Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Trial date reset in suit against Shawnee County - Topeka Capital Journal

KCK to Add New Transit System at Indian Springs Mall Location -


KANSAS CITY, Kan. â€" Wednesday begins the transformation of the Indian Springs Mall, which has been an eyesore in Kansas City, Kan. for the past decade.

City officials are expected to break ground on a new transit system, making it easier for Kansas City, Kan., residents and visitors to use buses to get around town.

The new $4.5 dollar Midtown MetroCenter will be built at 47th and State Avenue, right where the Indian Springs Mall has stood since 1971.

The center is expected to open in August 2013 and it will accommodate eight buses and include sidewalks and shelters for those waiting to take the bus. It is one of two bus transit centers being built in Kansas City, Kan. The other one is located at 7th and Minnesota. Construction at that location began in July of this year.

The plan is for the city buses to run from the MetroCenter in downtown Kansas City, Mo., located at 10th and Main through the Downtown KCK MetroCenter at 7th and Minnesota, down State Avenue to the Midtown MetroCenter at 47th Street all the way to Village West at 108th and Parallel Parkway and then back, with stops along the way.

City officials said bus ridership in the metro is expected to be up 15 percent this year from 2010, and with more than a million people taking the buses each year, they believe this is a worthy investment.

The project is mostly being paid for with a TIGER grant â€" a federal grant the Department of Transportation awarded the metro back in 2010 to be used toward infrastructure improvements. Local taxpayers will fund just a small percentage of the project.

The construction project is great news for those who live near the Indian Springs Mall.
The city declared it a dead mall six years ago and finally, something is being done to renovate the area.

The Kansas City, Kan., police substation already here will be moved into the new building.

As for the current building behind me, we expect city officials to unveil plans for that later today.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Volleyball roundup: Lady Raiders pick up wins at KCC - Leavenworth Times

Add two more wins to the Immaculata volleyball ledger.
On Tuesday, the Lady Raiders breezed through Oskaloosa 25-10, 25-17 and then host Kansas City Christian 25-12, 25-14 to push its season record to 13-4.
“I thought we played really good defense and covered the floor really well tonight,” Imac coach Dan Schmidt said. “Maggie Campbell did a nice job blocking the net for us and Mary Thorne had a big night by leading us in kills.”
The Lady Raiders coach also highlighted Grace Parker for being the team leader in passing percentage and Katie Gillespie for doing the same in assists.
Immaculata will play at Bishop Seabury Thursday starting at 5 p.m.

Pleasant Ridge edges McLouth
The Pleasant Ridge volleyball team rode away from McLouth Tuesday evening with two different results.
First, the Lady Rams took down its hosts 26-28, 25-15, 25-11 before losing to Jefferson County North 15-25, 17-25.
“I thought we started off a little cold,” PR coach Amy Bergman said. “As time went on we got warmer, especially in the McLouth game.”
Ashten Langley had seven blocks, eight kills on the night while Jordan Adams added five aces and a team-high 15 kills. Kelsey Carpenter chipped in five kills.
PR, 6-9, will be at Jeff West on Thursday. Matches start at 5 p.m.

Sluggish Lansing earns victory
It wasn’t the best evening for the Lansing volleyball team Tuesday, but the team played well enough to get a victory.
Overcoming a lackluster performance, the Lady Lions defeated Bonner Springs 25-23, 25-23, 25-19 to move to 10-5 on the season.
“We just played slowed and sluggish all night,” Lansing coach Julie Slater said. “I’m glad to get out of there with a win. We did what we needed to do to win.”
The Lady Lions will play in a Blue Valley Northwest quad Thursday beginning at 5 p.m.

Hickman Mills Now Has Provisional Accreditation -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. â€" Hickman Mills Schools lost their full accreditation from the Missouri Department of Education on Monday. The school district is now provisionally accredited which is one step above the unaccredited status of the Kansas City School District.

Superintendent Everlyn Williams blames what she calls a delayed examination for the poor performance in students’ test scores. Williams says seniors were tested on Algebra, a class some had not taken since their Freshman year. The students weren’t given an opportunity for review or a chance to prepare. She says she’s not surprised the scores dropped. Hikcman Mills School district only met seven out of 14 academic progress standards after achieving nine the year before.

“We’re not there, yes we want to be there,” Williams said. “We are still working harder and smarter at trying to reach our goal. If you stay with us be supportive. and also have the faith that we are able to do it.”

The district is already providing tutoring to some students who struggled on the tests and will continue to offer them extra academic help. Williams says Missouri academic achievement standards are only going to get tougher in the coming years but she says if everyone helps make students their top priority, she’s confident the district can regain full accreditation.

Williams says provisional accreditation is better than being unaccredited. The district will be provisionally accredited for  at least the next three years.

Iraq Veteran Wrestles Shotgun from Robber -

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. â€" A 40-year-old robbery suspect apparently got more than he bargained for when police say he tried to mug 24-year-old Aaron Martin. Martin was walking home near the Country Club Plaza around 3:20 Sunday morning when he says a car stopped at the corner of Main St. and Ward Parkway.

Martin says a man with a shotgun jumped out of a Black Crown Victoria and demanded Martin’s wallet.

