Heat index might reach 100 today

Summer is getting in a late blast today as the high will be about 91 with a heat index approaching 100, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

All week, temperatures will run nearly 10 to 15 degrees above normal, the weather service said.

Wednesday also will be hot, according to the weather service, with a high of 88 predicted.

Storms will be possible to the north of the Greater Kansas City area on Wednesday night into Thursday, the weather service said.

More concentrated thunderstorm activity is possible Saturday night through Sunday, as a slow-moving cold front moves through the region, according to the weather service.

Tonight, there will be a low of 72 with a south wind of 7 mph, the weather service said.

Wednesday will be sunny with a high near 88, according to the weather service, with a south wind of 7 to 11 mph.

Wednesday night, the low will be around 69, with a south wind of 7 to 9 mph, the weather service said.

Thursday, skies will be mostly sunny with a high of 87, according to the weather service.

Thursday night, the low will be 67, the weather service said.

Friday’s forecast is sunny with a high near 86, the weather service said. Friday night, the low will be around 67.

Saturday will be sunny with a high of 85, the weather service said.

Saturday night, there is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the weather service. The low will be 66.

Sunday, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high of 81, the weather service said.

UG clarifying penalties for concealed carry violations

Penalties ranging from a written warning to suspension to termination in connection with carrying a concealed weapon were recommended tonight in the Unified Government Administration and Human Services Committee meeting.

The UG Commission has already passed a concealed carry policy, based on changes in the state law, and this would be an amendment to the policy.

UG staff members including human resources staff and UG attorneys were requested by commissioners to make policy changes outlining clear consequences to policy violations.

Guns and any type of weapons are not allowed in UG buildings and the UG workplaces, under the UG’s policy. The policy does not apply to police officers and sheriff’s deputies who carry guns as a normal part of their duties.

These clear consequences, according to the UG staff, would include:

• For possession of a weapon in a UG building, the staff recommended a penalty to be determined by the circumstance.
• For failing to keep a handgun carried by an employee concealed or in one’s possession at all times, the staff recommended a written warning for the first offense, followed by suspension and termination.
• For any physical or verbal reference that an employee is in possession of a weapon or any display of a weapon, the staff recommended a suspension the first time and termination the second time.
• For openly carrying a firearm while conducting UG business, the staff recommended a suspension for the first offense and termination for the second offense.
• For the unlawful discharge of a handgun, the staff recommended termination.
• For possession of a weapon that the employee is not legally qualified to carry, the staff recommended termination.
• For failing to notify a supervisor of another employee’s violation of the Violence Free Workplace policy, the staff recommended a penalty to be determined by the circumstance.

Commissioner Harold Johnson questioned the penalty for bringing a firearm into a UG building. According to UG legal staff, this penalty gave the administration leeway to consider the circumstances. Perhaps someone might forget there is a gun in a purse, according to one commissioner.

Commissioner Angela Markley said she understood that someone may forget that they brought a gun into the building, but for her, that violation is no less severe because it was an accident. “The bottom line is they brought a gun into the building, and the responsibility of the gun owner still rests with the gun owner,” she said.

“My concern all along is the others in our building still feel safe,” Commissioner Markley said. “I’m less concerned with the rights of the gun owner, who is the one who violated the law, than I am with the rights of the people in our building to feel safe.”

The penalty should be clearer, such as a written warning, termination and suspension for possession of a weapon in a UG building, according to Markley. The UG legal staff said a penalty determined by the circumstance could be stricter, and could be suspension or termination for knowingly violating the rule.

Those who make the decision on the penalty in specific instances will not be the supervisor, but will be human resources staff, reviewed by the legal department, then to the county administrator for the final decision, according to the legal department.

The amendment with the penalties received unanimous approval at the standing committee and will go to the full commission for approval.

The human resources policy was amended in June to allow concealed carry in certain circumstances after the state Legislature passed a bill saying government employees must be allowed to carry concealed weapons when they are not in government buildings. The UG’s policy has many rules about concealed carry, including one that stated guns cannot be left unattended in UG-owned vehicles. However, employees may leave guns in their own vehicles, out of sight, according to the policy.

