Social media threat leads to arrest of western Kansas student…and other headlines: May 10, 2017

A 16 year old becomes the second arrest surrounding a threat of violence at Garden City High School. That girl was arrested for a threat via Snapchat and a follow-up threat sent through social media over the weekend. Law enforcement continues investigating but are confident there was never a plan to follow through on the threats.
An apartment fire in Junction City that caused nearly $3.8 million in damage has been ruled accidental and associated with somebody not putting a cigarette out. The fire department and the state of Kansas’ Fire Marshal’s Office made the determination. The fire a month ago at the Bluffs Apartment Complex damaged 28 units across the three-story building. It was the second major fire at that complex.
A measure that would let cities in Kansas establish areas where alcohol can be consumed outside of bars and restaurants moves closer to becoming law. A Senate committee approved the bill this week that would permit cities and counties in Kansas to set up zones where liquor or beer could be consumed if it’s in a specially marked container. Current law lets festivals apply for permits for similar zones, but those can only last for three days, max.
The soldier imprisoned in Kansas for releasing hundreds of thousands of classified military documents to WikiLeaks releases the first statement since being granted clemency. Chelsea Manning hopes to use lessons learned in prison to help others once she is released next week. The Oklahoma native also thanked former President Obama, who granted her clemency, and fellow transgender people who wrote her letters of support while she was behind bars in Leavenworth.
The Guttmacher Institute determines Kansas is tied with Texas for the most restrictions on abortion. Louisiana, Oklahoma, and South Dakota round out the top five. The group focused on laws calling for waiting periods and banning abortions after 20 weeks, among others.

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