Area lawmakers react to overturning of Roe V. Wade

KSNF/KODE — Friday, The Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, which ultimately gives states the choice to limit or outright ban abortion procedures.

Many states in the South or Midwest are now expected to go through with their own legislation to restrict abortion access. Some of these states have trigger laws to take effect following the Supreme Court’s decision. In the Four States, these include: Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Read responses from area lawmakers on the recent ruling below:


Nothing in the text, history, or tradition of the United States Constitution gave un-elected federal judges authority to regulate abortion. We are happy that the U.S. Supreme Court has corrected this error and returned power to the people and the states to make these decisions.

MO Gov. Mike Parson – Press Release

At long last, Roe is OVERRULED

This is a momentous day in America, when the efforts of generations of modern-day abolitionists comes to fruition. One of the most unjust decisions in American history has been overturned.

U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley – Twitter

Roe v Wade has been overruled!

MO Rep. Ben Baker – Twitter

I’ve waited 49 years for it and the wait is OVER!!! #SCOTUS overturns #RoeVsWade, potentially saving millions of innocent lives!!!

MO Rep. Billy Long – Twitter

The pro-life movement has been fighting for every minute of the nearly five decades since Roe was issued for it to be reversed. I am deeply thankful to see their labors come to fruition and I am proud to once again live in a nation which upholds the sanctity of life.

MO Rep. Vicky Hartzler – Twitter


Today’s historic decision on the Dobbs case signals a new beginning for millions of unborn American children. Thank you #SCOTUS!

U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall – Twitter

Today, nearly 50 years after Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled there is no constitutional right to abortion. As stated by Justice Alito, “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran – Twitter

Today is a monumental win for pro-life Americans across our country who have been fighting tirelessly over the last fifty years to protect the most vulnerable among us—the unborn. Full statement available through Twitter link.

KS Rep. Jake LaTurner – Twitter


I am very excited that the Supreme Court made this courageous decision. Abortion is a state’s right issue and it belongs to the people. Full statement available through Twitter link.

OK Gov. Kevin Stitt – Twitter

The Court has now rightfully declared that Roe was wrong from the start, &we can begin to chart a new course on the journey to protect life. During my time in Congress, I have fought to give a voice to the voiceless & will continue the fight during the remainder of my tenure.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe – Twitter

Today is a great day for our nation—as Roe v. Wade has been overturned! “The constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey are overruled and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives

U.S. Sen. James Lankford – Twitter

I am proud to support life at every stage and applaud the Supreme Court for their thoughtful and attentive consideration of this important case in the face of unprecedented threats of violence and intimidation against the Court. Full statement available through Twitter link.

OK Rep. Kevin Hern – Twitter

The Scales of Justice have weighed in favor of LIFE. Full statement available through Twitter link.

OK Rep. Markwayne Mullin – Twitter


For decades I have said Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. Today, the Supreme Court overturned the abortion ruling and returned the issue to the states. Arkansas is a pro-life state, and we are able now to protect life.

AR Gov. Asa Hutchinson – Twitter

Roe was a tragic mistake, taking from the American people and their elected representatives a deeply moral question. The Supreme Court has finally corrected this mistake and I highly commend the millions of Americans who toiled for years to achieve this great victor for unborn life and self-government.

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton – Twitter

With this ruling, the American people will finally have the opportunity to enact their will on this issue instead of unelected judges in Washington, D.C. Full statement available through Twitter link.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman – Twitter

Life wins! The dignity and value of each human life has been upheld. This decision rightfully restores the American people’s ability to protect babies and recognizes the science-backed truths of the humanity of the unborn. Full statement available through Twitter link.

AR Rep. Steve Womack – Twitter


AG Schmitt ends abortion in Missouri following SCOTUS ruling

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt signed a proclamation Friday banning abortion following the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade at about 9 a.m.

Missouri has a “trigger law,” meaning abortion would be abolished with a proclamation from the governor or AG following Roe v. Wade overturning.

Missouri is the first in the country to end abortion. Schmitt signed the proclamation at about 9:15 a.m.

The decision made by the Supreme Court Friday to fundamentally reshape American society by overturning the landmark 1973 precedent is certain to ignite a political firestorm and yield a complex patchwork of state laws that will effectively block large swathes of the population from terminating unwanted pregnancies.


Miami man sentenced to over four years for beating, victim now a paraplegic

TULSA, Okla. – A Miami man was sentenced Friday to over four years to be served in a federal prison for attacking a schoolmate and leaving him a paraplegic.

Jace Christian Williams, 23, was sentenced to 51 months and three years probation.  A restitution hearing is set for Aug. 26, online records show.

Williams pleaded guilty in February in U.S. District Court to assault resulting in serious bodily injury in Indian Country in the 2017 assault on Owen Looper.

John Dunn, Williams attorney, called his client “an All-American boy” and asked for leniency, including probation and community service, online records show.

Federal prosecutors sought a tougher sentence.

The near-deadly assault centered on a rumor circulating indicating Williams was wanting to engage in a threesome sexual act with two women, the court document states. 

Multiple witnesses saw Williams suddenly approach Looper from behind and wrapped his arms around Looper’s body, lifted him backward, and slammed him head-first onto the ground.   Once the victim was on the ground, Williams proceeded to punch Looper in the back repeatedly and then spat on him, according to the statement released in February by U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.

Court documents filed before Friday’s sentencing hearing show Dunn referred to the altercation that left Looper with a C6-7 fracture and paralyzed as a “fight”. 

A transcript shows a different story from witness Bryce Waybright.

Q. Bryce, Mr. Dunn asked you how long a fight lasted. Would you characterize for this jury what you saw happen to Owen as a fight?

A. Absolutely not.

Q. Okay. Explain what you mean when you say “absolutely not.”

A. Owen didn’t have a chance to fight back, to defend himself.

Q. And that’s why you wouldn’t call what you saw a fight?

A. An attack.

Q. I’m sorry. You said an attack?

A. An attack, more or less.

Q. So you’re saying an attack would be a more fair characterization of what you saw happen to Owen?

A. Yes.

 Emily Wagner’s testimony was in agreement.

Q. Counsel for defendant asked you whether a fight lasted very long. Did you see a fight out there?

A. No. I seen someone attack another person that didn’t have a chance to fight back.

Trial testimony showed in the days leading up to the crime, Williams told a student that he was going to make sure Looper could not “use his arms or legs for five months,” according to a statement.


Accessing Kansas lands for hunting, fishing just got easier

The following is a release from the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks

KANSAS CITY, Kans. – Beginning this month, hunters and anglers will benefit from a new-and-improved system designed to make accessing public lands in Kansas easier than ever. 