” I dropped my wallet down in front of me and as he bent down to pick it up, as he was coming back up I noticed the shotgun was pointed up over the top of my shoulder so I shoved it up over his face and wrestled him down to the ground and eventually got the gun away from him,” Martin said.

At one point the robber’s get-away driver jumped out of the car and yelled at Martin to let the suspect go.  Instead Martin hung on and says the would-be accomplice jumped back in his car and drove away.  Two witnesses helped grab the shotgun and called police.  The shotgun turned out not to be loaded but Martin tells Fox 4 his only thought at the time was not to be a victim.

“I mean I’ve had friends that have been held up before and I just wasn’t going to let it happen to me,” he said.

Police arrested 40-year old Robert Mays and booked him with first degree robbery.  Mays refused to share his name with police, so officers say they had to identify him through fingerprints. Martin served two tours in Iraq but says he never saw hand to hand combat.  He admits he only had $3 in his wallet and is still catching grieve from his mom for tackling a man with a shotgun.

“My mom was not happy at all.  She’s like go ahead and give it to him, don’t take a chance on fighting him,” he said. “My Dad was like, oh you know glad you did it, it was kind of a gutsy move but everything turned out okay.”

Police Crack Down on Underage Drinking at Kauffman Stadium -


KANSAS CITY, Mo. â€" Beer and baseball are a perfect combination, right? Not if you’re under 21. Kauffman Stadium and Kansas City Missouri Police are going after minors drinking at Royals games. Police have arrested dozens of minors caught drinking in the stadium parking lot this summer. The Royals say underage drinkers were hoping to blend with the thousands of tailgaters, but that their party’s been cut short in the name of safety.

After seeing a noticeably larger amount of kids  tailgating and drinking, the Royals asked for help from police. Carrie Bligh, the Royals’ Director of Event Operations says on occasion some kids drank to excess and had to be treated in first aid.

“When that became the issue that’s when we said we need to do something and we contacted KCPD and asked them for their assistance,” said Bligh.

Police have gone undercover since the start of summer many dressed in Royals gear to approach young drinkers. In several stings, they arrested dozens of minors hoping to blend in with the crowds.

“It’s tailgating, it’s tailgate in Kansas City it wasn’t just the normal barbeques we saw out there it was large groups of what we believed were underage drinkers and we saw a lot of booze and drinking going on out there so like I said we thought we needed to do something,” said Bligh.

Bligh says they want everyone to be responsible saying, “If you’re underage this isn’t the place to drink.”

Cow herd inventories, sale averages increase during FY 2012 -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. â€" Despite back-to-back years of drought and escalating costs in the beef industry, the Hereford breed is making a mighty resurgence. Hereford registrations were up more than 8% during the 2012 American Hereford Association (AHA) fiscal year that ended Aug. 31. Registered cow herd inventories are up 3% compared to the previous year â€" with more than 101,000 females reported this fiscal year.

Hereford breeders continue to experience a dramatic increase in production sale prices while reports of private-treaty sales continue to out-pace the previous year reports.

A total of 182 Hereford production sales were reported by AHA field representatives this fiscal year. Bull sales averaged $4,671, up nearly $700 and females $3,329, up almost $300 per head.

The second largest cattle breed in the U.S., Hereford reports 70,260 registrations and 37,091 transfers with 101,021 cows on inventory. The Association has 3,455 active adult members and 2,263 active junior members.

Hereford semen demand in the commercial industry is also increasing. According to the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB), Hereford semen sales increased 23% over last year. Since 2006 Hereford domestic semen sales has increased 86% a testament to the increasing demand for Hereford genetics in the commercial industry.

Helping with this progress in the commercial industry has been the AHA’s Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) program. Now 11 years old, the program has helped the AHA and Hereford breeders build a database that documents the breed’s strengths. More and more Hereford breeders continue to go above status quo and submit ultrasound data, body condition scores, udder scores and cow weights, which all add to the integrity and accuracy of the AHA database.

“Because the AHA Board of Directors placed a resource emphasis on breed improvement and industry research, the Hereford breed now has the single largest database for cow fertility and productivity

in the world, and we have documented the inherent economic traits in the breed that can deliver efficiency to the industry at a time when the industry needs it most,” says Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president. “More importantly, congratulations to our AHA membership for adopting technology and making the strides in genetic improvement that have positioned Hereford has a breed of choice for commercial producers looking to add heterosis to their Angus-based cow herds.

“Today, the Hereford breed is poised to provide as much value to the commercial industry as any other breed with its combination advantages of fertility, feed efficiency, good disposition and an end product that will complement a vast array of quality beef programs across the country.”

This fiscal year AHA also released genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs). The AHA genomic approach is the first of its kind to work with the scientific community and the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium (NBCEC) to build its own training and validation population. This approach is important because AHA now has access to all of the genotypes, phenotypes and pedigrees, which will allow the Association and its members to continue to train and build the Hereford-specific panel.

Also noted at the fiscal year’s end are top registrations by state and by breeder. Texas topped the list of registrations per state at 7,156 with Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and Oklahoma rounding out the top five.

The top five breeders by registration numbers were Rausch Herefords, Hoven, S.D., 840; Upstream Ranch, Taylor, Neb., 646; Alexander Mih, M-M Ranch Polled Herefords, Chanute, Kan., 543; Topp Herefords, Grace City, N.D., 492; and Mrnak Herefords, Bowman, N.D., 431.