TOPEKA (CAPITOL BUREAU) — The issue of how soon police body camera videos should be released is now headed for debate in the Kansas House. However, it isn’t moving forward without changes.
It was the controversy over the body camera video from the Dominique White case that renewed the debate over how long it should take police departments to release body camera video to the families of those involved.
White was shot and killed by Topeka police in September. However it took four months for his family to gain access to view the video.
House Bill 2571 requires law enforcement agencies to release body camera video in deadly or excessive force investigations to families within 20 days.
“You don’t lose trust in law enforcement, it doesn’t put the city or municipality in a situation of unrest, and I think it’s information that should be put out for families,” explained State Rep. John Alcala, D-Topeka.
The bill, which has passed out of committee, leaves the decision up to individual departments, for when to release the video to the public.
“This is what the parties could agree on and then we can let them kind of work in more depth when they’re not under the timeline pressures of the legislative session,” said State Rep. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa.
The bill also allows parents to become heirs in order to view the body camera video, which wasn’t the case for the White family.
“In the White case the parents had to go and become executors of the estate for Dominique White because his heirs were minor children,” added Alcala.
While the final bill heading to the floor doesn’t include all the changes Rep. Alcala had hoped for, he says it’s a step in the right direction.
“Any part of transparency that we can get out and change is good,” he said.
The House is expected to debate the bill later this week.
NICODEMUS, Kan. (KSNW) – A little Kansas town with big history tells a much different story about survival after slavery.
Nicodemus represents the involvement of African-Americans in the westward expansion and settlement of the Great Plains. It is the oldest and only remaining Black settlement west of the Mississippi River.
WEBSITE | Nicodemus National Historic Site
KSN recently visited the town to retrace the steps of history that is now being recognized on a national level.KSN reporter Ashonti Ford visits with Angela Bates, Executive Director of the Nicodemus Historical Society. (KSN Photo)
During the visit, KSN spoke with descendents of the first free-born black baby in the state of Kansas. They shared pieces of their history that makes them proud, including slavery, which they say was not a disadvantage, but rather a pivotal aspect of their ancestors survival.
“Slavery produced in us a spirit of determination,” said Angela Bates, Executive Director of the Nicodemus Historical Society.
It also produced tenacity to build and sustain an entire town from the ground up with no foreseeable resources.
“They were solicited. It was an organized effort to create a town and to solicit people that could make it in this town\,” said Bates.
Bates said when they arrived, there was nothing but dirt roads to the nearest town of Ellis. It was a two-day walk.
“I think being a part of the families of Nicodemus and knowing that our forefathers endured slavery, and then they came to the west and had the vision to help to establish an all black town and govern themselves,”said Angela Bates, Executive Director of the Nicodemus Historical Society
“What you have is a situation where people are pretty much starving to death,” said Bates.
Also among their obstacles was a fight to claim their land. It is something that Bates said many towns experienced in the 1800’s
“The Osage as well at the Potawatomi both claim that they’ve been here to Nicodemus,” said Bates.
This was during a time that most considered native americans to be dangerous
“The Indians communicated with them by having the game and throwing it on the ground — that they were not there to harm them.”The African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church is pictured above in Nicodemus. It is one of five historic buildings that were declared a unit of the National Park System on November 12, 1996. (KSN Photo)
Native Americans, whom Kansas journalists documented to be hostile, were the reason that former slaves survived their first winter in Nicodemus. When they left, the new town, once populated by 600 people, hit a high point.
They built their own schools, churches, stores and banks. The residents of Nicodemus used their skills learned during slavery and created a new life for themselves. They were even promised a railroad which would help with the flow of resources.
The railroad never came but the 1930’s depression did, and the town couldn’t survive it
However, those that live in the community spoke about how they are keeping their town’s history alive.
“I am a sixth generation decedent of one of the first families that came to Nicodemus. I come from the Williams line of the family,” said LueCreasea Home, Nicodemus descendent.
“This is my great-grandfather – Neil Williams,” said Carla Bates Adams, Nicodemus descendent.
“I’m a Canon and Jones, which were descendent of the Sloughters and Dorsies,” said Shante’ Ryans, Nicodemus descendent.
Each of them say, what brings people back to Nicodemus every year, is the Emancipation Celebration. It has been going on since 1877.
WEBSITE | Emancipation Celebration
This year marks 140 years of freedom an accomplishment that Bates said is worth celebrating.
“I think being a part of the families of Nicodemus and knowing that our forefathers endured slavery, and then they came to the west and had the vision to help to establish an all black town and govern themselves. I mean that’s something to be very very proud of,” said Angela Bates.
The town of Nicodemus is now marked as a National Historic Site, and the residents there said the Emancipation Celebration brings hundreds of people from around the world to celebrate that history.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The search for 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez continues. He has now been missing for over 48 hours. Hernandez was last seen Saturday afternoon at his home on South Edgemoor. His stepmother says he was last seen, wearing a grey shirt, black sweats and while socks. Law enforcement’s original search was in Hernandez’s East Wichita neighborhood. That search has expanded nearly 6 miles away to Chisholm Trail Park on North Oliver.
Today KSN spoke with both Lucas’ biological mother and father who say they are extremely worried and anxious for their son’s return. I spoke with Lucas’s mother first. She arrived from El Dorado on Sunday. She tells me she lost custody of Lucas’ when he was 6 months old. To date, she says she has not seen her son since December of 2017 and hasn’t had regular contact with him in months. She is now pleading for the communities help to find her son.
“Find my son. He’s terrified of water so the fact that the search has moved to a park that’s surrounded by water, terrifies me. Lucas is a sweet boy; please find my son.”
KSN also spoke to Lucas’ father. He expressed hope for finding Lucas.