As part of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks’ (KDWP) all-new licensing purchase system – Go Outdoors KS – outdoor recreationalists will not need a separate login to “check in” and out of KDWP-managed properties, as the Go Outdoors KS licensing system and mobile app is fully integrated.

“We’re thrilled to offer an improved customer experience for our constituents, especially in advance of our fall seasons this year,” said Shanda Knapic, Chief of Licensing for KDWP. “Go Outdoors KS is a critical tool for hunters and anglers to safely, legally, and easily enjoy outdoor recreation in our state, and it can be accessed right from a smartphone or mobile device.”

Hunters and anglers who are familiar with KDWP’s previous licensing solution, and check-in system, will notice:

  • A single sign-in feature, eliminating the need to remember multiple logins
  • All-in-one access, as customers may now access license purchases and check-ins from the same location
  • Greater ease of use, as the customer experience remained “top of mind” throughout the system’s development

Those wishing to explore KDWP’s new-and-improved hunting and fishing licensing system may do so from any web browser or smart device. Here’s how:

Check-in/Check-out on The Web

  1. Visit https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin
  2. Click the “Check-in/Check-out” link in the top menu

Check-in/Check-out on The App

  1. Download “Go Outdoors KS” from the Apple or Google Play store
  2. Click “Check-in/Check-out”
  3. Select a location
  4. Login with KDWP credentials
  5. Complete and submit “Check-in form

“This isn’t a ‘one and done’ project for us or for our contract vendor,” added Knapic. “We’re committed to ensuring that outdoor access, and making hunting- and fishing-related purchases, remains easy and enjoyable for everyone wishing to Go Outdoors in Kansas.”

KDWP’s state park reservation system remains unchanged by the Go Outdoors KS launch. Campers in Kansas can still access the same great features they’re accustomed to – whether purchasing a daily vehicle entrance permit or securing a campsite with water and electric – by visiting www.campitks.com.

To purchase a Kansas hunting or fishing license, visit GoOutdoorsKansas.com or download the “Go Outdoors KS” mobile app today.

To make a campsite reservation or state park-related purchase, visit ReserveAmerica.com.


Fireworks shows around Kansas for the 4th of July

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Kansans have a lot of choices for where, when and how to celebrate Independence Day 2022. Towns across the state are holding all kinds of different events.

Some are on the Fourth of July. Some are on other days around the Fourth. Most include fireworks, but some do not.

Please, let us know if we are missing any celebrations. We will add it to the list as we get more information.


Explosion of Fun at Harper County Lake (Anthony Lake), July 3-4. Cornhole tournament Sunday. Sand volleyball on Monday. Other plans are in the works. The fireworks will be Sunday night.

Arkansas City

Fireworks Show, July 4, Spring Hill Golf Course – The fireworks display will start at dark. The music will be provided by 95.9 BOB FM. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to watch at the golf course. Earlier in the evening, at 7:30, enjoy the Arkansas City Community Band Concert performance at Wilson Park, 701 N. Summit St.


Fireworks Display, July 4. Augusta City Lake at dusk.

Baldwin City

Independence Day Celebration, July 2, Baldwin City Golf Course – Events begin at 4 p.m., including a kid’s zone, live music, food trucks and a beer garden. Fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m.


Red, White & BOOM! – Independence Day Celebration, July 4, Basehor-Linwood High School, 2108 155th Street – Event begins at 5 p.m. with food trucks, a parade at 7:30, an honor guard at 9:00, and fireworks at dusk.

Baxter Springs

Light Up The Sky – An Independence Day Celebration!, June 30, city softball fields on W. 19th St. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at dark.


Sky Lights Fireworks Show, July 4, Rocky Pond Recreational Area. Annual fireworks show over Rocky Pond hosted by the Main Street Tabernacle. 10 p.m. – Midnight


Waconda LakeFest & Fireworks Display, July 2, Waconda Lake, Glen Elder State Park – Enjoy a day of fun and games at the lake, beer garden, food trucks, and dueling pianos concert. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy the free fireworks at dark. Park pass required.

Cedar Bluff State Park

Celebration of Pets and Vets, Cedar Bluff State Park, July 2. The park is billed as a “quiet” zone for those who have problems with loud noises. No fireworks are allowed in the park. There will be a UTV parade and a contest for the most patriotic campsite.

Clay Center

Independence Day Celebration, July 3, Clay County Fairgrounds – Fun day of events begins at 2 p.m. and includes a baby crawl/walk, community water fight, free water slides, and a watermelon eating contest. Fireworks begin at dark.


Coffeyville Summer CelebrationJuly 9, Walter Johnson Park – Free day of fun includes a car show, power wheels show and cruise, bounce houses, water activities, food trucks, and a poker run. The day concludes with what organizers are calling the “largest fireworks show” in southeast Kansas.


Fourth of July Celebration, July 4, can be seen anywhere in town – The day includes games and a free swim at the municipal pool. It ends with the fireworks show at dusk.

Council Grove

Independence Day Celebration, July 4, starting at noon, Bolton Soccer Complex. A viewer tells KSN that Council Grove has one of the best fireworks shows in the state of Kansas, with the budget amount. The day includes a free swim, live music, the National Anthem, free ice cream, and a fireworks show.

Crawford County

Independence Celebration and Fireworks, Farlington Lake, July 2. Music begins at 5 p.m. Fireworks will be shot from the dam after dark. No state park pass is required unless camping overnight.


Independence Day – Multiple events and locations. Kansas Grown Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon, Madison Avenue Central Park; parade at 10 a.m. begins at Panther Stadium and circles back to the stadium; free admission to Derby Historical Museum 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Fire Station 81 Open House 10:30 a.m.-Noon, 715 E. Madison Avenue; Annual Firecracker Race 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., High Park, 2801 E. James Street; Fireworks in the Park, July 4, High Park, 2801 S. James St. – Event begins at 6 p.m. with fireworks around 9:40 p.m. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnic dinners, but no alcohol or personal fireworks. Food trucks will be available.

Dodge City

Old Fashioned Fourth of July, July 4, Boot Hill Museum. The day of fun begins at 10 a.m. Events include kids’ games, watermelon feed, seed-spitting contest, gunfight reenactment, variety show, and what organizers call “the largest fireworks display in western Kansas.” The fireworks display is free. It is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. It is set to music on Q-97 FM radio.


Community Picnic and Fireworks Show, July 3, Martin Creek Park, 20200 Sunflower Rd. – Free food and t-shirts for the first 500 people. Bounce houses and other free activities. Gates open at 5 p.m., picnic begins at 5:30 p.m., and fireworks around 9:45 p.m. A shuttle bus will run between the park, the elementary school, and City Hall.

El Dorado

Fireworks Show, July 4, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. East Park and McDonald Stadium, 298 N. Griffith St.

