Patient at risk for Ebola at KU Hospital

The University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan., today reported an individual called and then came into the hospital early this morning with a high fever and other serious symptoms. Because the patient had recently worked on a medical boat off the west coast of Africa, the patient was immediately isolated on a special infectious disease unit and is undergoing tests.

Hospital staff met the patient wearing personal protection equipment and followed the hospital’s plan for this kind of illness, a spokesman said.

Tests are underway to determine a diagnosis, KU officials said. While the hospital cannot rule out Ebola at this time, Dr. Lee Norman, chief medical officer of The University of Kansas Hospital, said the patient is at low to moderate risk of Ebola. While Dr. Norman also notes there are many other diseases that fit the patient’s symptoms, the hospital nevertheless is following guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control.

Care is being provided by a dedicated team of nurses and other health professionals. These staff will not treat other patients during this period until diagnosis and treatment plans are completed, the spokesman said.
The hospital is in close contact with federal, state and local health officials.

Regardless of the diagnosis, the patient is in an isolated area of the hospital and does not pose a health risk to other patients, staff or visitors in the hospital, according to the spokesman. The area has its own ventilation system. All bedding and medical waste is being isolated from the regular hospital material under federal CDC and state transportation guidelines.

No other information on the patient is available due to federal privacy laws.

– Story from KU Hospital

Voter registration closes Tuesday

Voter registration ends Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the end of the business day, for the general election Nov. 4.

Advance voting begins in person on Oct. 21 at the Election Office, and advance ballots will start being mailed out on Oct. 15 to persons who request them.

For more information about registering to vote, visit the website, www.wycovotes.org, www.wycokck.org/election, or call 913-573-8500.

Those who want to register to vote may do so at the Election Office, 850 State Ave., during regular business hours Tuesday.

There are other locations throughout Wyandotte County. These include:

Places and dates of voter registration include:

Downtown Kansas City, Kan.
Unified Government Clerk’s Office, Municipal Office Bldg. – Room 323 (City Hall)
701 N 7th St., Room 323
Kansas City, Kan.

Kansas City Kansas Main Public Library (Information Desk)
625 Minnesota Ave.
Kansas City, Kan.

El Centro Inc.
650 Minnesota Ave.
Kansas City, Kan.
Wyandotte County Election Office
850 State Ave.
Kansas City, Kan.

North
Friends of Yates, Inc.
1418 Garfield
Kansas City, Kan.

Central
Donnelly College – Room 116 (Dean of Student’s Office)
608 N 18th St.
Kansas City, Kan.

Coalition for Independence
4911 State Ave.
Kansas City, Kan.

Rosedale

K U Medical Center (Information Booth)
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, Kan.

Rosedale Development Association
1403 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, Kan.

Argentine
South Branch Library
3104 Strong Ave.
Kansas City, Kan.

Armourdale
Armourdale Renewal Association
Armourdale Recreation Center
730 Osage Ave.
Kansas City, Kan.

Turner
Turner Community Library
831 S. 55th St.
Kansas City, Kan.

West
Neighborhood Resource Center
4953 State Ave.
Kansas City, Kan.

K C K Community College (Jewell Student Center, Lower Level)
7250 State Ave.
Kansas City, Kan.

Wyandotte West Branch Library (Circulation)
1737 N 82nd St.
Kansas City, Kan.

Piper

Piper U S D 203 (District Office)
3130 N. 122nd St.
Kansas City, Kan.

Edwardsville
City Clerk’s Office (Edwardsville City Hall)
690 S 4th St.
Edwardsville, Kan.

Bonner Springs
City Clerk’s Office (Bonner Springs City Hall)
205 E. 2nd St.
Bonner Springs, Kan.

Bonner Springs City Library (check-out desk)
201 N. Nettleton
Bonner Springs, Kan.

Persons who apply for services at voter registration agencies may register at the following places during regular business hours:

Kansas Department for Children and Families
402 State Ave.
Kansas City, Kan.

Wyandotte Co. Health Department
619 Ann Ave.
Kansas City, Kan.

Department of Motor Vehicle
1951 N. 63rd Drive
Kansas City, Kan.

Advance voting
Advance voting is available by mail or in person at the Election Office or the satellite office at Kansas Speedway.
Those who vote by mail may request an application, apply from six months before the election until the Friday preceding the election; and receive an advance ballot that is mailed beginning Oct. 15. Ballots must be returned to the Election Office before polls close.
The Election Office, 850 State Ave., will be open for advance voting:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, to Friday, Oct. 24;
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Oct. 31;
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and Nov. 1.
The satellite site at the Kansas Speedway, I-70 and 110h Street, will be open for touchscreen voting only:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and Nov. 1;
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Oct. 31.
For more information visit www.wycovotes.org, www.wycokck.org/election, or call 913-573-8500.

Final preparations being made for Kansas Supreme Court visit to KCKCC

by Kelly Rogge
In less than three weeks, Kansas City Kansas Community College will play host to the Kansas Supreme Court as it hears oral arguments in several cases, and the community is encouraged to attend. The visit is in an ongoing outreach effort to familiarize all Kansans with the work the Supreme Court does as well as the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

The court will be in session from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 29 in the Performing Arts Center on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave. The court will hear oral arguments in two criminal cases and three civil cases. These include:

• State of Kansas v. Michael Trevon Lewis
• In the Matter of the Estate of Kenneth Lee Butler, deceased
• State of Kansas v. Darren Knox
• Jeremy A. Wiles v. American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (AFLAC)
• Jenna S. Cheney v. Zachary Poore

Briefs filed by the lawyers representing the parties are available online at www.kscourts.org/Cases-and-Opinions/Traveling-dockets/Supreme-Court-traveling-docket.asp. The summaries and briefs are a good resource for teachers and students attending the event to understand the basic legal questions being argued before the Kansas Supreme Court.

For those planning on coming to the session, it is suggested to arrive before 8:30 a.m. to allow time to get through the security screening. Teachers can also reserve space in the performing arts center by contacting Lisa Taylor at taylorl@kscourts.org. Please include the number of students attending and what time the class will arrive and leave. All talking is prohibited during the oral arguments.

If groups arrive after the proceedings start or if they have to leave early, they are asked to be as quiet as possible when entering and exiting the auditorium. It is also requested that no large bags, purses or backpacks be brought into the performing arts center. Weapons, firearms or electronic devices such as computers, handheld games or tablets are also prohibited. Cell phones must be turned off or put on silence. Absolutely no food or drink is allowed in the auditorium.

For those that cannot watch the court proceedings in person, the oral arguments can be viewed live via web stream, www.kscourts.org/SCLive.asp.

The court started the process of visiting different communities in 2011. Among the communities the court has visited are Pittsburg, Kan., where the court met at Pittsburg State University; Greensburg, Kan., which is remembered for the devastating tornado that swept through the small community in 2007; Salina, Kan. and Wichita, Kan. The court has also held a special session in Overland Park. In each of the locations, the session is open to the public, and the community, especially students from KCKCC and area high schools, is encouraged to attend.