“Lucas is the sweetest, kindest, smartest most gentle little boy. He loves school, fishing, riding his bicycle and playing with his siblings. It makes me so proud to say I’m his father and that we love him very much. He’s a wonderful, helpful big brother. He’s never been the type to run off without asking permission to do so first. He’s must be terrified being away from his family with no way of finding us. Please, if anyone in the public has information on the whereabouts of Lucas, please contact the proper authorities. We are pleading for his safe and prompt return home! We will not stop searching for him until he is found! I’d like to thank law enforcement, the public, prayer groups, friends, family, and anyone keeping an extra diligent eye out for my son, Lucas. We are all hoping and praying. We love you Bubba”
Both parents say they are praying for their son’s speedy and safe return home. If you have any information about Lucas’ whereabouts, you’re asked to call (316) 267-2111.
TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW CAPITOL BUREAU) – An effort to add some Kansas veterinarians to the state’s prescription drug monitory program is under at the Capitol.
Monday, lawmakers presented a bill draft to the Kansas Pharmacy Board during a budget meeting. State Rep. Brenda Landwehr (R) of Wichita, is spearheading the effort to prevent people struggling with opiate addiction from abusing their pet’s prescriptions.
“It’s for us to have a better handle on what’s happening in Kansas so we don’t have the problems that they’re having in other parts of the country,” Landwehr said.
Under the proposal, only veterinarians prescribing opiates to an animal, perhaps after surgery, would be required to report to Kansas drug monitory program called K-Tracs. Local veterinarians say in light of some national cases of abuse, the possibility of accidentally facilitating an addict is possible.
“It’s definitely something that veterinarians think about,” Dr. Allison Crow of the Animal Clinic of North Topeka said. “It’s something that I think about every time I consider sending something like that home.”
The pharmacy board is collecting more data before presenting to lawmakers. A formal bill could be introduced to the House Appropriations Committee next week.
ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Arkansas City Police Department arrested a 15-year-old Arkansas City High School student Friday on suspicion of making a criminal threat.
Officers were informed Friday by staff at the high school, located at 1200 W. Radio Lane, that the juvenile allegedly had made comments that he hated everyone and was going to shoot the school up.
Based on information gathered during the investigation, police arrested the juvenile student. He later was released to the custody of his parents.
No further information will be released at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police responded to a shooting Monday afternoon around 2:45.
One man, in his 50’s, received a gunshot wound and walked to a nearby gas station in the 1700 block of South Hydraulic.
Police said the victim wasn’t cooperative. They followed a blood trail back to a home in the 1600 block of East Osie.
The SWAT team has been called in as investigators search the home for a possible suspect.
KSN News has a crew at the scene gathering more information. Look for the latest updates online at KSN and KSN.com.
Shooting now off Hydraulic and Harry. Wichita police waiting on SWAT to go after suspect. pic.twitter.com/7wcdY7zdbR
— Craig Andres (@CraigAndresKSN) February 19, 2018
TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – If you have solar panels on your roof, Westar Energy is requesting an increase of 20 percent to your bill to the Kansas Corporation Commission.
It’s an effort to save money for those who use regular energy, but it has caused some frustrations for the customers that use solar panels.
Westar officials said solar panel customers are using just as much energy as everyone else, but don’t see it on their bill.
“We are wanting to update prices so that its reflecting the full service that customers receive when they are generating their own power,” Westar’s Gina Penzig said.
They said people who aren’t using solar panels are picking up the slack in their bills for what solar panel users aren’t having to pay.
Ron Perry of Topeka has solar panels on his house and said during the winter months, his bill is zero dollars, sometimes he even gets a bill with a negative number.
“They are also sometimes storing some energy on the power grid, so they are using it in additional ways that a normal customer wouldn’t use it, but they are paying less,” Penzig said.
After a $14,000 bill from installing the solar panels on Perry’s house, he thought it would pay off in the long run, so he is frustrated with this request by Westar.
“It doesn’t make sense to me to single out one thing that saves energy over the other things that save energy,” Perry said. “I don’t mind paying my fair share, and the same rate that everyone else pays, but if I have a vacant rental property, are they going to charge me the same bill as if its occupied?”
Westar is trying to regulate the bill for solar panel customers so people who don’t use them, aren’t seeing an increase on their bills.
Along with the request to the KCC, Westar is request a $4 increase for all customers when they get their bill. That increase would come from a service charge.
It is important to note that these changes are still proposals, and the KCC will have to decide if they approve or deny the requests.
Westar also said they are going to “grandfather” those who put solar panels on their house before October 2015, when this conversation started, and they would not see the increase if the request is approved.
WASHINGTON (NBC News) – If a big, fat refund check from the IRS unexpectedly shows up in your mailbox or gets deposited into your bank account, do not try to cash it.
“Now, that’s not your money and if you don’t actually return it to the IRS, you could get in trouble,” says tax lawyer and writer for Forbes, Kelly Phillips Erb.
Tax lawyer Kelly Phillips Erb calls herself the “Taxgirl” and says if this happens, you are likely a victim of the latest tax scam.
Thieves file a bogus return using your identity, have the refund sent to you or your account, then call to try to con you out of it.
Erb says they either pose as IRS or as a debt collector associated with the IRS. They will tell you that there is a refund that you are not entitled to that is in your account or in your mailbox and they give you instructions to return it but it gets returned to the thieves instead of the IRS.
According to Erb, the IRS just detected the scam around February 1st, after a few hundred complaints from taxpayers.
It is important to remember that the IRS will never contact you by phone.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (WOOD) – Scott Hamilton is one of the most recognizable faces – and voices – of Olympic figure skating.
Jack Doles caught up with him in PyeongChang to talk about ice dancing and his new role on the show “Olympic Ice.”
Doles: The short program just wrapped up. Three American teams are in the top seven, are we going to see them on the podium?
Hamilton: It seems so. When you look at what the Shibutanis did, and then [Madison] Hubbell and [Zach] Donohue, who put 0.02 of a point on them, it’s like you can’t even measure that, it’s 0.02 of a point. The Americans are really in a good position to win a bronze medal. It’s just going to come down to [Gabriella] Papadakis and [Guillaume] Cizeron trying to make up those two points they didn’t receive in the short program. And my goodness, [Tessa] Virtue and [Scott] Moir. That’s going to be a clash of the titans like no other ice dance, and it’s going to be a fun one to watch.