Elk County

Fireworks Show, July 4, after the rodeo at Elk County Rodeo Arena, 1 mile NE of Moline.


4th of July Kiddie and Pet Parade, July 4, Cunningham Park. The fun begins at 11 a.m., followed by hot dogs.


Fireworks Display, July 3. Free. Best viewing at Welch Stadium, Emporia State University, and also from the practice fields on the north end of campus. The stadium will open at 7 p.m. No chairs, sunflower seeds or gum are allowed on Jones Field and Witten Track. Tailgating is available in ESU parking lots at 7 p.m. No alcohol, glass containers, or personal fireworks are allowed on ESU property. The fireworks show will start between 9:45 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and last 20 to 30 minutes.

Ft. Leavenworth

4th of July Celebration, July 4, 6 p.m. Merritt Lake. Free admission. Free music. Food, drinks, and kids’ activities will cost money. The fireworks show is at dusk. Bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Ft. Scott

Independence Weekend Celebration, July 2-4, Fort Scott National Historic Site. Opens each day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Watch artillery demonstrations, take tours and learn from living history activities. Fireworks are not permitted on the grounds.


Firecracker 5K and Festival, Lynn Baldwin Memorial Park, 100 Northview, July 2. A full-day fundraiser for Galva Recreation, including the 5K, a softball tournament, a water slide, corn hole tournament, and food. The fireworks display at 9:30 or dark is free.

Garden City

4th of July Celebration, July 4. Garden Rapids at the Big Pool: Swimming from 1-6, $3 admission. Hamburgers and hot dogs from 11-2. Garden City Wind game at Clint Lightner Field at 3:15 p.m. Admission is $8. Municipal Band Concert on the west green at Lee Richardson Zoo at 8 p.m. Stay to enjoy the fireworks show. (The rest of the zoo closes at 7.) Fireworks Show after sundown, approximately 9:45 p.m. It can be viewed from the Finney County Exhibition parking lot or the zoo.

Garden Plain

Independence Day Celebration, July 4, Garden Plain City Park – Full day of events starting with a breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Other events include a 5K Freedom Run, a parade, ax throwing, money dig, washer tournament, cornhole tournament, watermelon-eating contest, and a dance. Fireworks are set for 10 p.m. There are fees for some events. Help cover the cost of the fireworks display by purchasing a commemorative button or koozie.


Independence Day Festival, July 4, Celebration Park, 32501 W. 159th St. – Free. Live music and activities begin at 3 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Food and drink will be available for purchase. No personal fireworks, pets or grills are allowed.


Libertyfest 2022, July 2, North Lake Park – Free event includes music starting at 5 p.m. and fireworks at sunset, approximately 9:30 p.m. Donations are welcome. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and family picnic items. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Do not bring personal fireworks.

Glen Elder

Waconda LakeFest & Fireworks Display, July 2, Waconda Lake, Glen Elder State Park – Enjoy a day of fun and games at the lake, beer garden, food trucks, and dueling pianos concert. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy the free fireworks at dark. Park pass required.


Goddard Lions Club Fireworks Show, July 2, north of Clark Davidson Elementary, 333 S. Walnut – 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. All events are free. Free food will be available while supplies last. Pool party to follow fireworks show until midnight at the Goddard city pool. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. The fireworks begin when it’s dark.


Freedom Festival, July 4, Sherman County Fairgrounds – 6 p.m.-10 p.m. MT, featuring carnival rides (with a $10 wristband), live entertainment, and fireworks at 9:45.

Great Bend

Fireworks Show, July 3, Expo Grounds – Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Tune in to 100.7 FM at 8:30 p.m. Fireworks begin around 9:45 p.m.


Hometown 4th of July, July 4. 5K and 1-mile fun run at 9 a.m. Free showing of Madagascar at 11 a.m. at the Twilight Theatre. Evening events start at 7 at Big Well Park. They include hamburgers, ice cream, lawn games, water activities, kids’ fireworks, music and more. Fireworks are at dusk.

Harper County

Explosion of Fun at Harper County Lake (Anthony Lake), July 3-4. Cornhole tournament Sunday. Sand volleyball on Monday. Other plans in the works. The fireworks will be Sunday night.


Wild West Festival Fireworks Spectacular, July 4. Visible throughout town. South of Hays at 183 Bypass and Golf Course Road – Free, 10 p.m.-10:30 p.m. The show is the finale of the Wild West Festival, which runs from June 30-July 4 in Hays.


4th of July Celebration, July 4, Riggs Park, 706 Sarah Ln. – Full day of events for the family, including a parade at 8 a.m., kids fishing derby at 9 a.m., frog races at 10 a.m., free hot dogs at 11 a.m., water games at 11 a.m., raft races at the pool, a water carnival at the pool from 1–6 p.m., a food court from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., a concert from 7:30 p.m.-9:45 p.m., and the fireworks show around 9:45 p.m.


Ruritan Club Rodeo and Celebration, July 3 and 4. Along KS-3. Enjoy a rodeo and dance on Sunday. Monday’s events include a parade, kids’ games, hillbilly games, more rodeo and fireworks.


Independence Day Celebration, July 3, South Park, Herington. From 5-11 p.m.: party-in-the-park with a BBQ meal, touch-a-truck for kids, and live music entertainment. Fireworks display is at dark.


Community Park Day, July 3, Clutter Park, corner of North Park Drive and West Taylor Jones Road. 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Music, food, beer garden, and then fireworks at dusk. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.


July Jubilee, Banner Creek Reservoir, July 2, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Family activities, music, food. The day ends with a fireworks show. Free-will donation.


Fireworks Show, July 2, Polk Daniels, Howard City Lake, 1722 Killdeer Road. Park on the north side of the lake. Fireworks go off at the dam to the south. Watch from your car, or bring chairs and blankets. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Volunteer firefighters produce the show free of charge. Donations are accepted at the Howard City Office, 620-374-2202. Bring your own food or drink.


Fireworks Show, July 3, Hoyt City Park – Events begin at 4 p.m. Music, activities, vendors. Fireworks start at dusk. Free-will donation for food and ice cream.


4th of July Celebration, July 4, Hugoton City Park. A full day of activities, including games and inflatables for children and adults, food and craft vendors, free swimming, and fireworks show after dark at the Hugoton HS football field.


Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza, July 4, Kansas State Fairgrounds Lot C, 2000 N. Poplar – Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the fireworks at dusk.

Junction City

Freedom Fest 2022, Heritage Park in downtown Junction City, June 30-July 4. The five-day festival includes carnival rides, food, concerts, and other entertainment. The free fireworks displays are on July 2 and July 4 at 10 p.m. They will be shot from East 6th Street.

Kansas City, Missouri

Stars and Stripes Picnic, July 2, National WWI Museum and Memorial. The grounds open at 3 p.m. Picnic, family fun, shopping, food trucks, and music, ending with fireworks around 9:40 p.m.


