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Kansas City, Kansas, police fatally shoot rifle-toting man

Kansas City, Kansas, police shot and killed a man on Tuesday who told a hotel manager that he had killed his wife and was heading to a popular shopping and restaurant area.

The “very angry and distraught” man entered the Country Inn & Suites near the Legends Outlet shopping area said he had killed his wife, said Jacob Honeycutt, general manager of the business.

“He said, ‘I’m heavily armed and very dangerous. I’m going to Legends. You better call police,’” Honeycutt told The Associated Press.

The man was not armed when he entered the Inn, said Honeycutt, who tried to follow the suspect but couldn’t catch him before he got into a car and sped away, driving through stop signs before the confrontation with police.

Officer Jonathan Westbrook told The Kansas City Star the gunman was waiting at an intersection for police to arrive.

“We were able to locate him so quickly because he was stationary,” Westbrook said. “Given the information that he was heavily armed and dangerous, our officers were very tactical in how we approached the subject.”

The man raised an assault-style rifle at officers, who tried to convince him to put it down, Westbrook said. Eventually the man fired several shots at the officers and they fired back, he said.

The number of rounds fired by the unidentified gunman and officers was not immediately known. No officers or bystanders were injured.

Law enforcement authorities were investigating to determine if the man had committed any earlier crimes, Westbrook said.

Honeycutt said he and a front desk manager were the only people in the front desk area of the inn when the man arrived. He praised police for their quick response to the situation.

“I was worried about the safety of my guests and employees but also all the people in the rest of the shopping area,” he said “We wanted to try and stop them but unfortunately we couldn’t, so we got ahold of the police as quickly as possible.”

The man was stopped before he made it into the Legends, which is full of stores and restaurants in a rapidly developing area in western Kansas City, Kansas. The County Inn & Suites is on a road that surrounds the shopping area, located near other businesses such as Cerner and Cabela’s and the stadium for the Sporting KC soccer team.

All the businesses were reopened and operating normally about two hours after the man was shot.


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Second Harvest adds pantry locations

Second Harvest Community Food Bank is expanding its resources to serve those in St. Joseph in need of nutritious food.

The city now has two new mobile pantry locations. One is at the St. Jo Frontier Casino on the first Monday of the month, and the other is Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church on the third Friday of the month.

The new spots are in addition to two previously established locations at Carden Park Elementary School on the second Friday of the month and the Southside Health Center on the fourth Wednesday.

All are open to the general public at 10 a.m. until supplies last, said Blake Haynes, communication coordinator at Second Harvest.

“We take fresh produce and lean protein to communities within our 19 counties, basically just to supplement their needs,” Haynes said. “We have nearly 47,000 food-insecure individuals, nearly 15,000 of those individuals being children.”

Food security is defined as having the means to obtain a sufficient amount of nutritious food on a regular basis.

“Individuals are having to choose between paying utility bills, keeping the lights on and doing things like that or eating basically,” Haynes said. “Getting those needs addressed at these locations is the utmost importance.”

According to Second Harvest statistics, 50 percent of the individuals inside the 19 counties the agency serves struggle to come up with the means to pay their utility or medical bills and buy groceries. However, the organization strives to prevent forcing that decision on community members.

Second Harvest does attempt to learn more about the people it serves.

“At our Fresh Mobile Pantry you’re going to see questions (like) how many family members they have in the family,” Haynes said. “Can we maybe address or assist you with a resource guide?”

Other local and regional pantry locations can be found on the food pantry calendar provided by Second Harvest at newspressnow.com.


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From far and wide | Interns apply from across country

Chiefs training camp runs smoothly each year due to many factors, one of which is a group of interns from all across the country working to give Chiefs fans the best possible experience.

Dr. Regan Dodd is a professor and athletic representative at Western and has run the group of interns for the past six years.

Each year the group consists of 26 to 30 current students or graduates from across the country to help with the weeks of training camp in St. Joseph.

Dodd said there are hundreds of applicants who usually apply for the internship.

They come from places such as New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, California, Florida, Texas and Missouri.

“I’m so impressed by all of them that are willing to do these unpaid internships and travel so far,” Dodd said.

One intern who traveled far was Brian Turney, a graduate from North Carolina.

“Just having the status of working for an NFL team is one thing great for my resume,” Turney said. “I’m happy to work with people in a top tier organization and learn from them.”

The interns do a variety of tasks throughout their weeks at camp, such as driving golf carts, working the kid zone and helping fans with anything they might need.

“The interns are that source where fans can go to and get their questions answered right away and be taken care of,” Dodd said.

During the weeks of camp the interns also were able to take a tour of Arrowhead Stadium and learn about the history.

“It was my first time at Arrowhead, and let me tell you, it was an amazing place and the history behind it was awesome,” Turney said.

Dodd said she’s inspired every year with the new group of interns she encounters.

“Working with college students can be really inspirational, because when they are working as hard as they do, it sometimes helps motivate me to keep grinding,” Dodd said.

Every year Dodd hopes to stay connected with her interns and see them in new positions the following years.


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Report scrutinizes Corps feasibility studies

The Army Corps of Engineers feasibility study for a watershed project in Hawaii began in March 2001 and did not wrap up until December 2017, a span of 201 months.

Such time frames led Congress to order the civil works agency in recent years to streamline this process and cut down on the duration from a project’s conception to completion.

A recent report by the Government Accountability Office, delivered to, among others, Missouri Congressman Sam Graves as the top Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the Corps has made progress but lags on some provisions in complying with the law.

“The Corps has taken steps to address the acceleration provisions in (the legislation), such as those related to coordination,” the report said. “However, it has not fully addressed provisions related to environmental review or public transparency.”

Further, noted the report, Corps officials failed to reveal a blueprint for implementing the other parts of the requirements.

The legislation in question is the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which became law in 2014. It authorized key missions of the Army Corps, but it also included mandates for reduced bureaucracy and accelerated fact-finding.

Graves, a frequent critic of the Corps’ river management, has his 6th Congressional District bounded on the western and eastern edges by the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. The Corps operates dams on both waterways.

“The problem is the priority is no longer flood control and navigation,” the Republican lawmaker said last week at a meeting with transportation officials in Springfield, Illinois. “The priority is fish and wildlife, and tourism. When you manage based on that, you’re going to continue to have these (flood) events.”

The main streamlining principle codified in the 2014 law goes informally as the “3x3x3” rule: A study is to be completed within three years for less than $3 million and clear through three levels of jurisdiction, Corps headquarters, divisional office and district office.

At the time of the WRRDA passage by the U.S. House in late 2013, Graves praised this approach.

“Red tape is holding up worthwhile projects,” the lawmaker said then. “Presently, the Corps does not have a time limit for reviewing projects before making a decision as to their feasibility.”

According to the GAO report, which looked into 19 feasibility studies initiated after June 2014, the Corps had seven with complete milestone data.

The report also noted that Corps officials gave assurances of requiring the entry of milestone information in a central data system, but written policies did not reflect these assurances.

“Without clarifying its policy to help ensure officials enter data on all milestones in the central data system, the Corps will not have complete data to efficiently monitor the progress of feasibility studies,” the report said.


Kansas City Chiefs running back Traymon Smith runs with the ball during training camp practice Tuesday at Missouri Western.