Doles: Hubbell and Donohue: They win the U.S. championship and here they are. What is it that vaulted them to this level?
Hamilton: I think it’s just being third at Nationals, third at Nationals, third at Nationals, third at Nationals. It was just one of those things where they knew how good they were and they just decided to go all in. Where they skate with Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon in Montreal, they skate with Papadakis, Cizeron and Virtue and Moir. So they see the greatest ice dancing every single day. They train with it and they’re able to set their sights on that. With how they’ve prepared themselves this year, their free dance is intense and it’s amazing to watch their relationship on the ice and what it does to an audience.
Doles: Do you think they’re motivated by not getting selected to compete in the team competition?
Hamilton: You look at the strategy on that. The United States knew that no matter what ice dance team they put on the ice, they were going to be second to Virtue and Moir. So you don’t really need to sub – where the men and the ladies – you really need to sub so they don’t burn out before they go in to the main competition. I understood the choice and the Shibutanis have had much more success on the world level than Hubbell and Donohue, but this year may be the year that Hubblell and Donohue have the Shibutanis’ number. But that’s why we skate. We still gotta throw down a good performance. You look at the score sheets and you look at all these hundredths of a point and tenths of a point, it all comes down to – if you miss an edge, you miss an edge.
Doles: You think of figure skating. There’s two voices: Dick Button and Scott Hamilton. How much do you love this job?
Hamilton: It’s fun! It’s great to be here, it’s great to be part of the Olympic movement, it’s great to witness history, it’s great to be invited by NBC – they’ve been really good to me over the years. I just pinch myself that I get to actually be a part of an Olympic broadcast in any capacity. I’m here to serve. I’m here to do whatever I can to help tell the stories of these athletes, because they work way too hard to not have their stories told.
Doles: The job has changed a little bit. Now we see Johnny [Weir] and Tara [Lipinski] out there. Do you miss being on that front stage, or is this fine with you?
Hamilton: I take what I can get. It’s not my job to give, so being here in any capacity, honestly, is truly something I’m grateful for. It’s a great opportunity to do something new. I’m having probably the most fun with “Olympic Ice” I’ve ever had in Olympic broadcasting.
I’m covering ice dancing for the first time in like, memory. Whoever is sitting on headset calling the event, that’s great. Whoever is up on “Olympic Ice” doing that, that’s great. We all serve the athletes and we do it the best we possibly can.
Online: How to watch Olympic Ice
There’s a full slate of competiton continuing tonight in PyeongChang.
Ice dance medals will be awarded tonight in Primetime, with both Team USA’s Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue and Alex and Maia Shibutani in medal contention. The qualifying playoff begins in the men’s hockey tournament as Team USA takes on a familiar foe in Slovakia in a must-win game. The Jamaican women’s bobsled team is also set to make its Olympic debut in its new sled.
Men’s and women’s round robin curling continues, and three short track events will take place: the men’s 500m qualifiers, women’s 1000m qualifiers and women’s 3000m relay finals. Medals will also be awarded in the women’s 3000m relay.Tonight in Primetime
Canada’s Tess Virtue and Scott Moir will go for gold after earning the highest score ever in the short dance last night. Can the ‘Shib Sibs,’ Alex and Maia Shibutani, make it to the podium? They are currently in fourth place and trail Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, who sit in bronze position, by just .02.
Meanwhile, catch Maddie Bowman, Brita Sigourney and Annalisa Drew in the women’s freeski halfpipe final tonight. Maddie Bowman’s road to defending her 2014 gold medal will not be easy. Canada’s Cassie Sharpe and France’s Maria Martinod performed just as expected in the qualifying runs and are capable of stealing the top of the podium. Bowman finished in sixth place in the qualifying rounds last night. Sharpe and Martinod sit in first and second place, respectively. However, Team USA still has a good chance at making the podium. Brita Sigourney came out to play in her halfpipe qualifying runs, scoring a 90.60 to secure the third place spot. Bowman will have to improve on her 83.80 score if she wants to finish atop the podium.
On the men’s side, David Wise, Torin Yater-Wallace, Aaron Blunck and Aaron Ferreira headline a strong American talent pool. All four skiers have the talent to win gold, and a podium sweep isn’t out of the question. David Wise is looking to defend his Sochi gold after becoming the first halfpipe skier to land four double corks in four different directions (left, right, switch left and switch right) in a competition run during last month’s X Games. If Wise lands a similiar run tonight, he could be extremely tough to beat.
Some international skiers who could end up on the podium include Canada’s Mike Riddle, Noah Bowman and Simon d’Artois. Riddle won silver in Sochi, d’Artois won the gold medal at the 2015 X Games and Bowman attemps a variety of switch tricks in his entertaining halfpipe runs. All three could give Wise a run for his title. The Flying Frenchman, aka Kevin Rolland, is France’s best shot at the podium. He took home the bronze medal four years ago.
Finally, take a look back at the two-man bobsled, as top German pilots Francesco Friedrich and Johannes Lochner looked to contend for the gold medal. South Korean Won Yun-jong also set his sights on the podium, trying to become another hometown hero in a sliding sport.
Watch on TV: NBC 8:00p.m. ET / 5:00p.m. PT
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After a disappointing preliminary round, Team USA kicks off the qualification playoffs against a familiar foe in Slovakia. The two teams met in Group B, when USA emerged with the 2-1 win as Ryan Donato scored two power-play goals to lead the Americans offensively. Puck drop is set for 10:10p.m. ET / 7:10p.m. PT—the winner will advance to play the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.