Family Fest, July 4, Riverside Park. A day of fun, starting with a family parade down Main Street at 9 a.m. A kids’ fun zone, swim at the city pool, and karaoke will be free. Other events, such as the dunk tank, a duck race, splash dash, and cornhole tournament, have a cost and may need pre-registration. The free fireworks show is set to start at 9:45 p.m.


Independence Days Celebration, July 2, Lansing’s Towne Center, just west of Mary Street and K-7. Starting at 3 p.m., enjoy music, rides, and food trucks. The free fireworks show begins shortly after the last music act, approximately at 10 p.m.


4th of July Celebration, July 4, Jordaan Park. An evening of music and patriotism. The fireworks show begins at dusk.


Fabulous Fourth Freedom & Fireworks, July 3, starting at 5:30 p.m. The evening includes family activities and music at the Kansas Veterans Memorial Wall, Dole Institute of Politics, and the Lied Center. The fireworks begin around 9:45 p.m. They are best viewed from the Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive.


Celebration in the Park, July 4, Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Blvd. – Noon to 10:15 p.m. Free admission. Kids activities, inflatables, entertainment, music, and food vendors. Fireworks begin around 9:45 p.m.


4th of July Celebration, July 4, 6 p.m. Merritt Lake. Free admission. Free music. Food, drinks, and kids’ activities will cost money. The fireworks show is at dusk. Bring blankets and lawn chairs.


Community Days Parade, July 4, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., in Old Town Lenexa, at Santa Fe Trail Drive and Pflumm Road. The City of Lenexa will host its annual fireworks display on Oct. 7 during the Lenexa Chili Challenge.


4th of July Parade, July 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Light Park, 1100 N. Kansas Avenue. Events include a parade, music, games, a talent show and more. The plan does not appear to include fireworks since the event ends at 3 p.m.

Lincoln County

After Harvest Music Festival, July 1, Lincoln Golf Course. Live music, burgers, hot dogs, a beer garden and fireworks. $20 tickets at the gate.

4th of July Celebration, July 1, Lincoln Park Manor, 922 N. 5th Street. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Hot dogs, chips, water, games, snow cones, bouncy houses, face painting, water sprinkler features. A small fireworks show will happen, but not too late in the evening.

Wilson Lake Area Association Fireworks Show, July 2, Wilson Lake – The fireworks will be shot from the Lucas Park Point area. Viewing can be enjoyed from the water or shoreline. The show begins around 10 p.m.


Old-Fashioned 4th of July, July 4, Swensson Park. 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. A free evening of fun. Food and drink will be available for purchase. There will not be an organized fireworks display.


Freedom Fest 2022, July 4, Lewis-Young Park. Gates open at 6, National Anthem at 7, music, food trucks, inflatables. Fireworks begin at dark.


Chamber of Commerce Boomfest, July 4, best viewing at Little League ball diamonds, 1100 S. Douglas – The fun begins at 6 p.m. with live music, bouncy houses and concessions. Other events that evening will include face painting, selfies with Uncle Sam, a color guard and the National Anthem. The fireworks are set for 10 p.m. Bring lawn chairs.


Marion County Lake Fireworks and Cruise Around the Lake, July 2. Free admission. Starting at 7 p.m., cruise around the lake in your favorite vehicle or cart. The fireworks show starts at dark.


Fireworks Show, July 4, Wall Park, 500 S. Maxwell. The evening starts with a concert at 7:30 p.m. There will be free Sno-Cones, glow bracelets, face painting and temporary tattoos for kids. Fireworks will start at dark.


4th of July Celebration, July 4, various locations. At 10 a.m.: American Legion Post 92 program at the Meade County Courthouse. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Meade City Park: food, music, kids’ games, inflatables, water fun, barrel train, medallion hunt, volleyball and more. Most of the kids’ games are free. Free-will donation for the food. The fireworks display will be at dusk at the high school.

Medicine Lodge

Red, White, and Boom, July 4. A full day of fun at various locations: pancake breakfast, 5K run, parade, music, games, swimming, fishing, turtle races, egg toss, and more. Fireworks are at Barber County State Lake at dusk.


Sundown Salute, June 30-July 4, 222 Houston Street. The event features rock and roll music on June 30, July 2 and July 4. You’ll hear country music on July 1 and July 3. The finale is a fireworks show around 10 p.m. on July 4. Visit this link to learn more about the schedule and ticket prices.


Crazy Days Motorcycle and Car Show, June 25. In addition to the show, there will be a swap meet, music, a beer garden, and a burnout competition. The day ends with a fireworks show.

Ness City

Food, Fun and Fireworks, July 3, Ness County Fairgrounds. Starting at 6 p.m.: amusement rides, water games, face painting and a sloppy joe supper. The National Anthem will be sung at 10 p.m., followed by the fireworks show.

North Newton

** No Fireworks Extravaganza at Kidron Behel Village in 2022 due to construction.


2022 Olathe Red, White & Blue, College Boulevard Activity Center, July 4, at approximately 9:45 p.m.

1860s Independence Day Celebration, July 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, 1200 E. Kansas City Road. The day may include a reading of the Declaration of Independence, cannon fire, Uncle Sam, vintage baseball, and more. Visit the Mahaffie website for pricing.

1860s Fireworks, July 7, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, 1200 E. Kansas City Road. Free, but there will be food for purchase. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. The evening includes patriotic music. Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m.


** Postponed until Sept. 4: Chautauqua Festival Fireworks. Due to fireworks shipping delays, the 2022 Chautauqua Festival will now be on Sept. 4 as Labor Day Celebration Fireworks.


Overbrook 4th of July Celebration, July 4, Overbrook Lake – Free and fun events from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Food and drink for purchase. Fireworks at dusk.

Overland Park

Star Spangled Spectacular, July 4, Corporate Woods Founders’ Park, 9711 W. 109th St. Free concerts starting at 6 p.m. Food and drink for purchase. Bring blankets and chairs, but no alcohol. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.


Fireworks Spectacular, July 3, Lake Miola. Gates open at 4:30, and fireworks begin at dusk. Free admission.

Park City

4th of July Celebration, July 4, Hap McLean Park, 6801 N. Hydraulic – Full day of events includes a parade, car show, pet show, water carnival, a clown, inflatables, music and food trucks. Fireworks at 10 p.m.


Fireworks Show, July 3, Marvel Park – Fireworks at dusk. Tune into V93.5 FM for the music.


Peabody 4th Fest: 101st Annual Fireworks Extravaganza, July 4, Peabody City Park – Full day of events at various locations. Events include a parade, music, kids’ games, turtle races, a horseshoe tournament, a flea market, and more. Buttons for admission to the fireworks show are $5 at the gate.


