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KHP reminds drivers to be extra cautious around farm vehicles

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – Harvest is underway in the Four-States and hay season is in full swing. With that in mind, Kansas Highway Patrol wants to remind drivers to use caution when traveling around farm trucks, tractors, combines, or other implements. They provided some tips.

First, don’t assume the farmer knows you are there. Most farmers regularly check for vehicles behind them, however, most of their time must be spent looking ahead to stay on the road and watch for oncoming traffic.

Pass with extreme caution. When a farm vehicle pulls to the right side of the road, it does not mean it is turning right or allowing you to pass. Due to the size of some farm equipment, the farmer must execute wide left turns so allow it plenty of room and time to turn. Be alert to see if they might be turning into a driveway or field.

Be patient. Don’t assume that a farmer can move aside to let you pass.

Finally, pay attention. When not focused solely on the road, motorists increase their chances of a collision, especially if you should come upon a slow-moving farm vehicle.

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Clark arrested in LA on suspicion of having concealed gun

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was arrested in Los Angeles after police saw a submachine gun in his car, police said Monday.

Clark, 28, was pulled over for a vehicle violation south of downtown at about 9:20 p.m. Sunday, LAPD public information officer Tony Im said.

“Officers noticed a bag with an Uzi sticking out” in plain sight in the car,” Im said.

Clark was arrested on suspicion of having a concealed firearm in a vehicle, Im said.

He was booked into Los Angeles County jail and released Monday afternoon on $35,000 bond, according to the county sheriff’s jail inmate website.

“We are aware of the matter which will be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

Clark’s attorney, Alex Spiro, said the gun belonged to Clark’s bodyguard.

Clark, who is a native of Los Angeles, played his first four NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks before being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019. He was part of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl-winning team in the 2019 season and overall has 49 sacks in 91 career games.

Clark previously was arrested in 2014 on suspicion of domestic violence over an incident at an Ohio hotel, leading to his removal from the University of Michigan team. He eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct.

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News to Know (6/22/21)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A big win for college athletes. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled the NCAA’s strict limits on benefits to student-athletes violates Federal Anti-Trust Law. The ruling focuses on how schools reimburse players for things such as computers, science equipment and musical instruments. The narrow ruling does not directly address athlete compensation, but it could ultimately change the landscape of college sports.  Supreme Court win for college athletes in compensation case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A court trial over Missouri officials’ refusal to expand Medicaid is underway. Voters last year amended the state constitution to expand access to the health insurance program to hundreds of thousands more low-income adults, including three women who are now suing Governor Mike Parson’s administration. The governor says he won’t expand Medicaid because the legislature refused to pay for it. Two single mothers and another low-income woman in response sued to force Missouri to provide coverage as called for in the state constitution. Missouri governor drops voter-approved Medicaid expansion

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin City Council herd a presentation on an alternative mode of transportation, scooters. Bird scooters, specifically. They’re looking to come to town. The scooters utilize an app. That app allows residents to rent the scooters for a short period of time. When the person who is traveling by scooter is done, they leave it for the next rider or to be picked up by a Bird contractor for repair or charging. Last night the city council decided to move forward on negotiations with Bird scooters. Current 4-State scooter programs receive positive reviews

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – Harvest is underway in the 4-States and hay season is in full swing. Use caution when traveling around farm trucks, tractors, combines, or other implements. First, don’t assume the farmer knows you are there. Pass with extreme caution. When a farm vehicle pulls to the right side of the road, it does not mean it is turning right or allowing you to pass. Due to the size of some farm equipment, the farmer must execute wide left turns so allow it plenty of room and time to turn. Be alert to see if they might be turning into a driveway or field. Don’t assume that a farmer can move aside to let you pass.

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11 people injured in southwestern Missouri crash

HOLLISTER, Mo. (AP) – Eleven people have been treated for mostly minor injuries after a shuttle bus and a car collided in southwestern Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident happened at 12:25 a.m. Monday in Taney County, in the Branson area. Two passengers on the bus were treated for moderate injuries. The other passengers and both drivers suffered minor injuries.

The patrol says the bus was turning onto Highway 86 and was struck by a Ford Mustang. All of the bus passengers were from Branson. The bus driver is from Holiday Hills, Arkansas, and the Mustang driver is from Ridgedale, Missouri.

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12-year-old boy injured in Branson roller coaster accident

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) – A 12-year-old boy is hospitalized after an accident at a roller coaster attraction in Branson.