Slovenia will take on Norway at 2:40 a.m. Norway is coming off a frustrating shootout loss to Germany. Goaltender Lars Haugen stopped 36 shots but was unable to stay as sharp during the shootout, giving up three goals. Norway is still looking for its first win of the tournament. The winner will advance to play Ilya Kovalchuk and the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
Germany will play Switzerland in the third qualifying-round game. Germany finally got its first win of the tournament, and goaltender Danny aus den Birken looked phenomenal between the pipes. It was a big win for the Germans after they failed to qualify for the 2014 Games in Sochi. Germany is hungry for more, and it will look to advance to play Sweden in the quarterfinals.
Finland takes on host South Korea in the fourth and final qualifying playoff game. Finland was handed its first loss of the tournament by an undefeated Sweden team last time out, but the team features two of the top young prospects of the tournament: Eeli Tolvanen and Miro Heiskanen were both drafted in the first round of the 2017 NHL draft. If the home team wants to win, these are the two guys Korea will have to keep tabs on. The winner of this game will advance to play Canada.Men’s Qualifying Playoff Round
USA vs. Slovakia Stream LIVE Here 10:10p.m. ET / 7:10p.m. PT
Slovenia vs. Norway Stream LIVE Here 2:40a.m. ET / 11:40p.m. PT
Switzerland vs. Germany Stream LIVE Here 7:10a.m. ET / 4:10a.m. PT
Finland vs. South Korea Stream LIVE Here 7:10a.m. ET / 4:10a.m. PT
Both the men’s and women’s round robin tournaments continue. The U.S. women’s team got a two wins yesterday and their record stands at 4-3. Canada also picked up a win last night, defeating Japan 8-3 and evened its record at 3-3 after starting the Olympics off winless.
Women’s Round Robin
Men’s Round Robin
Sweden is sitting atop of the standings with an undefeated 6-0 record.
GBR vs. NOR Stream LIVE Here 7:05p.m. ET / 4:05p.m. PT
JPN vs. CAN Stream LIVE Here 7:05p.m. ET / 4:05p.m. PT
KOR vs. SUI Stream LIVE Here 7:05p.m. ET / 4:05p.m. PT
ITA vs. SWE Stream LIVE Here 7:05p.m. ET / 4:05p.m. PT
Catch the entire free dance in Primetime on NBC as well as NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.
Here were the top five pairs from last night’s ice dance:
1. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (CAN) – 83.67
2. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) – 81.93
3. Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue (USA) – 77.75
4. Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani (USA) – 77.73
5. Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte (ITA) – 76.57
Ice Dance Free Dance
Stream LIVE Here 8:00p.m. ET / 5:00p.m. PTFreestyle Skiing
Watch the women’s freeski halfpipe final and men’s halfpipe qualifying from start to finish on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.
Germany will be the team to beat after winning all four available gold medals at last year’s World Championships. German Johannes Rydzek is the reigning world champion, and compatriot Eric Frenzel has won the last five World Cup titles. Brothers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher lead the way for Team USA. Bryan Fletcher took up ski jumping as a way to stay happy when he was diagnosed with cancer as a child, and Taylor followed into the sport before both made the switch to nordic combined.
There are three rookies in the Men’s 500m: John-Henry Krueger, Aaron Tran and Thomas Hong. The podium favorites are Hungary’s Shaolin Sandor and Shaoang Liu. China’s Wu Dajing, who won silver in this event four years ago, is also in the medal mix. South Korea’s own Seo Yi-ra is the reigning world champion.
Great Britain’s Elise Christie is the reigning world champion in the women’s 1000m. However, South Korea’s Choi Min-jeong and Shim Suk-hee have dominated in this event at the World Cups. Lana Gehring and Jessica Kooreman look to make noise for Team USA.
No American qualified for an Olympic berth in the women’s 3000m relay. Look for China’s Fan Kexin: She was a key asset in China winning gold in the event at the 2017 Worlds.
Men 500m/Women 1000m qualifiers, women 3000m relay final: Stream LIVE Here 5:00a.m. ET / 2:00a.m. PTBobsled
After some wild controversy, Jamaica’s bobsled team will indeed compete in PyeongChang. Catch Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russel in their Olympic debut in the first two runs of women’s bobsled. After the surprise departure of its driver coach last week, Jamaica found themselves in quite the situation. Their first-ever appearance at the Games was in jeopardy—that was, until Red Stripe stepped in. Red stripe, Jamaica’s No. 1 beer company, stepped up and purchased the team a new sled.
Women’s runs 1-2: Stream LIVE Here 6:50a.m. ET / 3:50a.m. PTBiathlon
After winning the inaugural mixed relay in 2014, Norway looks to defend its gold medal in PyeongChang. Germany and France will likely be the biggest challengers, while Americans Lowell Bailey and Susan Dunklee aim to pull off an surprise result.
Mixed relay: Stream LIVE Here 6:15a.m. ET / 3:15a.m. PT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP and KSNW) — Wichita State and Kansas climbed in the AP poll released Monday. Kansas climbed five spots and Wichita State jumped six spots with its win over Cincinnati. The Shockers were No. 19 the previous week.
Elsewhere in the AAC, Cincinnati dropped six spots to No. 11 and Houston joined the list at No. 23.
Virginia strengthened its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25 while Duke jumped back into the top five after a pair of impressive wins.
The Cavaliers earned 42 of 65 first-place votes. That’s 12 more than last week, when they reached No. 1 for the first time since the Ralph Sampson era.
The top four remained unchanged, with No. 2 Michigan State earning 19 first-place votes after rallying from 27 down to beat Northwestern. Third-ranked Villanova got the other four first-place votes after winning at No. 4 Xavier.
Fifth-ranked Duke jumped seven spots after beating Virginia Tech and Clemson despite playing without injured top freshman Marvin Bagley III.