July 4th Celebration, July 3 and 4, Lincoln Park. Two-day festival featuring a kids’ play area, live entertainment, a car show, arts and crafts, a baby contest, and more. The finale is the fireworks display at 10 p.m. Monday. Tune into 96.9 FM for the show music.


Independence Day Fireworks Celebration, July 3, Pratt County Memorial Lake – Sponsored by American Legion Riders Post 86. Freewill donations are accepted at the entrance. Food and drink vendors on site.


Freedom Fest 2022, July 4, Various locations. A full day of events, including community BBQ, bingo, free swimming, and a cake walk. The finale is the Ernest “Ernie” L. Carter Memorial Fireworks Display around 9:45 p.m.

Wilson Lake Area Association Fireworks Show, July 2, Wilson Lake – The fireworks will be shot from the Lucas Park Point area. Viewing can be enjoyed from the water or shoreline. The show begins around 10 p.m.

St. Marys

Red, White, & Blue! Riverside Park, July 2. A day of food, fun and music. Events start at 8 a.m. The fireworks are expected to start at 10 p.m. More details will be released as the date nears.


SkyFire, July 4, East Crawford Recreation Area. Check the link for updated information. King Midas & The Muflers will present a pre-fireworks concert at the Salina Municipal Golf Course from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.


15th Annual Fireworks Show, July 2, Selden baseball field. The production begins at dusk with music broadcast over FM radio. Donations appreciated.


Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, June 30-July 4. Lots of fun activities, entertainment and sports competitions at various locations. The July 4th events are at Sterling Lake and end with a fireworks extravaganza at dark. A $5 commemorative button is required for some events.


Parade and Fireworks, July 4. The parade is in Stilwell at 6 p.m. Click here for the route. Enjoy live music from 7:20 p.m.-9:20 p.m. on the Evergy property. Fireworks will launch from the Evergy Service Center, 19950 Newton Street, as early as 9 p.m. but no later than 10 p.m.


Fireworks Show, July 2, Webster State Park. Fireworks from approximately 10 p.m.-11:45 p.m. Bring lawn chairs.


Summer Fireworks Extravaganza, July 2, Fellowship Hi-Crest, 455 SE Golf Park Blvd. Starting at 7 p.m.: bounce houses, food trucks, and a DJ. The 30-minute fireworks show begins at 10. Parking will be available at Fremont Hill. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair.

Spirit of Kansas Festival, July 4, Lake Shawnee Reynolds Lodge. Free, but donations excepted. The car show begins at 9 a.m. Live blues music begins at 11 a.m. Other events include a color guard and waterski show. The evening ends with a fireworks show around 10 p.m.


Toronto Days 2022, June 30-July 4. Several days of fun for the family. The fireworks show is on Sunday at dusk at Cross Timbers State Park.


Fireworks Show, July 4. Fireworks will be shot from the north end of town at sunset. The fireworks can be seen from all over town.

Valley Falls

4th of July Fireworks Display, July 4, 9:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. 19th and Linn Streets. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.


Celebrate Freedom, June 30-July 4, various locations. Find the complete list of activities HERE. The fireworks show is on July 4. Organizers say this is the #1 ranked fireworks show in Kansas. It is free. Bring a radio or personal earbuds from a true FM radio (B104.7 will have the soundtrack for the fireworks from 10 p.m.-10:35 p.m.), a blanket, lawn chairs, water bottle and earplugs for sensitive ears.

Webster State Park

Fireworks Show, July 2, Webster State Park. Fireworks from approximately 10 p.m.-11:45 p.m. Bring lawn chairs.


City Fireworks Display, July 4, Hargis Creek Watershed Park – Free fireworks display will begin shortly after dusk.

White City

Independence Day Celebration, July 2, Centennial Park – Softball tournament on Friday, July 1. Saturday events include a 5K, a parade, bounce house, turtle races, kids games, pedal tractor pull, and live music. The fireworks show begins at dark.


Celebrate Freedom, July 4, at Winfield Fairgrounds. 3 p.m.: Cornhole tournament. 5-7 p.m.: Kids games with tickets costing 50 cents. 5 p.m.: Food trucks. At dark: Fireworks. Listen to the music on 93.9 FM.


Bradley Fair Summer Concert Series Presents Injoy Fountain, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. Bradley Fair, 2000 N. Rock Road. Fireworks following the concert. Free.

Veterans Memorial Park Ceremony, Saturday, July 2, from 9 to 10 a.m. Held at the Revolutionary War Memorial, 339 Veterans Parkway. The event includes a color guard, a rifle salute, and a bugler playing taps. Free.

Celebrate America at Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd, July 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission applies. Enjoy an old-fashioned Independence Day with horseshoes, sack races, and carnival games. The Old Cowtown experience includes saloon girls and a Wild West gunfight reenactment.

Red, White & BOOM! July 4, 7 p.m. Riverfront Stadium, 275 S. McLean Blvd. Free. Hosted by the Wichita Parks Foundation and Wichita Park and Recreation. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at food trucks south of the Hyatt Lawn. Fireworks will start at 9:40 p.m. or if the Wind Surge game is running late, 10 minutes after the end of the game.


Roe v. Wade Overturned: 4-State officials react and a look at trigger laws

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. In anticipation of the decision, several states led by Democrats have taken steps to protect abortion access.

The decision also sets up the potential for legal fights between the states over whether providers and those who help women obtain abortions can be sued or prosecuted. Here is an overview of abortion legislation and the expected impact of the court’s decision in the 4-States.

KOAM is speaking with residents in the 4-States today. Watch KOAM News for the latest. (Ways to Watch digitally)

>> Related: How U.S. states have banned, limited or protected abortion

>> President Biden reacts. Watch it below, or click here.


A Missouri law outlawing most abortions took effect Friday, as Republican state officials acted quickly to enforce a ban following a U.S. Supreme Court decision ending constitutional protections for abortion. However, Governor Parson’s Administration is coordinating with the Missouri Attorney General to quickly resolve any litigation against HB 126, including the “Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act”, before the Courts that is currently preventing the implementation of the law.

Political control: Both GOP Gov. Mike Parson and the Republican-led Legislature support laws against abortion.

Effect of Supreme Court ruling: The 2019 abortion ban kicks in because the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Moments after Friday’s Supreme Court decision overturning that precedent, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Gov. Mike Parson filed the necessary paperwork to immediately enact the state’s abortion ban.

