Kansas Governor Signs Statewide Face Mask Executive Order

TOPEKA – Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday released an executive order that requires Kansans to wear face coverings in most public spaces beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday. Kelly first introduced the order on Monday, and the language of the order shows it would impact the day-to-day lives of almost every single Kansas resident. “The last few months have presented many new challenges for Kansans, and all of us want to return to our normal lives and routines,” Kelly said. “Unfortunately, we have seen a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across our state and our country. … Read More

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Ellsworth County Confirms Fourth Case of COVID-19

ELLSWORTH – Health officials in Ellsworth County on Tuesday confirmed a fourth case of COVID-19 in that county. According to a media release, this case involves a male over the age of 40, who is currently isolated at home and is stable. The Ellsworth County Health Department is working diligently to identify any close contacts of the individual and those who were exposed will be contacted as soon as possible. Close contacts will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms. No further information will be given on the patient. Health officials encourage anyone that develops symptoms such as, but not … Read More

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Wichita Man Killed in Dickinson County Crash

DICKINSON COUNTY – A Wichita man was killed early Tuesday morning in a single vehicle rollover crash in Dickinson County. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol accident report, a 2005 Chevy Silverado driven by Luis A. Salazar, 38, was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 56, two miles south of Herington, when he failed to negotiate a curve. The pickup entered the west ditch and overturned. Salazar was ejected from the pickup. He was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to a Herington funeral home. The crash occurred at about 1:23 a.m., according to the KHP report.

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McPherson Police Asking the Public’s Help to Locate a Stolen Dog

MCPHERSON – The McPherson Police Department is asking the public’s assistance in locating a stolen dog. According to a social media statement, someone stole a 5-month-old yellow lab sometime between Sunday, June 28 and Monday, June 29, from the 1100 block of N. Wheeler. The suspect(s) also took a dog crate for the dog. If you have any information, please contact McPherson County Crime Stoppers at 800-241-8118 or click the “Contact Us” button on the McPherson County Crime Stoppers Facebook page to submit a tip anonymously.

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Kansas Governor Implements Statewide Mask Policy Beginning Friday

TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced Monday she is implementing a statewide mask policy. The policy is set to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3. Kelly says that as of that time, every Kansan in a public space will need to wear a mask. In support of her decision, Kelly said that places where masks are being worn, such as dentist offices or hair salons, have not reported any COVID-19 clusters. It’s places where they aren’t being worn, Kelly said, where the clusters have been reported. “We have enough data to prove masks work,” Kelly … Read More

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High Heat Indices Expected Tuesday

Temperatures in the mid 90’s to around 100 degrees Tuesday will make it feel like a hot one out there! Heat indices will range from 103 to 105 degrees by Tuesday afternoon. A Heat Advisory has been issued for Tuesday. More information on that can be found by clicking here. Tonight – Mostly clear, with a low around 75. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 14 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Tuesday – Sunny and hot, with a high near 103. Heat index values as high as 107. South wind 13 to 17 mph, with … Read More

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Fallout Continues from COVID-19 Cases Connected with MAYB Tournaments

WICHITA – The fallout connected with a pair of MAYB (youth basketball) tournaments last weekend in Wichita and Hays continues with further reports of possible exposures. The City of Great Bend Friday afternoon announced an employee at Wetland’s Waterpark had secondary exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case while participating in a June 21 MAYB tournament in Hays. The city said the employee is being quarantined and hasn’t had contact with the waterpark or its staff since Monday, June 22. “Additionally, a second (waterpark) employee had contact on June 23 (Tuesday) with members of a team that also participated in that … Read More

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KDHE Shares Steps to Protect Health Amid Potential Air Quality Impacts from Saharan Dust

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) wants to alert Kansans to a potential air quality impact from Saharan dust. The Saharan dust comes from the Sahara Desert in Africa, where storms can lift the dust into the atmosphere. Dust is picked up by trade winds and carried thousands of miles across the Atlantic and eventually to the U.S. The particulate matter from this event has the potential to impact Kansas. Particulate matter can cause health problems, even in healthy individuals. Common health problems include burning eyes, runny nose, coughing and illnesses such as bronchitis. Individuals with … Read More