Middle Tennessee checked in at 24th, marking its first AP Top 25 appearance in program history.The AP Top 25 Poll (###) Number of first place votes 1 Virginia (42) ACC Record: 24-2 PV Rank
1,6012 Michigan State (19) Big Ten Record: 26-3 2 1,565 3 Villanova (4) Big East Record: 24-3 3 1,509 4 Xavier Big East Record: 24-4 4 1,398 5 Duke ACC Record: 22-5 12 1,292 6 Texas Tech Big 12 Record: 22-5 7 1,206 6 Gonzaga West Coast Record: 25-4 9 1,206 8 Kansas Big 12 Record: 21-6 13 1,166 9 Purdue Big Ten Record: 24-5 6 1,130 10 North Carolina ACC Record: 21-7 14 1,074 11 Cincinnati American Athletic Conference (AAC) Record: 23-4 5 954 12 Auburn SEC Record: 23-4 10 873 13 Wichita State American Athletic Conference (AAC) Record: 21-5 19 870 14 Arizona Pac-12 Record: 21-6 17 831 15 Clemson ACC Record: 20-6 11 683 16 Ohio State Big Ten Record: 22-7 8 680 17 Michigan Big Ten Record: 22-7 22 615 18 Rhode Island Atlantic 10 Record: 21-4 16 455 19 Tennessee SEC Record: 19-7 18 427 20 Nevada Mountain West Record: 23-5 24 330 21 West Virginia Big 12 Record: 19-8 20 329 22 Saint Mary’s (Cal) West Coast Record: 25-4 15 291 23 Houston American Athletic Conference (AAC) Record: 21-5 – 263 24 Middle Tennessee Conference USA Record: 22-5 – 87 25 Florida State ACC Record: 19-8 – 63
It took about three minutes Sunday afternoon for me to decide Wichita State has its newest college basketball rivalry.
Turns out, it’s an old rival. And it’s hardly a surprise.
Shocker fans are going to grow to hate Cincinnati, if they haven’t already. And vice versa. During the Shockers’ gallant effort Sunday afternoon that resulted in a dramatic 76-72 road win over the Bearcats, scorn was re-born.
You could feel it, although there were no overt actions of malfeasance. It was apparent that WSU and Cincy are going to spend a lot of time battling as anything but soul mates in the American Athletic Conference.
The Bearcats have a coach, Mick Cronin, opposing teams and fans can easily find distasteful. Ditto for the Shockers in Gregg Marshall – just ask around the Missouri Valley Conference, his home for the previous 10 seasons.Bob Lutz (KSN photo)
It’s easy to dislike what you can’t beat.
These teams play hard, they play tough and they give nothing. Sunday’s game was tight throughout, but the Shockers never wilted. They built an early lead and kept it through the game’s final 30 minutes. When it looked like the Bearcats might be up to something, WSU wagged its index finger with a “Oh no you’re not” message.
It was the first meeting between Wichita State and Cincinnati in 36 years, since a non-conference game in Wichita during the 1981-82 season.
The two teams met 26 times during their 13 seasons together in the Missouri Valley Conference from 1957-70. During much of that time Cincinnati was a national powerhouse, with five consecutive Final Four appearances from 1959-63 and national championships in 1961 and 1962.
Wichita State had outstanding teams during that stretch of years, too, but was able to beat Cincinnati just once in the teams’ first 11 matchups.
The 12th, played on Feb. 16, 1963, remains one of the best college basketball games ever played in Wichita.
Cincinnati, ranked No. 1, had handled the Shockers, 63-50, just more than a month earlier in Cincy. They got the best of WSU star Dave Stallworth in that game.
Next time, though, it was Stallworth’s turn. The Shocker All-America forward, who died almost a year ago, scored seven points in the final 3:10 to rally Wichita University from a six-point deficit for a 65-64 win at the Roundhouse, stopping Cincinnati’s 37-game winning streak. Stallworth’s 46 points were a single-game record that stood until Antoine Carr scored 47 in 1983.
There was a frenzy inside the arena that night and the Shockers went on to just miss making their first Final Four appearance. A year later, Wichita State did reach the Final Four – a feat it would not repeat until 2013.
Now, so many years later, WSU and Cincinnati are together again. And if Sunday’s game is any indication, we’re in for some wild rides. The next is coming up on March 4 at Koch Arena, an 11 a.m. start that is sure to rouse a normally quiet Sunday morning around Wichita. It’ll be Senior Day for the Shockers and it’s possible a share of first place or outright lead in the American could be at stake.
Cincinnati was thrilled to leave the Missouri Valley Conference after the 1969-70 season and played five seasons as an independent before joining the Metro Conference in 1975. The Bearcats have been members of the Great Midwest, Conference USA and Big East, too, and joined the American Athletic Conference in 2013.
The Bearcats haven’t advanced beyond the Sweet 16 since 2012.
Cincinnati has more geographical-friendly rivals in the American, such as Temple and Memphis. But the atmosphere inside the BB&T Arena – which the Bearcats are using while their downtown arena in Cincinnati is being renovated – was electric.
These are the two teams in the American right now that can legitimately stake a claim to the highest March aspirations. Cincinnati has spent most of the season ranked inside the Top 10 and Wichita State was there, too, before some early losses.
The Bearcats were ranked No. 5 before Sunday’s game, marking the 14th time they’ve met Wichita State as a ranked team. Ten of those have been inside the Top 10, all from the 1958-59 season through 1962-63.
Those Cincinnati teams included great players such as Oscar Robertson, Ron Bonham, Tom Thacker, Paul Hogue, George Wilson and Tony Yates.
The Shockers had their own stars in Stallworth, Ernie Moore, Nate Bowman, Gene Wiley and Lanny Van Eman.
Three of Wichita State’s most-memorable games were against Cincinnati – the win in 1963, a 52-51 victory early in the 1961-62 season thanks to a late Van Eman shot and a controversial 59-58 overtime win in Cincinnati in 1964 during which a late-in-regulation basket by Stallworth was ultimately ruled to have come after the final buzzer, forcing OT.
Wichita State has had some special basketball rivalries in its history. The Shockers and Tulsa had many go-rounds, especially during the Gene Smithson-Nolan Richardson years. WSU and Creighton built a healthy dose of acrimony before the Bluejays departed the Missouri Valley for the Big East five years ago.