Missouri bans most abortions after US Supreme Court ruling

What’s next: Many Missouri patients seeking abortions likely will travel to neighboring states, including Illinois and Kansas (which could change after August’s election). A new Illinois logistics center near St. Louis helps women from out of state find travel, lodging and childcare if they need help getting to the area for an abortion, and it connects them with funding sources.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson Signs a Proclamation

“Nothing in the text, history, or tradition of the United States Constitution gave un-elected federal judges authority to regulate abortion. We are happy that the U.S. Supreme Court has corrected this error and returned power to the people and the states to make these decisions,” Missouri Governor Parson said.

“With Roe v. Wade overturned and statutory triggers provided in HB 126, we are issuing this proclamation to restore our state authority to regulate abortion and protect life. Thanks to decades of conservative leaders, Missouri has become one of the most pro-life states in the nation, and our Administration has always fought for the life of every unborn child. Today, our efforts have produced what generations of Missourians have worked and prayed for: Today, we have won our fight to protect innocent life,” Governor Parson continued.

Governor Parson’s proclamation notifies the Missouri Revisor of Statutes of the effective date of Section 188.017 RSMo.

Section 188.017, or the “Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act,” includes several provisions:

  • Prohibits doctors from performing abortions unless there is a medical emergency;
  • Creates criminal liability for any person who knowingly performs or induces a non-medical emergency abortion and subjects his or her professional license to suspension; and
  • Protects any woman who receives an illegal abortion from being prosecuted in violation of the Act.

The “Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act” was included in HB 126 and contingent upon the U.S. Supreme Court overruling Roe v. Wade in whole or in part. Governor Parson signed HB 126 in 2019.

Governor Parson’s Administration is coordinating with the Missouri Attorney General to quickly resolve any litigation against HB 126 before the Courts that is currently preventing the implementation of the law.

Officials Release Statements after Roe v. Wade decision

The Missouri House Democratic Campaign Committee and the Missouri Democratic Party released the following joint statement:

“Today will be a day branded into the memories of millions of Missourians as the day we lost not only our right to privacy, but our bodily autonomy.

Missourians know what’s best for them and their families, and today that has been stripped away from them. Today, the Supreme Court has ruled that Republicans can steal the right of survivors of rape and incest to determine what is best for them.

Republicans will not stop with abortion. They will continue to strip away access to birth control and contraception, in vitro fertilization, and same-sex marriage. Just this past session, Missouri Republicans proposed bills criminalizing the treatment of ectopic pregnancies and crossing state lines to have an abortion in a state where the right to privacy and bodily autonomy is respected.

The Missouri Democratic Party and the Missouri House Democratic Campaign Committee believe the decision if and when to start a family is a serious and personal decision, not one that any politician should be a barrier to.

We stand with the millions of Missourians who believe in the right to abortion and against government intrusion.”

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today issued an opinion to the Missouri Revisor of Statutes that “triggers” parts of Missouri’s House Bill 126, effectively ending abortion in the State of Missouri. Missouri is the first state in the country to do so.

“Today, following the United States Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, with the issuance of an attorney general opinion, my Office has yet again reinforced Missouri’s dedication to protecting the sanctity of life, both born and unborn. With this attorney general opinion, my Office has effectively ended abortion in Missouri, becoming the first state in the country to do so following the Court’s ruling,” said Attorney General Schmitt. “My Office has been fighting to uphold the sanctity of life since I became attorney general, culminating in today’s momentous court ruling and attorney general opinion. I will continue the fight to protect all life, born and unborn.”

Section B of HB126 states, “The enactment of section 188.017 of this act shall only become effective upon notification to the revisor of statutes by an opinion by the attorney general of Missouri…”

And Section 188.017 that is “triggered” by an attorney general’s opinion states, in part, “Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, no abortion shall be performed or induced upon a woman, except in cases of medical emergency…”

Thus, with the opinion from the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, abortion, except in cases of medical emergency, is now outlawed in the State of Missouri.

The opinion states, “By issuing this Attorney General Opinion No. 22-2022 and providing it directly to you, I hereby provide notification to the Revisor of Statutes, pursuant to § 188.017.4(1), that the United States Supreme Court has overruled, in whole or in part, Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), restoring or granting to the state of Missouri the authority to regulate abortion to the extent set forth in § 188.017, RSMo, and that as a result, it is reasonably probable that § 188.017 would be upheld by the court as constitutional.”

The full opinion can be found here.

Washington D.C.- Congressman Billy Long issued the following statement after the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

“Today, the Supreme Court made the right decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health,” Congressman Long said. “Six justices correctly overturned one of the worst decisions in Supreme Court history. Roe v. Wade has no basis in Constitutional law, and forced the states to accept the barbaric practice of abortion. I’ve never understand how a civilized society could possibly condone the killing of an innocent child in their mother’s womb. This is simply unconscionable to me and was for 49 years.

I am thrilled the State of Missouri has now outlawed all abortions in the state, in accordance with our “Trigger Law” to ban abortion immediately after Roe was overturned. Now I hope that we never look back.”


Abortion services were halted in Oklahoma in May after Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill that prohibits all abortions with few exceptions. However, abortion laws are being challenged in lower courts in the state.

Political control: Republicans in Oklahoma have a supermajority in both chambers of the Legislature and a Republican governor up for reelection this year who has vowed to sign “every pro-life legislation that came across my desk.”

Background: Abortion services were halted in Oklahoma in May after Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill that prohibits all abortions with few exceptions. The ban is enforced by civil lawsuits rather than criminal prosecution. Republican lawmakers have been pushing to restrict abortion in the state for decades, passing 81 different restrictions since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Effect of Supreme Court ruling: The U.S. Supreme Court has little practical effect given that abortions are no longer being provided in Oklahoma. However, because several Oklahoma abortion laws still are facing legal challenges in lower courts, it’s possible that the abortion bans in place could be temporarily lifted. Oklahoma also has a “trigger law” that outlaws abortion immediately with the overturning of Roe.

What’s next: Given the fierce opposition to abortion from the governor and Legislature, Oklahoma will continue to prohibit the practice if states are given the option to do so. Meanwhile, abortion providers who had been operating in the state are taking steps to help patients seek abortions out of state, including coordinating funding for these women and developing a referral network of therapists to help address complications before or after a woman receives an abortion.

Officials Release Statements after Roe v. Wade decision

Oklahoma Attorney General O’Connor released the following.

“After almost 50 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has wiped one of the most horrifying opinions in American history from the books.  It has courageously done so in the face of intimidation, leaks, violence, and even an assassination attempt,” Attorney General O’Connor stated. “Roe not only took away over 60 million lives, it also barred Oklahomans and all other Americans from protecting our unborn children. We should help every woman facing a crisis pregnancy, but not at the cost of the innocent child’s life. This is truly a day for celebration and thanksgiving.”

