officials are beginning their efforts to prepare both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to assume office in January.
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A tale of two conventions

CNN Politics - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 20:57
By the end of Republican and Democratic conventions it seemed like the nation's most powerful political parties were speaking about two different countries.
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Police fatality report: Car accidents among top cause of death

CNN Politics - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 20:54
Traffic-related accidents and unprovoked attacks account for a majority of police officer deaths from 2010-2014, according to a report released on Friday.
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Trump on 'lock her up' chant: 'I'm starting to agree'

CNN Politics - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 20:33
Donald Trump on Friday abandoned his modest dismissals of the "lock her up" chants his supporters have aimed at Hillary Clinton.
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Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg trade blows

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 20:15
Donald Trump and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg have a long history, but with the latest string of attacks they seem more like foes than friends. CNN's Sunlen Serfaty reports.
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Prince's possible heirs narrowed down

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 20:02
The results are in -- and they are not good for a number of would-be heirs claiming a cut of Prince's estate.
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Stefani brings bullying victim onstage

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 20:01
Grab your Kleenex.
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Sedgwick County election official to deal with judge’s voting decision

KSN - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 19:47

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Kansas judge ruled Friday afternoon more than 17,000 voters in the state will have their votes counted for state, local and federal elections.

Now, Sedgwick County’s top election official talks about what that will mean for her office.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says she’s still waiting to hear from Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office about what to do next.

There are about 4,200 voters in Sedgwick County who are among the 17,000 plus whose ballots were in question. Lehman says she doesn’t yet know how the ruling will impact her office and how she’ll deal with counting the ballots.

Meanwhile, Kobach said Friday he will not appeal the judge’s ruling before the state’s primary election next Tuesday. He said the ruling knocks a huge loophole in his citizenship requirement.

The American Civil Liberties Union is pleased with the ruling, saying Kobach has been doing his best to prevent thousands of citizens from voting. The judge’s decision Friday stops those attempts in their tracks, meaning thousands of Kansans will have the opportunity to fully participate in democracy and civic life next Tuesday.

All that’s left for Tabitha Lehman, meanwhile, is to sort out how things will work on election day.

“What we don’t know yet is if these people will continue to vote provisionally and we’ll continue to count the entire ballot, or will be have to go through and make all of them active and they will show up on the poll book and they will vote on a machine,” Lehman said. “That’s what we’re waiting for is those instructions,”

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Huelskamp leads roundtable discussions over VA care issues

KSN - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 19:26

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One Kansas congressman is back at Wichita’s VA medical center, holding a series of discussions that look at veterans issues, the hospital’s administration and veteran service providers.

Both House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller and Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp were in Wichita Friday for a round-table discussion at the Dole VA medical center. The goal of the talks is to look at veterans issues, whether the care vets are getting is adequate, and how long it takes for veterans to get that care.

Wayne Bollig is the deputy director of the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs, and he’s been working with veterans for 19 years. He says getting vets the care they need isn’t always easy.

“The system itself, when you inform somebody, has to start with them upfront,” Bollig said.

Bollig and a handful of other providers joined the round-table discussion with Huelskamp who has been going after the Veterans Administration to get vets in rural areas the care they need.

“In terms of the providers, they all have to get paid, in many cases it’s the most bureaucratic system they have,” said Huelskamp.

Miller, also at the meeting, is asking a lot of questions about VA performance.

“Some of the administrators admitted the bureaucracy is too much and there has to be a way to cut through that red tape,” Miller said.

Both Huelskamp and Miller have been pushing legislation that gives veterans a choice when it comes to receiving care in a hospital or at the Veterans Administration. About 16,000 vets have been taking advantage of that option since that option first went into effect.

But, both congressmen are adamant there’s a lot of work to do when it comes to getting veterans the care they deserve, saying the system isn’t perfect yet.

“The things we heard from the veterans is that there still is an issue and disconnect with the choice program,” Miller said. “But when you sit down and talk to the administrators here at the Dole Veteran Hospital, I think the local folks understand how important choice is.”

In addition to accountability, providers say they want more communication to get things moving.

“What we’re trying to do is to make sure that we get the cooperation, the interaction with the VA that we all need,” Bollig said.

The VA had some administrators on hand Friday at the talks. Huelskamp says he hopes they’re listening to concerns, and says they’ll be back to monitor the VA’s progress.


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The Democrats' Republican moment

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 19:25
Over four flag-waving days in Philadelphia, Democrats stole the Republicans' mojo.
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