Passage: Remembering Naomi Judd
We learned Saturday of the passing, at age 76, of country music legend Naomi Judd, mother of Ashley and Wynonna Judd. The mother-daughter team of Naomi and Wynonna recorded fourteen #1 songs, including "Girls' Night Out" and "Mama, He's Crazy." Jane Pauley looks back.news.yahoo.com
Republicans urged Trump to take action on January 6
As rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was bombarded with text messages from Republicans urging President Trump to intervene. The messages also reveal that some House Republicans were discussing martial law. Robert Costa has the latest.news.yahoo.com
Court won't revive ban on secret filming at slaughterhouses
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by Kansas to revive a law, earlier struck down by lower courts, that banned secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities. The justices did not comment in leaving in place a ruling by a federal appeals court panel that the so-called ag-gag law violated the First Amendment by stifling speech critical of animal agriculture. A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a split decision ruled that even if deception is used to enter private property, Kansas may not discriminate based on whether the person intends to harm or help the enterprise.news.yahoo.com
Kansas researcher convicted of illegal secret China work
A researcher was convicted on Thursday of illegally concealing work he was doing for China while employed at the University of Kansas. Jurors found him guilty of three counts of wire fraud and one count of false statements for not disclosing on conflict of interest forms that he had been named to a Chinese talent program, the Changjiang Professorship, on grant applications. As part of that program he traveled to China to set up a laboratory and recruit staff for Fuzhou University, telling the University of Kansas he was in Germany instead.news.yahoo.com
NCAA president decries pace of basketball investigations
NCAA President Mark Emmert said investigations into allegations of major violations against several high-profile men's college basketball programs — including 2022 Final Four participant Kansas — have taken “way too long.” “It’s just been really slow in getting through that new independent process that’s wound up reinvestigating the entire case,” Emmert said, referring to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP). The IARP was created out of proposals from the commission led by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2018 to reform the sport.news.yahoo.com
Where is Tornado Alley now?
For decades we’ve heard of Tornado Alley, running from North Texas across Oklahoma and Kansas across the corn belt to Minnesota. The central United States is where, geographically, warm and moist Gulf air has met cold air off the Rockies to set up the perfect tornado recipe: warm air below, cold air above, spinning winds from several directions at the surface of the Earth with faster winds above. That recipe more and more is moving East. Already this morning (around 4:20 a.m.) a destructive tornado tore through Springfield, Arkansas. Here’s ExactTrack radar:
Wrongfully convicted man sues Kansas county for $93 million
A Kansas man who served 23 years in prison for a double murder he did not commit is seeking $93 million in damages from the county where he was convicted and a former detective he says framed him. Lamonte McIntyre, 45, and his mother allege in a lawsuit filed in 2018 that the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, is responsible for the actions of former Kansas City, Kansas, police detective Roger Golubski and other officers involved in his prosecution. The Unified Government wants to have the trial moved to Wichita because of extensive publicity in the Kansas City area, KCUR reported.news.yahoo.com
Home Health Care Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Employment Tax Fraud
A former Kansas businessman man pleaded guilty today to employment tax crimes. According to court documents, starting in approximately 2010, Lance Ashley was the sole owner and operator of Ashley Home Care Services (AHCS), an Overland Park home health care business that provided daily living services to individuals. Ashley was responsible for all financial matters relating to AHCS, including handling the company’s payroll and collecting and paying over employment taxes to the IRS. After the IRS began collecting AHCS’s unpaid taxes in 2016, Ashley provided fraudulent bank records to the IRS and did not fully disclose his bank accounts. Trial Attorney Julia Rugg of the Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Huschka of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas are prosecuting the case.justice.gov
Gonzaga, Arizona remain atop AP Top 25 in week of changes
The top six and seven of the top nine teams in the AP Top 25 lost on the same day last week, an unprecedented day of chaos that led to some big changes in this week's poll — everywhere but at the top. Gonzaga and Arizona remained the top two teams in the poll released Monday, holding steady despite both losing their most recent games. The Zags received 43 first-place votes from the AP's 61-person media panel after being a unanimous pick last week.news.yahoo.com
Republican lawmakers bar journalists from statehouse floors
Utah's state Senate passed rules this week limiting where the press can go to report in statehouses, marking the latest move by Republican state lawmakers nationwide who are peeling back access to chambers after the pandemic provided new accessibility.
Study: Texas bases lead Army posts in risk of sexual assault
A new study finds that female soldiers at Army bases in Texas, Colorado, Kansas and Kentucky face a greater risk of sexual assault and harassment than those at other posts, accounting for more than a third of all active duty Army women sexually assaulted in 2018.
Vanderbilt basketball snags two big-time commitments from North Texas athletes
Vanderbilt has picked up a couple of big names out of the 2022 basketball recruiting class. On Wednesday evening Greenhill School teammates Lee Dort and Noah Shelby announced their commitments to Vanderbilt via social media.
The Latest: 6 more COVID cases found in local China outbreak
Ad___JOHNSTON, Iowa — Facing an uptick in new coronavirus cases and a hesitancy among a significant portion of the population to get the vaccine Iowa Gov. State health data shows 555 new positive cases in the past 24 hours and no additional deaths reported. Illinois Department of Public Health officials on Tuesday reported 2,404 coronavirus cases, including 17 more deaths. State health officials say 43% of people have received at least one dose of a vaccine and about 65% are fully vaccinated. ___ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 39,302, a record high for a second straight day.
More than a dozen states to open vaccines to all adults
Every adult in Louisiana over the age of 16 is now eligible to get vaccinated against the coronavirus as the state's expanded eligibility went into effect Monday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)More than a dozen states will open vaccine eligibility to all adults this week in a major expansion of COVID-19 shots for tens of millions of Americans amid a worrisome increase in virus cases and concerns about balancing supply and demand for the vaccines. Demand "has definitely decreased over the past couple of weeks,” said Imelda Garcia, head of the state’s expert vaccine allocation panel. California officials said the state can administer 3 million shots a week now, and Democratic Gov. Lena Lawson, a 37-year-old technology consultant in Phoenix, tried to book a vaccine appointment since the new eligibility rules started.