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Severe Storms Possible Friday Afternoon and Evening

Severe storms are expected tomorrow. The primary threats will be two inch hail and 60 to 70 mph winds. Isolated flooding is also possible, especially in areas that received heavy rain this week. The storms could start as early as 3 to 6 p.m. in central Kansas, but are more likely during the evening. The storms could persist through much of the night, but the intensity should wane after midnight. If you have outdoor plans Friday evening, make sure you have a way to receive warnings and stay weather aware. Tonight – Mostly clear, with a low around 74. Breezy, with … Read More

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Milford Teen Killed in Hillsboro Bicycle Accident

MARION COUNTY – A Milford teenager died after the bicycle he was riding struck a semi late Thursday morning. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol accident report, a 1998 Peterbilt semi driven by Brendan Jay Reimer, 52, Hillsboro, was turning eastbound onto D Street from Ash Street in Hillsboro. At the same time, a bicycle, which had been on the sidewalk, went southbound into the intersection and struck the semi. The bicycle rider, Trevor Dayton Adams Wullenweber, 13, Milford, was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to a Hillsboro funeral home. Reimer, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was … Read More

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Arkansas Man Hospitalized After Ottawa County Crash

OTTAWA COUNTY – An Arkansas man was taken to the hospital after a single vehicle crash in Ottawa County early Wednesday morning. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol accident report, a 2001 Ford F-350 driven by Winford L. Towe, 55, Crossett, Ark., was eastbound on K-18 Highway, about a half mile west of 70th Road, when the pickup left the roadway, went into the north ditch, and struck an embankment. Towe was transported to Salina Regional Health Center with suspected serious injuries. The KHP reported that Towe was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, which … Read More

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New Cases of COVID-19 Reported in McPherson and Dickinson Counties Wednesday

Health Officials in McPherson and Dickinson Counties both reported new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. McPherson County Health Department confirmed six new cases. According to a media release, these cases include a symptomatic male in his 50’s with unknown exposure, a symptomatic female in her 80’s, with unknown exposure, an asymptomatic male in his 60’s with unknown exposure, a symptomatic male in his 40’s with known exposure, an asymptomatic male in his 20’s with known exposure and a symptomatic male in his 50’s with known exposure. All of these individuals are currently recovering at home. McPherson County Health Officials day they … Read More

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Isolated Severe Storms Possible Wednesday Evening

Strong to severe storms will be possible on Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday evening. Hit or miss storms are possible through the morning hours, while a few strong or severe storms capable of quarter size hail and 60 mph winds will be possible during the late afternoon and early evening hours. Wednesday – A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. South southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Wednesday Night – A 40 percent chance of showers … Read More

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Warmer Temperatures Tuesday, Strong Storms Possible Wednesday

Partly cloudy with a few isolated showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. This activity is expected to be along and east of Interstate 135. Tuesday and Wednesday will be partly cloudy and warmer each day. The chance for showers and thunderstorms returns Wednesday, some of these storms could be a strong in the afternoon and evening. Tonight – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Mostly clear, with a low around 61. North wind 5 to 11 mph. Tuesday – Sunny, with a high near 86. North wind 8 to 10 mph Tuesday Night – … Read More

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Two Hospitalized After Crash During High Speed Pursuit

ELLSWORTH COUNTY – A high speed pursuit Saturday evening ended in a crash in Ellsworth County that sent two people to the hospital. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, troopers were pursuing a 2019 Ford Fusion driven by Jazmine Shanell Peters, 23, Wichita, eastbound on Interstate 70 just before 7:30 p.m., when the vehicle attempted to avoid tire deflation devices near mile post 207, just west of the Sylvan Grove exit, and crossed the median and the westbound lanes, and entered the north ditch. Peters then drove back onto the roadway and drove eastbound in the westbound lanes into oncoming … Read More

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Severe Weather Still Possible Through Tonight

Areas of Central and South Central Kansas will see scattered showers and thunderstorms, some of this activity is likely to be severe, will occur this afternoon and evening. Hail up to 2-2.5 inches, winds up to 75 mph and very heavy rain will be possible. A brief tornado can’t be ruled out. By the evening, the shower and thunderstorm activity is expected to move in to Southeast Kansas. Severe weather in this area is expected to see isolated severe thunderstorms. Very heavy rain will also become a significant threat through much of the evening.