Governor Kevin Stitt released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade:

“I am very excited that the Supreme Court made this courageous decision. Abortion is a state’s rights issue and it belongs to the people. I promised Oklahomans I would sign every pro-life bill that came across my desk and I am proud to have kept that promise, especially today as Oklahoma now has trigger laws to ban abortion in our state. I am proud to be called America’s most pro-life governor and I’m looking forward to the rest of the country following Oklahoma’s lead to protect life.”


Voters will decide on August 2nd whether the state constitution protects the right to an abortion. 

Political control: Kansas has a legislature controlled by Republicans who want to ban or restrict access to abortions but a Democratic governor who supports access and is up for re-election this year.

Background: Under current law, Kansas does not ban most abortions until the 22nd week of pregnancy, when they’re allowed only to save a patient’s life or to prevent “a substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.” The state Supreme Court in 2019 declared that access to abortion is a “fundamental” right under the state constitution, granting stronger protections to abortion rights than the U.S. Constitution does currently. State law, however, doesn’t allow providers to dispense abortion medications through telemedicine consultations.

Effect of Supreme Court ruling: The U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade doesn’t change anything immediately in Kansas. The state Supreme Court blocked enforcement of a 2015 legislative ban on a common second-trimester procedure, and abortion opponents fear a host of other rules could fall to legal challenges in the near future. The GOP-controlled Legislature responded by putting a constitutional amendment on the ballot during the Aug. 2 primary. The amendment would declare that the state constitution does not grant a right to abortion. It would allow lawmakers to restrict abortion as much as the federal courts will allow — and to ban it if Roe is overturned.

What’s next: If voters approve the amendment, the Legislature would still have to approve the new restrictions, and lawmakers are out of session until January 2023. They can call themselves into special session with two-thirds majorities, but they’re likely to wait until after voters decide in the November general election whether to give Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly a second term.

Officials Release Statements after Roe v. Wade decision

U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. released a video statement addressing this historic decision. Senator Marshall said, in part,

“As an OBGYN, I had the honor of delivering more than 5,000 babies. Because of these wonderful moments and experiences, I believe life begins at conception. In fact, this is why today’s historic decision signals a new beginning for millions of unborn American children…Hopefully, today begins healing the wounds the pro-abortion agenda ripped open on American society almost 50 years ago… I want to remind everyone that putting an end to Roe vs Wade simply places this emotion-filled issue into the hands of the citizens of this country and their elected state officials, as opposed to unelected members of the federal judiciary… While the Democrat Majority Leader called for violence during a pro-abortion rally speech on the steps of the Supreme Court, we as a nation are better than this.  I urge all Americans to remain peaceful and respectful during the protests of this decision… Justice cannot and will not be served under the threat of mob violence so help us God.”
You may click HERE or on the image below to watch Senator Marshall’s full video statement.

AG Derek Schmidt statement on U.S. Supreme Court decision in abortion case

“Today’s landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was the right one because as a matter of constitutional interpretation, as the Court writes, ‘Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.’ Now, the Court explains, ‘The permissibility of abortion, and the limitations upon it, are to be resolved like most important questions in our democracy: by citizens trying to persuade one another and then voting.’

“Today’s decision means the power and responsibility to decide the important and difficult questions involving regulation of abortion have been returned to the people instead of federal judges. The people of Kansas will speak directly to this subject in less than six weeks. In voting on the Value Them Both amendment, Kansans will decide whether state judges may determine how abortion is regulated in Kansas or whether that is a responsibility for the elected and democratically accountable branches of state government.

“In my view, the increase in the number of abortions in Kansas the past two years after a long period of steady decline is distressing. I prefer a future with less abortion, not more. To preserve existing limits on late-term abortions, requirements parents be notified when minors seek abortion, and prohibitions on using taxpayer funds to pay for abortion, I will join with other pro-life Kansans in casting my vote for Value Them Both. On August 2, the people will speak and their voice will show the path forward for Kansas.”


Arkansas bans abortion under a “trigger law” following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Political control: Arkansas’ legislature is controlled by Republicans who have supported dozens of abortion bans and restrictions in recent years. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson also has supported bans on abortion with some exceptions. He’s term-limited and leaves office in January. Republican nominee Sarah Sanders, press secretary to former President Donald Trump, is widely favored in the November election to succeed him.

Background: Arkansas law currently bans most abortions 20 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy, with exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. The state has several other bans that have been struck down or blocked by the courts in recent years, including an outright abortion ban enacted last year that doesn’t include rape or incest exceptions. That ban has been blocked by a federal judge, and the state has appealed the ruling.

Effect of Supreme Court ruling: If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the state would ban abortion under a “trigger law” it enacted in 2019 that conditions a ban on such a ruling. That ban, along with the outright ban that’s been blocked by a federal judge in the state, only allows exceptions to protect the life of the mother in a medical emergency. Hutchinson has said he thinks bans should include rape and incest exceptions, but he has not called on the Legislature to add those to either of the bans.

What’s next: Arkansas’ “trigger” law banning nearly all abortions in the state takes effect if the attorney general certifies that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. The only exception in that ban is to protect the life of the mother in a medical emergency. The Legislature isn’t scheduled to meet until January, but Hutchinson is considering calling a special session to take up tax relief proposals. The Republican governor has not said he plans to include any legislation related to abortion on the agenda for that session.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson

“For decades I have said Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. Today, the Supreme Court overturned the abortion ruling and returned the issue to the states. Arkansas is a pro-life state, and we are able now to protect life.” – Twitter


Two alarm fire in North Heights Neighborhood of Joplin, ruled accidental

JOPLIN, Mo. — Around 9:15 a.m. Friday morning reports of a structure fire at 431 N Jackson in the North Heights Neighborhood alerted Joplin Dispatch.

Joplin Fire Dept responded sounding a second alarm for more manpower and apparatus as active fire was declared. Joplin Police Dept and METS ambulance also responded.

The residence located on the SE corner of D and N Jackson closed roadways surrounding the property.

“First arriving Joplin Fire units arrived to find smoke coming from a residential structure. Crews attacked the fire and had it under control in approximately 20 minutes. There were no injuries to occupants of the home.” – Joplin Fire

Joplin Police Ofc Darrell Kink told us everyone was out of the home safely.

The active flames were extinguished quickly as Joplin Fire began an interior attack. You can see in our live video on our arrival firefighters were inside working on the fire as smoke rolled out from the eaves and roofline.

The Joplin Fire Marshal determined the cause of the fire to be accidental resulting from food left cooking on the stove unattended.

Joplin Fire alerted utilities to disconnect from the residence due to extensive interior damage. Liberty Utilities and Spire Gas responded to the scene.

Fire was declared out by Jackson Fire Command at 10:25 a.m.

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Two from Webb City, Mo. graduate Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy, becoming Troopers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The 113th class of the Missouri State Highway Patrol will graduate Friday morning at 9 a.m. Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces that 25 troopers will graduate from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on Friday, June 24, 2022. The ceremony will take place in the Academy gymnasium, 1510 E. Elm Street, Jefferson City, Mo.

