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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AMC Pushes Back Planned Reopening of Theaters

SALINA – Movie theater giant AMC has announced that the planning reopening of its venues in the U.S. has been pushed back until July 30. This includes the AMC Theater at the Salina Central Mall. The company said general managers at all their locations have returned to work in preparation for the reopening in a month’s time. AMC Theatres, which is based in Leawood, Kansas, originally planned to reopen most of its U.S. theaters in mid-July in time for the blockbuster releases of Disney’s “Mulan” and Warner Brothers’ “Tenet.” The new date aligns with the updated release schedule for “Mulan,” … Read More

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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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GNC Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection, Will Close Up to 1,200 Stores

PITTSBURGH, Penn. – GNC Holdings Inc., the parent company of nutrition retailer GNC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors late Tuesday night. GNC, which blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for the bankruptcy, also said the bankruptcy process could lead to an outright sale of the company, with a minimum purchase price of at least $760 million. GNC said it had reached a deal with some of its secured lenders for $130 million in financing and it would continue operations through the bankruptcy process and work toward a prearranged reorganization plan by a number of its creditors. GNC also announced … 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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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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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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Two Killed in Osborne County Rollover Crash

OSBORNE COUNTY – Two people died in a rollover crash in Osborne County at about 10:48 a.m. Sunday morning. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol accident report, a 2002 Jeep Laredo was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 281, about 11 1/5 miles south of the town of Osborne, when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle went off the right side of the roadway, back onto the roadway, crossed the centerline, went off the roadway to the left, and came back onto the roadway. The vehicle then began to roll an unknown number of times into the east ditch at mile marker … Read More

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UPDATE: Police Identify Body Found Near Haysville as That of Missing Wichita Woman

UPDATE: The Wichita Police Department has identified the body found south of Haysville on Saturday as 23-year-old Savannah Schneider of Wichita. Schneider was located a few miles from where her cell phone last pinged by citizens who formed a search group to look for her. Wichita Police investigators are currently working with the Regional Forensic Science Center to determine the circumstances of her death. Schneider was last seen on Sunday, May 31, at her home in the 10300 block of West Alamo. The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information on this case, please call Wichita Police detectives at … Read More

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Minnesota Man Dies in Republic County Semi Crash

REPUBLIC COUNTY – A Minnesota man was killed in a single vehicle semi crash at about 8 a.m. Monday morning in Republic County. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol accident report, David J. Fronning, 33, Breckinridge, Minn., was driving a 2005 Peterbilt southbound on U.S. Highway 81, a half mile north of Birch Road in Republic County, when for unknown reasons, he entered the ditch near mile post 233. The semi traveled through the ditch until hitting an embankment, went airborne, and struck some trees before coming to rest on its left side in a field. Fronning was pronounced dead … 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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Strong Winds, Chance of Storms This Afternoon through Tonight

Strong winds are expected to develop this afternoon across portions of central and south central Kansas and continue tonight, while also spreading across southeast Kansas. The strongest gusts of 50 to 60 mph are expected west of the Kansas turnpike. High Wind Warnings are in effect through Wednesday morning. More information on these warnings can be found by clicking here. There is a chance for thunderstorms this afternoon as well, some of which could be severe across portions of central and southeast Kansas. However, a better chance for showers and a few thunderstorms will occur across central Kansas this evening … Read More

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Strong Winds, Not as Warm Tuesday

Strong west to northwest winds will develop behind a cold front on Tuesday, especially west of the Kansas turnpike. Wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph are likely with stronger gusts possible. Strong west to northwest winds behind a cold front on Tuesday will result in falling temperatures across central and eastern Kansas in the afternoon. There is a slight chance for showers and thunderstorms across portions of central and eastern Kansas. Tonight – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 a.m. Mostly clear, with a low around 69. Southeast wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts … Read More

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Kansas Governor Vetoes State Coronavirus Bill, Giving Counties Authority on Social Distancing and Restrictions

TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has vetoed a bill she said would have longstanding impacts in the fight against coronavirus. The movement removes her Ad Astra reopening plan and leaves all decisions on social distancing and business restrictions up to each individual county health officer Kelly said her office would provide guidance to counties for moving forward. The governor also called all lawmakers to return to session June 3 for a special session to address the pandemic. Kelly said it’s common for governors to announce state disaster declarations, but that her Republican opponents were being “short-sighted” by removing her … Read More

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Evergy Warns of Phone Scam That Has Recently Targeted Salina Customers

TOPEKA – A phone scam is once again circulating in the Salina area where an automated system is warning people their power is about to be disconnected. The automated call states it is from Evergy, and advises the intended target that their power was in jeopardy of being disconnected if they don’t call a 1-844 number and pay their past due balance. “If someone calls threatening to disconnect electricity service in a short amount of time and demanding a certain form of payment – like a prepaid card, it is a scam,” said Evergy spokesperson Gina Penzig. The Salina Scoop … Read More

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Evergy Extends Suspension of Disconnects to July 15, Late Fees Until End of Year

TOPEKA – Evergy announced they will be continuing their suspension of disconnect services for non-payments until July 15. The company will also waive late fees and offer payment arrangements until Dec. 31 “Evergy encourages customers to track and make payments toward their energy usage during this time to avoid balances that are difficult to pay later,” a release by the company read. Federal assistance for energy funds are also available, with applications open until May 29. Assistance with energy bills is also available through the Kansas Department of Children and Families. The LIEAP program will help cover a portion of … Read More

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Severe Storms Possible This Afternoon, Overnight

Areas of showers and thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and continue into the overnight. Severe thunderstorms with very heavy rain are likely with this activity. Ping Pong ball sized hail is possible with the strongest storms early this afternoon. The hail threat will transition to a mainly wind and very heavy threat during the evening and overnight period. Localized flooding is to be expected where the heavier rain falls which could produce flash flooding as well. Use caution on roadways as have rain will make driving dangerous at times. Occasional showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon through Tuesday morning. … Read More

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