But to the old-timers – and I’m definitely one – Wichita State-Cincinnati is unique. My earliest memories of college basketball are from a time when the Shockers and Bearcats were getting after one another in a smoke-filled, packed Roundhouse.
The Big O (Robertson) once scored 50 points inside that building, still a record.
It was special then and it’s special now. These basketball programs are a lot alike. Both want the same thing. This looks like a beauty of a beastly rivalry.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Some Wichita athletes are using the 2018 Winter Olympics as motivation to improve their figure skating skills.
“I just love watching them because I want to be there one day, and I just know how much hard work they put in it to get to that point,” said Cori Ford.
“It makes me really proud of the United States and makes me want to represent them too,” said Grace Francis.
Grace,12, and Cori, 14, are both members of the Wichita Figure Skating Club.
“My dad took me to this hockey game and figure skaters came out and did their program and I never took my eyes off of them. I told my dad right then that I wanted to do that and then he signed me up for lessons and then I’ve been skating ever since,” Cori said. “I just love it! There was a week off like a week ago and I felt lost. I didn’t know what to do without skating.”
Cori and Grace agree when they’re on the ice not much else matters.
“When I’m in the air, it feels like I’m flying, so it’s always super fun. When I’m having a bad day, it always makes my day better,” Cori said
“It’s like I’m flying!” Grace said.
“You’ll hear any kid say it feels like they’re flying. That’s really what it feels like,” said Wichita Figure Skating Club Coach Mirielle Chambers.
Chambers, who is a retired figure skater, said the Olympics often have a positive impact on the local figure skating community.
“Every four years, we get a boost in numbers because it’s one of the few times figure skating is really popular,” Chambers said.
Chambers added her skaters also take notice of the Olympic athletes.
“You watch it on TV and the kids get really motivated. They see people from their country and other countries that they’re really kind of supporting,” she said.
Grace and Cori said they aspire to be Olympic figure skaters one day.
“It tells me that what my future could be in skating if i keep improving,” Grace said.’
Even if it’s not your goal to become an Olympic figure skater, Chambers encourages everyone to at least try it.
“Just try it and you may love it!” Chambers said. “It looks hard. It is hard. I mean, nobody out here would say that figure skating is easy by any means, but all you have to do is strap on your pair of skates and get out there for the first time.”
LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) – Authorities say two children have died and three other people are critically injured in a crash on a suburban Kansas City beltway.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says the crash happened Sunday when a minivan came to a stop for an unknown reason on Interstate 435 in Leawood, Kansas. A tractor-trailer then struck the van, killing 7-year-old Ruth Vasquez and 1-year-old Teresa Vasquez. The girls were from Kansas City, Missouri.
WDAF-TV reports that the minivan’s driver and two boys, ages 9 and 14, are hospitalized in critical condition. The rig’s driver also was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Back at the last Olympics, Mikaela Shiffrin exuberantly talked about chasing five gold medals this time around. Now it turns out she’ll only enter three races at the 2018 Games.
The two-time gold medalist dropped out of Wednesday’s downhill race so she can focus on the Alpine combined event that was moved to the following day.
Shiffrin’s decision was announced Monday by U.S. Ski and Snowboard shortly after race officials said they were moving the combined up a day to Thursday because of strong winds in Friday’s forecast.
The downhill is Wednesday, so the 22-year-old American suddenly would have had to race on consecutive days. When she tried that earlier at the Pyeongchang Olympics, she followed up her gold in the giant slalom by finishing fourth in the slalom as the defending champion. She pulled out of the super-G on what would have been a third day in a row of racing.
“As much as I wanted to compete in the Olympic downhill, with the schedule change, it’s important for me to focus my energy on preparing for the combined,” Shiffrin said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to cheering on our girls racing in the downhill and to compete myself in Thursday’s combined.”
Her exit opens up a downhill spot for another American woman. The four-racer roster will be announced Tuesday.
The downhill is a relatively new event for Shiffrin, who first established herself as a star in what are known as the technical events of slalom and giant slalom. She has been improving steadily at the speed events of downhill and super-G — and earned her first World Cup victory in a downhill in Lake Louise, Canada, in December.
A day after becoming, at age 18, the youngest Olympic slalom champion during the 2014 Sochi Games, Shiffrin announced at a news conference: “Right now, I’m dreaming of the next Olympics (and) winning five gold medals, which sounds really crazy. I’m sorry I just admitted that to you all.”
While that still sounds far-fetched — the record for most Alpine golds at a single Winter Games is three, shared by three people — Shiffrin has proven to be an all-around talent, as evidenced by her overall World Cup title last season and lead in those standings this season.
But with the super-G and downhill off her schedule, the combined will offer a last opportunity for a second medal in South Korea.
It also will mark the first head-to-head Olympics race between Shiffrin and U.S. teammate Lindsey Vonn, who is 33 and has said this will be her last Winter Games. The combined is an event that adds the times from one downhill run and one slalom run, and as such provides an intriguing matchup between 2010 Vancouver gold medalist Vonn and slalom star Shiffrin.
That will share billing Thursday with the last men’s individual Alpine race, the slalom, which features Marcel Hirscher. The Austrian has already won two golds and will be favored to collect a third.
This is the latest in a series of adjustments to the Alpine schedule because of concerns over fierce winds. It’s the third time during the Pyeongchang Games there will be a doubleheader of sorts, with one men’s race and one women’s race contested on the same day on two courses about 30 miles (50 kilometers) apart.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering.
The Black Eyed Peas singer’s slow, bluesy rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Sunday night wasn’t particularly well received at Staples Center or on social media before the 67th edition of the NBA’s annual showcase.
A low chuckle rumbled through the sold-out arena after Fergie finished the first line of the song with a throaty growl on “the dawn’s early light.”
Fans throughout the star-studded crowd reacted with varying levels of bemusement and enthusiasm while her languid, 2 ½-minute version of the song continued. Although Fergie was on pitch, her tempo, musical accompaniment and sexy delivery were not exactly typical for a sporting event or a patriotic song.
