Students discuss vaping at Teen Town Hall meeting at Sumner Academy

Students at Sumner Academy listened and asked questions during a Teen Town Hall meeting on vaping. The town hall meeting was sponsored by the University of Kansas Medical Center, KU Cancer Center, Fox 4 News and the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Students at Sumner Academy, 1610 N. 8th St., gathered Thursday morning to participate in a Teen Town Hall meeting on vaping.

Dr. Roy Jensen, director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center, told the students during the meeting that vaping companies target teenagers.

Dr. Jensen said vaping companies tell Congress and others that they are not marketing to teenagers. That is a flat-out lie, Dr. Jensen said.

Students asked questions during the program, and doctors provided factual information. Fox 4 news anchors moderated the program. Student vaping is a problem across the community and across the nation, according to experts.

In an interview, Sumner Academy principal Dr. Rick Malone was asked what he thinks of vaping in the schools.

“We are aware of the serious problems of vaping, especially with teenagers because of the taste,” Dr. Malone said.

He said it wasn’t like the old days, when school personnel might catch teenagers smoking in the bathroom.

“I have personally sent out letters to the parents regarding this issue,” Dr. Malone said. “We want to be aware of the problem. It is a grassroots campaign.”

The Teen Town Hall program was sponsored by the University of Kansas Medical Center, KU Cancer Center, Fox 4 news and the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools. Fox 4 news, which moderated the program, showed a video of it on social media. The video can be seen at https://fox4kc.com/news/fox4-teen-vaping-town-hall-discussing-a-problem-prevalent-in-all-of-our-communities/.

Doctors from the KU Cancer Center and KU Medical Center joined with Superintendent Charles Foust and Fox 4 news anchors to hold a Teen Town Hall on vaping on Thursday morning at Sumner Academy. From left to right were Dr. Matthias Salathe; Dr. Laura Martin; Dr. Roy Jensen; Dr. Foust; and John Holt and Abby Eden, anchors with WDAF-TV/Fox 4 News. (Photo by William Crum)
At the Teen Town Hall meeting Thursday morning at Sumner Academy were, left to right, John Holt of WDAF-TV/Fox 4 News; Abby Eden of WDAF-TV/Fox 4 News; Dr. Charles Foust, Kansas CIty, Kansas, Public Schools superintendent; and Dr. Rick Malone, principal of Sumner Academy. (Photo by William Crum)
A Teen Town Hall meeting was held on Thursday morning at Sumner Academy. (Photo by William Crum)
Students at Sumner Academy participated in a Teen Town Hall meeting Thursday on the topic of vaping. (Photo by William Crum)
Students at Sumner Academy participated in a Teen Town Hall meeting Thursday on the topic of vaping. (Photo by William Crum)
At the Teen Town Hall meeting on vaping on Thursday morning at Sumner Academy were, left to right, Dr. Charles Foust, superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools; Dr. Matthias Salathe; Dr. Laura Martin; Dr. Roy Jensen; Abby Eden and John Holt, anchors with WDAF-TV/Fox 4 News. (Photo by William Crum)

Pothole patching scheduled today and Friday on I-70, 18th Street and K-5

Pothole patching has been scheduled Thursday and Friday on I-70, 18th Street and K-5 in Wyandotte County, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The work will take place between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.

Traffic will be controlled by mobile lane closures using trucks with arrow boards and digital message boards, according to KDOT.

KDOT asked motorists to be alert and obey the warning signs when approaching and driving through a highway work zone. To stay aware of all road construction projects across Kansas go to www.kandrive.org or call 5-1-1. Drive safely and always wear a seat belt, KDOT stated.

KDOT crews will perform pothole patching on 18th Street on Thursday in the northbound and southbound lanes, with alternating lane closures from I-70 to Steele Road.

K-5 northbound and southbound will have alternating lane closures from I-635 to Sunshine Road on Thursday.

I-70 eastbound will have alternating lane closures from I-670 to James Street on Thursday.

There is also pothole patching work being done on I-435 in Johnson County, from the Kansas River to 95th Street.

Some light precipitation in today’s forecast

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Some light precipitation will be possible tonight into Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The precipitation may take the form of sprinkles in Wyandotte County, but there also is a chance for very light snow flurries in the region, according to the weather service.

A quick-moving clipper-like system will come through the area, the weather service said. No accumulation is expected.

Sprinkles could start around 3 p.m. today, and continue until 9 p.m. here, the weather service said.

Temperatures will warm this weekend into the 60s, according to the weather service. The next chance for rain will be Monday, and there is also a chance for snow Monday night.

The temperature was 31 degrees at 8 a.m. today.

Today, there is a chance of sprinkles after 3 p.m., with a high near 47, the weather service said. A southwest wind of 6 to 9 mph will become west northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight, there is a chance of sprinkles before 9 p.m., with an overnight low of 29, according to the weather service. A west wind will be 3 to 6 mph.

Friday, it will be mostly sunny with a high of 53 and a northwest wind of 6 to 11 mph, the weather service said.

Friday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 30 and a north northwest wind of 6 mph, becoming calm in the evening, according to the weather service.

Saturday, it will be sunny, with a high near 65, the weather service said. A light south southwest wind will increase to 10 to 15 mph in the morning, with wind gusts up to 24 mph.

Saturday night, it will be partly cloudy with a low of 49, according to the weather service.

Sunday, it will be partly sunny with a high near 65, the weather service said.

Sunday night, it will be partly cloudy with a low of 42, according to the weather service.

Monday, there will be a 40 percent chance of rain with a high near 53, the weather service said.

Monday night, there will be a 40 percent chance of rain before 3 a.m., then a chance of rain and snow between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., then a chance of snow after 5 a.m., according to the weather service. The low will be around 32.

Tuesday, there will be a 50 percent chance of rain and snow, with a high near 52, the weather service said.

Tuesday night, there will be a 40 percent chance of rain with a low of 36, according to the weather service.

Wednesday, it will be sunny with a high near 53, the weather service said.