Weather forecast: Warm temperatures continue today

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Today’s weather forecast calls for a high of 49, according to the National Weather Service.

Patchy fog is present again this morning, but since temperatures are above freezing, freezing fog is not an issue, the weather service said. Temperatures were 45 degrees at 8 a.m.

Mostly dry conditions with warming temperatures will characterize the weather through the end of the week, according to the weather service.

Today, there is widespread fog mainly before 11 a.m., according to the weather service. There is a 20 percent chance of rain after 5 p.m. The high will be near 49 with a southeast wind of 3 to 5 mph.

Tonight, expect a 20 percent chance of rain before midnight, the weather service said. Areas of fog are possible after midnight, and the low will be around 40 with a calm wind changing to an east wind of 5 mph.

Friday, there is a 20 percent chance of rain before noon, according to the weather service. Areas of fog are possible before noon. The high will be near 55 with an east wind of 3 to 8 mph.

Friday night, expect mostly cloudy skies with a low of 41, the weather service said. The wind will be from the south at 5 to 8 mph.

Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 56, and a south southwest wind of 5 to 7 mph, according to the weather service.

Saturday night, the low will be about 36, with mostly cloudy skies, the weather service said.

Sunday, it will be partly sunny with a high near 48, according to the weather service.

Sunday night, the low will be around 30 with partly cloudy skies, the weather service said.

Monday, skies will be mostly sunny with a high of 48, according to the weather service.

Monday night’s forecast is mostly cloudy with a low of 32, the weather service said.

Tuesday, the high will be 49 with partly sunny skies, according to the weather service.

Tuesday night, the low will be around 31 with mostly cloudy skies, the weather service said.

Wednesday, the forecast is mostly cloudy and a high near 42, according to the weather service.

Rotary awards six scholarships

Six Wyandotte County students received Village West Rotary Club scholarships recently. Recipients were announced at a recent weekly Rotary breakfast. Lee Urban is the president of the club and was speaking at the event. (Photo by Christina Hankinson)

Cindy Cash, head of the Village West Rotary scholarship committee, introduced the scholarship recipients at a recent meeting. (Photo by Christina Hankinson)

Village West Rotary Club member Steve Beaumont, left, and member Adam Ehlert, right, congratulated Parker Richardson, center, one of six scholarship award recipients, at a recent Village West Rotary Club meeting. Richardson is a Piper High School graduate and University of Saint Mary student who aspires to be a doctor. Richardson, who wrote a winning essay, plans to attend the University of Missouri at Kansas City. (Photo by Christina Hankinson)

Special prosecutor appointed in Pledger case

Tamika Pledger

A special prosecutor has been appointed for the Tamika Pledger trial, scheduled Feb. 6 in Wyandotte County District Court.

The action was taken because of conflicts with the current administration and past administration, a spokesman for the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office said today.

James Spies will serve as a special prosecutor in the case, according to the announcement.

Jonathan Carter, a spokesman for District Attorney Mark Dupree, said they are not going into the details of why a special prosecutor was appointed, just that there were conflicts.

Pledger, a community activist, during the last election campaign put up campaign signs for Dupree. Pledger was running for a Unified Government Commission, 1st District at large, office at the time of her accident. In the Jan. 30, 2015, accident at 13th and Troup, Pledger was charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery. A teenager died after the accident.

Pledger also had a case in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., in which she filed suit against a Wyandotte County District Court judge.

According to U.S. District Court documents, the federal court ruled Jan. 6 of this month that Pledger’s case against the state judge would be dismissed. The federal court stated the judge is entitled to immunity, the federal court lacked subject matter jurisdiction, and the complaint failed to state a claim.

Pledger also filed a petition to the Kansas Court of Appeals in 2015. In her petition, she brought up several questions about her case, including that a lot of youths were in the street fighting and blocking traffic, contributing to the accident, and that there were tire marks left by another vehicle obstructing traffic that were not mentioned in the accident report.