Forecast says rainy season to continue

National Weather Service graphic
National Weather Service graphic

There is a chance of light showers in today’s forecast, according to the National Weather Service.

Scattered showers will track across the area today with only light amounts of precipitation, the weather service said.

There is a slight chance for thunderstorms across eastern Kansas and far western Missouri on Thursday with better chances across the entire area on Friday, according to the weather service. No heavy rain or strong thunderstorms are expected with this activity.

Today’s high will be near 62, with an east southeast wind of 8 to 13 mph. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected to fall, the weather service said.

For tonight, there is a 10 percent chance of showers before 7 p.m., according to the weather service. The low will be 52.

Thursday, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, the weather service said. The high will be near 74.

Thursday night, a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms is in the forecast, with a low of 57, according to the weather service.

Friday, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 72, the weather service said. Friday night, the chance of showers and thunderstorms continues, with a 40 percent possibility of rain, according to the weather service. The low will be 56.

Saturday, expect a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 69, the weather service said. Saturday night’s forecast is a 60 percent chance of showers with a low of 53, according to the weather service.

Sunday, there is a 60 percent chance of showers with a high near 65, the weather service said. Sunday night, the chance of rain is 40 percent with a low of 46, according to the weather service.

Citizens Academy learns about adult and juvenile detention

The Citizens Academy learned about the Wyandotte County Jail, including the control center, at its meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by William Crum)
The Citizens Academy learned about the Wyandotte County Jail, including the control center, at its meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum
Week two: The Citizens Academy learned about the adult detention and juvenile detention facilities from Jeffrey Fewell, warden, and Major James Eickhoff.

The Wyandotte County Jail has a lot of inmates, both adult and juvenile, according to a current count. As of April they are up to 435, which is 12 more than they had in February 2015.

Sheriff Ash first gave a presentation on what it takes for someone to work in the jail. It is a very lengthy process, with candidates taking a written test, going through a criminal check, a psychological evaluation and then interviews with some members of the staff, he said.

After that they go through an eight-week training class, plus they go with another jailer who is experienced. This person is called a jail training officer. Then finally the new employees are allowed to be on their own, Sheriff Ash said.

The participants were also informed about the budget and what it cost to run and operate a jail of this magnitude.

Currently they have 87 deputies assigned and have 83 percent that are currently on duty. They have the adult detention, which mainly deals with security, and within the jail they have first-time offenders, DWI offenders and others who are waiting for trial or are pending to go to state or federal penal institutions.

On the juvenile side, there are treatment programs such as counseling, education, and other facilities. There is a big difference between the two, Fewell said.

After the presentation the participants took a tour of the facilities. They saw the total operations of the jail itself, on the adult side and the juvenile side as well. After the tour and presentation the Sheriff and staff answered questions from the participants about the jail and what it costs to operate it.

The Citizens Academy learned about the Wyandotte County Jail at its meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by William Crum)
The Citizens Academy learned about the Wyandotte County Jail at its meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by William Crum)

The Citizens Academy learned about the Wyandotte County Jail at its meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by William Crum)
The Citizens Academy learned about the Wyandotte County Jail at its meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by William Crum)

The Citizens Academy learned about the Wyandotte County Jail at its meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by William Crum)
The Citizens Academy learned about the Wyandotte County Jail at its meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by William Crum)

The Citizens Academy learned about the Wyandotte County Jail, including about a padded cell,  at its meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by William Crum)
The Citizens Academy learned about the Wyandotte County Jail, including about a padded cell, at its meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by William Crum)

The Citizens Academy learned about the Wyandotte County Jail at its meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by William Crum)
The Citizens Academy learned about the Wyandotte County Jail at its meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by William Crum)

The Citizens Academy learned about the Wyandotte County Jail at its meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by William Crum)
The Citizens Academy learned about the Wyandotte County Jail at its meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by William Crum)

The Citizens Academy learned about the Wyandotte County Jail at its meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by William Crum)
The Citizens Academy learned about the Wyandotte County Jail at its meeting Tuesday night. (Photo by William Crum)

Former candidate for governor leads KanCare-related lawsuit

Paul Davis’ firm seeks Kansas, Missouri plaintiffs involved in Anthem data breach
by Andy Marso, KHI News Service

Paul Davis, a Lawrence attorney and former Democratic state representative who ran unsuccessfully for governor last year, is leading a class action lawsuit against one of the three health insurance companies that administer Kansas Medicaid.

Davis’ firm, Fagan Emert and Davis, LLC, is seeking plaintiffs from the pool of Medicaid recipients whose care is coordinated by Amerigroup, one of three companies that received state contracts to run Medicaid through a managed care program called KanCare.

Amerigroup’s parent company, Anthem, announced earlier this year that it was the victim of a massive cyberattack that compromised the personal information of millions of customers nationwide.

Davis said in a news release Monday that 165,000 people on KanCare were among them.

“Any data breach is serious, but this one is particularly dangerous because of the type of data stolen,” he said. “You can’t just change your birthdate, your medical history or your Social Security number like you can a credit card number.”

Davis’ firm filed suit in Douglas County District Court on behalf of Kansas plaintiffs and filed a separate suit in Missouri.
Dozens of similar lawsuits have been filed across the country alleging that Anthem failed to take proper precautions in protecting sensitive customer information.

The Kansas suit is unique in its connection to Medicaid members, although the state itself is not a defendant.

The news release states that seniors and children are “two significant portions of the KanCare population” and particularly vulnerable to identity theft because they are less able to “vigorously monitor their online identities” without assistance.

Davis said the named plaintiff, Julie Stanturf, is a KanCare member with a disability who lives in Wyandotte County. Though the suit is open to Kansans insured privately through Anthem as well, Davis said the impact on Medicaid recipients is what sets it apart.

“It’s a unique population,” Davis said Monday in a phone interview. “You’ve got a lot of low-income people, seniors, people who are disabled, so that does make the case a little bit unique.”

The Kansas suit seeks lifetime consumer credit protection and monitoring for those affected, as well as restitution for any damages due to identity theft. The news release stated that attorneys had “already received several reports of fraudulent tax returns being filed.”

Cindy Wakefield, vice president for corporate communications at Anthem, said the company does not comment on pending litigation, but she pushed back on the assertion that there’s evidence some customers were victims of fraud.

“To date, in working with the FBI, we have found no evidence that the cyber attackers have shared or sold any of our members’ data,” Wakefield said in an emailed statement, “and there is no evidence that fraud has occurred against our members, including fraudulent tax returns.”

Wakefield said current or former customers can visit www.AnthemFacts.com to access identity theft repair assistance, credit monitoring and child identity protection services.

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