Employees also will not be allowed to carry concealed handguns in a way that others can notice an outline of them, and they will not be allowed to tell anyone that they have a concealed handgun, according to UG policy. In addition, they may not bring a concealed handgun onto any private property that does not allow them. If there is a sign on private property, such as a business, that says no guns are allowed, the UG employee will not be allowed to bring a gun onto the property, according to the policy.

Leavenworth Road Parade

Photos by Brian Turrel

Mark Holland, mayor of Kansas City, Kan., waved to the crowd at the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Mark Holland, mayor of Kansas City, Kan., waved to the crowd at the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Members of the Washington High School Marching Band marched in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Members of the Washington High School Marching Band marched in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Drum majors of the Schlagle High School Marching Band led the band in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Drum majors of the Schlagle High School Marching Band led the band in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Members of the Schlagle High School Marching Band marched in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Members of the Schlagle High School Marching Band marched in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Members of the Kansas City Kansas Community College men’s basketball team marched together in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Members of the Kansas City Kansas Community College men’s basketball team marched together in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Members of the Wyandotte High School Marching Band marched in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Members of the Wyandotte High School Marching Band marched in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Members of the Wyandotte High School Marching Band marched in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Members of the Wyandotte High School Marching Band marched in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Retta Elliott of Kansas City, Kan., watched the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Retta Elliott of Kansas City, Kan., watched the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Eddie London Sr. and Eddie London Jr. watched the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Eddie London Sr. and Eddie London Jr. watched the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Members of the Schlagle High School Marching Band marched in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Members of the Schlagle High School Marching Band marched in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Members of the Wyandotte High School Marching Band marched in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Members of the Wyandotte High School Marching Band marched in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

The Waters Family Line, driven by Larry Waters, made an appearance in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
The Waters Family Line, driven by Larry Waters, made an appearance in the Leavenworth Road Parade on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Deandre Tatum, assistant director of the Wyandotte High School Marching Band, led the band in a song during a Battle of the Bands with Washington High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Deandre Tatum, assistant director of the Wyandotte High School Marching Band, led the band in a song during a Battle of the Bands with Washington High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Members of the Washington High School Marching Band participated in a Battle of the Bands with Wyandotte High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Members of the Washington High School Marching Band participated in a Battle of the Bands with Wyandotte High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Members of the Washington High School Marching Band participated in a Battle of the Bands with Wyandotte High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Members of the Washington High School Marching Band participated in a Battle of the Bands with Wyandotte High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Members of the Wyandotte High School Marching Band drum line participated in a Battle of the Bands with Washington High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Members of the Wyandotte High School Marching Band drum line participated in a Battle of the Bands with Washington High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Members of the Washington High School Marching Band drum line participated in a Battle of the Bands with Wyandotte High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Members of the Washington High School Marching Band drum line participated in a Battle of the Bands with Wyandotte High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Christopher Green, director of the Washington High School Marching Band, led the band in a song during a Battle of the Bands with Washington High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Christopher Green, director of the Washington High School Marching Band, led the band in a song during a Battle of the Bands with Washington High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Members of the Washington High School Marching Band participated in a Battle of the Bands with Wyandotte High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Members of the Washington High School Marching Band participated in a Battle of the Bands with Wyandotte High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Members of the Washington High School Marching Band participated in a Battle of the Bands with Wyandotte High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Members of the Washington High School Marching Band participated in a Battle of the Bands with Wyandotte High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Deandre Tatum, assistant director of the Wyandotte High School Marching Band, raised his arms in celebration at the conclusion of a Battle of the Bands with Washington High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Deandre Tatum, assistant director of the Wyandotte High School Marching Band, raised his arms in celebration at the conclusion of a Battle of the Bands with Washington High School following the Leavenworth Road Parade. (Photo by Brian Turrel)

Deandre Tatum, Osmond Fisher, and Christopher Green, of the Wyandotte and Washington high school marching bands, posed together following the completion of a Battle of the Bands between their two schools. (Photo by Brian Turrel)
Deandre Tatum, Osmond Fisher, and Christopher Green, of the Wyandotte and Washington high school marching bands, posed together following the completion of a Battle of the Bands between their two schools. (Photo by Brian Turrel)