The graduation ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and be live-streamed via the Patrol’s Facebook page. The 113th Recruit Class reported to the Academy on January 18, 2022, to begin the 25-week training to become a trooper. The new troopers will report to duty in their assigned troops on Monday, July 11, 2022.”  – MSHP MEDIA RELEASE

There are two Joplin-area graduates included in the class:

  • Trooper Peyton L. Mason was previously employed as a detention officer with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, in Carthage, Missouri. Trooper Mason will be assigned to Zone 8, Laclede County. Trooper Mason is a 2019 graduate of Webb City High School, in Webb City, Missouri. Trooper Mason continued his education at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri, where he studied business administration. His father is Cpl John Mason, DDCC investigator (Division of Drugs and Crime Control).
  • Trooper Christian J. Drum, a native of Joplin, Missouri, has been assigned to Zone 11, which serves the citizens of Cass County. Trooper Drum graduated from Webb City High School in Webb City, Missouri. His father is Trooper Joe Drum of Troop D assigned to Jasper County.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe will provide the keynote address, and Colonel Olson will also address the class. The Honorable Patricia Breckenridge, Supreme Court of Missouri, will administer the Oath of Office to the new troopers.

Four class awards will be presented. The recruits accumulate points toward graduation in the categories of physical fitness, firearms, and academics throughout their 25 weeks at the Academy. The person with the highest number of points in each category earns the respective award. Award categories include physical fitness, firearms, academics, and the Superintendent’s Award, which is presented to the person with the most points overall.

The names (hometowns) and first assignments of members of the 113th Recruit Class:

Troop A
Tyler R. Peoples (Lawson, MO), Zone 5, Ray and Carroll Counties
Christian J. Drum (Webb City, MO), Zone 11, Cass County
Braeden A. Perry (Kansas City, MO), Zone 2, Platte County
John M Haines (Deepwater, MO), Zone 8, Lafayette County
Madeleine C. Mennemeyer (Troy, MO), Zone 12, Johnson County

Troop B
Travis M. Wood (Macon, MO), Zone 5, Adair and Schuyler Counties
Santi J. Wilgus (Kansas City, MO), Zone 6, Clark and Scotland Counties

Troop C

Adam P. Billiot (Washington, MO), Zone 4, St. Louis County
Nicholas J. Bringer (Monticello, MO), Zone 13, Jefferson County
Jack J. Collins (Bolivar, MO), Zone 13, Jefferson County
Trey A. Gaedke (Newburg, MO), Zone 3, South St. Louis and Jefferson Counties
Mayer E. Mitchell (Ballwin, MO), Zone 16, Ste. Genevieve and Perry Counties
Eric R. Sikes (Sacramento, CA), Zone 2, North St. Louis County
Richard J. Waite (Troy, MO), Zone 5, Pike and Lincoln Counties
Clayton J. Walker (Marble Hill, MO), Zone 14, St. Francois and Washington Counties

Troop E
Denny J. Smith (Poplar Bluff, MO), Zone 2, Butler and Ripley Counties
Gregory A. Bixler (New Madrid, MO), Zone 8, Pemiscot and New Madrid Counties
Taylor J. Wiebe (Wichita, KS), Zone 8, Pemiscot and New Madrid Counties
Jaxon B. Edwards (Harrison, AR), Zone 10, Dunklin County

Troop F
Shayla C. Latture (Branson, MO), Zone 16, Camden and Miller Counties
Bailey N. Hunsicker (Nixa, MO), Zone 16, Camden and Miller Counties

Troop G
Noah G. Britt (Gainsville, MO), Zone 8, Carter and Reynolds Counties

Troop H
Saxton W. Pliley (Jamesport, MO), Zone 10, Daviess and Dekalb Counties
Jackson D. Schmedding (Clinton, MO), Zone 1, Atchison and Holt Counties

Troop I
Peyton L. Mason (Webb City, MO), Zone 8, Laclede County

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News to Know: Oklahoma charter school founders face embezzlement charges, and MODOT & KDOT weigh in on a proposed gas holiday

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma law officers arrest three top officials in the state’s Epic Charter Schools program on multiple felony charges. On Thursday the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced the arrests of Epic Charter School founders Ben Harris and David Chaney and former Chief Financial Officer Josh Brook. They face a slew of charges including embezzlement of state funds, racketeering and conspiracy to commit a felony. The OSBI says their investigation began nearly a decade ago. Investigators claim the men were involved in a scheme that cost Oklahoma taxpayers more than 22-million dollars.

QUAPAW, Okla. – Authorities deploy a tactical team to end a police standoff in Quapaw, Oklahoma. Marshals responded to a report of shots fired in a domestic disturbance Wednesday. Authorities say they cornered a suspect in a home on Cayuga street in Quapaw. Officials say after he refused to come out, a Cherokee Nation Tactical Team used OC gas to force him from the home. Other people inside were removed safely. Authorities have not released the name of the suspect.  Find more here.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Biden proposes a ‘gas tax holiday’ which would suspend the national gas tax for three months. According to AAA, the Joplin area has the lowest average price for a gallon of gas right now in the state, at $4.44 a gallon. The gas tax holiday, would drop that by around 18 cents. Officials with MODOT say it’s too early to know if the holiday, if approved, would impact current or future projects in the state. KDOT officials say they’re not worried.  Read more about the proposed tax holiday here.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Some 4-staters get a lesson on human trafficking in the work-place. The Crawford County Mental Health Center brought together area human resource professionals for Thursday’s seminar. The guest speaker of the meeting was Adah Hutchcraft, a spiritual care specialist, from Ascension Via Christi. The presentation stressed the importance of observable signs to look for in the workplace and stigmas the professionals should be aware of. The participants were also taught about how to approach sensitive situations involving trafficking to protect the victim and themselves. Read more about the seminar here.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: NCAA athletes can now make a profit from their own name, image or likeness. Some have already begun using their social media following to sign deals and publish books. This morning we are asking if you think student athletes should be allowed to make money from their image? Join our KOAM Facebook discussion and cast your vote on our KOAM InstaPoll @ koamnewsnow.com/vote.


Missing man in Joplin, Mo.; Left for walk and never returned, he suffers from dementia police say

***UPDATE Mr. Mavis was located and returned home safely,” Thank you.***

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin Police Department release an image of a missing man who suffers from dementia.

We are asking for assistance in locating Bill Mavis. If located, please contact the Joplin Police Mr. Mavis suffers with dementia. He left for a walk around 9:00 pm [Thursday] night. He resides in the area of 2nd and Maiden Lane.” — JPD

Contact JPD 417-623-3131 or call 911.

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