Saturday, January 31, 2015

KC program focuses on ‘healthy women, healthy babies’

By MIKE SHERRY
KHI News Institute

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Faced with a surprise pregnancy — and then feeling the pressure of transitioning from life as an independent woman to a new mom — Erica Hardin struggled mentally and financially after the birth of her daughter.

Much to Hardin’s relief, Kansas City had a program aimed at reducing disparities in infant mortality and post-birth complications between minorities and the general population.

NBC Action News: UG commissioners candidate held in connection to crash that injured four teenagers

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- According to NBC Action News 41, Unified Government commissioner candidate Tamika Pledger is currently in custody in connection to the traffic incident that injured four teenagers.

In a report filed late Friday evening by NBC Action News, the network said four sources - including Unified Government Commissioner Tarence Maddox - indicated that Pledger was the driver behind the wheel.

But Maddox also told KMBC Channel 9 news that he believes Pledger did not do this on purpose.

No charges have been filed yet.

FULL STORY HERE: http://www.kshb.com/news/region-kansas/kck/unified-government-commissioner-candidate-tamika-pledger-held-in-connection-with-pedestrian-accident

KCK man arrested in connection to Lawrence shooting

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- A Kansas City, Kan., resident was arrested on Friday in connection to a shooting in Lawrence, Kan. 

Dashawn C. Clayborn, 22, is in police custody and is currently in the Douglas County Jail.

KCKCC to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fitness challenge

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Wellness & Fitness Center will once again be hosting the “Have a Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day event.

“I started the ‘Have a Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day’ event a couple of years ago after brain storming about how to encourage the KCKCC employees to celebrate Valentine’s Day with heart healthy activities,” said Pam Hall, wellness specialist at the KCKCC Wellness & Fitness Center. “The event was a great success with full KCKCC employee participation. We decided to add on by including our students and community members to participate in our ‘Have a Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day’ event.”

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: KCKCC Lady Blue Devils win by 39, take on Johnson County in showdown Saturday

By ALAN HOSKINS

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Kansas City Kansas Community College wasted no time in clearing its final hurdle and set up the Jayhawk Conference women’s “Game of the Year No. 1.”

Nursing practice bill back before Kansas Senate committee

By JIM McLEAN
KHI News Service

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Groups representing nurses and doctors met several times over the summer and fall but couldn’t reach a compromise on legislation to allow nurses with advanced training to practice on their own.

The failed negotiations threw the dispute back into the laps of Kansas lawmakers, who don’t appear eager to settle it.

After asking a series of questions at Thursday’s hearing on the nurses’ bill, Sen. Jim Denning, an Overland Park Republican, pointedly told one of its supporters that legislators don’t have the experience “to do what you’re asking us to do.”

Friday, January 30, 2015

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Basehor-Linwood improves to 12-0 after 66-43 win against De Soto


By NICK SLOAN, nick@kansascitykansan.com

BASEHOR, KAN. ---- Coming into the season, one of the biggest question marks for the Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team was the guard position.

Having lost most of their guards from the 19-4 sub-state championship last year, some wondered how this year's group would do.

Joshua Brazeal pleads guilty in car crash that killed KCK woman

Kansan Staff Report

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Joshua Brazeal pleaded guilty in connection to the death of a local woman who was killed in a crash.

He pleaded guilty this week to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery and criminal possession of a firearm.

Police pulled him over on Aug. 19 after discovering he was driving a stolen vehicle.

Speeding off from police at 18th and Central, Brazeal eventually crashed into a Toyota Camry on the 3800 Block of Haskell Ave. Geraldine Strader was thrown from the Toyota Camry and later died at the hospital. She was 79 years old.

A second woman was also injured.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 6.

Charges of leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a suspended license were dropped in exchange for the guilty pleas.

CORRECTION: Police did not chase Brazeal after he fled the scene. My apologies for the error!