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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Strong Winter Storm to Affect Central U.S. Beginning Late Monday through Early Wednesday

Winter storm watches have been issued for portions of Kansas- Nebraska- Iowa and adjacent states beginning Monday afternoon in anticipation of a strong winter storm forecast to move though our region.

Thunderstorms- some strong to severe are also expected in parts of the 6-state area as well.

As of this posting- Metro Kansas City is forecast to be on the 'warm' side of this storm- which would mean rain- at least until the low pressure system moves to our northeast.

Truck slams into three vehicles near Windsor, Canada CAUGHT ON VIDEO

Latest Kansas City MO Killing Raises January 2016 Homicide Total to at Least A Dozen

Another murder on KC-MO streets: this one between midnight and 1 am Saturday morning in the Pendleton Heights area of Old Northeast.

Victim reportedly found in an alley off Brooklyn Avenue near St. John- according to this story online posted at KMBC 9 News.

This incident was just one of at least 3 different shootings injuring at least 4 people reported in KC since Friday evening.

Double-Fatality Head-on Crash on I-49 in South Belton MO

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports two men died when their vehicles collided head-on on southbound I-49 at or near the North Cass Parkway exit in south Belton before 1 am Saturday morning.

A screen-capture of the MHP report found on-line here is below:

Friday, January 29, 2016

The 'New Kid in Town:' The "Zika" Virus

From CBC online- January 29 2016:

The Zika virus should not cause Americans to be "unduly alarmed just yet," the co-director of the Georgetown Center for Infectious Disease told CNBC on Friday.
"[There's] no local transition on our shores just yet," Paul Roepe told CNBC's "Squawk Box" a day after the World Health Organization said the mosquito-transmitted disease, linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, was "spreading explosively."
The WHO, promising quick action after last year's criticism about reacting too slowly to West Africa's Ebola outbreak, said Zika could infect as many as 4 million people in the Americas.
"The highest level of virus in your system only lasts for a couple of days and then dissipates. So the viral load goes way, way down. Probably most of these infections self-resolve ... in about a week of so," said Roepe, a biochemistry professor at Georgetown University.
There's no vaccine or treatment for the virus, which is like dengue and causes mild fever, rash and red eyes. An estimated 80 percent of people infected show no symptoms.
"The only way you can get Zika is by the bite of an infected mosquito. And that mosquito has to pick it up from an infected person," Roepe said. "It's spreading quickly in Central and South America because there are lot of people that are currently infected."
He said another reason those regions have been so hard hit is that Zika is more commonly passed along among the kind of mosquitoes there, a species not as widespread in the United States.
But he warned that a "larger concern" could develop in the U.S. if transmission became prevalent among a related type of mosquitoes that is routinely found in the Southeast and even as north as New York during warmer months.
U.S. health officials said Thursday while they have not yet seen spread of the disease in the 50 states, the number of U.S. travelers infected over the last year in the Caribbean or Latin America has climbed to 31.
The Zika virus was discovered in Africa in 1947. But until last year, when it was found in Brazil, it had never been a threat in the Western Hemisphere.
WHO officials are set to convene a special meeting next week to decide whether they should declare an international health emergency.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

End Result of L.A.'s 2013 Manhunt

A surreal follow-up to a CSW story about the Dorner manhunt in Metro L.A. almost 3 years ago:

Protesters call for embattled Catholic bishop to be removed : Lincoln, NE Journal Star

Protesters call for embattled Catholic bishop to be removed : Lincoln, NE Journal Star: A handful of protesters gathered outside the Catholic Chancery Wednesday and delivered a letter asking Lincoln Bishop James Conley to remove embattled Bishop Robert Finn from his post as chaplain

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ice Falls 1600 Feet From TV Tower Narrowly Misses Person

BREAKING NEWS: Female Stabbing Victim Near Kearney MO

Around 3:15 pm Tuesday afternoon- Kearney Fire and Excelsior Springs EMS was sent to assist a female stabbing victim in a vehicle on I-35 near that northern Clay county community.

The victim had reportedly been stabbed in the "upper right chest by scissors-" according to an EMS radio report.

The patient was transported by EMS to a Northland medical trauma center in serious condition.

It's not yet known where the stabbing took place nor was there any suspect information.