Golden State All-Star Draymond Green captured the mood — and became an instant GIF — when he was shown open-mouthed on the scoreboard and the television broadcast in apparent confusion over the unique vocal stylings. Green then chuckled to himself after realizing he was on TV.
After a forceful finish, Fergie finally got big cheers when she shouted, “Let’s play some basketball!”
The Grammy Award-winning singer, born Stacy Ann Ferguson, is from nearby Hacienda Heights, California.
Famed basketball commentator Charles Barkley joked that he “needed a cigarette” after Fergie’s performance during the TNT halftime show.
Former Lakers star Shaquille O’Neal leaped to Fergie’s defense, saying: “Fergie, I love you. It was different. It was sexy. I liked it. Leave her alone.”
Others on social media weren’t as kind, with criticism of the performance outpacing the positive reviews.
The Forum in nearby Inglewood, California, was the site of arguably the most famous national anthem in sports history during another NBA All-Star Game 35 years ago.
Marvin Gaye’s touching rhythm-and-blues version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 1983 game was initially criticized, but has since gained widespread acceptance as a groundbreaking musical performance.
Instead, Fergie is more likely to join the long list of curious versions of the anthem, even though she showed far more impressive vocal chops than the likes of Roseanne Barr or Carl Lewis.
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump offered support Monday for an effort to strengthen the federal gun background check system as he hunkered down at his private Florida golf course just 40 miles from last week’s deadly school shooting.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president spoke on Friday to Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, about a bipartisan bill designed to strengthen the FBI database of prohibited gun buyers.
“While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system,” Sanders said in a statement.
Trump, who is spending the weekend at his private Palm Beach estate, started President’s Day at his nearby golf club. The White House did not immediately answer questions about whether he was playing golf. The president spent most of the weekend at Mar-a-Lago, as White House aides advised against golfing too soon after the shooting at a Parkland high school that left 17 dead.
Trump spent much of the holiday weekend watching cable television news and grousing to club members and advisers about the investigation of Russian election meddling.
In a marathon series of furious weekend tweets from Mar-a-Lago, Trump vented about Russia, raging at the FBI for what he perceived to be a fixation on the Russia investigation at the cost of failing to deter the attack on a Florida high school. He made little mention of the nearby school shooting victims and the escalating gun control debate.
Surviving students have called for tougher gun control and are planning a march in Washington next month. Trump has focused his comments on mental health, rather than guns.
The White House said Sunday the president will host a “listening session” with students and teachers this week, but offered no details on who would attend or what would be discussed.
The bipartisan background check legislation would be aimed at ensuring that federal agencies and states accurately report relevant criminal information to the FBI. It was introduced after the Air Force failed to report the criminal history of the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church.
Trump has been a strong supporter of gun rights and the National Rifle Association. Last year, he signed a resolution blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people.
Trump was last seen publicly Friday night when he visited Parkland. He fired off tweets Saturday and Sunday and met House Speaker Paul Ryan Sunday afternoon. He also visited the golf club Sunday night.
President Barack Obama took heavy criticism in 2014 when he went golfing during a vacation just minutes after denouncing the militants who had beheaded an American journalist. He later regretted playing golf so soon after the killing.
Trump has grown increasingly frustrated since the indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday charged 13 Russians with a plot to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.
On Twitter, Trump stressed that the Russian effort began before he declared his candidacy and asserted that the Obama administration bears some blame for it. He also insisted he never denied that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 U.S. campaign, although in fact he has frequently challenged the veracity of the evidence.
Trump tweeted about the nation’s “heavy heart” after the shooting in Parkland. But he also sought to use the shooting to criticize the nation’s leading law enforcement agency.
Trump said late Saturday that the FBI “missed all of the many signals” sent by the suspect and argued that agents are “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.”
The FBI received a tip last month that the man now charged in the school shooting had a “desire to kill” and access to guns and could be plotting an attack. But the agency said Friday that agents failed to investigate.
Lemire contributed from Paradise Island, Bahamas.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One person is injured after an assault at an east Wichita nightclub.
Just before 2 a.m, a 34-year-old man was assaulted in the parking lot at the 300 Club near Harry and Woodlawn. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries including cuts to his face.
Police said a large fight happened in the parking lot and shots were fired.
The case is still under investigation. If anyone has information, call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111 or detectives at 316-268-4407
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police are searching for a suspect following a shooting in west Wichita. It happened around 3 a.m. at 135th and Maple.
It was there officers said a 19-year-old man got into a car with two other people, when one of them shot the victim in the head.
The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Officials said he is expected to live.
KSN will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest in the investigation, both on-air and online.
Ice dancing highlighted Primetime coverage. The Americans had three pairs competing in the event. Maia and Alex Shibutani were skating for the first time since contributing in the team event. The pairs of Madison Chock/Evan Bates and Madison Hubbell/Zach Donohue were marking their PyeongChang debut.
Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir charmed in the short dance. They lead the competition after the short event with a score of 83.67.
Reigning world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron had a costume malfunction which affected their performance. Regardless, they finished in second, less than two points behind first.
The men’s aerials final saw some of the highest scores recorded across the board. This meant reigning gold medalist Anton Kushnir was on the outside looking in when the final scores were posted. It meant a new champion would be named.
Oleksandr Abramenko claimed the title with a score of 128.51. It was Ukraine’s first-ever medal in freestyle skiing in his fourth Olympics. Jia Zongyang finished .46 behind for silver, and Olympic Athlete from Russia Ilia Burov claimed bronze.
Reigning world champion Jonathon Lillis, America’s best hope for a medal, did not make it out of the second round of the final. His form on a quadruple twisting triple back flip was not as crisp as usual. He had been performing exceptionally well going into the Olympics. Lillis was competing with a heavy heart after the sudden passing of his younger brother, Mikey.Twizzle time
Team USA has one of the deepest groups of pairs it’s ever had. The three pairs have traded honors as the top U.S. group in the last few competition seasons.