Branson officials say the accident happened about 7:30 p.m. Sunday at The Branson Coaster. Emergency responders found the child trapped on a ride with what appeared to be serious injuries. The child had to be extricated. He was flown by helicopter to a Springfield hospital. Details about his injuries have not been released.

The Missouri State Fire Marshall’s office is investigating the cause of the accident.

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KOAM News to Know (6/21/21)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Biden is back at the white house as the nation inches closer to his goal of having 70-percent of adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4th. The highly contagious Delta variant of the virus has now been identified in more than 40 states and could soon become America’s dominant covid threat. The president is due to travel to North Carolina this week to encourage people to roll up their sleeves.

MONTGOMERY, Al. – Storm watches and warnings are up all along the Carolina coasts…as a deadly storm system heads northeast.  Claudette is being blamed for several deaths, including nine children, in Alabama. The children, all from a youth ranch, were riding in a vehicle that crashed on Interstate 65 about an hour South of Montgomery.

MIAMI, Okla. – Plenty of people packed Miami’s Riverview Park pavilion Saturday, all for the Miami NEOK Pride 2021 celebration. Organizers say they wanted to bring people together as a show of equality, tolerance, and love. The event featured tons of cool things to check out, including local vendor booths, drag pageants, live music, a dj, and plenty of activities for the kids. One attendee tells KOAM, she came to the event to celebrate who she is and show that same support to others in her community.

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – The Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce held its annual Expoland. The business expo is an opportunity for area businesses and organizations to get out into the community and let people know about what they do. The event was for all ages, and had activities for kids such as a balloon artist. One non-profit aimed at promoting adult literacy was at the event to spread the importance of their mission. The chamber says the event gave businesses from all over the area including, Joplin, Neosho, and Carthage a chance to come to Carl Junction and interact with parts of the community they normally wouldn’t. Carl Junction’s Expoland helps out local businesses

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Police shootout in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. – A Kansas police officer is in critical condition and the person who fired at officers is dead after a shootout in Wichita, authorities said.

Two police officers were checking on the welfare of two women at a home in south Wichita around 10:15 p.m. Saturday when the shooting began.

Wichita Police Capt. Wendell Nicholson said someone inside the home started shooting, and one of the officers was hit several times. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

When other officers arrived, the suspect fired more shots at them. Nicholson said the officers returned fire and eventually the suspect was shot. He died at the scene.

Several witnesses to the shootout were interviewed by police Saturday night.

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Kansas officer critically hurt, suspect dead after shootout

WICHITA, Kan. – A Kansas police officer is in critical condition and the person who fired at officers is dead after a shootout in Wichita, authorities said.

Two police officers were checking on the welfare of a 32-year-old woman and her 13-year-old daughter at a home in south Wichita around 10:15 p.m. Saturday when the shooting began. Police said the woman reported having a physical fight with her boyfriend before officers arrived, but she thought the man had left.

Wichita Deputy Police Chief Jose Salcido said officers found the man, 28-year-old Tyler Hodge, hiding in a shed in the backyard with a rifle. Body camera footage released Sunday showed Hodge ignoring officers’ commands to put the gun down before he stood up and opened fire.

One of the officers was hit several times and was rushed to a hospital. He remained in critical but stable condition Sunday.

As additional officers arrived, Hodge continued shooting at them. Police said he fired 18 rounds total and also struck a police car and three homes in the area.

Police returned fire, and Hodge was struck once. He died at the scene.

Two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard department protocol, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.

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BJC, Washington U. to require vaccinations for employees

ST. LOUIS – Two of the largest employers in the St. Louis area have announced they will require employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by fall. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that BJC HealthCare and Washington University both announced the vaccination requirements on Tuesday. The announcement comes at a time when demand for vaccines is waning in Missouri, a state that already lags behind the national average in COVID-19 immunization rate. The St. Louis region’s three other major health systems – SSM Health, Mercy and St. Luke’s Hospital – have not issued vaccine requirements but say they are discussing the issue.

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Missouri state workers given day off for Juneteenth

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri state offices will be closed Friday to commemorate Juneteenth, which has been designated as federal holiday.

The Missouri Office of Administration announced the changes on Thursday, after President Joe Biden signed a federal law recognizing Juneteenth. The new holiday commemorates July 19, 1865, when freed slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned the Civil War was over and they were free – two months after the Confederacy had surrendered.