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Severe Weather Expected This Afternoon through Tonight

Severe weather is expected in the area today. The higher threat of severe weather should hold off until the afternoon hours. Stay tuned for updates to the threat areas, and hazards, through tonight!

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A Few Storms Possible This Evening, Much Cooler Friday

A few storms are possible this evening across mainly parts of central and northeast Kansas. The stronger storms will be capable of quarter size hail and 60 mph downburst winds. Friday is expected to be much cooler with scattered showers and storms. Look for highs to top out in the upper 70’s to around 80 degrees.

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Strong to Severe Storms Possible This Afternoon through Late This Evening

As hot temperatures affect the area today, strong to severe storms will also be possible along a slow moving frontal boundary for this afternoon and tonight. Large hail up to half dollar size, damaging winds up to 60 mph, and an isolated tornado are possible from the stronger storms. Today – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Breezy, with a south wind 16 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Tonight – Showers and thunderstorms. Low around 66. South wind 7 to 13 mph becoming … Read More

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28th Judicial District Nominating Commission to Meet June 17

TOPEKA – The 28th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene by telephone conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, to review the nomination form and set the schedule for accepting nominations for a district magistrate judge vacancy created by the August 14 retirement of Judge Mary Thrower, according to a media release. The meeting is open to the public, and anyone who wants to listen may request instructions by emailing info@kscourts.org. The 28th Judicial District is composed of Ottawa and Saline counties. Kansas law requires that a district magistrate judge be: a resident of Ottawa County at the time of … Read More

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Hot and Dry Weather Today and Wednesday

Hot and dry weather will prevail across the region for today and Wednesday. Very high grassland fire danger levels will affect locations west of Interstate 135 for this afternoon and Wednesday afternoon. Outdoor burning should be avoided. This Afternoon – Sunny, with a high near 95. Breezy, with a south wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Tonight – Clear, with a low around 72. South southeast wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Wednesday – Sunny, with a high near 96. Breezy, with a south wind 16 to 23 mph, … Read More

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OCCK to Reopen All Regional Office to the General Public

SALINA – As of tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16, all OCCK regional offices will be open to the public, with the exception of the Transportation office, which will open on Monday, June 22. Locations impacted will be the following: Salina Regional Office/Corporate Headquarters/InMyHome at 1710 W. Schilling, Salina The Solution Outreach Center at 1605 W. Schilling, Salina Abilene Regional Office at 300 N. Cedar, Suite 221, Abilene Concordia Regional Office at 1502 Lincoln, Concordia Beloit Regional Office at 501 W. 7th, Beloit The Transportation office at 340 N. Santa Fe in Salina opening on June 22. New protocols for entering and … Read More

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Sunny and Warmer Today, Sunny and Very Warm Friday

Sunny and warmer today with highs in the upper 80’s to lower 90’s. Sunny and very warm on Friday with highs in the upper 80’s to lower 90’s. Today – Sunny, with a high near 91. South southwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Tonight – Mostly clear, with a low around 63. South southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Friday – Sunny, with a high near 91. East wind 6 to 10 mph. Friday Night – Mostly clear, with a low around 65. East wind 5 to 11 mph becoming south southeast after … Read More

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Dickinson County Confirms First COVID-19 Related Death

ABILENE – Dickinson County Health officials have confirmed their first COVID-19 related death. According to a media release, a 67-year-old male tested positive for the virus following his death. “We are truly saddened by this loss of life,” health officials said in a statement Wednesday. No further information was released.

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Pair of Earthquakes Reported in Saline and Dickinson Counties

SALINA – A pair of earthquakes were reported in Saline and Dickinson Counties over the past two days. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude 2.5 earthquake centered southeast of Salina occurred at 12:58 p.m. on Sunday, just southeast of the intersection of Simpson and Farrelly Roads. On Monday, a 2.1 magnitude earthquake occurred in western Dickinson County at 8:52 p.m, and was centered just southeast of Old 40 Highway and Camp Road. There were no reports of damage or injuries associated with these earthquakes.

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