Reigning U.S. champions Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue displayed their dominance on the ice, scored a personal best of 77.75 and are currently in third overall. They are making their Olympic debut in PyeongChang.
In an interesting note, Hubbell and Donohue train with Virtue/Moire and Papadakis/Cizeron in Montreal. If the standings were to hold, people are affectionately calling it a “Montreal sweep.”
Less than .02 behind Hubbell and Donohue are the Shibutani siblings. The Shibutanis looked more confident than their last showing in the pair event. In Sochi, the duo finished ninth.
The last American duo, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, finished in seventh overall with a score of 75.45 points. Chock is skating in her third Olympics, second with Bates. In Sochi, they finished eighth.
As mentioned above, Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir lead after the short dance. Their score of 83.67 is the highest ever recorded in a short dance at the Olympics. The pair took home gold in Vancouver and silver in Sochi and were undefeated in the 2016-17 season.
Italian duo Papadakis and Cizeron were making their Olympic debut in PyeongChang. It did not go as planned when Papadakis’ dress came undone at the top. Despite having to alter her routine at moments to hold the dress, the pair showed their excellent skating skills and were able to overcome the malfunction for second place after the short program.An Olympic debut
Snowboard big air made its Olympic debut, and the women did not disappoint in the qualifying round. Austria’s Anna Gasser leads the group heading into finals.
Gasser was the only rider to land a cab double cork 1080, and she earned a score of 98.0. Doubles have been becoming more popular in women’s snowboarding in the last year and will no doubt have a factor in placing on the podium.
Last week’s slopestyle gold and silver medalists, Jamie Anderson and Laurie Blouin, both landed double cork 900s. U.S. medal hopeful Julia Marino completed a pair of cab double underflips to advance to the final.
If Jamie Anderson were to win the final, she would become the first female snowboarder to win multiple Olympic gold medals in a single Olympic Games. She would also match Shaun White’s record of three Olympic snowboarding gold medals.
American Jessika Jenson also qualified for the final. Jensen already placed 4th in the slopestyle event.
17-year-old teammate Hailey Langland was the only American to not make the final. She finished in 14th after landing a cab 720 in her first run and not landing her second run.Go big or go home
Brita Sigourney finished as the top American in the qualifying round of the halfpipe freestyle skiing event. She reached huge heights in her first run, which helped her earn a 90.60 placing her in third overall.
Maddie Bowman just qualified for the final after taking home silver in Sochi. If she were to win, she would become the first female freestyle skier in any discipline to win two Olympic gold medals.
Annalisa Drew is looking to improve on her ninth place finish in Sochi. She qualified for the final in fourth place overall with a score of 81.80, right behind Sigourney.
Devin Logan did not qualify for the final. The 25-year-old competed in the slopestyle event two days ago. She finished in 10th overall after taking silver in Sochi. However, Logan crashed during training for slopestyle and suffered a hematoma on her leg that went as far down as her ankle. The swelling could have impacted Logan’s performance because it made wearing her ski boots painful.The game behind the game
Lindsey Vonn finished her second training run for the women’s downhill in third place. She had another clean run. Her time of 1:40.10 is misleading because she intentionally stood up at the end to slow her time. Afterwards she claimed she wanted someone else to finish first.
“I actually didn’t want to win the training run today,” Vonn told NBC. “I like letting other people think that they are faster.”
The fastest training time was by Stephanie Vernier of Austria. She crossed in 1:39.75. Italian Sofia Goggia, one of Vonn’s biggest rivals, finished second.
Alice McKennis has a good chance of being the third American to race in the downhill on Wednesday. She finished third in the first training run and finished ninth in the second. The U.S. gets thee spots, with two guaranteed to Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin.
Mckennis is competing with Breezy Johnson, Laureen Ross, Alice Merryweather and Stacey Cook for the final spot. Cook crossed the finish line in her second run in noticeable pain. She crashed in Germany in the last World Cup race before the Olympics on Feb. 4 and still can’t compete without extreme discomfort.
Shiffrin is still undecided about whether she will compete in the downhill. Shiffrin finished 16th in the second training run. However, she finished first out of any slalom specialists competing.
A third training run will be held later today.One step closer to redemption
The U.S. beat Finland 5-0 in the semifinals of the women’s hockey tournament. Team USA advances to the gold medal game for the fifth time in six Olympics.
The U.S. won behind its strong power play. Team USA scored three goals on power plays against Finland. Dani Cameranesi scored two goals for the U.S. while making her Olympic debut. Her three goals of the tournament tie Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson for the most goals scored by a U.S. player in PyeongChang. Three-time Olympian Hilary Knight scored her first goal of the tournament as well.
Goalie Maddie Rooney made her third consecutive start. She saved all 14 of Finland’s shots.
The U.S. will face the winner of the Canada-OAR game in the gold-medal game. The U.S. and Canada have met in four of five women’s hockey gold medal games. Canada has won gold at the last four women’s Olympic tournaments. Sweden, the U.S. and Canada are the only three teams to ever play in the gold-medal game in the Olympics.Critical curling matchup
The U.S. men’s team got a much-needed win over Canada. If the U.S. wants to keep advancing they must win from here on out. They handed Canada their third straight loss with a 9-7 win in 11 ends. With the win, the U.S. improves to 3-4 overall, which is still technically within reach of a semifinal spot. Canada has now lost three straight games, and after starting a perfect 4-0 are now 4-3 tied for third overall.
Elsewhere in men’s curling, Switzerland beat Sweden. Sweden was the last undefeated team in the tournament. Great Britain battled Denmark to a 7-6 win. Finally, South Korea topped Italy 8-6.
On the women’s side, the U.S. had the night off. South Korea had a huge win over China, 12-5. The defending gold medalist Canada fell to a 0-3 start, so they must win out to advance. Canada did just that, beating Switzerland 10-8. In the last match, Sweden beat Great Britain 8-6.