Friday, December 19, 2014

Kansas gets low grade for disease preparedness

By Dave Ranney
KHI News Service

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Kansas is among the nation’s least prepared states for responding to outbreaks of severe infectious diseases, according to a national report.

The report, released Thursday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found that Kansas met three out of 10 key measures having to do preventing, detecting, diagnosing and responding to outbreaks.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY TRAFFIC ALERT: Update on new K-7 to Eastbound I-70 entrance ramp

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- At 12:10 p.m. yesterday, Wednesday, December 17, the new K-7 to eastbound I-70 entrance ramp (Ramp D in photo above) was opened to unrestricted traffic in Bonner Springs.

This ramp work is part of the K-7 & I-70 Interchange Project Phase 1 construction.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Indictment: 26 Pounds of Methamphetamine Hidden in Driver’s Spare Tire

U.S. Department of Justice

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A California man was indicted Thursday on a federal charge of transporting approximately 26 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a spare tire, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Armondo Medina Gomez, 29, North Hollywood, Calif., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Kansas City area Express Factory Outlet will open at Legends Outlets Kansas City in spring 2015

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The Legends Outlets has announced that Express Factory Outlet will open its first Kansas City area location this spring at Legends Outlets Kansas City.

The new Express Factory Outlet store will replace Tommy Hilfiger, a longtime Legends Outlets tenant that will officially close Dec. 28.

Shoppers can continue to take advantage of Tommy Hilfiger’s holiday promotions and special savings until the store closes.

Four Wyandotte County students receive academic honor from Washburn University

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Washburn University has released the names of students who were named to the fall semester President's Honor Roll.

To be named to the list, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 graded semester credit hours and attain a semester grade point average of 4.0.

Students from Wyandotte County who attained membership on the honor roll:

Kansas City, Kan. 

  • Meg Marie Calvert
  • Jena Susanne Dean
  • Michelle Jewel Gerety
  • Madelin Hayes

Sporting KC signs goalkeeper Luis Marin

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Sporting Kansas City has signed 31-year-old Chilean goalkeeper Luis Marin, the club announced on Thursday.

Marin will occupy an international roster spot on the team's roster for the 2015 season pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.

"Luis [Marin] is a goalkeeper with a wealth of experience and leadership," Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said. "He knows our team and the tasks that lie ahead for him and he is raring to go to take the challenges head-on."

"I am excited to join Sporting Kansas City and take the next step in my career," Marin said. "I'm going to do everything I can to help this team win another championship."

KCKCC Human Resources Director Making Plans for Retirement

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Cheryl Coleman might not have been at Kansas City Kansas Community College for a long time, but as she prepares for retirement, there is quite a bit she will miss about the community college.

“I will miss the staff and faculty here at the college,” said the human resources director at KCKCC. “I have learned a lot and enjoyed working with everyone.”

Cheryl has been director of human resources at KCKCC, for the last five years.

Prior to coming to college, she was the director of human resources for 18 years at Swope Parkway Health Center and spent three years at MAST Ambulance.

Environmental upgrades at Nearman plant lead to $75 million increase in BPU budget

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Board of Directors approved its 2015 Annual Budget for the municipal electric and water utility at its December 17, 2014 Board meeting.

The budget was adopted following a series of public budget hearings during the month of December.

New Stroke Treatment Already Underway at The University of Kansas Hospital

University of Kansas Hospital

KANSAS CITY, Kan.—The University of Kansas Hospital reports it is already using a new technique praised in the in today’s New England Journal of Medicine as a major breakthrough in serious stroke care.

Marilyn Rymer, MD, vice president of neurosciences at The University of Kansas Hospital, says going directly to large blood clots blocking blood vessels to the brain and removing them was 70 percent more effective in producing positive patient outcomes than the current standard of care, which is IV infusion of clot busting drugs.

U.S. Department of Justice Indictments: December 17, 2014

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- The U.S. Department of Justice announced several indictments on Wednesday, December 17.

More information below.

TRAFFIC: Tractor trailer overturns on I-35 near Southwest Boulevard

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- If you are traveling near Interstate 35 early this morning around Southwest Boulevard, you may be a little late today.

A tractor trailer overturned in the area shortly after 5 a.m.

Piper’s Colton Beebe commits to Minnesota


KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Piper Pirates linebacker and two-time Bobby Bell Award winner Colton Beebe will go from the Kaw Valley League to the Big 10 next year.

Colton Beebe committed to the University of Minnesota on Wednesday evening.